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Even without paralysis, a spine injury is a serious affair

Although most spinal cord injuries end in paralysis, a handful of victims will be able to literally walk away from a spinal cord injury, especially if the injury affected the lowest portion of the spine. In a sense, these people are lucky to be able to walk at all. However, the fact that a West Virginia resident is not paralyzed does not mean that the injury is not serious. Even the luckiest of victims will still have to deal with ongoing symptoms of their injury, which can cause a lot of disruption in their lives.

For instance, someone who is not paralyzed can still experience incontinence and the loss of sexual function. Moreover, a victim may also experience problems with their nervous system, which could include oversensitivity or under-sensitivity to heat, cold or touch. A person can also experience a consistent pain or tingling sensation in the lower parts of their bodies.

These sorts of symptoms obviously will make it much harder for a victim of a spinal cord injury to work or even to perform their daily routine. No doubt the victim will also need ongoing medical care and rehabilitation, including things like physical therapy and occupational therapy. Finally, this sort of injury will also likely impact a victim emotionally, as having to learn to live with a disability with which a person was not born can be a very trying experience.

A common cause of spinal cord injuries is car accidents, although slips and falls, medical mistakes and other types of accidents can also cause injuries to the spine. Many times, the injury is not the fault of the victim, and those responsible for the injury can and should be held legally accountable.

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