A reckless driver can change the life of its victim in an instant.
Catastrophic car accident injuries can have long-term consequences and may leave the victim permanently disabled. One of the most serious injuries that can result from a car accident include spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries are categorized as complete or incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury is the most serious and can be life altering. While all spinal cord injuries are serious, they are not all the same.
Complete paraplegia is both permanent and total. Car accident victims who suffer from complete paraplegia lose all of their sensory and motor impulses at the T1 level of the spinal column. They retain full use of their arms and hands after the crash. Any injury to the upper torso, including breathing problems, typically resolve. However, the victim loses sensory and motor function of the:
- sexual organs
Car accidents are one of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries that lead to paraplegia. While it is not possible to completely reverse the condition, appropriate medical care can prevent it from getting worse. Therapies such as occupational therapy and physical therapy can help restore some level of function of the organs and help victims continue to live as independently as possible.
Car accident victims who suffer from complete tetraplegia suffer from the same consequences as that of complete paraplegia, but their arms and hands are also paralyzed. Other consequences of complete tetraplegia include:
- inability to move the neck or shoulders
- inability to breathe independently
- inability to speak without assistive devices
The effects of any type of paralysis is devastating. Car accident victims who suffer complete spinal cord injuries require immediate and ongoing medical care for the rest of their life. In many cases, the lifespan of the victim is considerably shortened because of the paralysis, particularly if any of the vital functions such as respiratory function is impaired.
Chicago Auto Crash Attorneys
If you or someone you love has suffered a complete spinal cord injury in a car accident caused by the negligent actions of another driver, you should know your legal rights and take appropriate action. Seek help from a Chicago auto crash attorney. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166. We can help you recover adequate financial compensation for your injuries and other economic and non-economic losses.