A Seattle personal injury attorney breaks down the devastating pain that injured victims experience from a spinal cord injury.

Understanding the Suffering That Comes With Spinal Cord Injuries

Catastrophic injuries occur for a wide variety of reasons and cover a wide gamut of injury examples. They can occur because of car accidents, workplace-related accidents, falls, pedestrian accidents, or many other causes.

One of the most serious injuries that an individual can sustain is a spinal cord injury (SCI). The spinal cord is an extremely important part of the body whose function is easily overlooked. However, when this bundle of nerves is injured, the entire body can be affected.

The spinal cord is at the center of the central nervous system, responsible for motor function and other bodily functions like blood pressure and breathing. If an injury to the spinal cord occurs, then any functions controlled by nerves located below the spot of injury can be diminished or lost entirely. The end result is paralysis. However, the devastation that results from a spinal cord injury is not limited merely to paralysis.

Other Life-Altering Effects of Spinal Cord Damage

  • Medical complications. The direst result from spinal cord injuries is paralysis. This can be complete or partial, and can involve a single limb or even an entire region of the body, depending on which portion of the spinal cord is injured. The autonomic nervous system can also be affected, resulting in problems with digestion, blood pressure maintenance, and breathing. When these are lost completely, medical technologies are often needed to maintain these functions artificially. Other complications may include depression, chronic nerve pain, pressure sores, pneumonia, and fertility problems.
  • Financial burdens. The costs associated with ongoing care can become an insurmountable burden for many. Job loss may occur, and medical insurance may not cover all of the necessary treatments that injured individuals may need.
  • Psychological trauma. When a person suddenly loses the ability to walk or use his  hands, life can quickly become a nightmare. After a spinal cord injury accident, individuals may question their life’s value and purpose, and their identities and personalities may change as a result.

Dealing with all of the life changes that result from a spinal cord injury can be overwhelming and burdensome. One single moment can turn an injured victim’s world upside down.

At the Andrew Kim Law Firm, we are committed to helping victims of catastrophic injury accidents—like spinal cord injuries—receive the justice and compensation they deserve. It’s important to know that you have somebody on your side after tragedy strikes. You don’t have to go through the struggle alone.

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