Chiropractor examines a CT scan of a patient’s spine. If you or a loved one has recently sustained a spinal cord injury, you are no doubt very anxious to find out what you can expect from the future. Your spinal cord injury prognosis will depend on the location and type of spine injury you sustained. In some cases, you may be able to make a full recovery. In others, your range of motion may be impaired to a certain degree, while the most serious spinal cord injuries usually result in the total loss of the ability to move below the injury.
Our Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. spinal cord injury lawyers work with accident victims through all stages of the process of recovering damages for their injuries. In one recent spinal cord injury settlement, we were able to help out client secure $2.2 million in damages. If someone else’s negligence was the cause of your spine injury, you may be eligible to receive full financial compensation to cover your pain and suffering as well as all medical expenses and lost wages.
The human body has 33 vertebrae, all of which can be affected by injury. Spinal cord injury is a broad term used for any injury to any of the nerves in the spinal column, so there is no single prognosis that someone who has suffered a spine injury can expect. Depending on the severity of the damage to the nerves, the results could be anything from temporary loss of movement and sensation to total paralysis.
Spinal cord shock is extreme swelling of the spinal tissue, which is common following a traumatic injury; it can delay a true diagnosis for six to eight weeks. In some cases, once the spinal shock wears off, the victim regains some feeling and movement. For this reason, doctors frequently wait to make their final diagnosis as to whether the spinal cord injury is complete or incomplete until they are able to discern the full extent of the injury. This means that you may not know what spinal cord injury prognosis to expect until you are already recovering.
The most life-altering effects of spinal cord injuries may be loss of movement and sensation; however, there are other complications that may arise while you continue your treatment and rehabilitation. Depending on the location and severity of your injury, the long-term complications of your spinal cord injury recovery could include:
All of these complications could require you to have long-term care following your spinal cord injury.
At Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P., our goal is to hold the negligent party in your accident responsible for the injuries they caused you. Our personal injury lawyers will review your case and help you decide what steps you should take next. We will work to recover compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages for any injury you sustained.
The spinal cord injury attorneys at our firm are committed to helping accident victims, and we have a record of success in spine injury cases. To set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case, contact us online or call one of our office locations in Washington, D.C., Fairfax or Greenbelt, Maryland.