The spinal cord is responsible for transmitting neural signals across the body and controls many important mobility functions. However, when a car crash or other accident causes trauma that affects the spine, victims often suffer severe and life-altering consequences. Because the spinal cord is so significant to the body, recovering from a spinal cord injury can be a long process. Since many spine injuries can cause you to lose some mobility in your arms and legs, this recovery process may involve therapies to help you relearn many essential motor skills, which can be painful as well as costly.
Recovery amounts to more than simply repairing damage to the body. You should also be able to gain peace of mind by obtaining the rightful compensation owed to you if the careless actions of another caused your spinal cord injury. A spinal cord injury attorney from our law firm can help you throughout your spinal cord injury recovery process. We can investigate your accident, and can help you seek damages from the person responsible for your injury. Our offices are conveniently located in Washington, D.C., Fairfax and Greenbelt.
The immediate treatment for a spinal cord injury is meant primarily to prevent any further damage to the spine. This phase begins by immobilizing the spine to prevent more injury. Doctors then address any life-threatening dangers, followed by scans to find out the extent of the spine injury. The initial treatment may require surgery to stabilize the spinal cord. Once the patient’s condition is stable, the individual progresses to the rehabilitation phase.
Normally, rehabilitation for a spinal cord injury takes place in an acute care center. A physiatrist, or a type of doctor that focuses on physical medicine and rehabilitation, leads a team of therapists who will help the patient repair damage caused by the injury. Though actual treatments may vary, the goal of rehabilitation during the acute phase is to make sure the patient is able to perform basic functions such as proper breathing. Doctors will also address any complications such as circulation issues or pressure sores and will work to prevent muscle loss and preserve the patient’s range of motion.
Physical therapists concentrate on building muscle, while occupational therapists work on helping the patient develop the motor skills necessary to perform daily functions. Both therapists will focus on helping patients adapt to their condition with the use of specific equipment. As part of their spinal cord injury recovery, patients may require leg braces or wheelchairs for movement and those with debilitating paralysis may need to learn to use devices that allow them to communicate with others. By the end of the rehabilitation process, the patient will receive the education and tools necessary to be as independent as possible following a spinal cord injury.
Recovering from a spinal cord injury is a lengthy and expensive process. If you sustained a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another, our spinal cord injury attorneys believe that you should not have to pay for your treatment and rehabilitation alone. You may be entitled to pursue compensation for your medical bills and lost income, as well as for your past and future monetary needs.
Reach out to a DC spinal cord injury lawyer for information about how you may be entitled to compensation to cover your medical costs and rehabilitation expenses. Our decades of experience aggressively upholding the rights of personal injury victims and their families gives us a unique insight into your legal needs.
We are here to answer any questions you may have about your options concerning your spinal cord injury recovery, and can discuss our ability to represent your case if you choose to seek damages. We have offices in Washington, D.C. as well as Fairfax, Virginia and Greenbelt, Maryland. Call contact us online today to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer near you.