Living with a serious injury can be difficult, especially when it leaves you with a disability. Sadly, many people who are involved in traffic accidents are left with spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries can be complete or incomplete, but both forms have the potential to have lasting consequences.
Complete injuries are what they sound like; people who suffer them have completely severed their spinal cords. On the other hand, and incomplete injury occurs when the spinal cord is only partially severed.
Spinal injuries happen most often when there is a sudden and traumatic impact to the spine. This can fracture or dislocate the vertebrae, putting pressure on the spinal cord. In some cases, the spinal cord tissues may be completely severed.
In the majority of cases, the spinal cord will not be totally severed. Instead, the injury will often leave patients with various levels of feeling and strength. Interestingly, while spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis, some of them allow for a full recovery.
What should you do if you suffered a spinal cord injury due to medical malpractice?
Regardless of the cause of the injury, it’s important that you seek medical care and treatment. Stick with the treatment plan that you’re given, so that you can show that you’re following your doctor’s orders. While you seek treatment, you can also reach out to your attorney for help with a medical malpractice claim. If you are able to show that your injuries resulted from medical errors, then you should be able to pursue compensation from the hospital, facility or provider who harmed you. Our website has more on the steps to take next.