Spinal cord injuries can happen in an instant in a car crash, and they have the potential to change your life forever. A spinal cord injury could result in paralysis, chronic pain, weakness and other effects.
When the spinal cord is injured, the nerve signals from the brain may be blocked and unable to reach some parts of the body. The damage can result in the loss of mobility and feeling.
Are spinal cord injuries permanent?
Generally speaking, spinal cords are permanent. Usually, the damage that has been done cannot be reversed, though thorough rehabilitation and physical therapy can sometimes help strengthen and recover any movement or feeling that would have returned over time.
The recovery options you have will depend on the kind of injury you have suffered. An incomplete injury, for example, may leave you with some sensation and strength or mobility. On the other hand, a complete injury could leave you totally paralyzed.
What should you expect if you file a personal injury lawsuit?
If you decide to file a personal injury claim against the driver who hit you, you should expect a few things. First, your attorney will begin reaching out to those involved to collect information and evidence for your claim. They will speak with the insurance agency for you. If the insurance agency reaches out to you, you should refer them to your attorney.
You may need to provide medical documents to support your claim. You will also want to collect information on your wages and any financial losses you’ve suffered.
Taking all of this together, your attorney will work toward obtaining a settlement for you. If the settlements are unfair, then there is a potential that your case could go to trial.