Perhaps you were stopped, waiting for the traffic light to change, when another driver struck your car from behind.
You sustained a spinal cord injury, or SCI, and you will need treatment for the foreseeable future. How will you manage to pay the medical bills, especially if you are not able to work?
The spinal cord is basically a bundle of nerves responsible for carrying information or impulses from the brain to other locations in the body. Damage to the spinal cord can interrupt this work and cause either temporary or permanent changes in function. SCI results from trauma. For example, the rear-end collision may have fractured vertebrae, which, in turn, damaged your spinal cord.
Learning about symptoms
A spinal cord injury is not always apparent at the time of a traumatic blow to the spine. You may experience digestive problems, coughing or difficulty breathing, which could also indicate some other medical issue. However, SCI often results in paralysis of arms and legs, or the legs only, depending on the location of the injury. In addition to loss of mobility, you may experience exaggerated reflex movements; loss of sensation such as the ability to feel touch, cold or heat; loss of bladder control or various levels of pain.
Managing treatment options
The spinal cord is not able to repair itself if damaged, so currently, there is no cure for SCI. Still, there are several different treatment options, such as medication, rehabilitation programs and devices that can restore bladder control and other functions such as easier breathing and even arm or leg movements. Keep in mind that a spinal cord injury may require a long period of hospitalization and that treatment may last for a lifetime. Wondering how you will pay for such treatment can be deeply concerning. However, as the victim of a vehicle collision, you have a right to expect a full and fair settlement to cover both your current and future medical expenses, lost wages and more.