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Spinal cord injuries can have major health and financial impacts

You may not even remember much about the day you suffered your spinal cord injury. The trauma of the experience may have wiped it from your memory, and you may have mixed feelings about that fact. Still, you have plenty of reminders that your life is no longer the same.

The issues that can stem from a spinal cord injury are major. Unfortunately, the injury may give way to a greater susceptibility to serious medical conditions later in your life. As a result, you know you have a long road ahead of you when it comes to caring for your health and learning to live life differently than before your injury.

Possible health conditions

Though thinking about the possible issues that could stem from your injury can be discouraging and painful to consider, having this information may play an important part in your case should you choose to pursue compensation from the party or parties considered liable for your serious injury. Some issues you could face include the following:

  • Chronic pain
  • Tetraplegia
  • Paraplegia
  • Bladder and bowel dysfunction
  • Blood clots
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Pneumonia
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Shorter life expectancy

Unfortunately, any of these conditions could affect you, and your injury could make it much more difficult to find suitable treatment. As a result, many of these conditions could prove life-threatening. Still, you can obtain medical treatment, rehabilitation assistance, therapy and other help so that you can live your life as best as possible.

Costs associated with care

In addition to having to contend with the impacts of these conditions on your physical and mental state, financial repercussions also come into play. In the first year after a spinal cord injury, it is not unusual for patients to see $320,000 to $985,000 in treatment costs. Over the course of a patient's life, it is possible for expenses to reach $5 million.

Understandably, you do not want to find yourself or your family saddled with the burden of these overwhelming expenses. Fortunately, you have legal options for pursuing compensation against the person or people considered responsible for your life-changing injury. Consulting with a California personal injury attorney could help you gain more information on your legal options and how to approach a potential case in the best manner possible. Though filing a claim cannot turn back the clock, it may give you a better chance to pursue a meaningful future.

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