In New York and around the world, between 250,000 and 500,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year. Most of these injuries are preventable. One of the primary causes of spinal cord injury is motor vehicle accidents. The highest risk categories for spinal cord injury are young adult and elderly males and teen and elderly females. The symptoms of spinal cord injury are dependent on the location and severity of the injury. Symptoms include loss of sensation or motor control in the arms, legs, or body. More serious symptoms include loss of bowel or bladder control, respiratory problems, and cardiovascular problems. If a spinal cord injury results from a car wreck, it may be accompanied by other serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and whiplash. Spinal cord injuries may also be accompanied by other conditions, such as deep vein thrombosis, urinary tract infections, and osteoporosis. Successful treatment of these conditions may require in-home caregivers or even care in a nursing home, depending on the severity of the injury. This dependence on caregivers is often part of a vicious cycle for spinal cord injury victims, as it can lead to depression. Depression reduces the prospects for improved health, requiring the continued need for caregivers. An individual who suffers a spinal cord injury in a motor vehicle accident may experience high medical bills and loss of income. Consultation with an attorney who handles car accident cases may help the victim recover medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering through settlement negotiations with the parties’ insurers. In the event settlement negotiations are unsuccessful, the attorney may be able to file a legal complaint to pursue damages in state or federal court.
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