A spinal cord injury can dramatically change your life. Even if the injury doesn’t paralyze you, it will likely still significantly impact your life. One impact that’s pretty consistent with spinal cord injuries is that the road to recovery is long.
Even when a person isn’t expected to have a full recovery, they will still need to work to recover as much function as they can. This isn’t going to be easy. Rehabilitation after a spinal cord injury takes a lot of time and effort.
Spinal cord damage is only one problem
Some people think that the spinal cord damage is the only thing that might impact their recovery. This isn’t the case. Secondary complications can hinder their ability to recover. Some of these include:
- Depression and anxiety
- Pain, including nerve pain
- Changes in bowel and bladder habits
- Muscle atrophy or spasms
- Breathing trouble
- Pressure sores
In many cases, a person with a spinal cord injury will have several specialists on their medical care team. This includes physical and occupational therapists, doctors, and mental health professionals. Making it to all those appointments, paying for them, and still being able to enjoy a good quality of life can be difficult.
Anyone who’s dealing with a spinal cord injury because of the negligence of another person should ensure that they explore their option to seek compensation. This can help them offset the expenses related to the injury. It can also hold the negligent party accountable for their actions. It’s important to act quickly because Georgia law has statutes of limitations for litigation.