Submitted by: N Glover
The most common causes of spinal injuries include road traffic and motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, work and sports accidents as well as assaults and, on occasion, medical negligence. Whatever the actual cause of an injury the effect can be traumatic, not only to the sufferer but also to their friends and family.
Time, Patience and Perseverance
For many people life will never be the same again with the consequences of a bad injury potentially far-reaching and long term. Vertebral fractures and damage to the spinal cord may lead to damage of the nervous system, which in turn can effect a person’s movement, sensation and how well the body systems function. Such injuries often demand expert and ongoing medical support and can lead to a lifetime of care. In the UK alone some 2000 people suffer traumatic spinal cord injury leading to permanent paralysis every year.
Dealing with spinal injuries requires time, patience and perseverance. Though the causes of the injuries and the nature of the damage inflicted by a spinal injury will vary from person to person, one thing usually common amongst all sufferers is that recovery will be a long and difficult road. That journey begins with an initial treatment programme and continues through supportive care and various forms of rehabilitation, possibly for the rest of the victim s life.
For both the patient and their loved ones there are many challenges ahead, emotional, physical, psychological and logistical. Particularly relevant for many are the potential financial implications of the injury. Treating and supporting long term spinal injuries is a hugely expensive business. Not only are there medical costs at the outset in the form of the initial treatment, surgery, hospitalisation and medication, but there are ongoing and often unforeseen expenses such as the costs involved in purchasing specialist equipment like wheelchairs or the expense in converting a home to make it suitable for wheelchair access. Long term care often also involves an element of specialised home care as well as continued medication or even surgery.
The Long Road to Recovery Made Easier
When it comes to taking back control of the situation and trying to move things forward in as organised and as useful a way as possible, it’s always important to have trustworthy and experienced legal input. Victims and their families need the sort of advice and guidance that is going to ensure that everything is taken care of in their best interests.
When you are trying to cope with the consequences of a serious accident, it’s important to deal with legal specialists who really know what they are talking about. Spinal injury victims need legal experts with the experience to make sure that they get all the financial and medical help they need and are able to quickly get things back on track.
More than that, experienced trauma specialists will offer a broad and balanced support realising too that physical therapy, occupational therapy, and counselling for emotional support are all important aspects of recovery. Use their input and advice to help make the long and difficult road to recovery as easy as possible.
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