Spinal Cord Injury Complications

When you suffer from a spinal cord injury, you are forced to deal with many complications, including:

  • Bladder control issues: Because your brain cannot control your bladder, you may deal with urine retention and/or incontinence. Loss of bladder control often results in stones, urinary tract infections, and kidney infections. You will need to learn new ways to empty your bladder, such as catheters.
  • Bowel control issues: You will not be able to identify when you need to have a bowel movement, which requires you to learn new techniques to regulate your bowel function.
  • Changes in skin sensation: What and how you feel will change. You may lose all or a great deal of skin sensation, which means you will be unable to feel hot, cold, pressure, or cuts. You will have to be careful to visually check your skin for issues. You also will need to be cognizant of changing position to avoid pressure sores.
  • Circulatory issues: Spinal cord injuries can result in circulatory problems, including low blood pressure and swelling in your legs and feet. You may face an increased risk of blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolus, and autonomic hyperreflexia.
  • Muscle deterioration: You may experience spasticity, which is the uncontrolled tightening of your muscles and flaccidity, which is soft muscles that lack muscle tone. Rehabilitation will provide ways to prevent and respond to these issues.
  • Respiratory issues: Depending on the placement of your spinal cord injury, you may have trouble breathing, coughing, and clearing your lungs on your own. This can put you at increased risk for pneumonia.
  • Sexual dysfunction: As a man with a spinal cord injury, you may face changes associated with getting and maintaining and erection and ejaculation. As a woman with a spinal cord injury, you may experience changes in lubrication and difficulty or an inability to orgasm.
  • Physical pain: Spinal cord injuries are often misunderstood in the sense that a lack of sensation and movement is associated with a lack of pain. However, you may experience muscle pain, joint pain, and nerve pain.
  • Immunodeficiency: Spinal cord injuries can disrupt your white blood cells and place you at a greater risk for infections.
  • Depression: It can be difficult to cope with a sudden and drastic change in your physical capabilities. Spinal cord injuries are often linked with depression and other mental health issues.

It is in part because of these many and serious complications that it is important for you to work with our Springfield spinal cord injury lawyers. We take all of these future possibilities into account when calculating your damages.


Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injury

Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Falls
  • Assault, gunshot wounds, and other violent acts
  • Birth injuries
  • Medical malpractice
  • Sports and athletic activities (diving, trampoline)
  • Workplace accidents
  • Alcohol use
  • Diseases

Medical conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, and cancer can lead to spinal cord injuries without anyone being at fault. However, many spinal cord injuries are the result of carelessness, recklessness, and intentional or malicious conduct. At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., we routinely handle claims in which our clients suffered a spinal cord injury due to another party’s negligence. We represent car crash victims, those injured in falls on dangerous properties, victims of medical malpractice, and much more. Any time you believe your or your loved one’s spinal injury is another person or business’s fault, call us to discuss your options.


Let us Fight For Your Compensation

When you are suffering from a spinal cord injury, it is essential that you work with an experienced attorney to obtain as much compensation as possible from the at-fault party. Due to the nature of your injury, you will have extensive medical bills now and in the future. You will have many lost wages, and if you are disabled, an obvious reduced earning capacity. You also are going through a physically and emotionally painful situation, and you can anticipate pain in your future.

You are suffering a tremendous amount of damages, and by working with Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., you are in the best position to fight for the maximum amount of compensation possible.

To learn more, contact us online or call (217) 528-9955 for a free, no-risk consultation.