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What treatment is necessary after a spinal cord injury?

On Behalf of | Jul 19, 2022 | Car Accidents

If you suffer a spinal cord injury in a car crash, you can expect to have six figures worth of medical expenses, even if the injury is incomplete. Damage to your spinal cord or an injury that severs the spinal cord will affect both physical sensation and motor function throughout the body below the site of the injury. What kind of medical treatment will you likely require after a spinal cord injury? 

Emergency medical care. One of the most expensive aspects of treating a spinal cord injury is providing emergency care immediately after the injury. Some people may require weeks of hospitalization or surgery for their body to start healing, with care costs averaging tens of thousands of dollars. 

Rehabilitative care

Physical therapy, occupational therapy and help adjusting to the use of a walker, crutches or a wheelchair will be an important part of recovering function after a spinal cord injury. Such care may lead to ongoing expenses for the rest of someone’s life or intensive costs for several years. 

Mental health support

For many people, the psychological response to a spinal cord injury is the worst part of the experience, people often experienced profound depression, especially if their injury prevents them from working or forces them to stop enjoying activities that they previously participated yet, such as running marathon. 

It is common for the costs caused by spinal cord injuries to be far higher than what insurance will pay. Aggressively pursuing compensation may be necessary if you suffered a spinal cord injury in a car crash and need compensation for medical expenses and lost wages.