Common Spinal Injury Complications

Approximately 1,275,000 Americans reported paralysis because of a spinal cord injury (SCI), according to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Scientists continue researching and searching for a cure, but currently, there is no reversing spinal cord damage.

When an accident victim sustains a spinal cord injury, a lot of attention will go toward preventing and treating spinal injury complications that arise. It’s these complications that are most life threatening. In a 1996 report in the International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, the Klemm Analysis Group in Atlanta explains that 95 percent of spinal injury patients report at least one secondary problem.

Spinal Injury Complications

Health conditions, risks, and complications that may accompany a SCI include:

  • obesity;
  • blood clots;
  • bowel control;
  • pressure sores;
  • cardiac disease;
  • deep vein thrombosis;
  • pulmonary embolism;
  • urinary control issues;
  • pneumonia and other lung problems;
  • spasticity or flaccidity of muscles;
  • osteoporosis and fractures;
  • hyperthermia or hypothermia;
  • diabetes;
  • decreased sexual function;
  • gastrointestinal complications;
  • nerve and joint pain; and
  • depression.

If you or your loved one has a SCI, it’s important to work closely with your medical team and alert them to any signs of complications.

Victims injured in a serious accident caused by another party’s negligence can file a claim or a suit against that party for financial recompense. You’ll want to talk to an attorney in your area that handles personal injury law to see if your accident is compensable.

Discussing the Accident with a Personal Injury Attorney

To see if you’re eligible for compensation after a serious accident, call us at Bressman Law. We will discuss your case with you and explain your legal options. Contact us today 877-538-1116 and set up a free consultation.