Motor vehicle accidents are a major cause of spinal cord injuries, but symptoms vary widely depending on the location of the injury.
SCI can result in permanent disability, which will require lifelong treatment. Will workers’ compensation cover the ongoing medical costs?
Perhaps you were driving the company car when another vehicle struck yours at an intersection. If you suffer a spinal cord injury as the result of the crash, you will likely notice a change in sensation and strength below the site of the injury. SCI can disrupt the normal sensory, motor or autonomic functions of the cord, either temporarily or permanently. Symptoms range from numbness or outright pain to paralysis and possible incontinence.
At this time, there is no way to reverse a spinal cord injury, although ongoing research looks promising. Your doctor may prescribe an intensive rehabilitation program that can help minimize damage to the nervous system and restore normal bodily functions to some degree. There are also new developments in cell replacement, nerve regeneration and neuro-rehabilitation that can help patients return to a fulfilling life.
Ongoing medical treatment for SCI is enormously expensive. The first year of treatment alone can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. A relatively young person requiring lifelong care faces medical expenses that will run into the millions. However, even if you face permanent disability, you can expect workers’ compensation to cover your medical costs and lost wages. While you focus on rehabilitation and recovery, you can rely on the help of an advocate who will work on your behalf to ensure that you receive the financial compensation you deserve.