The force of the impact at the time of a car wreck can lead to a host of injuries. A spinal cord injury is one that’s catastrophic and can have a profound impact on the victim’s life. While it’s possible that some spinal cord injuries may heal in a manner that enables the person to return to their full abilities, there are times when paralysis and other impacts of the injury will remain.
There are a few things that come into the picture when it comes to what a person can do after a spinal cord injury. A medical evaluation after the injury can provide a wealth of information about what’s going on and what the person can expect.
Healing may take a long time
Healing after a spinal cord injury won’t be quick. Even if the person has an incomplete injury, which means that some nerve pathways remain connected at the location of the injury, they’ll likely need prolonged medical care and other treatment options, such as physical therapy.
When the injury cannot fully heal, the treatment plan usually focuses on learning how to make the most of the person’s abilities.
Victims of car crashes who suffer a spinal cord injury should ensure they get immediate medical care. The medical care will likely need to continue for a long time. In some cases, as long as the person is living. Some individuals may opt to pursue a claim for compensation for the expenses related to the wreck. Time limits apply to these cases in South Dakota, so work with someone who can handle the legal side of matters while you focus on healing.