Many car accident victims are left with life-changing spinal cord injuries. Chronic pain can follow broken communication between the body and the brain. The spinal cord serves as a link between the two. As an example, it allows movement and sensation of the legs. In the event of severe spinal cord damage, it may be nearly impossible to repair or treat the condition.
The effects of spinal cord injuries sometimes don’t manifest right away after an accident, and they might take a few days to appear. A spinal cord injury can have severe consequences for a victim’s health and well-being, and this kind of injury can cause irreversible damage. Often, the impact of a collision causes misalignment of the spine.
Potential consequences of spinal cord injuries
Serious trauma can severely damage the spinal cord, vertebrae, discs, ligaments and tissues. Regardless of the extent of spinal cord injury, damage to the nervous system can impair functioning and movement. The location of the injury and the intensity of the trauma could determine which of the following symptoms are present:
- Loss of feeling
- Chronic pain
- Muscle spasms
- Breathing difficulty
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
Victims of rear-impact collisions might avoid spinal cord damage, but the whiplash movement typically suffered in such accidents could cause chronic pain in the back and neck. Victims of car accidents caused by the negligence of others might have grounds to pursue financial relief through the Ontario civil justice system. Spinal cord injuries could lead to long-term medical treatment, therapy and other medical expenses, along with loss of income.