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Nearly 40% of spinal cord injuries come from car accidents

On Behalf of | May 4, 2023 | Personal Injury

Spinal cord trauma is one of the more severe injuries that may result from a car crash. In the United States, motor vehicle accidents cause almost 40% of all spinal cord injuries recorded each year. Victims who suffer spinal trauma may experience bruising and temporary pain, but there is also a chance they may develop a permanent disability.

The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) estimates that the lifetime costs of a spinal cord injury may range from $1.1 million to $5 million. The injury may also significantly reduce the life expectancy of the victim.

How car accidents affect the spinal cord

Cars may weigh thousands of pounds, and the impact of a collision with another vehicle may propel the passenger onto another surface. Landing on any surface with sudden force can cause anyone to contort or bend unnaturally, damaging the spinal column.

When the spinal cord suffers damage, it may affect the nervous system and impair motor function. The severity of the collision and the victim’s overall health are just some of the elements that may influence how a spinal cord injury will affect the sufferer.

Possible effects include:

  • Paralysis
  • Limited mobility
  • Neck and back pain
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Difficulty standing or walking

Most patients who suffer a spinal cord injury experience back pain first. However, some symptoms do not manifest immediately and may develop days or weeks later. Many symptoms associated with spinal cord injuries may prevent someone from working, lower their quality of life, and affect their physical and mental health.

The spinal cord is a crucial part of the body because of its role in the central nervous system. Victims should immediately seek medical attention after an accident to avoid delaying treatment.

Seeking damages

Connecticut is a modified comparative negligence state, which means that victims of motor vehicle accidents may be able to seek compensation if the other person bears the majority of the blame. This regulation allows victims to recover damages even if they had a part in the accident. However, because some individuals may refuse to accept responsibility, it will be crucial to demonstrate that the other party was more to blame.