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Why spinal cord injuries can be so devastating

No one in New York likes being hurt or injured, but injuries are inevitable. They vary significantly in the severity of the injury though. Sometimes people suffer minor injuries such as bruises, small cuts, strains and other types of relatively minor injuries. Other times people suffer major injuries such as torn ligaments, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and others. In between those two extremes are many other types of injuries as well.

While all types of injuries can have an effect on people’s lives, it is usually the major ones that will really change how people live at a minimum while they are recovering and in some cases the changes will be permanent. One of the major injuries that can potentially change the victims’ lives permanently is a spinal cord injury. Like other injuries, the severity of spinal cord injuries can vary, but sometimes people will no longer be able to do certain things for the rest of their lives.

Effects of spinal cord injuries

The spinal cord is responsible for sending the messages from the brain to the rest of the body. So, when the spinal cord is injured, messages do not arrive the intended destination and the body part will not know what to do. Therefore, some people will suffer paralysis as the result of a spinal cord injury. This could be partial or full paralysis depending where on the spinal cord injury occurred. People may lose the ability to move certain body parts, sense hot and cold, lose control of their bowels, have difficulty breathing, have pain sensations at the ends of their nerves and other complications.

In addition to the physical problems, people in New York who suffer spinal cord injuries may also suffer financial difficulties. Spinal cord injuries require significant medical treatment which can become very costly. They also may lose income if they cannot work. Spinal cord injuries occur in many different ways, but if they are caused due to the negligence of others, the victims may be able to receive compensation, which can at least ease the financial difficulties. Experienced attorneys understand how devastating spinal cord injuries can be and may be a useful resource.