More than 10,000 people in Delaware and across the country suffer spinal cord injuries each year. About 265,000 Americans are now living with spinal cord injuries. Many of them were victims of car accidents. The location and severity of the spinal damage will play a significant role in the extent of the injuries.
Damage to the cervical part of the spine — the neck region — could cause quadriplegia. Injuries lower down the spine are often less debilitating and life-threatening, but equally traumatic. Whether the spinal cord was severed or fully compressed or simply injured also plays a role in the outcome.
Paralysis affects more than just mobility. Many bodily functions and physical abilities will be affected. Changes in the body usually have an effect on the mind of the victim, and the new challenges often lead to anxiety and depression. Some of the prescribed medication could increase the victim’s vulnerability to developing a mental illness.
If another person’s negligence or recklessness caused the car accident, there might be grounds for a lawsuit to pursue damage recovery. Coping with these drastic changes is naturally overwhelming, and dealing with the legal proceedings without legal counsel could be daunting. Seeking the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney in Delaware can simplify the legal proceedings. A lawyer can increase the chances of achieving a monetary judgment to cover current and future financial and emotional damages.