Spinal cord injuries have become one of the most common types of injuries sustained by drivers in New York and other parts of the country in car accidents. The World Health Organization estimates that anywhere between 250,000 and 500,000 people around the world suffer spinal cord injuries each year from car crashes, falls or acts of violence. Spinal cord injuries can leave victims with an inability to control their sensory or motor functions and use their arms, legs, back and other parts of their bodies. In some cases, they are left paralyzed after auto accidents.
Motor vehicle accident injuries, including those affecting the spinal cord, can lead to other conditions. Many individuals suffering from spinal cord problems also develop deep vein thrombosis, ulcers or urinary tract infections. They may also often have to deal with chronic pain.
People who have incurred spinal cord injuries have a higher risk of death than people with other types of injuries, especially during the year following their accidents. Their risk of death can become greater if they sustained traumatic brain injuries, concussions, collapsed lungs or other severe injuries as a result of the accident.
A person who develops a spinal cord problem after a car accident may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit for damages if the injury was due to the negligence of another driver. Through the use of accident investigation reports and other evidence, an attorney can attempt to demonstrate that the other driver should be held responsible for the client's injuries. Damages that are sought could include the costs of all required medical care and treatment as well as compensation for lost wages due to an inability to return to work.