Spinal Cord Injury Prognosis

Our Reno Personal Injury Attorneys Work With Accident Victims

Photo of a spinal cordIf you have recently sustained a spinal cord injury, one of the most important questions on your mind likely involves what kind of prognosis you can expect to receive. Our Reno personal injury attorney Eric A. Stovall has experience handling cases for victims of spinal cord injury and brain injury. Some of the common causes for spinal cord injuries include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and truck accidents. We work with our clients to recover damages from negligent parties who caused your accident.

What is a Normal Prognosis After a Spinal Cord Injury?

A spinal cord injury can occur in any one or combination of the 33 vertebrae in the human body. The term “spinal cord injury” is a broad one used to describe an injury to any of the nerves in the spinal column. Therefore, no single or simple prognosis exists for spine injury victims. The results could be anything from temporary loss of movement and sensation to total paralysis, depending on the severity of the damage to the nerves.

Severe swelling is common following a traumatic injury. Known as spinal cord shock, this can delay diagnosis for six to eight weeks on average. In some cases, once the spinal shock wears off, the victim regains some feeling and movement. For this reason, doctors frequently defer a prognosis of complete or incomplete until they are able to discern the full extent of the injury.

Complications of Spinal Cord Injuries

Loss of movement and sensation are the most life-altering effects of spinal cord injuries. However, other complications may arise during your treatment and rehabilitation. Depending on the severity of your injury as well as its location, these could include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Inability to control body temperature
  • Bladder and bowel dysfunction
  • Low blood pressure, or inability to regulate blood pressure
  • Danger of injury to numb areas

Long-term care following your spinal cord injury will likely be necessary if you suffer from one or more of these complications.

Speak with Our Reno Accident Lawyers Today in a Free Consultation

You may be entitled to compensation if a negligent party caused your spinal cord injury. Our Reno personal injury lawyers work to recover damages on your behalf including medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and long-term treatment.

Eric A. Stovall believes everyone deserves to understand their rights, so we offer free consultations for injury victims. Contact our Nevada injury lawyer today to discuss your case. You will get a review by an experienced attorney and our realistic opinion as to what kind of case we believe you may have against those who caused your accident.