Many New York roadways are constantly crowded. With the amount of traffic that is present, car accidents often occur that result in serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Injuries to the spine are particularly dangerous, and it has been reported by the World Health Organization that car accidents are one of the leading causes of the estimated 250,000 to 500,000 spinal cord injuries that are suffered by people around the world every year.
If there is a spinal cord injury, victims and their families will have a great deal to think about. The effects of such an injury can vary depending on its severity. A victim might end up being completely or partially paralyzed or can lose some sensation. It can also affect vital functions such as breathing and bladder control. The medical costs for the treatment of these injuries can be extensive, and a victim will likely need rehabilitation and long-term care.
Not only do these injuries cause significant damage to the victim, but there are ancillary issues that can arise such as infections and pressure sores. People who have spinal cord injuries are often reliant on others for daily living such as feeding, bathing and transport. They might not be ambulatory on their own and accordingly unable to work.
Families can find themselves in a tough financial and personal situation after a loved one has suffered an injury to the spinal cord. When it is caused by a car accident that was the result of the negligence of another driver, it is sometimes advisable to consider the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney can assist an injured victim in determining the amount and types of damages that could be sought in such an action.