One of the most pressing issues those suffering from spinal cord injuries face is wondering if and when they will recover. Unfortunately, far too many factors affect the prognosis of these victims in Georgia and elsewhere, making it impossible to provide them with the answers they want.
Many treatment options exist to address spinal cord injuries, but at the same time, victims face many obstacles in acquiring such treatment. One of the most severe obstacles is a lack of funds with which to pay providers. Those injured through carelessness – for example in a car accident caused by negligence – may choose to seek compensation for their injuries in a lawsuit. This can go a long way in helping victims pay for the often-expensive medical care they need to aid in recovery.
The following lists contain just a few of the treatment options available for patients with spinal cord injuries.
Hospital treatments in the immediate aftermath
- Immobilization of the affected parts of the spinal cord to prevent additional damage
- Admittance into an intensive care or spinal cord injury ward
- Putting the patient into traction
- Surgery to remove foreign objects or bone fragments that may affect the spine
Long-term spinal cord injury treatments
- Physical therapy designed to strengthen the victim’s muscles
- Occupational therapy to help victims perform basic daily activities like dressing and using the toilet
- Vocational rehabilitation to address the skill level of spinal cord injury patients
- Continuing therapy and treatment to improve quality of life and to address any psychological problems (depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, etc.)
As you can see, the prognosis of victims suffering from spinal cord injuries depends a great deal on their ability to pay for their medical treatment. This is why it is so important to talk over your situation with an injury attorney. With the right approach to seeking a legal solution, it is possible to continue enjoying your life even though your injury has changed that life.