Anyone in Florida who has ever been involved in any kind of accident knows that they can cause a variety of different injuries. Some of these injuries are minor such as bumps and bruises, but others are more severe such as broken bones, major cuts requiring stitches, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and many others. Each of these injuries affects the body and a person's life in various ways. Some heal quickly or do not prohibit a person from doing most activities, while others such as spinal cord injuries can take years to heal and may never heal.
Spinal cord injuries are classified into five categories depending on the severity of the injury and what the injury prohibits the body from doing. These injuries also can have a number of effects on the body as well. Most people are aware that spinal cord injuries can cause paralysis, but there are a number of other problems associated with spinal cord injuries.
Spinal cord injuries can affect a person's breathing if the muscles and nerves around the neck and chest are injured. Sometimes the treatment for the breathing problems can also lead to pneumonia and other respiratory complications. There can be complications with the heart and circulatory system if the nerves controlling the heart are damaged. Muscle tone can waste away due to underuse. Bowel and bladder problems are associated with many spinal cord injuries as the nerves controlling those functions can be damaged. Spinal cord issues can also cause depression. There are other issues that arise with spinal cord injuries as well.
Often times after people in Florida suffer a spinal cord injury, their whole life changes. This can include not being able to work or enjoy other daily life activities. If the injury was caused due the negligence of another, these injuries can be particularly difficult to handle. People in this situation may be able to receive compensation for their injuries though. Experienced spinal cord injury attorneys understand the life-changing effects these injuries have and may be a useful resource as one recovers.
Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, "Spinal Cord Injury: Hope through research" accessed on March 2, 2015