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4 facts to consider if you suffer a spinal cord injury

On your way to a family fun day outing, your car is crushed by a semitruck. Your family members seem to have escaped largely without any harm. You, however, discover at the scene that you don't have any feeling below your waist. You know something is very wrong.

You get emergency services to the scene and they take you to the hospital. You are told that you have suffered a serious spinal cord injury that is likely going to have a negative impact on the rest of your life. You are left with a lot of questions and thoughts. Consider these four points as you venture out into the new life that you didn't ask for.

#1: The effects can vary

The effects of a spinal cord injury can vary from one case to another. However, they can also vary from one day to another. Often, the body goes through a period of spinal shock during which the effects of the injury seem more pronounced. Once the spinal cord settles down, it is possible that some of the effects you are experiencing are going to abate. Typically, you can expect that injuries that occur higher on the spinal cord will produce more serious results than injuries that occur lower on the spinal cord.

#2: You need to plan carefully

Once you learn about your injury, you will need to plan your medical care carefully. The doctors over your case will likely discuss a plethora of points with you. Pay close attention to each of these. You might have to discuss surgical options, medication management choices, and therapy considerations. Each point in these areas can have a significant impact on how you recover from your injury or learn how to live with the effects.

#3: Think about your finances

Your finances are a huge concern after the accident. You might have to quit your job or take considerable time off. This can harm your standard of living since you won't have the income coming in any longer. While you are dealing with this, you will also have to deal with massive bills coming in from the medical care you need, as well as your regular bills. You should plan carefully for your financial state.

#4: Seeking compensation might be an option

One option that you have for handling the financial aspects of your case is seeking compensation from the trucker who slammed into you. This is done in the civil court and could include more defendants than only the trucker. Evaluating this option carefully is often advisable after a semitruck crash injury of this magnitude.

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