The long-term damage a spinal-cord injury can cause varies from person
to person, but the symptoms can be severe. While some people may only
suffer minor complications, others may find that they impact their lives
every day. These long-term complications should be considered when you
seek compensation for your spinal cord injury.
Some of the common symptoms you could face include losing bowel control,
losing skin sensation, and suffering from poor circulatory control. Your
bowels may be affected because the nerves aren’t being stimulated
in the ways they once were. Fortunately, there are techniques to help
you optimize your bowel function during recovery.
Skin sensations can also be lost below the point of injury. Sometimes,
you lose part of the sensation and are left with tingling, pain, or a
hot or cold feeling. Other times, the area may be completely numb.
If you lose circulatory control, it means that you may struggle with a
number of symptoms like low blood pressure, edema in your extremities,
or even blood clots because of pooling blood in your legs. Autonomic hyperreflexia
is also possible; this is a life-threatening rise in your blood pressure.
If you are at risk of this condition, you should be taught by your rehabilitation
team about how you can deal with the problem.
Our website has more information on spinal cord injuries and what you should
do if you’re ready to make a claim for compensation. You need to
consider all aspects of your injury before you’ll be ready to consider
a settlement offer or know what to ask for in a lawsuit.