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Accident-related spinal cord injuries can lead to complications

On Behalf of | Jul 31, 2023 | Personal Injury

If you have ever wondered why it is so important to be cautious when filing a car accident claim, consider this: After spending your accident compensation, what if you learned that your injuries need more treatment or medical attention?

That is often the case with spinal cord injuries, which pose a risk in any vehicle accident. In addition to damaging the spinal cord, these injuries often lead to secondary complications or conditions that require additional medical care.

Respiratory problems

In some patients, a spinal cord injury may affect the nerves that control automated functions like breathing. Unfortunately, this can result in respiratory complications, especially if the injury impacts the neck (cervical) region.

Blood pressure complications

A spine injury can affect the nerves that control blood flow to the heart and the rest of the body. Many patients suffer from orthostatic hypotension (abrupt blood pressure drops) after the injury, and some are plagued by this condition long after suffering the initial damage.

Mental health conditions

Often, the psychological impact of a spinal cord injury is more debilitating than the physical damage victims sustain. Depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms are common after such injuries and can make it difficult to cope with your new circumstances.

How does this connect to your accident claim?

To get the maximum compensation after a catastrophic spinal cord injury, you must be aware of your current needs and those you may face going forward. Be sure to undergo a thorough medical review before you file your claim, and it is also important to familiarize yourself with New Jersey’s complex no-fault auto insurance laws.