The recovery time needed for a spinal cord injury will vary wildly from a small injury to a massive one. An injury such as whiplash will take a significantly shorter period of time to recover from than a complete or incomplete injury resulting in paralysis or other more advanced symptoms.
For any kind of spinal cord injury, however, the recovery time can be divided into acute and rehabilitative. Acute recovery refers to the period of time where the injury needs to be kept immobilized. This will likely occur at the hospital. Then, after being released from the hospital, most spinal cord injuries will require some kind of rehabilitative stay.
A spinal cord injury usually requires a stay with a rehabilitative facility where the patient will undergo intensive therapies designed to recover all possible functions. This period of time can take six months to several years, depending on how quickly the patient is able to make progress in his or her individual medical case.
If a spinal cord injury was caused by someone else’s actions or negligence, an Atlanta personal injury attorney can provide more information about your legal options.