When a person sustains a spinal cord injury, it’s important that they get medical attention as soon as possible. It’s important not to move a person who you suspect has had a spinal cord injury, as movement can make the injury worse.
Surgery is usually required of a spinal cord injury to remove pressure on the spine caused by fractured vertebra or other causes, and to stabilize the spine to avoid further damage. After surgery, spinal cord injury treatment is all geared towards rehabilitation. The first six months are a crucial period of recovery where individuals who have had a spinal injury will undergo extensive physical and occupational therapy to regain the functions that were lost due to the injury. It’s common for treatment of spinal cord injuries to include treatment of the symptoms associated with a long term hospital stay, such as depression and atrophy.
An Atlanta personal injury attorney can provide more information about your legal rights after a spinal cord injury.