Car accidents, slip and fall accidents and other traumatic events can result in serious injuries. One injury that can have lasting effects on your life and well-being is a spinal cord injury.
Unfortunately, if your spinal cord is injured, you may be left dealing with chronic pain for years or even the rest of your life.
The impact of ongoing chronic pain
If you sustain a spinal cord injury, the pain and discomfort it causes can be long-term. Not only can it make daily activities challenging, but it can be extremely difficult to manage. Over time, it can reduce your quality of life significantly.
Types of pain caused by spinal cord injuries
After a spinal cord injury, you may experience several different types of pain. For example, you may have musculoskeletal pain, which occurs in the muscles, joints or bones. You may also experience visceral pain, which can show as a dull ache in the abdomen resulting from medical issues stemming from your spinal cord injury. Neuropathy may also occur, which involves the nerves damaged in the spinal column.
Ongoing treatment for chronic pain
Unfortunately, chronic pain caused by a spinal injury will likely require ongoing treatment. The cost of this treatment can be high, and the pain may make it impossible for you to work. If the accident was caused by the neglect of another person or entity, you have the legal right to seek compensation from them.
Your legal rights after an accident
It’s a good idea to explore your legal rights after an accident to ensure you receive compensation for the ongoing treatment required for your spinal injury and chronic pain.