The human body depends upon the proper functioning of several complex systems to complete tasks. When one of these systems is damaged in a car accident, the consequences can be long term. Perhaps the most frequently and severely damaged system in the human body during a car accident is the spinal cord. In fact, a spinal cord injury can have devastating consequences from which the body never fully recovers.
Spinal cord injuries are particularly serious not just because of its location extending down the entire back of the torso. The spinal cord is a conduit for a bundle of nerves. Those nerves carry signals from the brain, through the spinal cord and to the extremities. When the spinal cord is damaged in a car accident, messages can no longer be effectively carried from the brain to other parts of the body.
Spinal cord damage is at best slow to heal. At its worst, spinal cord damage can leave a person paralyzed and incapacitated in numerous ways. Many people who suffer an injury to this vital body system never fully recover. They require ongoing medical care. Some must undergo multiple surgeries, and they may require specialized care for the rest of their life.
Most spinal cord injuries are the result of car accidents. When a collision with another vehicle causes such severe damage, then the at-fault driver may be liable for paying for the severe damages suffered by the other driver. At the same time, insurance companies may be reluctant to settle a claim efficiently or for a sufficient amount.
Anyone who has suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident needs to contact a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer.