On-the-job injuries can be devastating. If they’re severe enough, these injuries can permanently or temporarily knock victims out of the labor force.
That’s especially true for those who suffer spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries occur when a traumatic blow to the spine fractures, dislocates or compresses the vertebrae.
Spinal cord damage is unique because it can affect multiple parts of the body. Since a healthy spinal cord is crucial for an active nervous system, any damage to it can result in permanent changes. Those can include changes to a person’s strength, sensation and other essential motor functions.
Spinal cord injuries can make it harder for people to control things like their arms or legs, leading to immobility. If a person’s spinal injury is “complete,” a person loses all mobility above and below their spinal cord. That means the person can no longer move their arms or legs. If a person’s spinal injury is “incomplete,” that means they’ve only lost partial mobility. Incomplete injuries can vary, as not every victim loses mobility in all the same parts of their body.
Those with physically demanding jobs may not be able to return to work if they have serious spinal cord damage. Even if they can recover, they may still deal with the following:
Attorneys who specialize in workers’ compensation can work to get injury victims the compensation they deserve. Not only can these funds cover medical expenses, but they can also put injured workers through training to put them in new jobs.