The spine is one of the most important parts of the body, and damage to it can lead to severe consequences. Even a minor trauma to the spinal cord can result in loss of function and problems with various parts of the body. Some people who suffer from this type of injury can actually find that they are unable to work again, and they may need ongoing physical and medical support.
After a serious accident, you may find that damage to your spine affected your ability to continue with the same job you had or to find a different type of employment. How will support your family if you cannot work? How will you get the money you need to pay for medical care and different types of assistance you need to have a certain quality of life?
The impact of your spinal injury
Some types of spinal cord injuries result in complete loss of movement or function in certain parts of the body. Depending on the location of the damage, a person can experience loss of movement in his or her legs or even arms and legs. As you can imagine, this is the most serious implication of some types of spinal cord injuries.
Perhaps the injury to your spine did not leave you with complete loss of function, but that does not mean the implications are not serious. Depending on various factors, such as the location of the injury and the severity of the impact, people who experience trauma to the spine may experience some of the following effects:
- Changes in sensation or changes in the way the body reacts to hot or cold
- Loss of movement or control in certain parts of the body
- Difficult breathing or changes in breathing
- Loss of sexual function or fertility
- Spasms or changes in reflexes
Every person is different, and every spinal cord injury is different. It may not be immediately clear how your injury will affect your life, including your ability to work. If you are no longer able to work, you may be able to secure disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.
Getting the support you need
If you are unable to work, you may want to explore your options for seeking financial support through a disability claim. Even with a severe spinal injury, it can be difficult to get benefits on the first claim attempt. If you are considering moving forward with a claim, you may want to start with a complete assessment of your case with a legal advocate experienced in the complexities of the claims process.