Paralysis may be one of the most feared medical conditions that a person can experience. Many people will openly state that the idea of having limited mobility for the rest of their lives terrifies them. Quite a few people who become paralyzed suffer injuries to their back or spinal cord that impact their motor function and sensation below the injury site.

Spinal cord injuries are associated with car crashes with good reason. The high speeds at which vehicles travel and the violent motions that result from a collision are often more than enough to cause debilitating spinal injuries. Not only can such an injury impact someone’s quality of life, but it can also impact their career and independence.

If you or someone you love has a mobility-limiting injury caused by damage to the spine or the spinal cord from a car crash, is a recovery from such a serious injury possible?

The severity of the injury impacts the prognosis of the victim

Some people who lose motor control and sensation in the areas affected by a spinal injury can eventually recover both sensation and functional control. Whether or not such an incredible outcome is likely will relate to the severity of the injury.

Incomplete spinal cord injuries may involve pinching or tearing to the spinal cord or major nerves. With treatments or time to heal, these incomplete injuries that did not actually sever the spinal cord may improve. That means that the person dealing with the injury will be able to use the body parts below the injury site with the right support and help.

However, for those with complete spinal cord injuries that sever the spinal cord, there is not currently medical treatment that will allow for full healing and the recovery of function.

Paralysis often comes with a big price tag

Whether a spinal cord injury is complete or incomplete, the costs associated with care and assistive technology will likely consume a lot of your family’s resources. Savings and insurance benefits alone may not be enough to get someone with a spinal injury the highest possible caliber of care.

Pursuing a personal injury claim against a driver who causes a spinal cord injury through reckless driving can help reduce the financial impact of treatment related to paralysis.