Catastrophic injuries are those that have severe impacts on the lives of victims and their loved ones. They are also typically those for which there is no clear prognosis, but rather a wait-and-see situation, with the frustration of not knowing for how long you must wait and see. Spinal cord injuries fall in this category.
Depending on the severity of your spinal cord injury, you may experience chronic pain along with weakness and numbness and, if your spinal cord damage is severe, some level of paralysis. The severity will also determine whether your life will become somewhat more normal after a period of rehabilitation, or whether it will leave permanent damage that might make you dependent on others and require medical care for the rest of your life.
If your injury classifies as an incomplete spinal cord injury, it should be good news because it will mean that total or partial recovery is possible. As long as you see improvement, you could have hope. However, the following uncertainties may become overwhelming:
- No one may be able to tell you whether you recovery will happen over months or years.
- Spinal cord injuries can have consequences such as partial paralysis, and you will need to plan for the future. Will the future involve a wheelchair, or will you walk again?
- Should you make the necessary structural changes to your house to accommodate your disability, or do you wait until you have more clarity?
- Should you replace your car with a van that has modifications to accommodate your wheelchair and has an automatic transmission rather than a stick shift?
- What should you do about already made plans to relocate, go on a cruise or any other major undertaking? Do you cancel the arrangements or do you “wait and see?”
What to do?
In many of these unfortunate situations, there may not be any short-term answers to your questions, and you have every right to feel frustrated. However, if another party’s negligence caused your spinal cord injury, there are resources available to help you fight for the recovery of as much as possible of the financial and emotional damages you suffered.
You have the right to seek the support and guidance of an experienced Connecticut personal injury attorney. A lawyer can thoroughly analyze all of the circumstances of your case — including all of your medical records — to determine a monetary value for past and future losses, and then he or she can advocate for you in civil court to ensure the best odds of receiving the maximum amount of compensation to which you are entitled.