Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is a crucial part of the body. It carries nerve signals from the brain to the extremities and vice versa. Unfortunately, because it is a column of nerves, it is possible to damage the spinal cord to the point that the signals can’t be transmitted. When a spinal cord injury occurs, it is frequently irreversible.
Depending on where the injury to the spinal cord occurs, the disability that results from the injury varies. If the injury to the spine occurs lower down on the spinal cord, only the lower part of the body will be affected. This can leave a person unable to walk and wheelchair bound for the rest of his or her life. If the person’s spine is damaged higher up on the cord, more of the body can be left paralyzed.
These injuries come with permanent levels of disability. The disability can mean that the person will be confined to varying levels of wheelchairs. There can also be problems eating, breathing, drinking, and taking care of all of life’s most basic needs.
A person who has been left nearly completely paralyzed is facing a lifetime of medical appointments and difficulties. Many, depending on the degree of paralysis, require round-the-clock care from trained professionals. All of this gets expensive.
Contact an Indianapolis Social Security Lawyer
If you or someone you love has experienced a debilitating spinal cord injury and is in need of disability assistance, contact the Indianapolis social security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at 317-634-8565 to discuss your situation.