For most people, broken bones are a painful but may only result in temporary disability.You may need compensation for time spent in the hospital and off work, but can soon return to your regular daily activities.
Sometimes there are long-term effects that can cause you problems for a long time following your accident. If you suffer broken bones in your spinal column, the effects can be catastrophic.
At Romeo Pitaro Injury and Litigation Lawyers, we can help with any kind of orthopedic injury, fracture or spinal injury.
Far More Serious Than Sticks And Stones
With any broken bone, you may be at risk of needing repeated surgery, especially if you have any kind of hardware such as plates or screws installed. Arthritis and chronic pain can also become problematic and lead to disability, affecting your ability to return to your pre-accident abilities.
If your back or neck is injured, the damage can be even more severe. Because the spinal column has so many bones and muscles, and is so important to your entire body’s function, even a minor injury can be destructive. Fractured vertebrae, torn muscles and damaged discs can affect your mobility and your senses. If you have a spinal cord injury, you may suffer from:
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Difficulty walking, bending, sitting, standing, lifting and reaching
- Difficulty driving
- Shooting pains or numbness due to nerve damage
- Chronic headaches and chronic pain
A neck or back injury may even result in you being unable to do your job or take care of yourself or your family. This can be emotionally devastating, deeply affecting your life and taking away your independence.