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An Iowa Catastrophic Injury May Lead to Spinal Cord Injury

If you or someone you love has been involved in a high impact Iowa car crash, vehicle rollover, sports injury, or serious fall and sustained a spinal cord injury, you probably already know the severity of this injury. Spinal cord injuries are serious and complicated, and are generally caused when there is trauma to the head, neck, or spine. 

Iowa spinal cord injuries often result from a serious car accident when a victim is involved in a rollover. When a rollover occurs, the roof of a vehicle is often compromised and could collapse, crushing the driver's or passenger's head, neck or spine. Other ways spinal cord injury could occur include:

  • Seatbelt failure

  • Seatback collapse

  • Tire tread separating

  • Power windows retracting

Spinal cord injuries may occur for many different reasons; however, rollovers still produce the highest rate of spinal cord injuries. Rollovers are more common in SUVs due to their narrow wheelbase and higher center of gravity. However, rollovers can still occur with passenger vehicles. 

When a spinal cord injury occurs, an area of the spinal cord is damaged or crushed and does not allow the brain to relay messages to other parts of the body. This catastrophic injury often leads to paraplegia or quadriplegia because the muscles and nerves below the injury are impaired. However, each victim may experience the trauma differently depending upon the specific location of the injury. 

Most people who suffer from spinal cord injury in Iowa typically experience a loss of sensation. Other side effects include: chronic pain, inability to regulate blood pressure, low blood pressure, and bladder problems. If the injury is more severe, it may involve paralysis and a ventilator for breathing may be required. 

There are two groups of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete. An incomplete spinal cord injury will usually leave the victim with some degree of functionality; whereas, a complete spinal cord injury may leave a victim paralyzed for life. Unfortunately, there is no cure for a complete spinal cord injury. 

If you or a family member has been injured in a serious Cedar Rapids, Des Moines or Iowa City car crash and sustained a spinal cord injury, you will need a knowledgeable Iowa injury attorney who can help you receive the highest possible compensation to deal with your life altering injury. You may be eligible to receive financial compensation for:

  • Hospital bills

  • Future medical care

  • Los of income

  • Physical therapy

  • Vocational rehabilitation

Serious Iowa car crashes can be devastating and leave you with life-long issues. Contact an experienced Cedar Rapids injury attorney at the law firm of Brady Preston Gronlund and receive a free legal consultation. Call (319) 866-9277 today.

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