Extensive Long Term Effects of Chicago Spinal Cord Injuries

Victims of Chicago automobile accidents who suffer a spinal cord injury often experience a wide array of long term complications. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for this devastating injury or its side effects. Victims may develop medical issues relating to the musculoskeletal, respiratory, urinary, or gastrointestinal systems. Psychological side effects are also common following a Cook County spinal cord injury.

Following recovery from the other injuries caused by the Chicago motor vehicle accident, the spinal cord injury victim may continue to experience the following:

  • Depression
  • Inability to control bladder function
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Kidney infections
  • Kidney or bladder stones
  • Anal incontinence
  • Skin sores or burns due to inability to experience skin sensation
  • Low blood pressure when standing up
  • Pneumonia
  • Swelling
  • Blood clots
  • Dangerously high blood pressure
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Spastic muscles causing tightening
  • Flaccid muscles causing lack of muscle tone
  • Weight loss immediately following the accident
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Infertility
  • Impotence
  • Nerve pain
  • Anxiety

Clearly, the list of potential long term complications following a Chicago spinal cord injury is extensive. In addition to the treatment of the primary injury, the victim may require a variety of treatments to treat the resulting side effects. Many of these complications will last throughout the victim's life. As a result, the patient's family can expect both a physical and emotional adjustment in the months and years following the injury.

With such extensive and severe complications resulting from these injuries, the assistance of a Chicago spinal cord injury attorney is extremely helpful in ensuring that any legal entitlement to damages is protected. For more information and a free consultation, fill out our online form or call our office at (847) 651-7191 today.