Learning to Drive After Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are very serious and can be life changing. Automobile accidents cause 42.1 % of spinal cord injuries. More than 11,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year in the United States, while some victims will experience a full recovery, others will be completely and permanently paralyzed. Car accidents are also frequently the cause of other serious back injuries such as a herniated disc. In both cases the accident victim may require surgery, years of treatment and physical therapy, and the injuries can completely change the life of the victim.
Many victims of spinal cord injury cannot driver due to their injuries (and some may just not want to!). Of course, every case is different. Depending on the severity of your case, you will most likely undergo a great deal of rehabilitation treatment. Once the individual regains fine motor coordination and strength, it may be safe for them to drive again. However, if physical or cognitive problem still exist, it may be very dangerous to drive again.
If you are a spinal cord injury patient, the first step is getting an approval to drive from your doctors. If you require special needs, there are appropriate drivers that can train you. In order to be cleared to drive again you must demonstrate good vision; adequate muscle strength; range of motion and flexibility; good basic coordination; and proper reaction time. Your doctor will be able to make the right judgment.
If you have been the victim of an accident and sustained spinal cord injury, contact the attorneys at Davis Law Group. We are available at (206) 727-4000 24 hours, 7 days a week to help you. We offer a free, no obligation consultation.