Whether you’ve been diagnosed with a spinal cord injury after being involved in a car accident on Chandler roadways or you were a pedestrian who was struck by a car in Phoenix, there’s one thing your healthcare providers need to check for: sleep apnea.
A recent study indicates that up to 77% of people with spinal cord injuries suffer from sleep apnea, which can be a very dangerous condition.
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that causes you to stop breathing. If you have a spinal cord injury, you may also have sleep apnea. However, it can be difficult to detect. It’s important to know that this diagnosis has many negative effects that can make your day-to-day life harder.
Some of the symptoms of sleep apnea include:
If you’ve suffered from a spinal cord injury, whether it was mild, moderate, or severe, it’s important that you have your doctor evaluate you for sleep apnea. Because it’s often a direct result of the injury, and because it may be a condition that requires continuing medical treatment, you’ll need to let your lawyer know if you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea. You may be able to collect damages for your spinal cord injury and your subsequent sleep apnea if the two are connected.