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Complete versus incomplete spinal cord injuries

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Suffering a spinal cord injury is the start of a life that’s not what you were used to before the injury. Understanding the factors determining how the injury will affect your life may be beneficial. One of these is the location of the damage on the spinal cord because the impacts will always occur below that area. 

Another factor is the type of injury that you’re dealing with. There are two primary classifications of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete. These are significantly different, so it’s critical to learn what type you have.

What is a complete injury?

A complete injury means you don’t have any feeling or ability to move the area of the body below the injury. This means the higher the injury, the more area of the body is affected by the injury. All nerve pathways are entirely severed at the site of the injury. These injuries aren’t very likely to have a full healing. 

What is an incomplete injury?

An incomplete injury means you have some, albeit limited, feeling and motion below the injury. This is because there are still some nerve pathways connected. Incomplete injuries typically have a higher chance of better recovery than incomplete ones. 

Getting medical care and extended, potentially lifelong, assistance is costly. Victims who are injured because of someone else’s negligence may choose to seek compensation. This is an opportunity to attempt to have some injury expenses covered by the negligent party. Working with someone familiar with these cases is critical so they can evaluate the circumstances and determine how to proceed. 


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