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Understanding Complete and Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries


September 16, 2020

Spinal cord injuries can happen instantaneously and these catastrophic injuries are often devastating. A car or truck crash, a fall down stairs, or a slip and fall at the workplace are all capable of inflicting harm on a person’s spinal cord. The spinal cord is responsible for transmitting signals from the brain to the rest of the body and from the body to the brain. The spinal cord is an essential part of the central nervous system, and so any damage to the spinal cord can temporarily or permanently interfere with your body’s ability to send and receive these important messages. This, in turn, can dramatically impact your ability to return to work, to provide for your family, or even enjoy the sports and activities that make life pleasurable.

There are two general types of spinal cord injuries:

  • Complete Spinal Cord Injuries - Complete spinal cord injuries are said to occur when all nerve communication to and from the brain and the site of the injury has ceased. In other words, the brain’s signals are not able to travel below the site of the spinal cord injury nor can signals or sensations below the site of the injury generally reach the brain. A complete spinal cord injury is what can cause paralysis: the temporary or permanent inability to utilize or control any part of the body below the site of the injury.  Even with such medical intervention, though, the individual may never recover full mobility and/or independence depending on the diagnosis.

  • Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries - Incomplete spinal cord injuries result in an impairment in communication between the brain and the parts of the body below the injury site, but some communication may still occur. Someone with an incomplete spinal cord injury may still be able to walk, but he or she may also experience pain, a “tingling” sensation called neuropathy, numbness or weakness in these lower body parts. Therapy and medical treatment may, over time, help alleviate this pain and limitations, but complete recovery is not guaranteed.

The more serious the injury, the less likely a complete recovery is too occur. Any injury to the spinal cord should receive prompt medical attention in order to lessen the chance of serious and permanent complications from occurring.

Montlick & Associates: Those Suffering from Spinal Cord Injuries or Paralysis Deserve Experienced and Compassionate Representation

Since 1984, Montlick & Associates, Injury Attorneys, has had a singular focus: to help those who have been hurt in accidents recover compensation for their injuries. Injury victims left with paralysis or injuries to their spinal cord are often in need of considerable financial damages due to the long recovery periods and/or permanent limitations associated with injuries to the spinal cord. Montlick & Associates has recovered over $2 billion in compensation* for our personal injury clients. We have built our reputation as skilled advocates for injured clients one case at a time, and if we accept your case, we will give your spinal cord injury or paralysis case the personal attention and effort it deserves.  

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While we hope you are safe and never need our services, we are here to help you if you are involved in any type of accident or just have a question.  Call Montlick & Associates, Injury Attorneys, for your free consultation today. Our law firm has been representing those who suffer serious injuries for over 37 years and our attorneys have recovered billions of dollars for our clients. We Know What It Takes To Win!™

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Source:

https://www.aans.org/en/Patients/Neurosurgical-Conditions-and-Treatments/Spinal-Cord-Injury

Category: Personal Injury

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