What Are the Different Types of Spinal Cord Injuries?

The spine is an extremely fragile part of the body, so when a spinal cord injury occurs, the results are almost always devastating, either immediately or over time. It is highly likely that extreme and/or permanent discomfort will occur, as well as at least some level of debilitation. The potential consequences of a spinal cord injury can include temporary or permanent paralysis, pain, numbness in extremities, headaches, difficulty standing, and muscle stiffness. Depending on the severity of the injury, it can be extremely life-altering, both for you and your family. Furthermore, any recovery from a spinal cord injury can take years and years of rehabilitation and treatment. As a result, the continued costs of therapy and care can be astronomical.

There are three major types of spinal cord injuries: paraplegia, quadriplegia, and paralysis. With paralysis, there is some hope of recovery through rehabilitation, in that the victim eventually will regain some sensation or control. If the injury occurs farther up the spine, however, the consequences are more severe. Paraplegia occurs when paralysis affects all or part of the person’s trunk, legs, and pelvic organs. Quadriplegia occurs when paralysis affects essentially every extremity and part of the body below the person’s neck.

A spinal cord injury can be complete, in that there is no feeling below the site of the injury. If the injury is incomplete, however, then the person still may have some sensation below the injury site. A series of tests following the injury will determine the completeness of the person’s spinal cord injury.

When you or a family member suffers serious or fatal injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, from a motor vehicle crash or any other type of accident, that is caused by the negligence of another person, you may have a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim under Wisconsin law. Call Boller & Vaughan today at (608) 268-0268, or contact us online at www.bollervaughan.com in order to schedule a time to meet with one of our Wisconsin personal injury attorneys, and see how we can help.


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