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Understand spinal cord injuries

On Behalf of | May 19, 2022 | Personal Injury

Motor vehicle crashes can lead to many different types of injuries. One of these is a spinal cord injury, which can be catastrophic in some cases. Many things determine if the person is able to heal fully after this type of injury. 

Taking the time to learn about some points about spinal cord injuries can help those who have them, as well as people who want to support an injured loved one. Paying attention to the information presented by the medical team is crucial since some aspects of the impacts depend on the specifics of the injury. 

Is it a complete or incomplete injury?

Spinal cord injuries are classified as either complete or incomplete, depending on whether the nerve pathways are fully severed or if some remain connected. Doctors can make this determination quickly after the incident that causes the spinal cord injury.

Complete injuries mean that there aren’t any pathways still connected in the area of the injury. There isn’t any feeling or movement below the damage. Permanent damage is likely with this type of injury.

Incomplete injuries have a greater chance of better healing because the nerves are at least partially connected. The person will have some movement or sensation below the injury. 

One thing that can help the victim of a spinal cord injury is being able to remain as positive as possible. This can be hard to do when you’re having to worry about money, so you may consider seeking compensation so you can fight to recover damages from the crash. You only have a short time to do this in North Carolina, so be sure to get started quickly after the wreck.