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Catastrophic injuries include two types of spinal cord injuries

August 28, 2018

Any trauma to a victim’s spinal cord can cause serious pain and harm to them. For this reason, victims of Kentucky car and vehicle accidents should seek medical attention after their ordeals, to make sure that their injuries and ailments are assessed by medical professionals in a timely matter. When it comes to spinal cord injuries, quick diagnosis and treatment can help preserve the victim’s ability to function.

However, not all spinal cord injuries are the same. A spinal cord injury may be considered incomplete or complete. An incomplete spinal cord injury is one in which a victim retains some feeling or sensation below the site of the spinal cord trauma. They may be able to regain some control over their affected appendages and systems if they are given proper medical care.

A complete spinal cord injury may be more serious. In this type of injury, a victim does not have any sensation or the capacity for movement below the location of their spinal trauma. If their injury occurred in the cervical spine or neck, that may mean that they have become paralyzed in all parts of their body below their head.

A spinal cord injury can impose long-term and even life-long hardships on a person, especially if the victim suffers from paralysis due to the injury. Prior posts on this blog have discussed the costs that victims can be forced to take on when they suffer these catastrophic injuries; lawsuits based on their injuries and losses can in some cases compensate victims of spinal cord injuries whose harm was caused by the reckless or negligent acts of another.