Because a spinal cord injury can cause a variety of disabilities, the level of trauma experienced can influence the settlement achievable by you and Action Law Offices, S.C.. Complete injuries are those where the victim loses all sensory and motor functions below the injury site, and incomplete injuries are those where the victim retains some motor and sensory function. In this article, you will learn about the various types of spinal cord injuries.
Central Cord Injuries
In a central cord injury, the spinal cord’s center is damaged, and motor/sensory impairment is more pronounced in the upper body than in the lower body. Victims with more pronounced injuries may not have the use of their arms, but some are able to move their legs. Central cord injuries can substantially affect a victim’s settlement amount.
Anterior Cord Injuries
Anterior injuries are incomplete in nature, and usually result in a degree of paralysis above the injury site. Victims of these injuries typically experience a decreased sensitivity to temperature and pain, though they keep the sense of touch and some movement. The loss of the ability to sense temperature or pain can result in a significant settlement.
Posterior Cord Injuries
A posterior cord injury is incomplete (victims keep sensory and motor functions, but lose some of their position perception and fine touch capabilities). Posterior spinal cord injuries, being less significant, usually do not produce as large a settlement as other injuries.
In a complete injury, the spinal cord is severed. This is the most severe type of spinal cord injury, producing quadriplegia or paraplegia, along with a total loss of motor, reflex and sensory activity below the injury site.
Spinal Cord Injury Damages
Any paralyzing injury can result in long-lasting physical, emotional and financial effects for victims and families. Rehabilitation can take years, if it happens at all, and can cost tens of thousands of dollars. To compensate victims for everything they endure, the following types of damages are available:
Compensation for medical expenses
Payment for in-home care and housekeeping
When a victim suffers a paralyzing injury, their home typically must be remodeled to accommodate their disability. If someone in your family has suffered a spinal cord injury, consult an Accident Attorney in Kenosha to ensure that you receive the full value of the case.
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