Spinal Cord Injuries FAQ

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Are spinal cord injuries always permanent?

There are two major classifications of spinal cord injury:

  • Complete
  • Incomplete

A complete spinal cord injury is almost always permanent and results in the loss of function below the injured area. Depending on the location of the injury, you may become a quadriplegic or a paraplegic. In most cases, you will require some level of medical treatment and rehabilitation for the rest of your life.

There is a greater chance for full recovery if you suffer from an incomplete spinal cord injury.

What are some of the causes of spinal cord injury?

Most spinal cord injuries stem from trauma to the spine. Some of the most common causes of trauma are:

Damage to the vertebrae can cut or pinch the spinal cord, cutting off the neurological signals from the brain that control the various body functions. Once those signals are blocked, temporary or permanent paralysis occurs.

What are some other complications of a spinal cord injury?

The spinal cord carries neural signals to every part of your body. With a spinal cord injury, many of those signals cannot get through. Being paralyzed will affect other bodily functions for which you will likely need the continuous care of a loved one or healthcare professional.

Some of the other areas affected by spinal cord injuries include:

  • Breathing
  • Blood pressure
  • Development of blood clots
  • Bed sores
  • Uncontrollable spasms
  • Bladder and bowel problems
  • Pain

The location of the injury will determine which functions are affected. A complete cervical spinal cord injury usually results in quadriplegia, while thoracic and lumbar spinal accidents often result in paraplegia.

Will I ever walk again?

Present day medicine cannot reverse the effects of a severed spinal cord. Once the neural pathways are severed, they cannot be regenerated. There are many medical foundations, like the Miami Project, that are working diligently to find a cure for spinal cord injuries and reverse paralysis.

New breakthroughs occur all the time. While the chances of recovering completely from a major spinal cord injury are slim, there is always hope that a breakthrough is just around the corner.

What sort of damages can I claim in my spinal cord injury case?

If you have suffered from a spinal cord injury, you may be eligible to collect damages from a personal injury lawsuit. The types of damages that may be recovered are:

  • Medical and rehabilitation expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Punitive damages

If you or a family member has suffered a spinal cord injury in any type of accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Please contact Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter online or by phone at (855) 880-4741 today to schedule your initial claim consultation. Our attorneys are based in Orlando, Florida, but we can come to you if you are unable to visit our office.