There are approximately 288,000 people with spinal cord injuries living in the United States. These injuries can range in severity from disc herniation to catastrophic conditions, such as paralysis, and most often occur as a result of serious accidents, often involving trucks, cars, and motorcycles. At Pathway Law Firm, PC, we know that spinal cord injuries are extremely painful and have a profound effect on a person’s ability to have normal relationships or work a typical job. We provide our clients with spinal cord injuries with representation that results in them being able to recover the compensation they are owed.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
There are two major types of spinal cord injuries:
Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries
An incomplete spinal cord injury is one where the affected individual has functioning body parts in areas below the injury site. Over 60% of all spinal cord injuries are incomplete, and there are three frequently seen types of incomplete spinal cord injuries.
- Anterior Cord Syndrome: When the injury occurs to the anterior spinal artery, which is located at the front of the spine, Anterior Cord Syndrome may result. A person suffering with this syndrome will most likely suffer loss of motor function and light feeling. They may also lose the ability to feel pain and sense different temperatures in areas below the injury site.
- Central Cord Syndrome: When there is nerve damage at the center of the spinal cord in the area of the neck, the brain’s ability to send messages to areas below the injury site can be reduced but not completely eliminated. This results in Central Cord Syndrome. A person with this syndrome may experience severe weakness in the arms and less significant weakness in the legs. Urination may also be difficult.
- Brown-Sequard Syndrome: An injury to only one side of the spinal cord can result in Brown-Sequard Syndrome. This causes a person to experience sensory loss or paralysis on the side of the body where the injury occurred. They may also lose the ability to sense temperature changes and pain on the opposite side of the body from where the injury occurred.
Complete Spinal Cord Injuries
There are three types of complete spinal cord injuries and they are much more severe than incomplete spinal cord injuries. Their level of severity depends on where on the spine the injury takes place.
- Tetraplegia is a type of paralysis that results in a loss of sensation and movement in the arms, legs, and torso.
- Paraplegia is a type of paralysis that results in a loss of sensation and movement in the lower part of the body, including the legs.
- Triplegia is when three limbs are affected by paralysis and lose sensation and movement.
Schedule a Free Consultation After a Spinal Cord Injury
If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury, contact Pathway Law Firm today. Our clients are our priority, and we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And, as always, we don’t collect any money from you until your case successfully concludes in either a settlement or verdict through the courts.