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Complete vs. Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries

When you suffer a spinal cord injury, you may encounter significant damages as a result. However, there are two types of spinal cord injury — or paralysis — that you can experience: complete and incomplete. While any spine injury is difficult to endure, the difference between complete and incomplete spinal cord damage can be significant.

You should recognize how complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries can impact you and the long-term results.

Complete Spinal Cord Injuries

When you suffer a complete spinal cord injury, it means that your nerves have been completely damaged. You can lose all functionality in the affected limbs. For instance, if you suffer a complete cervical spinal cord injury, you may suffer quadriplegia. The complete means that you may not be able to use any part of your four limbs impacted by the injury.

Unfortunately, complete quadriplegia is potentially the worst type of injury you can experience involving your spinal cord. There are very few, if any, ways to treat this type of injury.

Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries

An incomplete spinal cord injury is just as damaging, but it can leave you with some functionality in your impacted lives. If you were to suffer from incomplete quadriplegia is a significant type of paralysis, but you may retain some use of your hands, feet, fingers, or toes.

It is still significantly damaging to your life, and you should recognize what rights you have in the event someone else’s actions cause you to sustain an incomplete or complete spinal cord injury.

When you suffer a significant injury because of someone else’s negligence, you can turn to our Fairfax spinal cord injury lawyers at Shevlin Smith. We pursue compensation to help you through the complex matters that arise with taking legal action. We will give you a voice and hold unethical insurance companies accountable for the justice and compensation you deserve.

Call our firm today at (703) 721-4233 and speak with a member of our team about your options.