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How Are Spinal Cord Injuries Classified?

Spinal cord injuries are far too common for the amount of damage they cause. Unfortunately, they are often the result of negligence-related situations, such as slip and falls, assault, work injuries, and more. This can present a significant impact to the injured individual’s life.

Understanding how serious these can be important, including recognizing the ways in which spinal cord injuries are classified. Here are the two broad categories typically used to describe how serious a spinal cord injury is.

Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries

Also referred to as partial spinal cord injuries, an incomplete spinal cord injury is typically diagnosed when the cord is severed only partially. The result? The injured party will only lose some bodily function, yet they retain some use of limbs.

Incomplete spinal cord injuries can include anterior cord syndrome (retaining some sensation, but difficulty with moving limbs), central cord syndrome (loss of fine motor skills), and Brown-Sequard syndrome (more damage to one side of the body).

Complete Spinal Cord Injuries

While incomplete spinal cord injuries result in partially severed cords, complete spinal cords are completely severed. As a result, the damages are much more severe, but treatment may be possible to help the injured party regain some of the lost function.

A complete spinal cord injury eliminates the entire function of the victim, such as with tetraplegia in which the individual sustains complete loss of all function in the parts of the body below the location of the injury.

Our Atlanta spinal cord injury lawyers work hard to hold negligence accountable when someone’s actions result in a serious injury. This means building the case to pursue the compensation injured parties need and deserve to cover the expenses associated with the injury they sustained.

At Goldstein & Hayes, your results are our priority. We care about your best interests and when you feel your back is against the wall, our team is here to give you the voice you need to obtain justice.

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