Different Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are some of the most serious a person can sustain. They often impact mobility and leave a person with the need for countless medical procedure and long-term care. Not many people, though, are aware of the different types of spinal cord injuries that may arise.
Here are some of the different types of SCIs that can be sustained:
- Tetraplegia: Also referred to as quadriplegia, this injury is typically a result of damage done to the cervical region. As a result, the injured person may lose muscle strength or mobility in all their four extremities.
- Paraplegia: This injury occurs lower down the spinal cord in the lumbar or thoracic area. As a result, the injured person could suffer complete paralysis of the lower extremities of the body.
- Complete Spinal Cord Injury: When someone suffers a complete SCI, it results in the loss of all motor and sensory function in the body from the location of the injury and below. Both sides of the body experience the impact.
- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: The body will maintain some function below the location of the injury, leaving the potential ability to move parts of the body. There are no given patterns as to how an incomplete SCI affects a party.
- Anterior Cord Syndrome: This can occur to damage to the sensory and motor pathways which are located in the anterior of the spinal cord. It can impact sensation and movement.
- Central Cord Syndrome: When damage is done to the nerve fibers responsible for carrying information from the cerebral cortex to the spinal cord, it can result in this type of injury. The symptoms experienced may include paralysis.
There are many types of SCIs that can be experienced in a number of different situations. Unfortunately, many of them can be caused by another party’s negligent actions. As such, the injured individual should be able to pursue compensation to account for the damages they have sustained.
At Fieger Law, our Michigan spinal cord injury lawyers work with you to protect your rights throughout the entire legal process. We are committed to helping you move forward in the most favorable manner possible.
Call us today at (800) 294-6637 and speak with us about your potential case.