Spinal Cord Injuries Are Most Often Serious
While minor injuries to the spinal cord do occur, the majority of the time an injury to the cord will result in some type of permanent damage. At the most basic level, doctors use the terms "complete" and "incomplete" to categorize spinal cord injuries.
Complete spinal cord injury: A complete injury means that the crash victim cannot move below the injury site. In addition, they have no sensation below the site. A complete injury is categorized as level A on the ASIA Impairment Scale.
Incomplete spinal cord injury: A person with an incomplete spinal cord injury has at least some level of movement or sensation below the injury site. An incomplete injury encompasses the B, C, D, and E levels of impairment on the ASIA Impairment Scale.
Spinal Cord Injury and Long-Term Outcomes
The long-term outcome for spinal cord injury patients varies greatly. However, the most common effects of an injury to the spinal cord include:
Paralysis and loss of sensation
Death (normally occurs when breathing muscles are paralyzed)
A need for ongoing therapy
A need for ongoing medical treatments
A need for a modified living environment and assistive devices
Get Legal Advice Before Signing Anything
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash causing spinal cord damage in Bedford, the very real threat is that you will be forever impacted by the injury. Please, do not agree to or sign an offer of compensation without the advice of a skilled attorney.
The insurance company is looking out for their best interests, not yours. More than likely, their offer will not pay for the long term therapy and medical care you will need. Call 1.817.380.4888 to speak with an experienced Bedford, TX personal injury lawyer at the Hart Law Firm today.