Spinal Cord Injuries and Personal Injury Lawsuits

Spinal cord injuries are common injuries presented in personal injury lawsuits. One of the reasons that these types of injuries so frequently result in lawsuits is that they often end in paralysis and can completely take away the ability for the victim to function on his or her own.

In order to win a personal injury lawsuit a number of things must be proven. Two of the main things that must be proven are that the victim was seriously injured and that the injury was caused by another person's negligence. Negligence can often be proven in spinal cord injury cases as many of these injuries occur during organized sports, on the job site, or in car wrecks where another person can be cited as contributing to or causing the injury.

The scale of the personal injury lawsuit often depends on the severity of the spinal injury. Spinal injuries are put into two different categories:

  • Complete – a complete injury is one where there is no motor or sensory function preserved in the sacral segments. These injuries typically result in near to completely paralysis.
  • Incomplete-incomplete injures are those where there is a certain degree of either motor or sensory function. Of these types of injuries, there are three varying degrees including:
  1. Type B – this is an incomplete injury where sensory but not motor function is preserved.
  2. Type C – this incomplete form of injury indicates that motor function is preserved and more than half of key muscles have a muscle grade of less than 3. There is typically active movement with full range of motion.
  3. Type D – this injury is when motor function is preserved and more than half of key muscles have a muscle grade of 3 or more.
  4. Type E – indicates "normal" function

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