Posted on September 30, 2013 in Personal Injury
While all spinal cord injuries involve some damage to the spinal cord, the medical field classifies them in several different ways. One way is determining whether the injury is incomplete or complete. These terms relate to partial loss or complete loss of sensation and motor control. Complete loss equates to paralysis. The spinal cord area that sustains the injury is another distinguishing factor because you find that the affected body areas are situated below the damaged spot. Complete damage high on the spinal cord results in paralysis from the neck down, called quadriplegia. Complete damage lower on the spinal cord can paralyze the pelvic area and legs, which is referred to as paraplegia. When someone else’s negligence causes a spinal cord injury, a spinal injury lawyer can help victims hold parties liable for damages.
Spinal cord injury symptoms and causes
Symptoms associated with spinal cord injury generally include:
- Numbness or loss of sensation
- Loss of movement
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the following major causes of spinal cord injury:
- Motor vehicle accidents (46 percent)
- Falls (22 percent)
- Violence (15 percent)
- Sports accidents (12 percent)
In cases involving violence, victims may be able to seek punitive damages in addition to economic and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
Discuss spinal cord injury with an experienced lawyerThe Law Offices of Dean Standish Perkins is located in Seattle, Washington. Our firm devotes its practice exclusively to personal injury and we have successfully handled injury cases for the past 25 years. Medical costs for treating severe spinal cord injuries can be exorbitant. Find out how we can help. You owe no fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
Law Office of Dean Standish Perkins and Associates
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Seattle, Washington 98101
While all spinal cord injuries involve some damage to the spinal cord, the medical field classifies them in several different ways. One way is determining whether the injury is incomplete or complete. These terms relate to partial loss or complete loss of sensation and motor control. If you have questions about spinal cord injuries, the Seattle, WA Law Offices of Dean Standish Perkins & Associates can help.