Complete spinal cord injury leads to loss of motion and sensation below the damaged location, difficulty controlling bladder and bowel movement, while incomplete spinal cord injury means there are some sensations and muscular movement below the place of the injury, as well as chronic pain.
There are two types of spinal cord injury: complete and incomplete. In a complete spinal cord injury, the transmission of signals across a spinal cord lesion does not exist at all, with any control perception of sensations or movement below the level of the lesion. In the days immediately following your spinal cord injury, the symptoms of a complete or an incomplete spinal cord injury are virtually indistinguishable. The hallmarks of a complete spinal injury include:
An incomplete spinal cord injury allows the existence of a few functional (undamaged) pathways across the spinal cord lesion. The result can vary and depends on the parts of the spinal cord that were damaged. The hallmarks of an incomplete spinal injury include:
Incomplete spinal cord injuries allow the spinal cord to retain some function. Thus, incomplete injury survivors often make faster progress in recovery.
If you, or a loved one, have suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident you may have lots of questions. From car crashes to medical malpractice, we’ve handled Miami injury cases for over 20 years. Here, we are going to answer What Is the Difference Between Complete Spinal Cord Injury and Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury when making a legal claim.
In the first weeks after an injury, swelling may make an incomplete spinal cord injury appear to be a complete one. Whether an SCI is complete or incomplete has little to do with the source of the injury. A gunshot wound can partially or fully sever the spinal cord, and something as innocent as the position in which a person was sitting at the time of the injury may determine whether it is a complete or incomplete one. Find out more about the leading causes of both complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries from our spinal cord injury page.
Incomplete spinal cord injuries treatment and recovery:
Complete spinal cord injuries treatment and recovery:
Much remains to be understood about SCIs, and as technology changes and research improves, doctors may develop novel and effective ways for treating even the most severe spinal cord injuries.
Medical expenses for SCIs are often well over a million dollars and vary greatly based on education, neurological impairment, and pre-injury employment history and are also dependent on the severity of your injuries and the number of medical services you need.
According to the Dana and Christopher Reeve Foundation, average yearly costs are as follows:
Ideally, a legal claim could help you fully recover what your injury took from you. But in our legal system, all a claim or lawsuit can offer you is money. Some of the factors your lawyer will consider when valuing your spinal cord injury claim include:
SCI cost often extends far beyond the physical ramifications. When your job is to focus your energy on learning how to live life to the fullest again, the last thing you want to worry about is the financing for the high cost of injuries.
If your SCI was caused by medical malpractice, you have 2 years from the time the incident occurred to file a claim. For personal injury, the statute of limitations for a claim is four years. Visit our main spinal cord injury page which will help explain more about legal intervention in spinal cord injury cases.
If you suffered injury to your spinal cord due to someone else's negligence, call us at our Miami based office and together we can determine if you have a case.