Lawyers of the Olive Law FirmUnderstanding spinal injuries

Your spinal cord is one the most essential parts of your body. Comprised of a long, narrow collection of nerves, your spinal cord allows your body to communicate with your brain. Your brain sends signals through the spinal cord controlling and regulating your body functions. Any type of damage to the spinal cord can lead to serious health problems including paralysis, pain, or permanent disability. No two spinal cord injuries are the same.

Most spinal cord injuries happen when an individual experiences an abrupt and violent injury, which directly impacts the spine. Sometimes the injuries can be relatively minor, but many spinal injuries are life changing; and can leave a person permanently disabled. When someone suffers a spinal cord injury as a result of the negligence of someone else, the injured person could be entitled to recover compensation. Here we will explore potential compensation involved in spinal cord injuries.

Complete and incomplete injuries

The bones in your spine act as a protective cage for your spinal cord. They form a cage around the tissues and nerves that make up your spinal column. Your spine is designed to allow completely free movement without damaging this highly sensitive area. In the nearly all serious spinal cord injuries, some part of the bones and column that protect the spinal cord are damaged. Such a traumatic injury can cause a person to lose control over entire sections of his or her body. When your spinal cord is damaged in a certain area, there is potential to lose the function in your legs or in every part of your body below the chest or even the neck. These types of injuries are classified as being “complete” injuries because the victim loses all motor control and sensation in one or more areas of the body. An “incomplete” spinal cord injury is not as serious as a complete injury. Individuals who have suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury are able to feel different parts of their body, but the injury limits their mobility to a lesser extent.

Potential Compensation

Spinal cord injuries are characterized by their vastly different effect from one injury to the next. No two spinal cord injuries are alike, yet all are devastating. Quite naturally, complete spinal cord injuries are frequently more severe, while incomplete injuries still cause considerable damage that leaves an individual permanently disabled.

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Even if you are not sure that you have a case, your best choice is to seek advice from a car accident injury attorney from the Olive Law Firm. They have been helping residents of North Carolina seek justice for nearly 60 years. Call their office to consult with a car accident lawyer from the Olive law Firm in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Asheville, NC, as well as the surrounding areas.

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