3 things to know about spinal cord injuries

On Behalf of | Dec 23, 2022 | Catastrophic InjuriesPersonal Injury |

A spinal cord injury is a traumatic event in a person’s life. The uncertainty that occurs in the days after the injury is considerable. Understanding a few basic points about these injuries may help them to calm down a bit. 

One thing that you must remember is what happens after a spinal cord injury depends on a variety of factors, so don’t think that you’ll face the same future as someone else with a similar injury.

1. Prompt care is crucial

Immediately after the spinal cord injury occurs, inflammation begins in the affected area. Moving the damaged area can make the injury worse. Emergency care is required for a spinal cord injury so the spine can be stabilized and treatments can begin that will reduce the inflammation.

2. Recovery is sometimes possible

Spinal cord injuries are categorized as either incomplete or complete. This has to do with the nerves in the area of the injury. If they’re severed, the injury is complete. If they’re not fully severed, the injury is incomplete. Typically, recovery is better for an incomplete injury than for a complete injury.

3. Life impacts will vary

The way the spinal cord injury affects you is determined by the location and severity of the injury. The affected parts of the body are always below the level of the injury. Higher-level injuries, such as those in the neck, will have a greater impact than lower ones like those below the waist.

If the spinal cord injury was due to the negligence of another person, you may choose to seek compensation. Texas law limits the time you have to do this. Getting your case together as soon as possible is crucial.