Should I file a Personal Injury Claim for a Spinal Cord InjuryShould I file a personal injury claim for a spinal cord injury? You are probably asking this question because you suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident that was not your fault. The accident was due to the negligence of another party.
Many spinal cord injuries are serious and debilitating. If this is true in your case, you definitely want to file a personal injury claim for your injury.
However, filing a personal injury claim is a matter in which you will need the assistance of a personal injury attorney. You will need the representation of a personal injury attorney in order to get all of the monetary compensation that is rightfully yours.
Your spinal cord is a long, thin tubular bundle of support cells and nervous tissue that extends from your brain. More precisely, your spinal cord extends out from that area of your brain which is the medulla oblongata.
Your spinal cord and brain are what compose your central nervous system. Your spinal cord is that part of your central nervous system that transmits messages to and from your brain to the remainder of your body.
Your spinal cord has 31 segments. They are 8 cervical (neck), 12 thoracic (upper back), 5 lumbar (middle back), 5 sacral (hips) and 1 coccygeal (tailbone). Your spinal cord also has many kinds of nerve fibers and cells.
The level of a spinal cord injury refers to the specific segment of your spinal cord that has been injured. The level of your injury is also used to indicate the area below your injured segment.
This is the area in which you lose function either partially or completely. The significance of this is that your brains ability to send and receive messages down your spinal cord is either hampered or completely gone.
The higher you suffer an injury to your spinal cord, the greater is your loss of function.
What this means is that a spinal cord injury to your cervical area or neck (C5 injury) will cause a greater loss of function than a spinal cord injury to your lumbar or middle back (L4 injury).
Incomplete or complete
A spinal cord injury is considered to be either incomplete or complete. An incomplete spinal cord injury means that you still have some type of function below the injured segment of your spinal cord. This function may mean an ability to move or feel sensation.
A complete spinal cord injury means that you have lost all function on either side of your body below the injured segment of your spinal cord. You do not have the ability to move or feel anything below the injured segment of your spinal cord.
Again, a spinal cord injury can be a devastating injury that results in paralysis and/or permanent disability. If you have suffered a serious spinal cord injury, the right thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. A personal injury attorney will fight hard to get you all of the monetary compensation you are entitled to.
Article written by James Shugart
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