Are Spinal Cord Injuries Permanent?
Spinal cord injuries can be permanent, though one’s capacity for recovery may vary on a case-by-case basis. Some of the factors that may impact whether your injury is permanent or not include:
- The extent of damage to nerves in your spinal cord
- The extent of damage to vertebrae and other structures around your nerve injury
- Whether medical professionals were able to intervene quickly or not
- Your body’s ability to respond positively to treatment
Columbia University’s Department of Neurology explains that acute spinal cord injuries may result in permanent disability, possibly including but not limited to paralysis. In other cases, you may be able to recover from the symptoms of your spinal cord injury.
Spinal Cord Injury Classifications
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) explains that spinal cord injuries may be classified into five total categories depending on their type and severity. Those categories are:
- Complete injury: In which case you have no feeling or ability to control motor function below the area where your spinal cord is injured
- Incomplete injury (B): In which case you have some sensation in the area below where your spine was injured, but are not able to control motor function
- Incomplete injury (C): In which case sensory and motor function is preserved, but more than half of the muscles in areas of your body affected by your injury are too weak to move
- Incomplete injury (D): In which case you have sensory or motor function in affected areas, and half or more of muscles in the affected areas of your body are strong enough to move
- Incomplete injury (E): In which case you have normal sensation and motor function in areas of your body affected by the spinal cord injury
The specific classification of spinal cord injury that you or your loved one receives may give you an idea of whether recovery from your injury is possible. Some symptoms of your spinal cord injury may be permanent, while others may improve with therapy, time, and other forms of treatment.
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Spinal Cord Injuries Can Result from Negligence
The American Bar Association (ABA) sets out the general principles of what constitutes negligence. Someone may be negligent by the fact that, even though they do not intend to harm anyone, their actions “departed from what an ordinary reasonable person would have done in similar circumstances.” Negligence may generally become relevant when someone causes harm to another person.
A spinal cord injury affecting you or a loved one could be the product of negligence. If you or someone you know was injured in an accident or by the actions of others, that injury may be the result of negligence. Some scenarios that may involve negligence and result in spinal cord injury include:
- A motor vehicle collision
- A pedestrian accident
- A slip and fall accident
- A trip and fall accident
- An assault that occurs due to a lack of security that qualifies as negligent
- A defective product or medical device
- A medical error
- A sports-related injury
- A workplace accident
The spinal cord injury affecting you or a loved one may have come under circumstances other than those listed here. A lawyer will review the unique facts of your injuries, investigate, gather evidence, and make a determination whether they believe that you have a right to bring a personal injury claim for damages.
Hire a Lawyer to Fight Your Case
Whether you are the one who suffered a spinal cord injury or you are acting on behalf of an injured loved one, New York law entitles an injured victim to seek fair and just financial compensation for each and every type of injury they suffered, physical and economic. At Dansker & Aspromonte Associates, we have been fighting for the rights of those injured by the negligence of others since 1988. Call us as soon as possible after your accident so that we can begin to investigate your accident, gather and preserve evidence, guide you through the legal process, and build a strong case for maximum financial recovery. Don’t delay. There are deadlines that limit your rights to receive benefits and compensation. If you fail to file your claims by the required deadline, you may be forever prevented from receiving the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation at (212) 540-2987.
If we agree to accept your case, our lawyers will begin a careful and thorough investigation of the accident and your injuries which may include:
- Gathering all police or incident reports
- Interviewing witnesses
- Taking photographs of the scene or physical injuries
- Securing video footage, if available
- Demanding sworn statements of all at-fault parties
- Consulting experts in the field of accident reconstruction or general engineering
- Requesting all documentary evidence applicable to the accident
- Obtaining all hospital and medical records
- Retaining medical experts
- Analyzing all lost wages and economic damages
- Building a strong case for trial before a jury in Court
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Not all personal injury lawyers are the same. If you have sustained spinal cord injuries because of the fault of another, you have the right to hire an experienced and dedicated team of lawyers to fight for you. Dansker & Aspromonte Associates lawyers have decades of experience fighting for victims just like you. We have an established track record of maximizing client recovery for such damages as pain and suffering for the past and future, lost wages, and medical expenses. Call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates at (212) 540-2987 for a free consultation about how our team will seek the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones. If we agree to accept your case, you will not be required to pay us any money upfront. We only earn a legal fee when you receive a financial recovery. Don’t delay. Call today.
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