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Nearly 450,000 people in the United States live with severe spinal cord injuries and almost 10,000 people suffer from serious spinal cord injuries each year. Generally, a spinal cord injury is an injury of the spinal cord that results in loss of body functionality (i.e., mobility or feeling).

Complete vs. Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries

When a person suffers a spinal cord injury, it may be classified as either complete or incomplete.

The characteristics of a complete spinal cord injury are the following:

  • Complete paralysis below the level of the injury
  • May result in no feeling or movement in the legs, bowel and bladder
  • May result in no feeling or movement in the arms and hands
  • May require a ventilator for breathing

The characteristics of an incomplete spinal cord injury are the following:

  • An injury that does not eliminate all feeling and movement below the damaged area
  • The degree of injury is usually evaluated six to eight weeks after the onset of the injury

Incomplete spinal cord injuries are generally  more common than complete spinal cord injuries.

Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can occur in a number of different ways. However, the majority of injuries are caused by:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Falls
  • Sports and recreational activities

A Cleveland Medical Malpractice Attorney May Be Able to Help

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury due to another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can assess your case and help you get the compensation you deserve. For more information, contact a lawyer today.