According to statistics, more than 17,700 people suffer from spinal cord injuries (SCIs) in the U.S. every year. Most individuals go through intense pain, suffering and emotional trauma as they try and get through life with limited mobility and a depleting bank account. If you suffer from a SCI due to someone else’s negligence, you should familiarize yourself with your particular condition to ensure you have a strong case.
What Is a Complete Spinal Cord Injury?
When you suffer from a complete spinal cord injury, your brain is unable to send signals from the spinal cord to the area below the injury. This can paralyze your legs, arms or upper body – if the SCI is near those areas.
Besides the permanent or partial loss of sensation, you may also have trouble controlling your bladder and bowels or have difficulty breathing normally. With time, you may not be able to determine whether you have a complete or incomplete SCI, since both conditions share several similar symptoms.
What Is an Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury?
If you suffer from an incomplete spinal cord injury, it means your spinal cord is not compromised completely due to the accident. This can result from an infection, gunshot wound or a minor slip and fall accident.
As mentioned before, the symptoms of an incomplete SCI are almost indistinguishable from a complete one. However, in case of the former, victims may retain some sensation in the area below the injury site which may come and go, or be weaker than what they used to have. Additionally, they may be able to move some muscles below the injury site and have partial or no control over others.
Irrespective of the type of spinal cord injury you sustain, the chronic pain and reduced mobility can prevent you from working or maintaining a comfortable lifestyle. In either case, you can hold the individual or entity that caused the SCI accountable by suing them for negligence. With an experienced and confident attorney by your side, you can get the compensation you deserve and ensure you have enough money to pay for your medical bills and family.
Contact Robert T. Edens For Your SCI Case Today!
The law office of Robert T. Edens has been representing SCI victims in Chicago, Waukegan, Libertyville, Woodstock, and Antioch for decades and can help you get financial compensation from the negligent individuals who are responsible for your injuries. Get in touch with us today for a consultation.