Understanding Different Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Among the worst possible outcomes of a serious accident, a spinal cord injury can cause a lifetime of hardship. By having expert knowledge of the many types of spinal cord injuries, the attorneys at Moody Law in Lakeland, FL, understand how to clearly demonstrate negligence on behalf of another party and maximize compensation for victims and their families. Schedule a free legal consultation with one of our attorneys today to begin discussing the specifics of your case.Man riding a wheelchair on the porch of a house

Common Spinal Cord Injuries

The symptoms of a spinal cord injury depend upon many factors, including whether the front, back or center of the spine is impacted. The most common type of spinal cord injury is a spinal contusion, in which the victim suffers a loss of sensory and motor function. Fortunately, most patients who experience a spinal contusion will make a full recovery.

If a spinal cord injury can be attributed to a negligent act [...] our personal injury attorneys will provide aggressive representation to help ensure that the at-fault party or parties are held responsible.

More significant types of spinal cord injuries will have varying symptoms and prognoses, but all are extremely serious in nature. In general, most spinal cord injury cases involve:

  • Anterior Cord Syndrome: Caused by damage to the front of the spinal cord, Anterior Cord Syndrome results in impaired temperature, touch, and pain sensations below the point of the injury. With this type of spinal cord injury, some degree of movement may be recovered.
  • Posterior Cord Syndrome: Caused by damage to the back of the spinal cord, this type of spinal cord injury does not impair sensation or strength, but it does negatively impact coordination.
  • Brown-Sequard Syndrome: Caused by damage to one side of the spinal cord, Brown-Sequard Syndrome results in impaired movement and sensation affecting each side of the body differently. 
  • Central Cord Syndrome: Caused by damage to the center of the spinal cord, Central Cord Syndrome results in loss of function in the arms and hands while the ability to move the legs remains. Some recovery is possible with this type of spinal cord injury.
  • Cauda Equina Lesion: Caused by an injury to the nerves located between the first and second lumbar region of the spine, this type of spinal cord injury can result in partial or complete loss of sensation. In some cases of Cauda Equina Lesion, damaged nerves will eventually regrow and function may be recovered.

If a spinal cord injury can be attributed to a negligent act, such as reckless driving that causes a motor vehicle accident, our personal injury attorneys will provide aggressive representation to help ensure that the at-fault party or parties are held responsible. Many victims in these types of cases are entitled to damages for extensive medical costs, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more. To determine the best course of legal action, we will evaluate the extent of your injury and the details of the accident.


Video: Types of Surgeries

There are a number of surgeries available to patients who have suffered a neck or spinal cord injury. Although every surgery carries some risk of complication, if a patient suffers complications due to a healthcare professional's negligence and failure to uphold the standards of surgical care that a patient is entitled to, our team can step in. The attorneys at Moody Law are dedicated to protecting the health and rights of and pursuing justice for our clients who were injured during surgery.

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