When you were hit by another driver, you knew something was wrong right away. You couldn’t feel your legs to get out of your vehicle. All you could do was wait for help to arrive.

After being stabilized in the hospital, you found out that you were suffering from a spinal injury. It was too soon to diagnose it completely, but you do know that it’s unlikely that you’ll ever have full functionality again.

Did you know that there are different degrees of spinal injuries?

There are different degrees of spinal injuries. For some patients, allowing swelling to go down and treating the wounded area can allow movement and feeling to return. For others, the paralysis is permanent. Some of the degrees of spinal injuries include:

  • Partial, where you may have some control of your muscles
  • Complete, where you’re unable to move your muscles
  • Temporary, where your muscle control returns somewhat or completely
  • Flaccid, which is when the muscles shrink and become flabby
  • Spastic, where your muscles spasm or jerk
  • Permanent, which is when your muscle control will never return

Depending on the point of the injury, you could suffer from paralysis locally or throughout an extended portion of your body. If you can’t feel your body from the waist down, for example, you likely have generalized paralysis. It may also be called paraplegia since it involves your legs and potentially part of your trunk.

Paralysis does have lasting implications for patients and victims. If you’ve suffered from it, you should make sure you seek compensation from those who are responsible for your injuries. It is necessary for you to get all the medical care you need without needing to be concerned about cost.

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