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Not all spinal cord injury effects are the same

Spinal cord injury patients often suffer from devastating effects of their injuries for the remainder of their days. There are some spinal cord injuries that are more likely to heal than others. This information might give some accident victims a ray of hope.

Typically, spinal cord injuries that aren't associated with paralysis heal better in the long term than those in which paralysis is a factor. These accidents are usually incomplete spinal cord injuries that heal easier, which means that the effects of the injury might abate as the healing progresses.

Even if that information does give victims some measure of hope, they must understand that each case is different. Each body heals differently, so there might be some factors in a specific case that make the healing process and resulting effects different from what happened in other cases.

In the case of an incomplete injury, you might find that the accommodations that are typically offered for spinal cord injury patients might not apply to your situation. This is because some accommodations, such as wheelchair-friendly spaces, are often appropriate for a person who suffered a complete spinal cord injury. They don't necessarily help a person who has upper body weakness with a full functioning lower body.

If you suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident that was someone else's fault, you might decide that the person who caused the accident needs to be held liable for their actions. Seeking compensation in a civil lawsuit is a way to achieve a measure of justice. If successful, it also can help you pay for medical bills and other expenses.

Source: Craig Hospital, "Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries: The Early Days," accessed Dec. 02, 2016

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