Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis Claims in Florida Car Accident Cases
Spinal cord injuries are some of the most devastating, life-altering injuries accident victims may suffer after a crash. Spinal cord injuries are often permanent and have major impacts on a victim’s life. The victim may lose function in one part of the body or may no longer be able to work. In Florida personal injury claims, it is possible to obtain compensation for spinal cord injuries and paralysis.
Types of spinal cord injuries
There are two main types of spinal cord injuries: incomplete spinal cord injuries and complete spinal cord injuries.
Incomplete spinal cord injuries are those that only partially sever the spinal cord. Complete spinal cord injuries totally sever the spinal cord.
Incomplete spinal cord injuries may include:
- Brown-Sequard syndrome: This syndrome is diagnosed if the victim has suffered damage to one side of the spinal cord. Motor function may be lost on one side of the body.
- Central cord syndrome: Damage to the center of the spinal cord results in a loss of fine motor skills, paralysis, and possibly even loss of bladder/bowel control and sexual function.
- Anterior cord syndrome: Injuries to the front of the spinal cord results in a loss of sensation and difficulty making certain movements.
Complete spinal cord injuries include:
- Tetraplegia: Damage to the cervical spine results in an inability to use the arms and legs. It ranges in severity. Breathing and bowel/bladder function may also be impacted.
- Paraplegia: Paraplegia generally results in a loss of the ability to move the legs. It is usually caused by injury to the thoracic spine.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of a Florida car accident, you should consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your rights.