Any injury resulting from a car accident in Virginia is a horrible occurrence. However, injury to the spinal cord is particularly horrific. A spinal cord injury could have life-long ramifications, including paralysis and loss of vital organ functions.
What is a spinal cord injury?
A spinal cord injury and a back injury are not the same. Back injury can result from ruptured or broken discs in the spine without harming the bundled rope of nerves running through those discs.
As soon as that bundle of nerves, the spinal cord, is bruised, torn, severed or otherwise damaged by an outside force (such as the impact of a car crash), serious complications may arise. Because the purpose of the spinal cord is to carry messages and signals from the brain to the rest of the body, the primary result of spinal cord injury is loss of mobility and/or feeling.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries: Complete vs. Incomplete
There are basically 2 types of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete. In a complete spinal cord injury, there is a total loss of sensory and motor capabilities from the location of the injury down. People who suffer a complete spinal cord injury often have to deal with chronic pain as well as bladder and bowel malfunction, and are more susceptible to respiratory and heart conditions.
An incomplete spinal cord injury leaves a person with some limited motor and sensory capabilities below the level of the injury. These people are more likely to respond to treatment and therapy than those who have suffered complete spinal cord injuries.
After a car accident in Manassas resulting in spinal cord injury, contact an experienced Virginia car accident attorney who can help you receive the compensation you deserve for this life-altering injury.
Contacting a Virginia Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in the Northern Virginia area, order this free consumer guide for accident victims in Virginia. It’s packed with useful information that the insurance companies don’t want you to know. If you have questions about your case, contact justin Farahi Law Firm, PLLC today for a FREE evaluation – 571-206-0215.