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The five classifications of spinal cord injuries

Accidents occur every day in Florida. Unfortunately, many times these accidents occur due to another's actions or negligence. They occur in many different places and circumstances and the severity of these accidents varies, as well. Sometimes, the injuries caused by the accident can permanently change a person's life. When a person suffers a brain or spinal cord injury, he or she may never be able to work again or participate in certain activities.

Spinal cord injuries may result in a person never being able to walk again or use various muscles. This clearly will prohibit him or her from doing many things that he or she used to do. They may also not be able to work again, depending on his or her job. Spinal cord injuries do vary in severity. For instance, not all spinal cord injuries will result in paralysis.

There are two main groups of spinal cord injuries: incomplete and complete. Incomplete means that there is some brain activity still being sent to the spinal cord below the injury point and recovery is more likely. Complete means that there is no brain activity being sent below the injury point and no sensory or muscle function.

Spinal cord injuries are further classified into five different categories: A - E. Category A means there is a complete injury; B is an incomplete injury in which there is sensory function, but no motor function below the injury; C is an incomplete injury where there is some motor function, but more than half of the muscles do not have enough strength to move themselves against gravity; D is similar to C, but at least half of the muscles can move themselves against gravity; finally, E means that both sensory and motor function are normal.

Many people in Florida suffer from spinal cord injuries; however, the severity of spinal cord injuries can vary greatly, as demonstrated above. Depending on the severity of the injury, the victim may not function normally and if the injury was caused by another person, he or she may be entitled to compensation. Experienced attorneys understand the difficulties these injuries can cause and may be able to help a person who has suffered from one.

Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, "Spinal Cord Injury: Hope through research" accessed Jan. 26, 2015

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