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Why the location of a spinal cord injury matters

On Behalf of | Feb 2, 2024 | workers' compensation

When someone suffers from a spinal cord injury, it’s very serious. They need immediate medical care. Even if it’s minor, they need to talk to a medical professional. There’s always a chance that the injury could be incredibly serious, even if it doesn’t seem that way at the time, and it could lead to a disability.

One factor that is going to play a major role in the outcome is the location of that spinal cord injury. Why is this so important?

Issues below the injury site

The location of the injury matters because it will help to define what sort of long-term issues the patient is going to face. They are likely to have a lack of sensation and perhaps a lack of mobility. It’s going to occur below the location where they were injured.

For instance, one person may have a lower back injury that means they can no longer walk without assistance. But they still have full use of their hands and arms, so they can use a wheelchair and work in many desk jobs.

On the other hand, someone else may have a high tetraplegia, which happens between the C1 and the C4 vertebrae. This is essentially a high neck injury, so this means the person’s disability may include the loss of the use of their arms and shoulders. They may have very limited motor function, meaning that they need long-term assistance and they can no longer work many jobs.

When seeking financial compensation after an injury, it’s crucial to consider the big picture, the full scope of the limitations the injured person will face and what this is going to cost them overall. This way, they can explore all of their legal options to seek the compensation they deserve.



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