Complete vs. Incomplete: Understanding Spine Injuries
Spine injuries. They’re some of the most severe that can occur and often have a significant impact on the injured individual’s entire life. Unfortunately, these injuries happen far too often with thousands of new cases occurring each year.
Many people are unaware of the different types of spine injuries and how serious they can be. While any spine injury can seem severely damaging, it’s important to also note that there’s a difference between complete and incomplete spine injuries.
Complete Spine Injuries
When someone suffers a complete spine injury, it means that the damage was severe enough to cause total loss of mobility and sensory from the point of the injury and below.
If someone suffers a spine injury between the L1 and L5 vertebrae (the lumbar), it could mean that they lose function in the lower part of the body (paraplegia). If the injury is considered complete, both sides of the body would be affected so the injured party would be unable to move either leg and can experience loss of physical sensation, as well as problems with bowel and bladder function.
Incomplete Spine Injuries
An incomplete spine injury occurs when the communication between the brain and parts of the spinal cord is not lost completely. As a result, there may be some potential movement possible below the point of the injury.
For instance, a person may suffer an incomplete paraplegia and instead of complete loss of function, they may still be able to move part of their right leg. Incomplete spine injuries typically impact one side of the body more than the other.
At Peterson & Associates, we’re well aware that these are serious injuries with life-altering consequences. When they’re caused by someone’s negligence actions, it’s imperative for the injured party to pursue compensation and justice.
Our Kansas City spine injury lawyers go above and beyond because we know how much you depend on a positive outcome. We’ll work to prove negligence existed and that your injuries warrant maximum compensation so you can move forward with confidence.