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A spinal cord injury — damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal — often causes permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the site of the injury.  Spinal cord injuries result from damage to the vertebrae, ligaments or disks of the spinal column or to the spinal cord itself.  A traumatic spinal cord injury may stem from a sudden, traumatic blow to your spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes or compresses one or more of your vertebrae.

The most common causes of spinal cord injuries in the United States are motor vehicle accidents (the leading cause), falls, acts of violence, and sports and recreational injuries.

The severity of the injury is often called “the completeness” and is classified as either “complete” – if almost all feeling (sensory) and all ability to control movement (motor function) are lost below the spinal cord injury- and “incomplete” – if you have some motor or sensory function below the affected area.  Additionally, paralysis from a spinal cord injury may be referred to as:

Tetraplegia or quadriplegia. This means your arms, hands, trunk, legs and pelvic organs are all affected by your spinal cord injury.

– Paraplegia. This paralysis affects all or part of the trunk, legs and pelvic organs.

If you are suffering from spinal cord injury due to another person’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses. Damages may include extensive past and future medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.