David Hollingsworth- Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer – Types of Spinal Cord Injury:
What is a spinal cord injury ?
A spinal cord injury or “SCI” refers to any traumatic injury to the spinal cord. SCI injuries are extremely serious because depending on the severity, they have the potential to impair your motor functioning ability, reflexes, and sensations.
Complete vs. Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
SCI injuries can be classified as “complete” and “incomplete”. As the name entails, a complete SCI results in paralysis below the site of the injury, where there is no feeling or voluntary movement, and both sides of the body have become paralyzed equally. An incomplete SCI occurs when only one part of the spinal cord has become damaged (due to a tear, compression or other injury to the spine). Victims of incomplete SCI may still experience paralysis, but it will be generally partial in nature (as opposed to a complete SCI). In an incomplete SCI, some feeling and voluntary movement may be present on one or both sides of the body.
Incomplete SCI’s have become more common given relative advances in medical technology in recent history. An individual with an incomplete SCI may retain feeling in the affected area, but may still experience ongoing pain. The ongoing sensory agitation can be serious and debilitating, rending victim completely not able to function.
Each Injury is Unique and Requires Expert Attention
Some circumstances allow for more active therapy to help counteract any muscular atrophy by rebuilding muscle fiber to strengthen and support functioning. The complexity of the spine means that each and every spinal cord injury is unique and will require assessment by a team of experts, including a top lawyer trained to deal with spinal cord injuries such as David Hollingsworth. David Hollingsworth and his Ottawa personal injury team understand the nature of spinal cord injuries. For over a decade, David has been helping accident victims with spinal cord injury work through their lawsuit and get the compensation they need and whatever else this entails, including compensation for loss of income, a new home, and custom vehicle.
Ontario Injury Lawyer, David Hollingsworth
If you or a member of your family has sustained a spinal cord injury, please contact David Hollingsworth by e-mail or call 613 978-9549. David Hollingsworth, offers free consultations to discuss your case and explain how we can help you. David Hollingsworth, Ottawa personal injury lawyer- representing accident victims throughout eastern Ontario. Upon request, if you wish, you may speak with other spinal cord injury victims David has been able to help.
Hello all — July is generally a very high rate month for Spinal Cord Injuries (“SCI’s”). Learn more about spinal cord injuries to raise awareness and promote ways that you can avoid the causes of spinal cord injuries. Causes of spinal cord injuries are highest in the bracket of automobile and other motor-vehicle vehicle accidents, at 44% of all cases according to one new study. Acts of violence cause spinal cord injuries about 24% of the time. Slip and falls are a close third at 22% of all cases. Athletic sports at 8%, and the remaining 2% from other activities such as cliff diving, holiday adventures, and other random high-risk activities generally.
Generally, the summer is the worst time for SCI, with July having the highest incidence as mentioned. SCI’s have been observed to occur more often on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, and in the evenings. Males experience SCI more often than females (at 82% vs. 18% respectively), and the average age for a SCI is about 32 years old. Also commonly known, drugs such as alcohol contribute substantially to SCI’s, with alcohol specifically accounting for 25% or more of cases.
Some people are more susceptible to the prospect of SCI. These are individuals that may suffer already from such diseases or genetic conditions as (1) atlantoaxial instability, (2) osteoporosis (3) congenital conditions, and (4) spinal arthropathies. This list is not exhaustive. It indicates that each individual is unique and thus will injure in a unique manner. So please drive safely and exercise caution when engaged in any of the activities as enumerated in the list above regarding causes of Spinal Cord Injuries. No one is invincible, and each day, countless innocent unsuspecting individuals are needlessly hurt on our roads and in our communities. Let us unite in fighting spinal cord injuries and in helping those who have become victims of these tragic injuries and accidents.
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