When some people hear that someone has a spinal cord injury, they think that the victim will have a lifelong issue because of it. For many people who have this type of injury, paralysis is possible. For others, at least a partial recovery is possible.
There are many factors that come into the picture when it comes to what’s possible after a spinal cord injury. The location and severity of the injury matter. Ones that are higher on the spinal cord will impact a larger area of the body because they always affect the area below the injury level. More serious injuries are likely going to be more difficult to recover from.
Another factor that plays a large role in how likely it is a person will recover is whether the injury is incomplete or complete. A person with an incomplete injury will still have some feeling, sensation or movement below the level of the injury. A person with a complete injury won’t have any of those.
When the injury is incomplete, the person has a greater chance of a better recovery than what they’d have if it was complete. The type of rehabilitation and the quality of medical care may also play a role in how well they fare.
Regardless of the type of injury, a person who has damage to the spinal cord is likely going to need extensive medical care. If their injury was due to the negligence of another person, they might opt to seek compensation for the financial damages related to the injury. This might include their medical care, the wages they were unable to earn due to the injury and other similar financial impacts.