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Types of Spinal Cord Injuries


Virtually any serious injury can derail a person’s life, physically, emotionally, and financially. However, there are few types of injury that are assured to wreak long-term devastation of the lives of both victims and their families as a spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries can rob a person of his or her quality of life, means of earning a living, and ability to interact with others socially, romantically, and otherwise. This is frustrating under any circumstance, but when such an injury occurs due to an accident caused by someone else’s negligent or deliberately wrongful actions, it is particularly infuriating

Personal injury attorney Larry S. Buckley has dedicated his professional life to serving victims of negligence and their families, providing them with the aggressive, skilled legal representation they need to obtain the compensation they deserve for their medical bills, lost wages, and other losses and expenses. He has successfully handled cases involving all types of spinal cord injuries throughout the Sacramento region. If you or a member of your family has suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident that was someone else’s fault, he would be honored to represent your claim, as well.

Spinal Cord Injury Types

Spinal cord injuries can take many possible forms, from vascular compression to paraplegia. However, all spinal cord injuries can be divided into one of two basic categories:

  • Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries: This is the most common type of spinal cord injury. It is also the less severe, although in some cases, victims never fully recover. “Incomplete” refers to the fact that victims of these types of injuries maintain some feeling and movement at and below the location of the damage to the spine. With rehabilitation, they might even be able to recover most or all of their sensation and ability to move. These types of injuries often occur as the result of auto accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, workplace accidents, sports accidents, and even surgical mistakes.
  • Complete Spinal Cord Injuries: This is the more rare and severe type of spinal cord injury. Victims entirely lose the ability to feel and move at and below the location of the damage to the spine. Paraplegia refers to a complete spinal cord injury that robs the victim of the use of his or her lower body but allows him or her to retain use of the arms and the hands. Tetraplegia refers to a complete spinal cord injury that robs the victim of the use of the entire body below the neck, including the arms and the hands. Tragically, many tetraplegics require a ventilator in order to breathe normally. Both paraplegics and tetraplegics require a lifetime of expensive medical and personal care.

In civil law, there is a saying: you get only one bite at the apple. This means that you have only one opportunity to collect damages for your injury. If your attorney fails to identify and recover possible future damages, you cannot ask for those damages later. Larry S. Buckley has exceptional skill at identifying all possible damages, both present and future, to which his clients are entitled. He will fight for your right to every measure of compensation that the law will allow.

Arrange for Your Case Evaluation

To arrange for an evaluation of your spinal cord injury case, please contact the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley today.

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