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Spinal cord injuries may be incomplete

You get into a motorcycle accident and suffer a serious spinal cord injury. You cannot move after the crash and the emergency crews take you to the hospital. You wonder, as you recover, exactly what your future looks like.

Spinal cord injuries can lead to paralysis. This can be life-changing, as you may never completely heal. In most cases, much of the healing that will happen takes place at the beginning. Once you have lived with an injury for years, while you may see some improvement, odds are that you will not.

One thing to note is that the exact impact on your life depends on whether it is a complete or incomplete injury. A complete injury means that you lose all abilities below that injury. If it's a relatively high injury, that could mean no movement and no feeling from the neck down. Lower injuries could leave you with the same issues from the waist down.

An incomplete injury, on the other hand, means you do not entirely lose these abilities. You may still have some feeling and sensory input. You may be able to move slightly. Rather than being eliminated, your range of movement may be reduced.

That does not mean that this is any less of an issue in your life. It could still mean that you qualify as disabled after the crash. It could mean you cannot work, you need lifelong care, you have to go to physical therapy and much more. All incomplete injuries are unique, but they still drastically change your life. That's why it's important to know what legal options you have.

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