All spinal cord injuries (or SCIs) are unique; however, each case can be classified within one of five levels. The level of a particular SCI is determined by how the injury has affected the patient’s motor and sensory function.
The American Spinal Injury Association’s widely-used ASIA Impairment Scale establishes the international standard for categorizing SCIs. The five levels of spinal cord injuries are:
Let’s take a closer look at the five levels of spinal cord injuries:
An SCI that is categorized as ASIA A is one that results in no motor or sensory function whatsoever below the level of injury. This includes the loss of control over the bladder and bowels.
People who sustain an ASIA B SCI retain some sensation below the level of injury. However, they have no motor function below the neurological level of damage.
Patients with an ASIA C spinal cord injury still retain some motor function below the point of injury. However, more than 50 percent of the major muscles are unable to move against gravity. Therefore, individuals with such a diagnosis must still cope with seriously limited mobility.
When people sustain an ASIA D spinal cord injury, more than 50 percent of the muscles below the point of injury are spared and have a muscle grade of at least 3— meaning they’re still able to move against gravity.
An ASIA E SCI is one that does not cause any permanent loss of sensory or motor function. Patients who make a full recovery after sustaining an SCI are said to have sustained a Grade E injury.
Suffering a spinal cord injury—or witnessing someone you love sustain one—is always devastating, regardless of its severity. Recovering from such a catastrophic injury is also costly.
Even with adequate health insurance, accident victims typically incur weeks or even months of lost wages, and many are unable to return to work at all. Fortunately, those who were hurt through no fault of their own have the right to pursue compensation from all liable parties.
If you or someone you love sustained an SCI because of another party’s negligence, your family may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. To determine if you have grounds for a claim, turn to Ball Eggleston.
Our compassionate personal injury attorneys have recovered more than $200 million for accident victims and their families. Call (765) 742-9046 or use our online contact form to set up a free case evaluation with a spinal cord injury lawyer in Lafayette.
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