So many questions and concerns arise when you or a loved one suffers a spinal cord injury. One of the biggest questions, and one that may be hardest to answer is, how can I be sure that I will have all the financial and medical resources to cover victim needs for as long as is necessary. The ability to anticipate, identify and arrange for the long term is something that comes with experience, which is why consulting skilled legal counsel is so important.
Whether the injury is due to another’s negligence or not, finding and aligning resources in Los Angeles may require digging deep into the legal provisions of an array of insurance policies. You can be sure that most insurers won’t step up to the plate without prodding. And the more severe the injury, the more likely an insurance company is to try to avoid its obligations.
Understanding the severity of injury
Spinal cord injuries are like most other traumas to the human body. They are not all created equal. Just as arm, leg or other bone breaks can range from relatively minor hairline to extremely serious compound fractures, so it is with the spine.
Spinal cord injury can result from an accident. It can also stem from disease. If oxygen is cut off to the brain any reason, that would count as a spinal cord injury because signals between the brain and all the various parts of the body might be eroded or broken.
This particular area of health care is so specialized that it has its own glossary of terms. Two of the most commonly used seek to categorize the severity of the injury no matter what part of the spine is damaged. If the injury is deemed incomplete, it means that the neural connections still allow for some transmission of signals.
A complete injury means there is no signal getting through. Nerves may be intact across the injury site, but they aren’t working because of the injury and there is no sensation or movement below the site. And experts stress that receiving either determination should not be used to indicate whether a patient will or will not respond to therapy and rehabilitation.
That uncertainty, however, is something that also deserves to be considered when developing long-term care plans.