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How does the level of a spinal injury affect you?

When you look at the anatomy of the spine, you'll see that there are four sections: thoracic, lumbar, cervical and sacral. Each of these is designed to protect certain parts of the spinal cord.

When you suffer a spinal injury, you'll be told which of those four areas was injured as well as the discs that may have been involved. For example, cervical injuries may be labeled as C1 through C4 injures. A thoracic injury could be labeled T5 through T8.

The level of the injury matters. Cervical injuries are usually the most severe and affect the largest portion of the body. On the other hand, a sacral injury may not affect the organs in all cases. For example, injuries to the sacral nerves can affect the hips and groin, perineal area, back of the thighs or the medial buttock region. This injury can potentially affect bowel and bladder control, but the injury is so low that the person can usually still walk.

As you can see from this short explanation, the location of your spinal injury makes a big difference in how it affects you as well as the outcome that is expected as you heal. Every patient is different, so it will not be easy to tell you exactly what a personal injury case for this kind of injury would be worth. However, with your medical documents and other supporting information, you will be able to make a claim against the party who caused your injury and ask for a fair settlement or award to cover your medical care, lost wages and other financial losses.

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