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Signs of a Spinal Cord Injury

Posted on November 30, 2017

Spinal cord injuries can be extremely serious as they affect the nerves which connect the brain and spine. It is important to know the signs of a spinal cord injury, the possible repercussions, and be aware of your rights if you believe a personal injury case may be appropriate depending on the circumstances.

Know the Signs

The first step to being prepared and knowledgeable is knowing the signs and symptoms which may accompany a spinal cord injury. Spinal injuries can result from motorcycle and car accidents, recreational activities, and even physical illness. If you or a loved one is showing any of the following symptoms, it may be a spinal cord injury:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Acute spinal cord pain
  • Inability to feel sensations (ex. hot or cold temperatures)
  • Loss of movement
  • Numbness and headaches
  • Unconsciousness
  • Stiffness involving the head, back, and neck

How Serious is It?

Spinal cord injuries are extremely serious and are considered to be an emergency. Sometimes these injuries are not apparent in the beginning, so it is very important that anyone who experiences trauma in the head or back regions receives immediate medical attention. If you expect someone may have a spinal cord injury, never move the person unless their life is at serious risk (for example, they are drowning). This could worsen the injuries even further and could cause irreversible damage.

Spinal cord injuries can result in long-term effects such as decreased fitness and sexual health, a sedentary lifestyle, pain, and depression. Everyday tasks can become almost impossible for someone experiencing chronic pain caused by this serious injury.

When to Consult an Attorney

Reach out to us and consult with a personal injury attorney if you believe that the spinal cord injury resulted directly from medical malpractice, negligence at a recreational facility, or violence inflicted by another person. A spinal cord injury can impact all areas of a person’s life so it is important to seek compensation and justice through the court system.