The top four causes of spinal injuries are motor vehicle accidents, falls, acts of violence, and accidents during sports and recreational activities.* Furthermore, alcohol is also a factor in about one fourth of spinal injury accidents. If you have been involved in any of these accidents or events, you should be aware of whether you are showing any signs of spinal injuries.
Immediate medical attention can limit the symptoms of spinal injuries, and possibly keep the injuries from affecting your life in such a significant way. Furthermore, if you have been diagnosed with a spinal injury, you should also consult with a spinal cord injury lawyer to see if you can receive medical compensation for your injury.
Common Signs of a Spine Injury
If you have been in an accident, signs of a spinal injury can include:
- Numbness, loss of sensation, or tingling in your fingers, hands, toes or feet
- Difficult or strained breathing
- Pain or pressure in your back, neck, or head
- Paralysis, weakness, or lack of coordination in any body part
- Loss of control over your bladder or bowels
These are only some signs of a serious spinal injury, and sometimes there are little signs of any injury at all. If a spinal injury goes undiagnosed or untreated, more serious injury could occur due to swelling, inflammation, fluid accumulation, or internal bleeding, and the rehabilitation and recovery could increase significantly. Therefore, even if you do not notice any immediate signs of injury, you should seek medical attention after any accident to ensure that your spine has not been damaged.
Possible Symptoms of Spinal Injuries
The reason that you should be checked out by a medical professional immediately is that spinal injuries can have severe symptoms. A thoracic (chest) or lumbar (lower back) injury can cause numbness, weakness, or paralysis in your legs and torso, and can negatively impact or completely disable your sexual function or bladder and bowel control. Cervical (neck) damage can inhibit your ability to breath or move your arms.
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As you can imagine, any of these symptoms can gravely affect your ability to work, complete everyday tasks, and enjoy your life. Additionally, you may require constant care if your injury leaves you paralyzed or otherwise permanently disabled. If your injury has been caused by an accident that was someone else’s fault, you should not hesitate to call me at 888-242-HURT (4878) for a free, immediate consultation.
If I represent you I will not charge any fee until you receive a fair settlement. If it is difficult to come to my office, I will meet you at your home or other location of your choosing.
* Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke