Damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal often causes permanent impairment in strength, sensation, and other bodily functions below the place of the injury. While many spinal cord injuries result in full or partial paralysis, many other painful conditions can occur from a damaged spinal column.
Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury
Whether you are able to control your limbs after a spinal cord injury is determined by two factors: the injury’s location on the spinal cord and the injury’s severity.
A herniated or inflamed disc can cause pinched nerves, requiring surgery and weeks of bed rest and extreme pain. Some back injuries result in permanent numbness or weakness, even without paralysis. Spinal cord injuries can leave an individual with a complete lack of independence or mobility.
Warning Signs of Possible Spinal Cord Injury
Any kind of spinal cord injury may result in one or more of the following symptoms, for example:
When someone suffers considerable trauma to the head or neck, they need an immediate medical evaluation for a potential spinal injury. Numbness or even paralysis may occur instantly or gradually due to bleeding or swelling around or in the spinal cord. Unfortunately, a serious spinal injury is not necessarily obvious. The safest policy at the scene of any accident is to assume there is a spinal cord injury.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the leading causes of spinal cord injury are traffic crashes, falls, and violence.
Car wrecks are often due to someone’s negligence. Injuries suffered in a car wreck that was caused by the negligence or recklessness of someone else can be compensated.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that falls injure more workers than anything else. Also, many employees use products made by other companies to perform their work duties. If these products cause of the employee’s injury, the injured employee may be able to seek a defective product claim against the manufacturer.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to the recklessness or carelessness of another person, contact the Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm. Our personal injury attorneys have been ranked top in the state by multiple organizations and publications.
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