Most people who suffer a spinal cord injury suffer a degree of paralysis in the affected limbs. However, the symptoms can vary and may not present themselves immediately after an accident. This can lead to a delay is seeking treatment that could result in a more serious injury.
In the aftermath of a car accident, slip and fall, or other accident, it is important to seek prompt medical attention. Discuss with your doctor all of the symptoms you are experiencing. Here are examples of symptoms you may experience if you suffered an injury to your spinal cord injury:
- Severe back pain
- Pressure in your neck, back or head
- Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet
- Loss of sensation in your hands or feet
- Difficultly walking
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Difficulty breathing
- An unusual bend in your neck or back
Symptoms may appear immediately following an accident or later. For example, tissues next to your spinal cord may swell in the days after an accident, resulting in pressure on your spinal cord. A cracked vertebra can shift, damaging your spinal cord.
Anyone who suffers a spinal injury should be immobilized until they obtain medical attention. Prompt treatment is essential to assure the fullest possible recovery of bodily function. You face the risk of further injury to your spinal cord, which could result in permanent damage. If you have any concerns about the symptoms you are experiencing, it’s safest to assume that a spinal cord injury has occurred until it has been ruled out by medical professionals.
The law firm of Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum, LLP in Miami offers a free initial consultation to answer your questions and explain your rights if you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury.