Have you suffered a back injury or neck injury? Whenever someone is in a serious accident or other situation involving trauma to the back or neck, a spinal cord injury is possible. These injuries can take place even if the accident seemed minor at the time.
Because the full symptoms of a spinal cord problem can take days or even weeks to manifest, many victims remain unaware of them until their condition worsens. It’s important to get the facts and take proactive action by seeing a doctor immediately after any accident.
Let’s review some important details everyone should understand.
Spinal Cord Injury: What to Know
In humans, the spinal cord is a cylindrical bundle of nerve fibers within the spine. For our whole lives, the spinal cord facilitates movement of crucial nerve signals from the brain all the way down the body and back again. Virtually all parts of the human body have a connection to the brain through the spinal column.
Because the spinal cord is deeply integrated into almost all bodily movements and functions, damage to it can present many symptoms. Any part of the spinal cord or its nerves could be damaged by trauma. This might create unfamiliar symptoms, often mistaken for other medical conditions.
In very severe cases, a spinal injury causes complete loss of sensation below the damaged area.
In other cases, these symptoms might arise:
Inability to move the limbs, hands or trunk, or any combination of those body parts;
Dysfunction of the pelvic organs caused by problems within the nervous system;
Loss of movement, precision of movement or sensation in the affected areas;
Exaggerated reflexes or involuntary physical movements, including spasms;
Pain, possibly experienced as intense “stinging,” around damaged nerves;
Difficulty breathing, coughing or clearing out the airway.
In virtually all cases, at least some symptoms will last for life. However, it is often possible to recover some degree of function by seeking medical care right away. The sooner you receive care, the more effective it is likely to be.
If You’ve Suffered a Back Injury in San Diego, Call the Law Offices of Gerald D. Brody and Associates
People who sustain spinal injury at work or otherwise, should seek representation quickly. If someone else’s carelessness, recklessness or negligence caused an injury, you may be entitled to compensation.
Many people hesitate to bring a case forward, but it’s essential in cases of spinal injury. Even the best doctors can’t always predict the course of this kind of injury or how it will develop. Sufferers might require life-long care – and money you could secure from the responsible party may be an important part of offsetting those costs.
At Gerald D. Brody & Associates, we’re the legal experts on neck injuries in San Diego. We’ve assisted many people suffering spinal or brain injuries they obtained at the workplace. We can help you secure workers’ compensation and, if necessary, take your claim to court.
To find out more, contact Gerald D. Brody and Associates.