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What You Need To Know About Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries aren’t just common, they’re common and potentially life-changing. In slip and fall accidents, car accidents, and motorcycle accidents, one may find themselves facing a spinal cord injury and a complete change of life in just seconds. According to the Mayo Clinic, a spinal cord injury is considered to be damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal, essentially resulting in difficult nerve injuries and many years of pain.

The Signs Of A Spinal Cord Injury

In some instances, the signs of a spinal cord injury can be immediate and dramatic, such as extreme pain, loss of mobility, or paralysis. However, not all signs and symptoms are as obvious. Some common signs and symptoms of a spinal cord injury include:

• Loss of sensation – The loss of sensation one may feel after a spinal cord injury can be subtle, and in some instances may even be confused for something else. An inability or difficulty feeling hot and cold or numbness can be signs that a problem in the spinal cord is present.

• Lack of coordination – If after an accident one finds that they’ve seemed to lose some coordination they can’t get back, the problem could be in the spine. This lack of coordination can occur in any part of the body, on one side of the body, or it may even come and go. For those who work with their hands or do physical labor, this lack of coordination can be devastating to their career.

• Problems breathing and coughing – Having difficulty clearing the airways or breathing normally could be a sign of a spinal cord injury. This can be accompanied by pain in the area of the back close to the lungs, but it can happen without pain as well.

• Balance problems – If a person experiences problems with balance after a slip and fall or car accident, they may initially think a traumatic brain injury is at play. After it’s been shown they’re not suffering from a TBI, they could be at a loss as to what is causing their new balance complications. Damage to the spinal cord can lead to balance and control symptoms.

• Weakness – Spinal cord injuries are also known to cause weakness, which can be accompanied by tingling and numbness or without any additional sensation.

Spinal Cord Injuries And Long-Term Effects

When considering the long-term effects of a spinal cord injury, it becomes apparent how important the assistance of a personal injury attorney becomes. Spinal cord injuries may cause lasting injuries and symptoms that hinder a person’s quality of life and earning potential, which are damages that may be recouped if the accident was caused by another party’s negligence. These long-term effects may include paralysis, loss of sexual function, bladder and bowel dysfunction, and chronic pain.

If you’ve been in a slip and fall, car, or motorcycle accident due to another party’s negligence that has caused a spinal cord injury, it’s important to have a professional Florida personal injury attorney on your side as quickly as possible. To learn more about spinal cord injuries and the settlement you may be entitled to, contact us at today.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

What You Need To Know About Spinal Cord Injuries

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