Spinal cord injuries can come from a host of accidents. Whether you suffered your injury in a car wreck or an on-the-job incident, you’ll have to be acutely aware of what’s going on with your body after the accident. There are some specific signs that something is seriously wrong. These are considered emergency symptoms, so you need to head to the emergency room or immediately contact your doctor.
These signs will usually occur immediately after the injury, but it’s possible that they may appear much later. Waiting to get medical care can result in the injury getting worse.
Having any extreme or worsening pain in your back or neck is a signal that something is amiss. You may also notice that you have increased pressure in your head or a headache that doesn’t abate. Trouble moving parts of your body and lack of sensation can also mean that you need medical care. If you lose control of your bladder or bowels or have trouble breathing, get emergency care.
It is possible for a person to have a spinal cord injury and not realize it. When the symptoms don’t show up right away, it can be hard to figure out what’s going on. In some cases, the signs of the injury get worse as time progresses because the swelling of the spinal cord or pressure from a blood clot increases to cause the symptoms.
The cost of medical care for this type of injury can be expensive. Victims may opt to pursue a claim for compensation to try to recover the damages from the negligent individual who caused the accident. This is handled in civil court and the process should be started quickly because there are time limits that apply to these cases.