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Recognize the signs of spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries are especially dangerous, because they may not reveal their severity until later. For example, if you were in a car accident, you may think you just suffered a minor case of whiplash. Fast forward three weeks later, and you cannot get out of bed.

What you think may be a minor back or neck injury could actually mean serious damage to your spinal cord. You could be at risk for a herniated disc, a fractured vertebrae or even paralysis. After your accident, be on the lookout for symptoms such as:

  • Pain in your neck, back or head
  • Weakness, dizziness, loss of coordination or lack of or limited movement
  • Limited sensation, such as the inability to detect cold and heat
  • Numbness or stinging sensation in your fingers or toes
  • Muscle spasms or noticeable effects on your reflexes
  • Chest pain, coughing or difficulty breathing

A serious spinal cord injury could mean inability to work, multiple surgeries, physical therapy, installing adaptive equipment in your home and hiring a nurse. All of this means the medical bills will be piling up.

That is why, whether you were hurt in a car accident, you slipped on someone else's property or you were hurt on the job, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Early detection can also lessen the risk of complications and extra treatment.

If you are considering taking action through a personal injury lawsuit, it is extra important that you see a doctor and follow the recommended treatment. Detecting a spinal cord injury early will make it easier for your doctor and attorney to link it to your accident. Your lawyer will want to prove that your injuries are having a negative effect on your life, such as keeping you out of work. Having the right evidence will make your claim for compensation much stronger.

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