Symptoms & Risks of a Spinal Cord Injury

​A motorcycle accident can suddenly and drastically change your life. Motorcycles pose danger for potentially traumatic injuries to your neck, back, and spine. If you’ve been involved in an accident, meet with a spinal cord injury lawyer in right away. By hiring a lawyer and filing a personal injury claim, you may be able to receive compensation.

Identifying Spinal Cord Injuries

A spinal cord injury will severely impact your ability to move different limbs and areas of your body depending on which part of the spine was affected. There are various signs and symptoms that may indicate a spinal cord injury after an accident.

Emergency symptoms that may appear directly after an accident and should warrant immediate medical attention include:

  • severe pressure in your back, neck, or head,
  • lack of coordination,
  • sense of weakness in a certain part of y our body,
  • numbness or a loss of feeling in extremities (hands, fingers, feet, toes),
  • a sudden loss of bladder/bowel control,
  • imbalance when walking,
  • impaired breathing or
  • a twisted neck/spine.

General symptoms that may present themselves sometime after the accident include:

  • a loss of movement in a limb or area of the body,
  • decreased ability to feel heat, cold, or touch,
  • loss of bladder/bowel control,
  • irregular reflexes or muscle spasms,
  • altered sexual function/sensitivity or
  • difficulty breathing and coughing (clearing secretions from your lungs).

If you’re experiencing symptoms of spinal injury, seek medical attention right away because prolonging treatment will only worsen your condition.

There are many types of spinal injury that vary in location and degree of damage. The severity of the injury will determine a lot about the costs you’ll endure in the long run. This can range from minimal physical therapy to a permanently altered state of mobility.

Severe Risks of Spinal Cord Injury a Motorcycle Accident

A spinal injury after an accident can severely impact your central nervous system. The entirety of your spinal cord is made up of nerves that are split up into groups that correspond to a different region of your body. Therefore, some spinal cord injuries affect a patient’s ability to walk and others affect the ability to feel temperature.

There are two overriding categories of spinal cord injuries: traumatic and non-traumatic. Traumatic injuries often result from sudden impact to the spine to the point where a section of the spine may fracture, compress, or dislocate. Bleeding, swelling, inflammation, and fluid build up around and within the spinal cord usually accompany traumatic injuries. On the other hand, non-traumatic injuries can arise from inflammation of an infection.

With spinal cord injuries comes a great risk of permanent damage typically in the form of paralysis. If the spine is injured in the quadriplegia region (around the neck), it’s possible that all of your limbs could become paralyzed. If the injury is in the paraplegia region (below the neck) then the risk of paralysis applies to the legs and abdomen.

Possible Long-term Effects & Complications of a Spinal Cord Injury

  • Issues with bladder control – difficulty controlling bladder which simultaneously increases chances of a urinary tract infection, kidney infection, and kidney or bladder stones.
  • Issues with bowel control – brain issues controlling the excretion process.
  • Decreased skin sensation – loss of skin sensation and inability to feel temperature with an increased risk of developing pressure sores.
  • Impaired circulatory control – low blood pressure issues, swelling of an extremity which increases risks of blood clots and life-threatening high blood pressure.
  • Respiratory system issues – diaphragm and chest wall muscles may be affected, making it difficult to breathe. This could develop pneumonia or other lung complications.
  • Muscle spasms – uncontrollable tightening or relaxing.
  • Sexual dysfunction – changes or complications with sexuality, fertility and sexual function.

Jim Dodson Law is Here to Help if You Need It

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury in a Florida motorcycle accident, we are here to help. We have successfully handled motorcycle cases at our firm and, and even though each one is unique, they are often caused by the same circumstances and unfortunately result in similar injuries.

If you have questions or concerns regarding a recent motorcycle accident, we are here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at 727-446-0840 to talk about your case. There is never a charge to discuss your situation with an attorney.

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