Symptoms & Risks of a Spinal Cord Injury

‚ÄčA 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:

  • X-ray of a Spinal Cordsevere 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.

Due to the potential severity of these injuries it’s in your best interest to consult with a spinal cord injury lawyer to see if your injury warrants a personal injury claim.

Jim Dodson
A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.