Car crashes have a serious potential to leave you with life-altering injuries. You may suffer a permanent disability and have to make changes throughout your life.
Of the most serious injuries, spinal cord injuries are some of the worst. They can lead to a loss of movement, loss of sensation, trouble with the internal organs and changes in the victim’s sensitivity in their body.
It’s important for people to know the signs and symptoms of an emergency, so they can get help for a spinal injury. Some of the symptoms and signs that you may have a severe injury include:
- Losing bladder control
- Trouble walking or keeping your balance
- Extremely pain or pressure in the back or neck
- Poor coordination of any part of the body
- Tingling, a loss of sensation or numbness in the limbs or any part of the body
- Trouble breathing
- An oddly positioned neck or back region
Whenever you suffer trauma to the spine, it’s important not to move if you don’t have to. Movement could make the injury worse, depending on what it is.
Remember that a serious spinal cord injury may not be obvious. Over time, once swelling and pain sets in, you may begin to see the true damage that has occurred. It’s important to seek medical care early, so that the swelling can be managed and any injury can be treated to try to prevent further complications.
A serious personal injury like this could change your life. The driver who is responsible for your collision should be held responsible for their actions. Our site has more on what you can do to recover your losses after such a life-changing event.