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What are the effects of a spinal cord injury accident?

The spinal cord is a part of our central nervous system. The spinal cord can move and take signals from our brain. However, when an accident takes place, the consequences can be disastrous. The Walthew Law Firm believes that a spinal injury is so dangerous that it can leave you impaired for life. Here are some of the damages a spinal injury can cause you.

  • Loss of movement

As a person, you do not control your body if the spine is injured. It is known as paralysis. There have been many instances where people or drivers have suffered paralysis due to accidents. In this case, you can seek compensation to help you adjust through life.

  • Loss of sensation

This often includes the inability to feel heat, cold, and even touching. 

  • Loss of bowel

Those who have broken their spine have to live with a numb body. There is also a lack of bladder control.

  • Exaggerated reflex activities or spasms

This means the person suffering a spinal injury could overreact to a small stimulus. For example, if there is a tiny mosquito, the person may get a spasm or jump out of their seat.

  • Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity, and fertility

In the case of both men, and women a broken spine impairs sexual life.

  • Excruciating pain

Pain or an intense stinging sensation caused by damage to the nerve fibers in your spinal cord is a repercussion of an accident to the spine. Here, this would also be due to difficulty breathing, coughing, or clearing secretions from your lungs.

In the end, anyone who has sustained severe head or neck trauma should seek medical attention right away to rule out spinal damage. If the cause is unknown, more severe damage may result. Numbness or paralysis can occur suddenly or gradually. The time between an injury and treatment can be crucial in determining the severity and degree of sequelae and the estimated recovery period. 

If you believe someone has a back or neck injury, do the following steps:

Do not move the wounded individual; this might result in lifelong paralysis and other catastrophic problems. Call 911 or the number for your local emergency medical help, and maintain the person’s stillness.

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