Preventing Damage After a Spinal Cord InjuryTexas Legal News
Spinal cord injuries are an extremely serious type of injury. Some spinal cord injuries may result in motor or sensory impairments which affect movement and sense of touch and may cause a victim to stop breathing. Knowing the signs of a spinal cord injury and the steps you should take after sustaining one can mean the difference between life or death.
How to Tell if Your Spinal Cord is Damaged
Symptoms of spinal cord injury may include severe back or neck pain or a feeling of stiffness or discomfort when moving your neck or spine. Additionally, if you are experiencing these feelings after a sharp hit to your neck or back, and if you feel any of the following sensations, then you may have sustained spinal damage:
- Lacking control of limbs, hands, toes, bladder, or bowels
An obvious sign that can be physically seen is when the neck or back is oddly shaped or twisted unnaturally. Different types of medical attention are needed depending on the severity of the injury because spinal cord injuries can either be incomplete and complete. Complete spinal cord injuries are the more severe of the two and require immediate medical attention.
Emergency Treatment After a Spinal Injury
If you or someone else has experienced a spinal cord injury, the first and most important thing to do is to keep the injured person still. If the person is standing, have them lay down flat as sitting down bends the waist and may upset the injury. Call 911 and while you are waiting for emergency services to arrive, you can provide some extra security by placing towels, pillows, or other objects around the back and neck to prevent movement.
You should also try to stop sudden movement which may be enough to prevent the injury from becoming more severe but do not panic if you have been moving around after the injury. No matter what stage, it’s always better to try to minimize the damage. In serious cases, circulation or breathing may slow or stop. If this happens, CPR should be carefully performed on the victim.
When emergency services arrive, they will likely place a neck collar on the person and will place the person on a carrying board for secure movement to a stretcher. In the emergency room, nurses and doctors will ensure the person can breathe, may administer medicines to alleviate potential shock, will take further measures to keep the spine or neck still, and will take care of complications like cardiovascular problems, blood clots, or stool or urine blockage.
Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney
If you suffered a spinal cord injury caused by the negligence of someone else, whether it be by a car accident or workplace accident, please contact the Houston personal injury lawyers at DeHoyos & Connolly, PLLC by calling (832) – 767 – 3568 for a free consultation. Medical bills can quickly become overwhelming and we are here to help get your life back on track after an unexpected incident.