Contusions, or bruises, are one of the most common types of injuries to spinal cords. While a bruise on your arm or leg might be unsightly and painful for a few days or weeks, a contusion on your spinal cord can lead to a severe injury or impact to mobility. Whenever there is bleeding or inflammation around the spinal cord, there is the possibility for nerve damage. Not all neural pathways in and around the spinal cord can be healed, so it’s important to understand the potential lifelong impact of a bruise to the spinal cord. If you suffered from a spinal contusion from a car accident or other incident caused by the dangerous or negligent actions of another person, you need to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible about your case.
Listed below are some common symptoms of spinal contusions.
- Spinal Contusion Symptoms
- Attention span problems
- Sensory deficits
- Difficulty breathing
- Fine motor skill deficits
- Memory deficits
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How do Spinal Contusions Happen?
Spinal injuries, including contusions, can happen in a variety of different ways. First, car accidents are a common cause of spinal contusions. Car accidents can lead to many different types of devastating spinal cord injuries. Anytime you have the force of impact associated with large, heavy and fast vehicles, there is the potential for bruising of the spine and other related injuries. Spinal contusions can also happen during athletic events. High school football and sports at other levels, both professional and amateur, have the potential for helmet-to-helmet contact and other forceful impacts that can potentially lead to spinal contusions. On-the-job accidents in the workplace can also lead to spinal cord injuries like spinal contusions. Anywhere heavy machinery is being used, there could be a potential risk.
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Expenses and Treatments Associated With Spinal Contusion Injuries
Expenses associated with spinal contusions and other spinal cord injuries can be astronomical. The initial hospital visit is just the tip of the iceberg. Even though it’s “just” a bruise spine, the impacts can be long lasting. You will likely need a plethora of follow up appointments, surgical procedures, medications, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Depending upon the severity of your injury and whether or not you had related injuries, you could be looking at temporary or long-term permanent nerve damage. No matter how severe your injury is, you can definitely expect to be looking at on-going medical care and extensive medical bills for a long period of time.
Lifelong Impact of Spinal Contusion Injury
Even though a spinal contusion isn’t a fracture and is a very common spinal cord injury, it can still leave patients with a lifelong impact from the injury. Whenever there is inflammation in the spine, there exists the possibility for permanent damage. Nerve cells that are irreparably damaged might never be able to heal or regenerate. If you have suffered from a spinal cord contusion, you might be facing temporary or lifelong paralysis, muscle spasms, digestive problems, breathing problems, bowel and bladder dysfunction, heart and blood pressure issues and sexual dysfunction.
What to do After a Spinal Contusion
After any kind of spinal cord injury, your top priority needs to be your health. If you were in a car accident and have any kind of neurological symptoms, such as numbness or tingling in any limbs, you need to seek immediate medical attention. The sooner a spinal contusion is addressed, the better. It will be necessary for your doctor and medical team to try to reduce as much inflammation in the spine as swiftly as possible. Once your immediate medical needs have been addressed, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer who has proven spinal cord injury case experience.
Jackson Spinal Contusions Lawyer
After any kind of spinal cord injury resulting from a car accident or any other kind of negligent or dangerous behavior, it’s essential to contact a personal injury attorney about your case. Early and immediate medical intervention is critical for spinal cord contusions and other neurological and spinal injuries. The sooner you get medical attention, the better chance you have at a favorable outcome. Additionally, you could be out of work for an extended period of time and unable to earn an income. During this time, you will have nothing but medical bills and other household and day-to-day bills piling up. A lawyer can be your advocate and help to ensure you get the compensation you deserve as you recover from your injury.
If you have suffered from a spinal contusion in a car accident or other kind of incident involving negligence in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.