Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are often classified as either traumatic or non-traumatic. In a truck accident, traumatic spinal cord injury has a high potential of occurrence. It typically results from a severe impact on the spine. The impact can cause crushed bones or disks, fractures, vertebrae compression, nerve and muscle damage, and dislocations. They usually occur in the cervical [neck] region but can also occur in the lumbar [lower back] region.
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injuries
After a serious truck accident, most injuries to the spinal cord are immediately detectable. However, some symptoms occur after the immediate traumatic event. The following symptoms, if they are present, may indicate an injury to the spinal cord:
- Loss of movement in your body, arms, legs, neck, hands, fingers or feet;
- A stinging pain in your head, back or neck;
- Weakness in your legs or arms;
- Loss of balance or coordination;
- Intermittent Loss of consciousness;
- Loss of control of your bladder;
- Numbness in you extremities; and
- Breathing difficulty/shortness of breath
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should immediately proceed to the closest emergency room. Your legal claim is important, however, your health is obviously the most important. Once you are stabilized, then place a call to Gordon & Elias, L.L.P. at 1-800-773-6770. It is imperative to find a truck accident lawyer and get them involved as soon as reasonably possible so they can take necessary steps to preserve evidence that can later get destroyed or altered.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a spinal cord injury that was caused by someone else's negligence, it is important to contact a skilled personal injury attorney right away. For more information, please contact spinal cord truck injury lawyers Gordon & Elias, L.L.P.