Spinal Cord Injury
Suffering from a spinal cord injury isn't always obvious for the fact that numbness or paralysis may result immediately or gradually as bleeding and swelling starts to occur, either way the time between the injury occurring and the treatment being given is critical to the extent of your injury and the level of recovery you have.
A spinal cord injury is a medical emergency as immediate treatment can help to reduce long term effects. Most spinal cord injuries however do cause permanent disability or a loss of movement and sensation below where your injury happened, which is why if you experience significant trauma to the head or neck you should gain immediate medical evaluation to rule out the possibility of spinal cord damage. It is in fact safest to assume that trauma victims have a spinal cord injury until proved otherwise. So if you suspect that you have a back or neck injury after an accident it is important that you don't move and the following steps are taken:
- The emergency services are contacted
- You stay still
- Basic first aid is administered in order to stop any bleeding
Our spinal cord is the main pathway for information, connecting the brain and the nervous system; it is what controls our movements so if we damage our spinal cord we are damaging our movements, in most cases this damage is permanent.
The more severe your spinal cord injury the more chance you have of suffering paralysis, which comes in two levels, the first is total paralysis, in which you lose the movement and sensation in your legs and your arms; this is known as quadriplegia. The other is known as paraplegia, which is when loss of movement and sensation affects the lower part of your body but not the upper.
One of the biggest causes of spinal cord injury is through trauma, which can occur in a variety of ways such as the following:
- Road Traffic Accidents - these are the leading cause of spinal injuries and account for more than 50% of all spinal cord injuries every year
- Slips, trips and falls - these make up about 22% of spinal cord injuries every year
- Sports Accidents - this is especially true with major impact and contact sports and accounts for around 8% of all spinal cord injuries every year
- Work place accidents - industries such as the construction industry are at risk of suffering accidents that could lead to spinal cord injury
If you have suffered from a spinal cord injury then contact us here at Help With Your Claim as we are personal injury specialists and we will do everything in our power to help you gain the compensation that you are entitled to after suffering a spinal cord injury through an accident that was caused through no fault of your own.
Compensation won't change what you are facing but it will make life slightly easier as it takes away your money worries. For more information please don't hesitate to contact us today.