Has your loved one been in a traumatic car accident, and you’re unsure if they’re experiencing signs of spinal cord injury? Read on to learn more about some of the symptoms of spinal cord injury and how to start spinal injury care at home.
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injury
It’s almost impossible to miss signs and symptoms of spinal cord injury after a car accident, so it’s important to know what to look out for if you or your loved one has just experienced a major car accident. Since spinal cord injury is usually a result of significant trauma to the neck or the head, you should keep an eye out for the following signs after experiencing traumatic injuries during a car collision:
- Tingling, numbness or loss of sensation entirely in your toes, feet or hands
- Difficulty breathing after the injury
- Feeling pressure or extreme pain in your back, neck or head
- Difficulty staying balanced while walking
- Weakness or paralysis in any part of your body
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
You must seek medical attention immediately when experiencing one or more of these symptoms.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
If you suspect your loved one is displaying signs of spinal cord injury, you must not move them. Spinal cord injury is an extremely sensitive injury that can quickly result in severe complications like permanent paralysis if the injured person is moved without medical support. If the injured person is unconscious, do not move them and seek medical attention right away. If the person is awake, they might begin to panic and try to move around; it’s crucial that you try to calm them down and make sure they keep still until medical help arrives. Call 911 or your local emergency number to get medical help immediately. The longer you wait to call help, the more you risk irreparable spinal cord damage.
Support Your Loved One
Suffering from a spinal cord injury and experiencing symptoms that significantly affect your physical ability to move is terrifying. You can start supporting your loved ones from the moment they start to experience symptoms by placing heavy towels on both sides of their head or neck while you wait for medical professionals to arrive. This will prevent them from accidentally moving their head or neck until emergency care arrives. At the hospital, medical professionals will most probably advise doing several tests such as X-rays, CT scans and MRIs to run a full diagnostic on the injured individual.
The feeling of being rushed to the ER, sent to different testing rooms and required to answer several questions at once is overwhelming. You are presented with very little time to digest the rush of emotions you experience when seeing a loved one suffer. That is why at James H. Brown and Associates, we are ready to fully handle the legal responsibilities of filing a claim on your behalf.
Speak With James H. Brown and Associates
When contacting James H. Brown and Associates, you’re not approaching a regular personal injury lawyer who will simply provide you with basic legal advice; you’re partnering with a team of lawyers who have firsthand experience in dealing with the difficulties and challenges of serious spinal cord injuries. We understand that caring for a loved one suffering from a spinal cord injury is not only financially challenging but also emotionally and mentally draining. Our primary goal is to always ensure that our clients are able to fully focus on their recovery while we secure the compensation you deserve.
As soon as you contact James H. Brown and Associates, we will be prepared to meet with you right away. Whether you are ready to meet in person, at the hospital, via web conference or over the phone, our lawyers are available to discuss your case. While you prioritize taking care of your loved ones and following up with their well-being, we will be sending out private investigators, calling insurance companies and gathering witness information to help you gain the fair compensation that you and your family deserve. We have also partnered with Spinal Cord Injuries Alberta to offer you and your loved one the support you need through all the challenges of spinal cord injuries.