A spinal, back, or neck injury can be a critical injury and should be taken seriously. Each of these injuries may have catastrophic effects on one’s life – often with long-term consequences. Neck and spinal cord injuries are potentially devastating in regard to mobility and paralysis. More than 10,000 people in the US suffer spinal cord injuries each year, with motor vehicle accidents being the leading cause.
The neck is one of the most vulnerable and sensitive parts of the body, connecting the body to the brain. The most common causes of serious neck injury are vehicle accidents, work place injuries and sporting accidents. Simple whiplash can result in serious disk injury due to bulging, ruptured, or slipped disks, with pain and numbness serving as the leading symptoms.
Spinal cord injury of any kind may result in, among other issues, loss of movement, loss of sensation, difficulty breathing, and pain or an intense stinging sensation caused by damage to the nerves in the spinal cord. Typically, the higher the spinal cord injury, the greater the resulting damage. Emergency signs or symptoms of this type of injury are extreme pain or pressure in the neck, head, or back; loss of balance; non-normal position of the neck or back; numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in the extremities, or paralysis. Anyone who receives significant trauma to the head or neck needs immediate medical evaluation for possible spinal cord injury.
Spinal fractures due to falls are the leading cause of injury in people over 65 years of age. Children account for only around 5 percent of spinal cord injuries, as the majority of spinal, back, and neck injury cases occur among active males between the ages of 15 and 35. Motor vehicle accidents and sporting accidents are the leading causes of these injuries. Enlist common sense and caution to prevent spinal, back, and neck injury. This includes wearing seatbelts, wearing helmets on motorcycles/bicycles and during contact sports. Never dive into water of unknown depth.
Persons suspected of having sustained a spinal, back, or neck injury should not be moved. If you witness a possible injury, call emergency medical personnel. Immobilize the victim’s neck and head to prevent movement until medical help arrives. Basic first aid should be provided without moving the victim. After seeking medical attention and treatment, the path to legal recourse often requires a personal injury lawsuit to provide justice to the injured, especially in the case of a motor vehicle accident. Your physician and your attorney will do everything within their sphere of influence and expertise to ensure that you receive the care and compensation you deserve.