More than 50% of spinal cord injuries diagnosed each year in Delaware and across the country result from car and motorcycle accidents. One of the other causes of injuries involves gunshot and knife wounds. Alcohol is responsible for one in four spinal cord injuries. Injuries from sports and recreation, diseases like osteoporosis, spinal cord inflammation, arthritis and cancer make up the balance.
Symptoms and signs of spinal cord injuries
In many cases, shock and raised adrenalin level mask pain suffered in car accidents. However, ignoring any of the following symptoms or signs of trauma to the spinal cord could have life-changing consequences:
- Extreme pain or feelings of pressure in the back, neck or head
- Tingling, numbness or loss of feeling or sensation in the fingers, hands, toes or feet
- Paralysis or weak coordination anywhere in the body
- Problems with walking and balance
- Inability to control bladder or bowel functions
- Impaired breathing
- Twisted or awkwardly positioned back or neck
Why is it crucial to see a doctor after any car accident?
It’s always a good idea to visit a medical facility after an accident for the following reasons:
- Serious injuries often go unnoticed in the aftermath of a vehicle accident.
- Spinal cord injuries not treated immediately could cause further trauma.
- Paralysis or numbness could occur later or gradually due to bleeding and swelling.
- If the spinal cord is damaged, the extent or severity and the prognosis depend on how soon treatment started.
Dealing with financial and emotional consequences
The civil justice system of Delaware allows car accident victims to pursue claims for financial relief. However, the plaintiff must prove negligence on the part of another party. If a personal injury lawsuit is successfully navigated, a monetary judgment may be secured. Documented past and future medical costs, lost income, and emotional trauma such as pain and suffering are all appropriate claims for financial relief.