Spinal cord injuries
Spinal cord injuries are obviously some of the most distressing and problematic injuries to cope with after an accident for the unfortunate victims and their family and friends. The physical devastation caused by spinal cord injuries is almost totally irreversible at this time although medical research continues to strive to find the answers.
Where nerve damage is minimal or not severe there have been cases where people have been able to restore their basic motor functions, some to a great extent, and these people, in spite of spinal cord injuries have been able to walk again without assistance.
However, it is more common for victims with spinal cord injuries to have permanent disability and permanent immobility. Loss of feeling in the lower back and paralysis is widespread. Paralysis can take several forms. Paralysis in the lower limbs only is called paraplegia. Some victims with spinal cord injuries have paralysis that affects their legs and their arms and this is known as quadriplegia or tetraplegia. The vast majority of people, who suffer spinal cord injuries annually, are male, and half of all accidents occur between the ages of 16 and 30.
The largest contributors of causes of accidents that lead to spinal cord injuries include car accidents (in excess of 30%), violence, falls and sports.
Immediate treatment for spinal cord injuries
If you are with someone who you suspect has spinal cord injuries you must dial the emergency services immediately. It is critical that the victim is treated by a medical professional at the scene. Never move a victim. Never take a crash helmet off a motorcycle rider.
Symptoms that an accident victim may have after suffering spinal cord injuries
- Neck or torso in a strange position
- Sudden loss of consciousness
- Back pain or a build-up of pressure in their neck, back or head
- Severe weakness
- Loss of movement in any body part
- Tingling sensation in hands, fingers, feet, or toes or complete lack of feeling
- Loss of bladder and/or bowel control
- Can’t walk straight
- Difficulty breathing
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline are an advice and compensation provider based in the UK. If you or someone you know has been a victim of serious injury, including spinal cord injuries, then you may like to take advice about how to claim for compensation. If the accident was not your fault and happened in the last three years then we will be happy to help you.
Simply call us free on our helpline phone number on 0800 180 4123 and we will be happy to help you.
Date Published: 12th March 2013
Author: David Brown