A spinal cord injury, such as one suffered as the result of a motor vehicle accident, requires immediate medical attention. Depending on the type and extent of the injury, a spinal cord injury can impact a person in a number of ways. In addition to the mental impact, it can change the way he or she lives one’s life from a physical perspective.
Here are some of the many physical symptoms of a spinal cord injury:
- Inability to move one or more limb
- Loss of sensation, including the ability to feel hot or cold
- Loss of bladder control or bowel control
- Difficulty breathing and coughing
- Pain related to damage to nerve fibers
While these are among the most common physical symptoms of a spinal cord injury, others could come into play at some point.
Since spinal cord injuries are not always obvious, it’s important to seek medical attention if you have any reasons to believe this part of your body could have been injured. For example, if you are involved in a car accident, this type of injury may not present itself right away. It’s also possible that paralysis could develop gradually, due to swelling around the spinal cord.
Knowing the physical impact of a spinal cord injury should help you realize that this is not something to take lightly. You hope to never be faced with such an injury, but if you find yourself in this position it’s better to be safe than sorry. This means being fully examined by a qualified medical team and taking steps toward recovery through legal channels that can work to get you the settlement and support you need.