If you’re involved in a serious accident of any kind, there is a risk that you could suffer from a spinal cord injury. A spinal cord injury can range in severity from extremely mild to acute, so it’s essential that you do get medical attention quickly and begin on a treatment plan as soon as you can.
Early interventions with spinal cord injuries may help reduce swelling and inflammation to preserve more nerves and avoid worsening symptoms.
What do you need to do after suffering a spinal injury?
If you’ve suffered a spinal injury or think that your spinal cord may have been impacted in a crash, you need to stay still while someone calls 911. Do your best not to move, so you can minimize the additional damage to your spinal column and spinal cord.
When paramedics arrive, they will move you with protective braces in place, which helps minimize discomfort and movement as you are rushed to the hospital for imaging exams and, in some instances, surgery.
Will you see any recovery after a spinal cord injury?
Remember that spinal cord injuries are generally considered to be permanent. However, in the first few hours, weeks and months after an injury, there is a potential for sensations and functionality to return at least somewhat. Unless the spinal cord is completely severed, you can usually expect some changes in functionality as swelling and inflammation dissipate.
Additionally, if you have surgery or other treatments at the hospital, you may, in some cases, be able to have pressure removed from the spinal cord or repairs made that could help you regain some functions.
Can you pursue a claim for a spinal cord injury?
Yes, and in most cases, you should. For example, if you were hit by a dangerous driver, you have the right to start a claim against their insurance or, if they don’t have it, against them directly. There could be other parties liable for your injuries, too, like their employer or the vehicle’s manufacturer.
An at-fault driver and any other responsibility parties should be held liable for the injuries they’ve caused.