After an auto accident, even a minor one, take a moment to stop, let the
initial shock subside, and assess how you truly feel. This is especially
important if you felt an injury to your neck or back. The sheer force
of an accident can cause the neck to whip around unnaturally, which is
why victims involved in car crashes commonly suffer neck and spinal cord injuries.
In the most serious cases, these spinal cord injuries can be catastrophic
and life altering, resulting in decreased mobility, a diminished ability
to work, or even paralysis that requires long-term care. Victims who suffer
catastrophic spinal cord injuries often choose to work with experienced
personal injury lawyers because the need for compensation for their expenses
and future needs is so great.
How do I know if I have a spinal cord injury?
automobile accidents can be minor, involving only a slight amount of impact and damage to your
car, you should still be wary about the possibility of injury. You may
be going through a number of emotions, you may be feeling shaky, and adrenaline
is coursing through your body, which can often mask the feeling of pain.
You may have heard of those who walk away from accidents completely unscathed,
only to find out many weeks later that their injuries worsened. Spinal
cord injuries are especially alarming, as they can lead to paralysis for
Look for these possible symptoms of spinal cord injury:
- Difficulty walking
- Stiffness in the neck
- Loss of ability to discern between hot and cold
- Decreased or loss of mobility
- Stinging pains or the sensation of numbness
- Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, coughing
- Muscle spasms or overactive reflexes
- Decreased sexual arousal or performance
While we tend to think of the most severe cases when we think of spinal
cord injuries, it is important to note that injuries to your spinal cord
are not always readily apparent. At Roman & Gaynor, we advise that
at any point after your accident, you seek medical attention to rule out
any possibility of a spinal cord injury or to get the treatment you need
as soon as possible.
If you have questions about your rights after a car accident in Clearwater
or any surrounding community of Florida,
contact our firm to speak personally with a member of our team!