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How Car Accidents can Cause Spinal Cord Injuries

By Viles Beckman | Jun 14, 2019

According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries in the United States are motor vehicle accidents. A spinal cord injury can be life-altering, as well as cause an individual to be overwhelmed with medical expenses. While every car accident is different, the same general trauma can lead to a spinal cord injury. Here’s what every driver should know.

How Car Accidents Can Cause Spinal Cord Injuries

A car accident can result in a sudden blow to the spinal cord or the surrounding tissues, including ligaments, discs, and vertebrae. This trauma can cause vertebrae to break or the sensitive tissues to become crushed or dislocated. Some spinal cord injuries also bleed.

If the injury spreads down the spinal cord, it can result in damage to the nervous system that interferes with motor function. Any damage to the spinal cord can result in difficulty functioning even if the spinal cord has not been severed. Impact of these injuries depends on:

The Effects of Spinal Cord Injury

The effects of this type of injury depend on where the spinal cord was damaged, and the severity of the trauma. Possible effects include:

  • Paralysis
  • Loss of feeling
  • Spasms
  • Pain
  • Difficulty with breathing or coughing
  • Loss of bowel and bladder control

It’s crucial for victims of car accidents to seek medical treatment to ensure there is no unseen damage. Furthermore, spinal cord injuries can develop days after the original car accident.

Avoid Spinal Cord Injuries in Car Accidents

You can reduce the risk of a spinal cord injury from a car accident by taking a few proactive steps.

  • Always wear a seatbelt.
  • Check that children are in the proper car seats, boosters seats, or well-fitted seatbelts.
  • Make sure that your airbag is in operating condition. Do not drive a car that has previously been in an accident and has no functioning airbag.

If you’ve sustained a spinal cord injury due to a car accident that was another driver’s fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call Viles & Beckman, LLC today at (239) 334-3933 today to learn more about your legal options