Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms

By Peter DePaolis

Physician explaining a spinal cord injuryIt is important to understand the signs and symptoms that can indicate you have sustained a spinal cord injury after an accident. Handling this serious type of injury incorrectly can result in more damage to the spinal cord and, ultimately, less chance of recovery. Our Northern Virginia injury lawyers have been fighting to get justice for accident victims for more than 30 years. We understand how devastating a serious injury can be to you and your family and work hard to help you get the financial compensation you are owed.

Common Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injuries

A spinal cord injury can be caused by any type of damage to the vertebrae. Experiencing any of the following symptoms after a car accident, construction accidentserious fall, or any other significant accident may indicate that you have sustained serious damage to the nerves in your spine:

  • Loss of sensation, such as inability to feel cold or heat
  • Loss of movement
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Spasms or exaggerated reflexes
  • Intense stinging or pain
  • Difficulty breathing

Are Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injury Always Immediate?

It is possible to have sustained a spinal cord injury in an accident without realizing it right away. Depending on the severity of the accident and your other injuries, the symptoms of a spinal cord injury could remain hidden until your body starts to recover from shock. If you start to notice any symptoms after you were involved in an accident, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Bleeding and swelling around the spinal cord can happen gradually in some cases, meaning that symptoms will appear slowly and progressively. Having your injury diagnosed and treated as soon as possible after it occurs can be critical in limiting the extent of the complications you will face later.

Our Attorneys Understand Personal Injury Law and Can Help You

Contact Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P. today to work with a team of personal injury attorneys who have the knowledge and skill it takes to get you the compensation you deserve following a spinal cord injury. Call today to schedule your free initial consultations, which give you an opportunity to ask questions and have your case reviewed before you decide what steps to take next. Our firm understands the hardships spinal cord injuries can put on you and your family and want to help you hold the responsible party accountable and get the financial compensation you deserve.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.