As per the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, more than 450,000 people in the US are living with traumatic spinal injuries (TSIs). This type of injury can lead to paralysis and other long-term physical and mental complications.
Top Symptoms of a Traumatic Spinal Injury
The symptoms of a traumatic spinal injury depend on its severity and location on the spinal cord. It can include complete or partial loss of motor control and sensory functions. Several TSIs can affect systems that control the bladder, bowels, heart, and blood pressure. Most people who sustain the injury also complain of chronic pain regularly.
How to Prevent Traumatic Spinal Injuries
The economic and emotional toll TSIs can take on an individual can be catastrophic, so prevention is better than cure in this case. Here are some of the ways you can avoid TSIs:
- When driving, always wear a seatbelt and make sure your children are in appropriate car seats if they are small enough.
- Don’t drive if you are under the influence of alcohol, medication, or drugs. Never ride with someone guilty of the same.
- Pay attention to the road while driving and remove distractions. Never text or call/receive a call while driving.
- Keep your home clutter-free to prevent slips and falls, especially if you are elderly or have elderly relatives. A fall is more devastating for them because their bones are brittle.
- Obey all traffic signs while you are riding a bike or driving.
- Always wear a helmet and other safety equipment if you are on a bike. Replace old or worn-out equipment with new ones.
- Before skateboarding, make sure the ramps and area are clear or debris you can otherwise trip over.
- Follow all of the rules of contact sports such as football and wrestling. They are made to prevent spinal injuries.
- Use caution when you are riding a horse. Wear all safety equipment, and do not ride without an instructor if you are a novice. The instructor can correct your posture and riding skills to ensure you don’t get thrown off.
- Extreme sports such as bungee jumping and skydiving can be dangerous for the inexperienced. Accidents can lead to lifelong spinal issues. If you take part in these sports, take all of the precautions necessary and never do them without an instructor present.
Contact Lake County Personal Injury Attorneys to File a Lawsuit for A TSI
Whether you injured your spine riding, biking, or skydiving because of someone else’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to pay your medical expenses out of pocket. Contact Lake County personal injury attorneys from the Law Offices of Robert T. Edens instead.
We have represented hundreds of accident victims suffering from traumatic spinal injuries who seek justice and fair financial compensation. If you also know someone going through the same predicament, give them our contact information. The worst thing you can do is wait. The faster you get your case filed, the better your chances of getting the amount you deserve. Our lawyers have years of experience representing clients who thought they never had a chance.