If you have noticed a loss of physical sensation since a severe accident occurred, or have experienced frequent headaches, these may be signs of a spinal cord injury. The symptoms and severity of an injury are not always evident immediately following an accident. After an accident, minor aches and pains may increase in intensity over time. The most frequent causes of head and neck injuries are rear-ending car accidents. Many other types of accidents can cause a head, neck, or back injury. Bicycle, pedestrian, or motorcycle accidents often result in these injuries. Contact sports injuries and physical altercations and assault are other causes of these injuries.
Facts About Head Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant cause of death and disability in the United States. Those who survive a TBI can face effects that last a few days or the rest of their lives. Effects of TBI can include impairments related to thinking or memory, movement, sensation, or emotional functioning such as personality changes and depression. These effects not only affect the individual but can also have a lasting impact on families and communities. A TBI is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the brain's normal function. The severity of a TBI may range from mild to severe. The leading cause of TBI is falls, which account for over half of all TBI-related emergency department visits. Being struck by or against an object is the second leading cause of TBI-related ER visits. Falls and motor vehicle crashes are the first and second leading causes of all TBI-related hospitalizations.
Neck and Back Injuries
There are numerous causes of back and neck injuries. Personal injury victims most often suffer these injuries. They are one of the leading reasons people seek medical care each year. Three common types of back and neck injuries include:
- Herniated, Ruptured, or Slipped Disc: The discs between the vertebrae in the spine can herniate, rupture, or slip out of their proper place when the body experiences force or trauma.
- Whiplash or Connective Tissue Injury: Whiplash happens when joints between the vertebrae, or the discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerve roots in the neck become hyperextended and damaged.
- Compression Fractures: Compression fractures occur when the vertebrae in the spine become broken from trauma.
There are different symptoms a person may experience, depending on which type of injury a person receives. For example, a person with a herniated disc in the low back can cause pains in the legs, numbness, and tingling, muscle weakness, or bowel and bladder problems. A person that experiences a whiplash or connective tissue injury may get shooting pains. The pain travels from the neck into the shoulder or arm. There may be muscle spasms, neck swelling, and tenderness, headaches, or impaired neck mobility. With compression fractures, symptoms can cause back, hip, abdominal or thigh pain, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, or bowel and bladder problems.
When to Seek Immediate Medical Attention
In rare cases, a dangerous blood clot that crowds the brain against the skull can develop. You should seek immediate medical care if you have:
- Headache that gets worse and does not go away.
- Have weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination.
- Repeated vomiting or nausea.
- Slurred speech
- Look drowsy or cannot wake up.
- Have one pupil more significant than the other.
- Have seizures.
- If you cannot recognize people or places.
- Are getting more confused, restless, or agitated.
- Have an unusual behavior.
- Lose consciousness.
Seek Legal Help at The Law Office of Isadore Hyde, P.A.
A brain injury can be catastrophic. There is often immense physical, psychological, and financial toll on the victims and their families. If you or someone you love suffered a brain injury due to someone else's negligence, do not hesitate to seek help. A Florida personal injury attorney can fight to obtain the compensation you need for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. At the Law Office of Isadore Hyde, P.A., our attorney has over two decades of legal experience handling these complex cases and can answer your questions and deal with the insurance companies on your behalf. Contact the Lake Mary office and make an appointment for a free initial consultation to discuss how our attorney can help you build a case.