The list of injuries you can face after an Indianapolis accident is long and frightening, and even minor injuries can lead to major bills. Previously, we discussed the devastating effects that head and brain injuries can have on an accident victim, but it’s important to know that your back and spine are at risk as well.
Indianapolis spine injuries can be some of the most debilitating injuries an accident victim may ever have to face. Back and spine injuries can range from mild back or neck pain from whiplash, to herniated or ruptured discs, to spine factures that lead can lead to permanent paralysis.
And sometimes these injuries don’t show up immediately after the accident. It can take days, weeks, even months for the injury to become noticeable. Emergency room doctors may not even recognize a back injury upon an initial examination. Anytime you get in an accident you should always seek medical care as soon as you can and make sure the physician is thorough when checking for potential spine injuries.
According to the Mayo Clinic, after an accident there are several signs to determine if you or your loved one may have a back or spine injury.
If they’ve also suffered a head injury and have trouble remaining conscious.
If they complain of severe pain in their back or neck.
If they can’t move their neck.
If they complain of weakness, numbness, or don’t have control of limbs or bowels.
If their neck or back is twisted in an unnatural position.
If you at all suspect that a friend or loved one has suffered a spine injury in an accident DO NOT MOVE THEM.
Instead, immediately call 911 to get emergency medical help. If you can find them, place heavy towels on both sides of their neck to prevent movement. You can administer first aid or CPR, if absolutely necessary, but avoid tilting or moving the victim’s head. For accident victims wearing helmets, don’t remove it, and if you must move a person because they’re choking, try to get the help of another person to roll the accident victim to their side while keeping their head, neck, and back aligned.
Indianapolis Back and Spine Injury Lawyers
If you’ve suffered a spine injury in an Indianapolis accident due to the negligence or maliciousness of another person, put an Indiana personal injury attorney experienced in dealing with these types of injuries on your side.
The Indianapolis spinal cord damage attorneys at the Ken Nunn Law Office have over 40 years experience settling back and spine injury cases and will fight to get you the compensation you need after you’ve been hurt.
You may be entitled to money for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses and Ken Nunn will go after every dollar you deserve. Contact the Ken Nunn Law Office and let them get started on your Indiana back and spine injury claim today with a free consultation.
Source. Mayo Clinic, ‘http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-spinal-injury/FA00010,’ March 16, 2012.