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Auto accident victims are encouraged to seek immediate medical attention to treat resulting injuries. Spinal cord injuries are not always obvious and can result in more serious injury if not recognized and treated right away.

Signs of spinal cord injury may include:

  • Pain or intense stinging caused by damage to spinal cord nerve fibers
  • Loss of movement
  • Loss of sensation, including the ability to feel heat and cold
  • Muscle spasms and exaggerated reflexes
  • Changes in sexual function
  • Difficulty breathing or coughing

The time between injury and treatment can be critical in determining the extent of the damage and the length of recovery, according to the Mayo Clinic. Accident victims who suspect they have a spinal cord injury should seek medical advice immediately.

Common causes of spinal cord injuries often occur as a result of another’s negligence, such as slip and fall accidents or car crashes. Victims and their families who suspect a spinal cord injury was caused by someone else’s carelessness are urged to speak with a spinal cord injury lawyer to discuss filing a lawsuit. They may be able to seek compensation for medical bills and other expenses that can last a lifetime.

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