Spinal cord injuries at work are common, but they can be serious. There are many types of spinal cord injuries that can occur at work, including injuries that result from falls from scaffolding, motor vehicle accidents, crush injuries, slip and falls, electric shocks, lifting heavy equipment or objects and more. Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries at work are one of the leading causes of temporary and permanent disability.
Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms
While severe spinal cord injuries are likely going to manifest symptoms immediately and require emergency medical care, other spinal cord injuries take time to manifest symptoms. If the spinal cord has been bruised as opposed to critically damaged or even severed, individuals may only experience moderate pain, swelling and other uncomfortable but not devastating symptoms. This can lead to the victim not knowing their spinal cord has been affected for several days or even weeks after the accident.
Other symptoms of spinal cord injury include having a difficult time breathing, severe or chronic pain that cannot be alleviated, numbness or tingling in different areas of the body, loss of control over the bladder or the bowels, and even paralysis later on. Seeing a doctor as soon as possible following a work injury is critical to determine if symptoms are related to a spinal cord injury.
Treatment of Spinal Cord Injuries Sustained On the Job
The treatment for spinal cord injuries varies from person to person, and may include more than one kind of therapy. Since damage to the spinal cord cannot be undone, much of the treatment is focused on alleviating pain and helping the individual live a healthy, satisfying life. Medication therapy is frequently used, along with physical therapy, surgery, proper nutrition and accommodating the vehicle or the home for disabilities.
Unfortunately, individuals who have sustained spinal cord injuries are rarely able to regain the same mobility and functionality they had prior to the accident. They may be unable to perform the same type of work they did in the past, and they may even be permanently disabled and unable to work at all. Spinal cord injuries are often expensive for individuals and their families, and extensive medical costs can add up and put significant financial strain on a household.
Contact a Skilled California Work Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one have been the victim of an on the job spinal cord injury, it is critical that you contact an experienced California work accident attorney as soon as possible after you have received the emergency medical treatment you need. A skilled attorney can help you build a solid case for compensation, and can increase the chances that you will receive enough financial restitution to cover your medical bills and lost wages after the accident.
Contact the Law Office of Michael J. Holmes today for a consultation to discuss your legal options by calling (714) 667-6844. We’re available now to assist you with your claim.