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Are all spinal cord injuries immediately apparent?

The shortest answer to your question is a simple no, but you will benefit from learning more about spinal cord injuries and their symptoms.

The human spine is one of the strongest features of the anatomy. It supports your frame, neck and head; it allows you to bend or stoop; and it protects your spinal cord from outside trauma. However, in cases involving severe trauma, the spine may fail resulting in spinal cord injuries. Examples of incidents that can damage this cord include car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents and construction accidents.

Many victims know right away that they have suffered a spinal cord injury. This enables them to receive immediate treatment, which can greatly improve their chances of physical recovery. However, some spinal cord injuries are not as easy to spot because the symptoms may be delayed. Below are some of the most common symptoms associated with spinal cord injuries.

-- Pain, numbness or burning

-- Muscle spasms

-- Difficulty breathing

-- Loss of bowel or bladder control

-- Inability to feel certain sensations

-- Inability to walk or move extremities

The important thing to understand is that many of the symptoms above may not manifest right away. As the injured area continues to bleed or swell, the symptoms will begin to appear. This is why anytime you suffer a severe trauma, it is crucial to seek a medical evaluation immediately.

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury because of negligence, contact an Illinois injury lawyer as soon as possible. While no amount of compensation will replace a damaged spine, a successful legal action may provide you with the funds you need to receive the right medical care.

Source: SpinalCord.com, "Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms," accessed March 29, 2017

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