Think back to the times as a child that you landed awkwardly, falling out of trees or off horses, or getting crunched in a football tackle. Any of those incidents could have left you in a wheelchair if you had injured your spinal cord.
The more you learn about your spinal column, the more you realize you must avoid damaging it. The nerves contained in the spinal cord are a superhighway relaying messages to and from all parts of your body. Without those messages, your body will not function as it should.
As an adult, you probably do not jump from trees anymore. Yet, many accidents could happen at work, leaving you with a spinal injury. Vehicle accidents account for 50% of all spinal injuries and falls account for 31%. Falling objects, moving machinery or any blow to the back or neck could also damage your spinal cord and leave you paralyzed.
Not all spinal injuries are apparent right away. You may think you are alright after an accident and not realize something is seriously wrong until the pressure due to bleeding or swelling builds up on your spinal cord. If you notice any of these symptoms after an accident, seek urgent medical help and try to stay still:
- A loss of feeling or inability to use specific body parts
- Pain or pressure in your back, neck or head
- Breathing problems
- A loss of bowel or bladder control
If you have suffered a spinal injury due to an Ohio workplace accident, do not try to process your claim for workers’ compensation alone. Seek experienced legal help to fight for the full amount of compensation you deserve.