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Emergency procedures limit the damage from spinal cord injuries

The crunching of metal, the smell of antifreeze and the chaos of those first moments after a Texas car accident can be terrifying. Then the pain, or lack thereof, becomes palpable. Auto accidents can be frightening and disorienting, but spinal cord injuries can strike a fear in anyone that may be like no other. The thought of not being able to move or feel again is something few people wish to contemplate.

The first thing that emergency medical personnel at the scene and the hospital will do is attempt to stabilize you in order to prevent any further damage to your spine and spinal cord. Your blood pressure and breathing will also require attention. The goal is to keep you as stable as possible for the trip to the hospital where you can receive the appropriate care.

The biggest threats to your spinal column at this point are swelling and movement. Doctors may keep you medicated for both issues, and you could be put into traction to make sure that you do not move and cause further damage. Surgery may be necessary to increase your chances of a full recovery, but a decision may be made to wait until medical personnel can reasonably assure that you are stable enough to undergo the procedure. Depending on the circumstances, you could face a significant amount of time in the hospital.

Your first concern may not be that the medical bills, lost time from work and other financial losses are adding up quickly, but at some point, it will need your attention. If the negligence of another party or parties caused your injuries, you may be able to seek restitution from them by filing a personal injury claim in a Texas civil court. An insurance settlement may not take into consideration the potential for future medical needs when it comes to spinal cord injuries, so it may be worth your while to discuss any settlement offers and possible litigation with an experienced personal injury attorney before moving forward.

Source: christopherreeve.org, "What emergency procedures occur following an SCI?", Accessed on July 15, 2017

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