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Rockford Car Accidents May Cause Dangerous Spinal Cord Compression

April 25, 2019

Spinal cord compression can follow a car accident in Illinois that caused a spinal cord injury

Spinal cord compression in can develop immediately following a car accident anywhere, including Rockford and Chicago Illinois; it can also happen over time.  Mayo Clinic reports fifty-percent of all spinal cord injuries are caused by car and motorcycle accidents. 

The spinal cord is responsible for sending sensations to the brain and returning motor commands to various parts of the body. Injury to the spinal cord can, therefore, be both painful and debilitating.

Immediately after a auto accident in Illinois that causes a spinal cord injury, the victim should be taken to an emergency room for diagnosis and treatment.  ER doctors will first examine and order tests for the head, neck, back, spine and other body parts for injury. Diagnostic  tests may include, MRIs, X-rays, and CT scans. 

The spinal cord runs along your back from your neck to your low back and covered by bones called vertebra with holes.  

A spinal cord compression then, can occur anywhere along your spine from your neck (cervical spine) down to your lower back (lumbar spine).  

The severity of symptoms is associated with the severity of the spinal cord compression; and may worsen after the car accident in Illinois. 

Symptoms of a spinal cord injury compress may include:

  1. Weakness 
  2. Numbness
  3. Pain
  4. Tingling
  5. Stiffness
  6. Loss of balance
  7. Difficulty walking
  8. Impaired bladder and bowel control

Spinal cord compression is a very common complication following a car accident in IL causing a Spinal Cord Injury. Unfortunately, it can also be a very painful and debilitating condition that can have a severe impact on a victim’s life. 

Following a spinal cord injury, the cord can become compressed by any of the following:

  1. Herniated disc, Ruptured herniated disc 
  2. Bones
  3. Ligaments
  4. Accumulation of blood
  5. Pus

Recent research indicates medical expenses for individuals with a spinal cord ranges from $50,000 to millions.  

For more information about your legal rights surrounding this injury, contact an experienced Illinois spinal cord injury attorney. For a free consultation, fill out Cullotta Law Offices online form or call our office at (847) 651-7191 today. Our firm specilizes in Spinal Cord Injury Caused by a IL Car Accident.  We are here to answer any questions about injury settlements and lawsuits in IL questions you have. 

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