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The importance of early treatment after a spinal cord injury

All serious injuries can turn a person's life upside-down. Spinal cord injuries can be especially devastating. Some spinal cords injuries can paralyze victims and they may never be able to use their arms and legs again.

This is not always the situation though and the proper early treatment can help prevent total paralyses after suffering a spinal cord injury. The early treatment is the care at the scene of the accident, admission to the hospital and the immediate care at the hospital.

During this phase of the treatment the goals are to stabilize the spine and keep the injured person as still as possible. Placing heavy towels on both sides of the head can help hold the neck in place as to not cause more damage from movement. If CPR becomes necessary, it can be done but an effort must be made to move the injured person as little as possible.

Spinal cord injuries can completely change a person's life. The person may never be able to work again or enjoy the life activities they did prior to the accident. They can also be very costly as the both the early treatment and later rehabilitation can cause extensive medical bills. However, if the injury was caused by someone else, then the person may be able to receive compensation for the person's medical costs, lost wages and other financial problems.

Unfortunately, many people suffer spinal cord injuries each year in Florida. These injuries can be very devastating both personally and financially. However, the victim may be able to receive compensation for the injuries. Experienced attorneys understand the devastating effects of a spinal cord injury and may be able to protect what one is entitled to.

Source: mayoclinic.org, "Spinal injury: First aid," Accessed June 18, 2015

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