Spinal Cord Injury

Jet Ski injuries have the potential to be serious and even life-threatening. The nature of the activity and the high speeds involved can cause serious damage to bodies. In addition to visible injuries such as bruises and lacerations, more serious skeletal or nervous system injuries can occur.

Brain injuries and spinal injuries can result in long-term complications or even death. Spinal injuries can also result in potentially life-changing conditions such as paralysis or loss of motor control. It is important to be aware of how to recognize and treat brain and spinal injuries in order to minimize the chances of permanent damage.

Causes of Jet Ski Spinal Cord Injury

The high-speed and recreational nature of Jet Skiing makes it potentially more dangerous than other summertime activities. High speed accidents increase the likelihood of a spinal injury as a person might be thrown from the Jet Ski into another vessel, person, or a physical structure. In many instances, a bystander could be injured by a careless or intoxicated operator.

Common causes of Jet Ski related spinal injuries can include:

  • Driver error
  • Collisions with another craft
  • Collisions with debris or the environment
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Being thrown from the craft

Spine Injury Symptoms

There are several symptoms indicative of a spinal injury. Symptoms should be acknowledged and examined quickly to avoid a potentially serious situation. Symptoms could lead to more serious, potentially lifelong complications.

Symptoms of a spinal injury could include:

  • Numbness of extremities
  • Muscle spasms
  • Lack of motor control
  • Paralysis
  • Skeletal or muscular pain
  • Abnormal posture

Spinal Cord Injury Diagnosis

A doctor may perform several tests in order to diagnose a spinal injury. The first test is usually a diagnostic physical examination involving mobility and coordination tests. If the doctor is unsure of an injury, he or she may also order x-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI to image the spine in order to detect any abnormalities or injuries.

Treatment of a Spine Injury

Spinal injuries must be treated delicately as any errors can greatly increase the risk of permanent damage. Depending on the severity of the injury, a doctor may order rest, medication, surgery, or in many cases, a combination of the three. The most important treatment is stabilization to ensure that no further damage is done. A doctor will then decide if the situation warrants surgery to correct the damage or if medication and rest will suffice.

In cases of a Jet Ski spinal injury, an attorney who specializes in Jet Ski injuries will be able to advise you and your loved ones of the best course of action. The attorney will help you understand what the law says regarding your case and advise you if you might be entitled to any form of compensation. While the most immediate issue is the safety of the victim, ensuring that he or she is taken care of after the accident is also of paramount importance.

 

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