Injuries can occur in any industry, but some California workers face higher risk based on their job duties. For instance, the risk of falling and suffering a spinal cord injury may not be as high in an office job as it would on a construction site.
Even so, under the right circumstances, anyone could suffer from this potentially permanent and debilitating injury. If you or a co-worker were hurt in an accident, would you recognize the signs of a spinal cord injury?
It can be difficult to maintain focus during an emergency, but with some prior knowledge, you could take the appropriate action to determine whether a spinal cord injury could have occurred. The following symptoms and signs often appear in the immediate aftermath of an accident:
If you are the victim and recognize any of these symptoms and signs, don’t move. Stay as still as possible until help arrives. Co-workers may attempt to move you to try to make you more comfortable. Don’t let them. Wait until emergency medical personnel arrive, and let them assess you and move you in a way that should minimize any impact to your spine that could make your injury worse.
If doctors diagnose you with a spinal cord injury, you could not return to work for some time and require substantial medical care. The last thing you need is the stress of wondering how to pay for your medical and other needs, along with how you will support yourself and your family during this time. Workers’ compensation benefits could cover these and other approved expenses, but obtaining those benefits without assistance could become problematic.
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