Hours ago you had been sitting watching the ocean at St. George Island, now you are sitting strapped into your seat, broken glass all around you and an airbag in your face. So much for a fun day out.

Fortunately, you can walk away from your car accident with no apparent injuries. You considered getting checked out at the hospital, but you know they are busy right now, so you head home instead. However, the next day you notice something is not quite right.

Spinal injuries do not always make themselves known to you straight away. In some cases, you may not notice until the bleeding and or swelling builds up and exerts pressure on your spinal cord. These are some of the symptoms that should trigger the alarm:

  • Loss of feeling in your extremities
  • Problems with walking or with your balance
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pressure or pain in your head, neck or back
  • Part of your body is not working correctly or feels odd

If you do have any of these symptoms, ring an ambulance. Tell them you had a car crash and tell them the signs that you are noticing. It is easy to make a spinal injury worse by continuing to move, so stay still.

A spinal injury can be severe because the nerves that allow your brain to control the rest of your body run through your spinal cord. You could end up wholly or partially paralyzed.

If you have suffered a spinal injury resulting from a car crash in the Tallahassee area, you could be facing years of medical bills and rehabilitation costs. It is essential to understand the legal options available to you.