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Severe Back Injuries May Result From Car Crashes

On Tuesday, December 9th, Charlotte Panthers’ star quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a frightening two-car accident that left him with multiple fractures to his lower back. Fortunately for Newton, doctors do not believe that he will need surgery, although he was hospitalized. It is believed that a motorist in the other car was also injured. Police are investigating what caused the accident that left the truck that Newton was traveling in overturned on a bridge that crosses I-277. The roof of the vehicle had caved in.

Signs That a Back Injury May Result in Paralysis

According to reports, Newton suffered from two transverse process fractures in his lower back. Newton was lucky to have survived—other car accident victims are not always so fortunate. Many car accident victims suffer from serious long-term injuries. Injuries to the back and spinal cord are a serious matter. In some cases, the victim may face permanent or temporary paralysis.

What are the symptoms of paralysis after a car accident?

  • Lack of feeling when being touched by an object or person
  • Lack of feeling of pain in the injured body part
  • Numbness in the affected area
  • Inability to feel heat or cold
  • Tingling sensations in other areas of the body
  • Impairment of vision
  • Incontinence

Regardless of whether an accident victim is suffering from the immediate onset of paralysis, medical treatment should be sought immediately after a crash. The sooner the victim receives help from a doctor, the better the likelihood of his or her recovery. These injuries can often be devastating for victims and their families. The victim may find themselves unable to return to work for many weeks or months, and may face a series of ongoing medical and rehabilitative treatments as well.

The team at Kaufman Law sends its best wishes for a speedy recovery to Cam Newton and the other victim injured in this unfortunate accident.