Workers who fall from heights on the job may suffer a range of injuries, including spinal cord injuries. After suffering such trauma, most people turn their thoughts to the possibility of losing some or all their sensory and motor functions.
In addition to the potential for paralysis and other symptoms resulting from their injuries, workers who suffer spinal cord injuries may experience respiratory, bladder and bowel, and sexual dysfunction complications.
According to the MayoClinic.org, respiratory system complications may result from some spinal cord injuries. Some such injuries may cause breathing difficulties for people and affect their ability to cough. As a result of these breathing problems, those who have suffered spinal cord injuries may have an increased risk of developing pneumonia or other lung problems.
Bladder and bowel complications
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, spinal cord injuries often involve the nerves that control bladder and bowel functions. A loss of bladder and bowel control may cause an increased risk of urinary tract and bladder infections. Some with spinal cord injuries may use catheters to empty their bladders and, in some cases, require therapy to learn how to empty their bowels.
The level and trauma of spinal cord injuries may cause sexual dysfunction for some. Those who suffer spinal cord injuries may experience issues with their sexual function, as well as fertility problems.
People who suffer spinal cord injuries as a result of workplace accidents may require lifelong medical treatment for their conditions. Obtaining workers’ compensation benefits may help ensure they receive the care they need.