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NFL player Derek Wolfe says seizure linked to spinal injury

A spinal cord injury can have long-term effects if not treated properly. People who suffer these injuries while at work or due to someone's negligence could see their health risks increase in the long-term. But, advances in science have made serious spinal cord injuries easier to live with, even though there can still be lingering side effects months or years down the road. Some side effects from a spinal cord injury even kept a player out of the Super Bowl.

A defensive lineman for the Denver Broncos said he is feeling better after suffering a seizure in November. Doctors believe the seizure stemmed from a spinal cord injury that he suffered in the preseason. Wolfe was held out for 10 days after a hit left him feeling numb in the extremities. He was cleared for the opening game of the season, but suffered a seizure on a bus home in November and was taken to a nearby hospital.

A spinal cord injury in any situation can be a devastating injury for a New Jersey resident. Sometimes the effects of the injury don't manifest until weeks or months later. The long-term medical care can be overwhelming, especially if the injury puts the person out of work. But, there are options to consider, including holding the responsible party liable for negligence. If someone is injured at work or in an accident that is caused by someone else, the victim may be able to receive compensation for rehabilitation and lost wages.

A routine slip-and-fall could do significant damage to a person's back and lead to a significant spinal cord injury. It is important to understand the cause of the accident and be well-informed about the applicable New Jersey law. A small injury can lead to long-term care, or, as Wolfe found out, significant problems like seizures down the road.

Source: Fox News, "Derek Wolfe says doctors believe seizure stemmed from spinal cord injury in preseason," Feb. 28, 2014

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