Tetanus (sometimes called lockjaw) is an infection that can affect the brain and nervous system. It leads to extreme stiffness in muscle tissue and can also cause serious spasms, breathing difficulties, and can even be fatal. These symptoms generally begin to show around 10 days after infection. Other symptoms include fever, headache, sore throat, sweating, sensitivity to touch, rapid heartbeat, and diarrhea.
The bacteria that cause tetanus are most commonly found in animal manure and contaminated soil, but as they can live for long periods outside of the body, they can be found almost anywhere. The most common way that these bacteria infect people is through puncture wounds, cuts, and scrapes. The deeper the wound, the more likely it is that the bacteria can germinate and cause a serious infection. This means that the cut you got from the exposed sharp corner of a patio table at a local restaurant could potentially be life threatening.
While the wide presence of tetanus-causing bacteria means that most cuts or scrape could potentially cause a serious infection, some potential specific causes are:
If you have developed a tetanus infection due to the negligence of another individual or property owner, you may be entitled to compensation. The potential severity of tetanus means that fees for medical testing and treatment can be hefty. The Lake Geneva personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® will help make sure you get all that you deserve. To learn more, contact us today at 800-242-2874.