Whenever you suffer from a puncture or laceration that causes an open wound, you are at risk for developing infections due to the germs that can penetrate the cut. Clostridium tetani is a bacterium that produces a toxin called tetanospasmin, which causes muscle spasms that contribute to tetanus’ nickname, lockjaw.
You can contract tetanus in the hospital or when you suffer injury from a rusty object. If you have suffered from the uncontrollable muscle contractions that come with this illness, you should consult a Wisconsin personal injury attorney from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 today.
Symptoms of Tetanus
The poison produced by Clostridium tetani interferes with the motor nerves’ ability to control the muscles. Thus, when one muscle contracts, it can become stuck in that position. When this happens to the muscles of the jaw, it can make your jaw clench tightly in a condition called lockjaw, or trismus.
Other symptoms of tetanus include:
- Muscle cramps or soreness
- Difficulty swallowing
- Risus sardonicus, or an abnormal smile forced on your face by muscle contractions
Although you can always try to prevent tetanus at home by washing out wounds with soap and keeping them clean, you may need medical attention if your infection worsens. A doctor may prescribe antibiotics and antitoxins as well as clean out the wound to remove pockets of infection.
The spores of the bacteria that cause tetanus are hardy, living in hospitals and on dirty or rusty objects. Thus, you can contract the infection after a surgery during hospital recovery, or if you come into contact with rusty nails or other items that are improperly maintained on someone’s property.
For more information regarding tetanus and other illness that can be caused by someone’s negligence, contact the Wisconsin personal injury lawyers from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.