Tetanus Infections

Some bacteria are capable of producing powerful neurotoxins that interfere with your motor nerves' control over your muscles. One such bacteria is Clostridium tetani, which makes a poison called tetanospasmin. When tetanospasmin enters your body, you are said to have a tetanus infection.

Tetanus typically comes with wounds caused by rusty or dirty objects, such as broken piping or rusty nails. Thus, to keep you safe from this infection, property owners must keep their premise clear of these rusty or dirty objects. If you or someone you know has developed tetanus from a premise injury, you should contact a Phoenix premise liability lawyer from Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C., at 800-763-0964 to discuss your options.

Symptoms of Tetanus

Because tetanus is caused by a neurotoxin that disrupts your control over your muscles, most of the symptoms of this infection are some form of uncontrolled muscle contractions. Signs of a tetanus infection include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Muscle cramps and weakness
  • Sore muscles
  • Muscle spasms

One common sign of tetanus is contracted jaw muscles, which is why tetanus is often nicknamed lockjaw. Although a long case of lockjaw may prevent you from eating, the most dangerous aspect of tetanus is that it can attack your respiratory muscles and prevent you from breathing.

Contact Us

Although most people receive tetanus vaccines to prevent this bacterial infection, a vaccine is not always enough to stop a tetanus infection, especially if your vaccine is overdue. If you have developed tetanus from an injury suffered on another person or entity's property, contact the Phoenix personal injury lawyers of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C., today at 800-763-0964.

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