Tetanus is an infection caused by bacteria called Clostridium tetani. It is commonly found in contaminated soil and animal manure, though it can survive in many different environments. It can live for a very long time outside of a body. A person can become infected through puncture wounds, cuts, or scrapes that allow the bacteria to enter the body. The deeper the wound, the more likely it is that a serious infection will occur.
The defining symptom of tetanus is severe muscle stiffness and spasms, particularly in the jaw. These spasms can lead to serious breathing difficulties and even death. Other symptoms include headache, fever, sensitivity to touch, rapid heartbeat, and diarrhea.
Because tetanus bacteria can potentially be found almost anywhere in the environment in small amounts, most cuts may cause an infection. Some particularly common tetanus candidate injuries are:
Do not hesitate to get an injury examined by a medical professional if you believe it may be infected.
If you end up with a tetanus infection because of a negligent business or individual, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills. To find out more about filing a liability lawsuit, call (800) 242-2874 and speak to the Waukesha personal injury lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®.