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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Can I claim for spinal cord trauma?


    Suffering a spinal cord trauma can change your life. Things you used to take for granted, such as having a shower in the morning or going to the gym for a workout, have become difficult or even impossible. If you find yourself in this position and the question, “Can I claim for spinal cord trauma?” keeps going through your mind, give Accident Advice Helpline a call.

    What is spinal cord trauma?

    The spinal cord is a thick bundle of nerves that runs from the brain down the spine and sends messages between the brain and the rest of your body. This means sending messages about sensations, such as touch and pain, as well as instructions for your muscles to move. The vertebrae that make up your spinal column protect your spinal cord.

    Spinal cord trauma is often caused by an accident, for example if you break your vertebrae and a piece of broken bone cuts the spinal cord. Cuts to the spinal cord can also occur if you are in a car accident and a piece of metal damages the spinal cord.

    Another major cause of spinal cord trauma is compression. This could occur if the spinal column fills with blood, creating pressure on the cord. Too much pressure could deprive the spinal cord of proper blood supply, resulting in a loss of function.

    Depending on the severity and the location of the injury, a spinal cord trauma can lead to the following:

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    • Sensory changes.
    • Weakness.
    • Spasticity (increased muscle tone).
    • Numbness.
    • Chronic pain.
    • Fatigue.
    • Loss of bladder and bowel control.
    • Paralysis.
    • Inability to breathe without a ventilator.

    How could a spinal cord trauma claim help?

    Learning to live with a spinal cord trauma can be difficult, and in some cases, the lives of the victim and their immediate family will be changed forever. Though financial compensation cannot bring back the life you once knew, it can ease the burden of living with a spinal cord injury. When thinking about claiming for a spinal cord trauma it is good to know that a successful compensation claim will help you:

    • Pay for private healthcare to make sure you receive the best medical attention.
    • Reimburse you for costs incurred during treatment.
    • Pay for changes that may be necessary in your home.
    • Pay for a suitable car (e.g. wheelchair friendly or automatic transmission).
    • Compensate for loss of income and future earnings.
    • Compensate you for any pain and suffering you have experienced.
    • Pay for therapy and rehabilitation to help you gain as much independence as possible.

    Making sure you get the best solicitor

    Accident Advice Helpline has a free legal helpline staffed by well-trained professionals that will be able to assess your right to a claim and give you guidance on the best way to proceed. All of our solicitors work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so you will not be asked to pay anything to start your claim either. Call us now on 0800 180 4 123.

    Date Published: December 29, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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