People who suffer a C2 spinal cord injury are very unfortunate, suffering one of the most serious spinal cord injuries that can potentially occur. The C2 vertebra is the second one down from the top of the spinal cord, and is positioned at the point where the head joins onto the spine. While injuries to this vertebra vary in severity, they can potentially be life changing for the injured person and their loved ones.
Think of the spinal cord as a line of communication that stretches from the brain to the base of the spine. The brain sends messages down the spinal cord that allow us to do all the things we take for granted. If a vertebra is damaged and this causes damage to the spinal cord, the part of the cord above the injury may still receive messages from the brain. Thus, the higher the point of injury is, the graver the extent of the injuries and paralysis could be.
What could be the outcome of a C2 spinal cord injury?
Thankfully, injuries to the C2 vertebra are very rare, but in some instances such injuries can be fatal. In cases where people survive the initial injury, they are often left completely paralysed. This means they cannot move their arms, legs, body or neck, since the C2 vertebra is responsible for allowing us to move our head from one side to the other.
Anyone who survives in this condition will need 24-hour care for the rest of their lives. They may also need to move into a specially adapted home to allow for a better quality of life. Their loved ones may need to help care for them, and hire helpers to come in and support them too. All this costs money, which is why people who are hurt in this way through negligence have a right to try and seek compensation.
Call us urgently today to find out if you can claim
A C2 spinal cord injury is life changing, even if you survive it. An experienced lawyer has the potential to put together a claim for compensation that will consider the severity of the injury and the likely prognosis and cost of care.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 now, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. One of our lawyers could help you make your own compensation claim.
Date Published: January 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen