Back injuries range in severity, but a T12 back injury is amongst the most serious types of back injury you can sustain. This type of injury is to the Thoracic Nerves in the mid back. These nerves affect the muscles of the back and your abdominal muscles, and an injury to these nerves usually causes paraplegia, so you’ll be confined to a wheelchair. Most people who suffer a T12 back injury will have normal upper body movement and be able to use a manual wheelchair, but it’s common to lose voluntary control of the bowel and bladder.
As you can imagine, this type of injury can have a serious impact on your life, and you may be able to claim personal injury compensation with Accident Advice Helpline after your accident.
How does a T12 back injury affect your life?
You could sustain a T12 back injury in an industrial accident at work, a fall from height or even a road traffic accident, and the impact on your life can be immense. Being unable to control your bladder and bowel voluntarily means you’ll need specialist equipment to go to the toilet and possibly assistance. You may need to invest in a modified car and there will be other costs too, such as specialist equipment and a wheelchair. Some people who suffer this type of injury find they’re able to stand with a standing frame or walk with the aid of braces.
All this treatment and equipment can impact your finances and you may need to modify your home to make it wheelchair accessible too. Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim compensation to cover the cost of any expenses you’ve suffered as a result of your accident, as well as compensation for your pain and suffering.
Can I claim on behalf of somebody else?
If a family member has suffered a serious spinal injury then you could make a claim for compensation on their behalf, provided it has been three years or less since their accident. The easiest way to find out if you have a viable claim is to call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to get advice from our expert team. We’ve been endorsed by our patron, TV personality Dame Esther Rantzen, for our excellent customer service, so you can trust us to handle your claim professionally, efficiently and sympathetically.
Date Published: November 23, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton