The spine is divided into three sections. From the neck down, these are the cervical, the thoracic and the lumbar spine. Each section is divided into its composite vertebrae, and each one is given a letter and number depending on where it is in the spine. The lumbar vertebrae are numbered from one to five, and are given the letter L before them to indicate the lumbar section. Thus, they are the L1, L2, L3, L4 and L5 vertebrae. An L2 spinal cord injury is the second from the top in this section.
It is also the lowest vertebra in the entire spine that has tissue from the spinal cord in that region. While an injury to this part of the spinal column is still serious, it may not be fatal. An injury to any part can be termed as either complete or incomplete. Many injuries result in weakness rather than paralysis when they happen to this part of the spine.
Getting treatment for an L2 spinal cord injury
Obviously, early treatment is essential to ensure you have the best prognosis for your injury. It is possible to experience an injury like this in a fall onto your back, or in an accident such as a car accident, for example.
Some people may need to use a wheelchair for the rest of their lives, so it is very important to recognise injuries to this part of the spine are still very serious. However, others may only need occasional use of a wheelchair, whereas still more may be able to walk short distances. Some may walk using various devices for short distances, too.
Getting compensation for your injury
It is possible you may potentially be able to seek compensation for your L2 spinal cord injury if it was caused by a third party. For example, if you were in an accident, you should consider whether someone else caused that accident. If so, they may have been negligent and you may have proof of this.
Calling Accident Advice Helpline is a smart move. You can do this on 0800 689 0500 or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. When you speak to an advisor on our team, you can find out whether a no-win, no-fee compensation claim could be started on your behalf. Could one of our lawyers be on hand to help?
Date Published: January 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen