Falls from height are the leading cause of fatalities in the workplace, but you could trip and fall in a range of other different locations too – for example you could fall into an open manhole or trip over cables at work and fall. A spine injury from a fall is often sustained during a fall from height and can be extremely serious, changing the rest of your life in an instant. These types of injuries have a huge impact not only on the injured person but also on their family and loved ones.
You may be left unable to walk, care for yourself or go to work, and you may need to use a wheelchair if your mobility has been affected. If somebody else was at fault for your accident then there is something you can do – you could get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline and see if you could make a 100% no-win, no-fee claim for personal injury compensation.
What symptoms could a spine injury from a fall cause?
If you have suffered a spine injury from a fall then you may have suffered damage to the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine. Each type of injury will result in different symptoms, but here are some of the most common spinal injury symptoms:
- Muscle spasms
- Loss of bowel or bladder controlling
- Pain and numbness
- Inability to move extremities or walk
- Inability to feel pressure, cold or heat
It is vital to undergo an immediate evaluation by a medical professional if you have a suspected spinal injury after a fall – and especially important that you are not moved after your accident until your spine can be immobilised. Moving somebody with a spinal injury could cause serious damage.
Claiming compensation after a fall
It is important to establish who was to blame for your accident if you want to make a claim for personal injury compensation. If you were injured in an accident at work, it may be that your employer is at fault, and they could be held liable and ordered to pay you personal injury compensation. Even if you’re unsure who is to blame for your spinal injury, you can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to get advice from our expert advisors – in confidence and with no obligation to proceed. Call us today and get answers to any questions you have about the claims process.
Date Published: January 25, 2017
Author: Rob Steen