Spine injuries are not uncommon after a fall from height or another type of accident such as a road traffic accident. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping members of the public claim compensation for spinal injuries since 2000 and there are a number of different spine injury types. The symptoms you experience after your injury and your prognosis for the future will depend on the type of spinal injury you have suffered and the treatment that is required.
In some cases you may be left unable to walk or use your arms, confined to a wheelchair. Even if you have suffered less severe symptoms after a spinal injury, you can get in touch with us to find out if you could make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Some common spine injury types
There are a number of different spine injury types and spine injuries fall into two categories: incomplete and complete. In an incomplete spinal cord injury, the spinal cord is only partially severed, and some function is retained. With a complete spinal cord injury, the spinal cord is fully severed and most function is eliminated, although some could be regained after treatment and physiotherapy. Here are a few of the most common types of spinal cord injury:
- Anterior Cord Syndrome – this injury to the front of the spinal cord damages the motor and sensory pathways which can affect movement
- Central Cord Syndrome – this injury damages nerves carrying signals from the brain and can lead to paralysis of the arms, impairment of leg movement, loss of fine motor skills and issues with bowel and bladder control
- Tetraplegia – Also known as quadriplegia, this is the most serious spinal injury of all, leading to varying degrees of paralysis of all the limbs, and often loss of control of the bowel and bladder too
These are just a few of the most commonly sustained spinal injuries that you could seek to claim personal injury compensation for.
How much compensation could you receive?
As a general rule, the more serious your injuries and the more severe the impact they have on your life, the higher the amount of compensation you could be awarded. The best way to find out how much you could claim is to take the 30-second test on our website and then call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to see if you have a viable claim and get expert advice.
Date Published: January 25, 2017
Author: Rob Steen