The outcome following a spinal cord injury will depend on which part of the spinal cord was damaged. The higher in the spinal cord the damage occurs, the greater the extent of resulting paralysis and the more serious the outcome can be. There are eight cervical vertebrae in the upper portion of the spine, so a C7 spinal injury will affect the seventh vertebra, counting down from the top of the spine.
This is a serious injury and will usually result in paralysis of the lower body. Most people will still be able to move their arms, hands and fingers, but the extent to which this is possible may vary. The degree of paralysis can vary as well, with some people experiencing total paralysis and others still sensing mild sensation.
How might someone suffer a C7 spinal injury?
Any severe impact to this area of the cervical spine has the potential to damage this vertebra. For example, if someone was struck by something or if they fell from a height, they may sustain this injury. Expert medical care at the place the accident happened is vital to ensure the damage is not worsened by being unnecessarily moved around.
While such injuries are uncommon, you may have first-hand experience of what it is like to suffer this injury. This can be hard to come to terms with, particularly if you were not the cause of the injury to start with. If you were involved in an accident caused by another person, you may have a good chance to claim some compensation for the injuries you have been left with.
Contact our experienced advisors today to see if you can claim anything
Evidence of negligence is vital when considering a claim of this nature, whether it is for a C7 spinal injury or any other injury that occurred in an accident. It’s good to know help is close at hand, too, simply by calling 0800 689 0500 to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. You can also reach us via a mobile on 0333 500 0993.
With our help, you can find out whether negligence can be proven, and if so, whether a claim could therefore be settled in your favour. If it can, your future may be much brighter and easier to navigate, thanks to a financial settlement that could potentially be agreed upon.
Date Published: January 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen