Most people suffer falls from time to time in their lives. However a simple trip and fall could be far different from suffering a fall from a height. The higher a person falls from and the more complex the fall happens to be (for example they might fall on a hard surface instead of breaking their fall on something soft) the more chance there is of them suffering injuries.
Spinal injuries from a fall can be particularly unstable which is why prompt medical treatment is required. Moving even by a small amount could make a bad injury even worse in such cases. Depending on the circumstances of the fall there could potentially be internal injuries aside from the spinal injuries from a fall.
Who is to blame?
This question will often crop up when someone suffers any type of accident, including suffering spinal injuries from a fall. For example if someone was injured in the workplace the Health and Safety Executive will conduct an investigation to see whether there was any degree of negligence involved in not preventing the accident from happening.
The more severe the injuries, the greater the chance that a higher sum of compensation could be due to the injured person. Negligence must be proven on the part of the employer or any other person involved if the accident wasn’t in the workplace. This evidence could make all the difference to the outcome of a claim.
Recovering from spinal injuries
This type of recovery process can be long and hard. The severity of the injuries can have an impact on how much recovery might be expected.
For instance if someone suffered paralysis from the waist down as a result of such injuries, there is a chance the feeling in their legs may never come back.
It all depends on whether swelling has caused the paralysis to be temporary, or whether the injury is more severe than that.
Clearly if you have been involved in an accident of this nature you will want to make sure you can get no-obligation legal advice. You can do just that within three years of your accident by calling Accident Advice Helpline.
Our number is free at 0800 689 0500 and it means you can speak with someone friendly and experienced in this field. Take advantage of our 15 years’ experience today by calling now.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen