An untreated spinal injury is usually the result of an accident such as a fall, or it could be caused by a car accident or other sudden impact. Usually, you will be checked out in hospital and undergo an x-ray if you have been involved in an accident, at which point fractures to the spine or other bones would normally be spotted.
However, if this doesn’t happen, you could be left with an undiagnosed spinal fracture, which means you won’t get the treatment you need to make a full recovery.
A spinal fracture could go unnoticed for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the x-ray technician or doctor has been negligent or distracted when looking at your scans. Or perhaps the x-ray equipment used was faulty and had not been properly maintained.
Whatever the reason for the mistake, an undiagnosed spinal fracture can have serious consequences for the patient, and they could be left with numbness and tingling in their back and lower legs, severe pain and eventually they could even lose the use of their legs.
In some cases, patients who lose the use of their legs never regain full mobility, leaving them reliant on a wheelchair to get around. This obviously has a significant impact on their lives and they may need to take time off work or even quit their jobs.
Claiming compensation – what happens next?
If you have suffered a spinal fracture that has gone undiagnosed, you have probably been in considerable pain and suffered loss of earnings – you may also have ongoing medical costs to pay, and when you make a claim for compensation, all of these things will be taken into account.
There’s a three-year time limit in place to make a claim, so make sure you don’t leave it too late; it’s a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident, to find out whether you’re eligible to make a claim.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: December 17, 2014