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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What are the different spinal injury levels?


    Spinal injuries can be devastating and can occur in many ways. Accidents that result in an impact to the spine that damages one or more vertebrae can lead to a spinal injury. There are various spinal injury levels that are identified, and these will generally refer to the vertebrae that has been injured.

    The spine is divided into three sections. The cervical section takes up the top eight vertebrae and includes the area of the neck. You then have the thoracic vertebrae – there are 12 of these in the middle of the back. Finally, there is the lumbar section, and this has five vertebrae. Beyond this, you also have the sacral nerves in the literal tail-end of the spine.

    How are spinal injury levels classified?

    You may have heard people referring to a C5 injury, for example, or an injury to their T6 and T7 vertebrae. This refers to the specific vertebra (or vertebrae) they have injured in their accident. The higher up the spine the damage occurs, the more devastating and serious the outcome is likely to be.

    Doctors also refer to spinal injuries as either incomplete or complete. If the injury is complete, there will be no feeling or sensation below the point the injury occurred. However, if it is incomplete, this means the person will have some degree of sensation below the injury. This could be anything from mild numbness to much more severe loss of sensation, yet still being able to feel something.

    Could you claim a financial award following your spinal injury?

    Spinal injury levels of all kinds are upsetting and hard to come to terms with. If negligence played a crucial part in your injury, you may have a chance to receive compensation in line with amounts recommended for such claims.

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    Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with no-obligation advice at this early stage, and if we feel you have a good reason to claim, we will provide you with a no-win, no-fee claims procedure supported by one of our solicitors. Call 0800 689 0500 now, or ring 0333 500 0993 from your mobile if you wish. When you do, you will learn whether you could get an award for the injuries you sustained in a recent accident. Just be sure to call within three years of the accident occurring, so you have time to claim.

    Date Published: January 25, 2017

    Author: Rob Steen

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