Most people are aware that spinal injuries can be very serious and ultimately life changing. The vertebrae are responsible for many things, not least protecting the spinal cord. If one or more vertebrae are damaged, this can lead to many serious injuries, including paralysis. A C spine injury is just one of many injuries that may occur following an accident.
The term is shorthand for a cervical spine injury, which might be more familiar to you as whiplash. This usually happens when the neck is suddenly moved beyond its normal range of motion and can be anything from mild to severe.
Cervical spine injuries to the neck can occur in car accidents
This is one of the most common ways people sustain this injury. Whiplash happens when a car crash occurs and the car the person is travelling in comes to a sudden stop. Alternatively, it can occur when a person is sitting in a car that isn’t moving, and someone drives into the back of them.
You tend to get whiplash more commonly when you are not moving and someone hits you from behind, rather than when you stop suddenly as the result of an accident. However, symptoms can potentially occur in each case, and some people may be more prone to getting whiplash than others. In many cases, it will resolve itself in a matter of days or weeks, but some people might potentially suffer chronic whiplash that lasts a lot longer.
Have you had a C spine injury?
If so, and you want to know whether someone else was to blame for causing that C spine injury, a quick call to Accident Advice Helpline could reveal all the answers you need. Whiplash can be a very painful injury – you may not be able to move your neck much for a few days or weeks until it heals. Even though you should move it gently and carefully, you might be restricted in what you can do.
So, find out whether you can claim compensation for the accident by calling 0800 689 0500, or ring 0333 500 0993 from your mobile now. One of our advisors can guide you through some essential questions to determine whether compensation might be a possibility. If so, you could have your claim taken on by one of our experienced and courteous lawyers on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Date Published: January 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen