Most people won’t know anything about an L4 spinal injury unless they are unlucky enough to suffer from one. Those with basic knowledge of the spine may correctly guess the L4 vertebra is one that exists in the lumbar spine, i.e. the lower section of the spine. In fact, it is one vertebra above the very bottom of the spine.
This means there is no spinal cord tissue in the area. While injuries and symptoms may be serious, they are not likely to threaten the life of the patient. However, they can still potentially lead to paralysis. Additionally, some people find numbness may be experienced that can extend through the hips, down the legs and into the feet.
How can an L4 spinal injury occur?
This injury may potentially happen if you are involved in an accident that involves a direct blow to this area of your spine. Any kind of trauma to the spine can result in permanent damage, and this applies to this area as well. Some people with serious injuries to the L4 vertebra may still find they need to use a wheelchair from that moment on. Others may find they can only walk for short distances or need help to get around.
As you can see, the outcome of an injury to the L4 vertebra will depend on the damage that is caused, and whether it is partial or total. Injuries are often referred to as incomplete or complete, depending on the severity of what has occurred.
Can you make a claim for your spinal injury?
The answer to this depends whether you were injured because of the actions of someone else. Was a third party responsible for triggering the accident you were hurt in? No matter whether that accident happened at work, or on the roads, or even in your local gym or shop, you have a right to find out whether you could begin a no-win, no-fee claims process.
The team at Accident Advice Helpline can find the answers for you concerning your L4 spinal injury. Call now on 0800 689 0500, take our quick online test or ring from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 instead. Whatever you do, our experienced and caring team is here to see if they can help you find out what happened and whether you have a right to claim.
Date Published: January 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen