The nerves in the spine are responsible for controlling a whole host of functions in the body, from bowel and bladder control to mobility. A spinal injury can cause damage to these nerves, with serious consequences, depending on which part of the spine is injured. It’s vitally important not to move somebody with a suspected spinal injury as the spine needs to be properly immobilised so they can be taken to hospital for assessment and treatment.
Part of their assessment will usually involve a spinal injury x-ray which will allow medical professionals to see exactly what damage has been caused and decide on the best course of treatment to enable them to recover as best they can. If you’ve been the victim of somebody else’s negligence and you have suffered a spinal injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim compensation.
What will a spinal injury x-ray show?
A spinal injury x-ray will show which part of the spine has been damaged and how seriously. For example you could have injured your cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine – each area will lead to different symptoms and a different prognosis and treatment. Once you have had your injuries assessed, your doctor will be able to prescribe the necessary treatment and rehabilitation.
You may be prescribed medication which can reduce (but not reverse) nerve cell damage and limit inflammation, and surgery is also a common treatment for spinal injuries. Physiotherapy normally forms part of rehabilitation for spinal injury patients as your fine motor skills and muscle function may have been affected by your injuries. When you make a claim for compensation, we will take into account how your injuries have affected your life, as well as any financial losses you have suffered – for example the cost of treatment or loss of earnings.
How much compensation will I get for a spinal injury?
Every claim is handled on an individual basis, so it is impossible for us to say how much compensation you could receive for your injury without assessing you. But for an idea of how much compensation you could get, you can take the 30-second test on our website right now. Then call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more about making a 100% no-win, no-fee claim.
Provided it has been three years or less since your accident and somebody else was to blame then you could find you are eligible to claim compensation for your pain, suffering and any financial losses you have sustained.
Date Published: January 25, 2017
Author: Rob Steen