The cervical spine is the upper part of the spine that extends upwards into the neck area. Therefore, an injury such as whiplash would be deemed to be a cervical spine injury. Anyone who has received an injury to this area of their body is likely to go through a C spine injury assessment. This helps determine whether the injury is minor or more serious, and whether any medical intervention is required.
If an injury of this type is suspected, and there are sufficient symptoms to back this up, it is common to have your neck immobilised until such time a serious injury can be ruled out. The main thinking to follow here is better safe than sorry.
What does a C spine injury assessment entail?
Expert medical practitioners will find out what happened to you and ask you about the symptoms you are experiencing. This alone can tell them what you may have done. For example, a rear-end collision may have resulted in whiplash. Alternatively, a fall from height could have resulted in a more serious C spine injury.
When someone suffers an injury like this, their first thought will be to get medical help. Sometimes, if the injury seems minor, such as mild whiplash, the person may not even be aware there is an issue until the following day. However, in serious accidents and those where the individual loses consciousness, they should not be moved and emergency medical assistance should be called.
Call us now if you think someone else was responsible for your accident
In some cases, it’s likely the injured person may not remember what happened or know who was to blame. However, if you even suspect a third party caused the crash or accident to occur, do call our team at Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible. This is easily done by using the free enquiry line on 0800 689 0500. Alternatively, you can call us from a mobile phone on 0333 500 0993.
Suffering an injury of this kind means a C spine injury assessment is vital to help determine the extent of the damage. While it is possible to make a full recovery, the extent of your injuries will also determine the level of any potential compensation award you receive. Find out more from our experienced and friendly team of advisors who are waiting to help.
Date Published: January 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen