Moving forward and rebuilding your life after suffering a spinal cord trauma can seem impossible. Though it will not give you your old life back, making a compensation claim can help ease the financial burden of living with a spinal cord injury. If you are considering this, call Accident Advice Helpline. Our free legal helpline is staffed by professional advisers that can give you the right spinal cord trauma advice.
What is spinal cord trauma?
The spinal cord is essentially a bundle of nerves that connects your brain to the rest of your body. It is responsible for sending signals from your brain to your muscles, telling them when to move. This includes automatic responses, like informing your lungs to breathe. It also sends signals from your body to the brain, giving it information on sensations like pain and information on temperature.
Peripheral nerves in the body, such as those in our limbs, are able to regenerate if they are damaged. The spinal cord is not able to do this, so if the nerves are severed, they cannot reconnect. For this reason, spinal cord injuries often have a devastating effect on people’s lives.
Causes of spinal cord trauma
The most frequent causes of spinal cord trauma are:
- Industrial accidents.
- Falling from a height.
- Car and motorbike accidents.
- Sports-related injuries.
- Gunshot wounds.
A trauma can be caused by a cut to the spinal cord. This could occur if the vertebrae are broken during an accident and a piece of the broken bone cuts the spinal cord. The cord could also be damaged or cut by a piece of metal, which might occur during a car accident or being punctured by a bullet.
Compression is another major cause of spinal cord trauma. If the spinal canal fills with blood or fluid, the pressure created can compress the spinal cord, causing damage. A violent and unusual movement that pulls or pushes the spine into an awkward position can also cause compression and damage to the spinal cord.
What to do if you have suffered a spinal cord trauma
The most urgent first step if you believe you may have suffered a spinal cord trauma is to seek immediate medical attention. Once a proper assessment of your injuries has been made, the appropriate treatment can be started. The time between the injury and treatment can have a dramatic effect on the outcome for the patient, therefore every minute counts.
In less severe cases, patients can sometimes recover movement within a week of the injury. The recovery can continue for up to six months. Any loss of sensation or bodily function that has not returned within six months is likely not to return at all.
Advice on claiming for spinal cord trauma
Accident Advice Helpline has a free legal helpline that is available 24 hours a day. Our advisers are well-trained and experienced in providing spinal cord trauma advice and assisting you in finding the right solicitor to make your compensation claim. Call us now on 0800 180 4 123 and start the process of rebuilding your life.