If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault and this resulted in spinal cord trauma, you could be entitled to a compensation claim. Given the seriousness of spinal cord injuries, it is important that you choose the right solicitor to handle your spinal cord trauma claim. Accident Advice Helpline is one of the most established companies in the industry and we will find the best lawyer to handle your claim.
What is spinal cord trauma?
Spinal cord trauma refers to damage to the spinal cord. This damage could have been caused by a direct injury to the cord or it could be the result of a disease affecting the surrounding bones, blood vessels or tissue.
Injuries that can result in spinal cord damage include the following:
- Falls from a height.
- Physical assault.
- Gunshot wounds.
- Motor vehicle accidents.
- Industrial accidents.
- Sports-related injuries.
In older patients, a minor injury can also cause spinal cord damage, as the normal ageing process can cause a weakening of the spine, which protects the spinal cord.
Direct injury to the spinal cord
There are three primary ways in which the spinal cord can suffer direct damage in an accident:
- Cuts – a fragment of bone from a broken vertebrae or a piece of metal from a gunshot or traffic accident can cut the spinal cord.
- Pulled, compressed or pressed sideways – for example, if the neck, back or head are twisted abnormally in an accident.
- Bleeding in the spinal canal – a build-up of fluid and pressure in the spinal canal can cause damage to the spinal cord.
Symptoms of spinal cord trauma
The symptoms suffered from a spinal cord trauma will vary depending on the location of the injury. Generally, a spinal cord trauma would create weakness and a loss of feeling at and below the point of injury on the spine. The severity of the symptoms will also be dependent on the severity of the damage to the spinal cord.
Injuries at any level of the spine can cause spasticity, numbness, and loss of normal bladder and bowel control, weakness, pain and paralysis.
Making a spinal cord trauma claim
Spinal cord trauma often has devastating effects and can lead to paralysis; therefore it is essential that you get the best possible advice and guidance available when thinking about making your compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline has a free legal helpline that is available 24 hours a day, providing brilliant access to top advisers. They will listen to your story and guide you through the process of making a claim.
Your solicitor will work hard to get you a compensation package that will generally include compensation to cover pain and suffering, loss of earnings and any future costs relating to medical care and equipment, such as a wheelchair and a vehicle specially adapted to suit your needs. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 180 4 123 to start your spinal cord trauma claim now. You have nothing to lose.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown