Because the spine is part of the human central nervous system or CNS, damage to this area can be devastating. The spine plays a role in regulating many other functions of the body including the bowels, sexual function, heart rate and many others. For this reason, damage to the spine can also mean developing a host of related disabling medical problems.
Types of spinal injury
In general, the higher the injury is on the spine, the more devastating the consequences. Injuries in the cervical (neck) region can affect the nerves and muscles needed to breathe, which means that the patient will require a ventilator. Injuries in this region also affect the movement of the upper body and range from complete to incomplete. A complete injury means that no function or movement in the associated body region remains.
Moving downwards from the cervical region, injuries to the thoracic region of the spine can cause paralysis of the chest and abdominal muscles, again causing related issues with breathing. Injuries to the bottom of the spine, known as the lumbar region, can cause paralysis of the lower body as well as problems with bowel and sexual function. Again, these injuries can be complete or incomplete.
Because the spine communicates with the brain, injuries anywhere can also interrupt the flow of nerve signals, causing a multitude of related problems.
Claiming personal injury compensation for a spinal or spinal cord injury
If you have been injured in an accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. In order for your claim to be successful, your lawyer will have to establish that your injury is due to someone else’s negligence. The amount you will receive is based on the pain and suffering you have experienced, costs related to your medical care and future loss of earnings.
No win, no fee*
To find out more about personal injury compensation, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to discuss your situation in detail and let you know whether or not they think you could have a successful claim, as well as how much compensation others in your situation have received. If you choose to go ahead with a claim, it will be on a no win, no fee* basis and usually entirely over the telephone. Judges require personal appearance by claimants only very rarely. For a very quick guide to your possible eligibility, have a look at our 30-second claim calculator online.
Date Published: February 18, 2014
Author: David Brown