A T spine injury, or injury to the thoracic spine, is much less common than injuries to the cervical spine. T spine injuries can be classed as complete or incomplete, and the symptoms can vary depending on which vertebra in the thoracic spine has been injured. If you have suffered a spinal injury after a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, then you could make a personal injury claim and the other driver could be ordered to pay you compensation. If somebody you love has suffered this type of injury then you may be able to make a claim on their behalf, provided it has been three years or less since their accident.
What symptoms does a T spine injury cause?
The thoracic spine is made up of 12 segments numbered T1 to T12. Located in the middle of the spine, these vertebrae regulate a number of different areas of the body:
- T1: Wrist flexing and the medial side of the forearm
- T2: The posterior of the upper arms
- T3: The pectoral muscles of the chest
- T4-T8: Muscles in the chest and trunk
A T spine injury could lead to paraplegia where loss of function is experienced in the legs and/or torso. Losing control over bowel and bladder functions is also not uncommon, and you may experience lack of dexterity in your fingers and hands, as well as the inability to control your trunk and/or abdominal muscles.
Claiming compensation for a T spine injury
As you can imagine, the aftermath of suffering a spinal cord injury can be a difficult time for the injured party and their family. If you have been injured, your main priority is to ensure you are properly evaluated and receive the medical treatment and rehabilitation you need to recover from your injuries. Making a claim for personal injury compensation could help you to cover medical costs and pay your household bills whilst you are off work. You can get in touch with 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 for personal injury compensation.
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Date Published: January 25, 2017
Author: Rob Steen