Spinal injuries can happen after a car crash, a fall from height, a slip, trip or fall or any number of other accidents, and they can be incredibly serious. A severe spinal injury could lead to permanent disability, affecting the rest of your life. It’s important that people are aware of how to treat suspected spinal injuries, to avoid causing more serious injuries to the victim.
You should never move somebody who you suspect has a spinal injury as this could cause permanent damage. Instead, keep them warm with a coat or a blanket and reassure them until an ambulance arrives. Paramedics will stabilise the neck and spine before attempting to move the person and take them to hospital.
Have you suffered spinal injuries?
If you’ve suffered spinal injuries after a fall from height at work or in a car crash, you could find yourself eligible to claim personal injury compensation if somebody else is to blame. Perhaps your employer didn’t provide you with safety equipment for working at height, or maybe the driver of the other vehicle ran a red light and hit your car. Whatever has happened, you could make a claim within three years of your accident, and if you have been seriously injured – for example if you have been left paralysed after your accident – you could be awarded a substantial personal injury settlement if your claim is successful.
Spinal injuries will normally mean taking time off work for treatment in hospital and to recover which can affect your earnings. If your family has suffered financially after your accident, this will be taken into account when you make a personal injury claim. How to treat suspected spinal injuries is an important topic, but what’s even more important is what to do if you think you have a viable personal injury claim.
Should you make a claim?
So you’re aware of how to treat suspected spinal injuries and you’ve done everything you can for your friend or family member after their accident. Or maybe you yourself have been injured and you’re wondering what happens now. You could make a 100% no win, no fee claim with Accident Advice Helpline, and the quickest way to find out if you have a viable claim is to call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Our team of expert advisors are on hand to offer confidential, no-obligation advice, however your accident happened, and we’ve been handling personal injury claims for spinal injuries since 2000, so we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: May 30, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton