The most important thing to remember whenever anyone suffers a suspected spinal injury is to call for emergency help. In some cases, suspected spinal injuries turn out to be unfounded, but it is always better to assume the worst and to be transported to hospital safely and while immobilised, in case there is an underlying injury that cannot be seen. Many are treated for a spinal injury on the NHS.
Receiving a spinal injury is often a life-changing moment. No one wants to be in this position. It is easy to assume all such injuries result in some degree of paralysis, but this is not necessarily the case. Sometimes, there may be partial paralysis initially, but this can potentially be caused by swelling rather than by damage to nerves. Any recovery that is to be made is usually seen within the first few weeks or months following the injury.
Being treated for a spinal injury on the NHS
Most people use the NHS to receive medical treatment when required. The NHS does a fantastic job of providing emergency medical care as well as providing ongoing support and care for other illnesses and injuries.
The prognosis for a spinal injury will depend on how bad the injury was and which part of the spine was affected. The spine is comprised of lots of different vertebrae in three main areas – the cervical spine, the thoracic spine and the lumbar spine, moving from the top of the spine down to the tail.
Do you think you might be awarded compensation for your spinal injury?
There is only one way to find out for sure, and that is to call Accident Advice Helpline. With the ability to call on 0800 689 0500 (you can also ring on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile), you can find out quite easily whether you have a chance to claim something if you were treated for your spinal injury on the NHS.
If negligence was the cause of the injury – whether in a car accident, at work or in a fall, perhaps from an unprotected or unsafe balcony – you should find out whether a claim could be successful with our help. We provide a no-win, no-fee claims process supported by one of our solicitors, and all you need to do is to call today to learn more.
Date Published: January 25, 2017
Author: Rob Steen