If you have suffered a suspected spinal injury after an accident then chances are you will need to undergo a spinal injury assessment. Spinal injuries are most commonly the result of a high-speed road traffic accident, a horse-riding accident, a bike collision or a diving accident, but they can also be caused by falls from height (particularly from a height of over one metre, or five steps). Anybody aged 65 or over is particularly at risk of a cervical spine injury if they are hurt in one of these types of accidents.
A spinal injury assessment is essential to ensure that you get the treatment you need and so that you can recover from your injuries. You may be able to make a claim for compensation if somebody else caused your accident, or if they have somehow made your injuries worse – by moving you, for example.
How important is a spinal injury assessment?
This type of assessment should be carried out by a medical professional, although if you have a suspected spinal injury then an assessment should also be carried out at the scene of the accident. It is vitally important not to move somebody with a spinal injury unless they have been immobilised, to protect the spine. Moving them unnecessarily could cause further damage which could leave them paralysed.
Checking circulation, breathing and for any neurological disability is normal – for example does the person have weakness or altered sensation in their hands or feet, or are they confused or suffering from reduced consciousness? A spinal injury doesn’t necessarily result in pain in the spine or other parts of the body – often it can lead to numbness or a feeling of weakness in other body parts.
How has your spinal injury affected your life?
If you decide to make a personal injury claim, you’ll be asked how your injury has affected your life. For example, if you have been left permanently disabled, you might be unable to play with your children or go to work. This could lead to anxiety or depression as well as affecting you and your family financially. You could be compensated for financial losses, such as loss of earnings or the cost of medical treatment, care or equipment.
So why not get in touch with us today to find out more by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) and see if you could make a 100% no-win, no-fee claim after your accident.
Date Published: January 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen