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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What to do if you were paralysed at work


    It is almost impossible to imagine what it would be like to lose the feeling in a limb, or even in a portion of your body. While it is rare to suffer an accident that causes some degree of paralysis, there have been isolated cases where people have been paralysed at work.

    It is good to know such incidents are very few and far between. This is due mostly to the fact that health and safety measures in this country are excellent, and employers follow them with due diligence at all times. It is more often the case that breakdowns in these measures can open the way for a potential accident to occur.

    How could someone be paralysed at work?

    A fall from height could potentially have a chance to lead to paralysis occurring. Someone could break their back from the fall, or otherwise damage their neck. The degree of paralysis will depend on the nature of the fall, and in some cases the person’s condition will improve over time as they recover. However, in other cases, they never get back the feeling they had before.

    Paralysis can also occur in a limb or a minor part of the body if nerve damage is sufficient. For instance, if you caught your hand in unguarded machinery, you may suffer enough damage to cause a loss of feeling in that hand, or in some of your fingers. As you can see, there are situations in which potential paralysis could possibly happen.

    Make sure you seek proper no-obligation advice if this has happened to you

    When you suffer paralysis in this type of situation, it is very important to recognise that you could potentially be entitled to seek compensation. Your life will almost certainly change as a result of what happened to you. As such, you may be able to make a no win, no fee claim. This could help you to seek an appropriate amount of damages.

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    Call us here today on 0800 689 0500 to take full advantage of our free enquiry line. The advice we will give is under no obligation too, which means you don’t have to proceed with a claim if you do not wish to. However, a professional injury compensation lawyer could potentially win you a significant amount of compensation relative to the injuries you have suffered at work.

    Date Published: March 6, 2016

    Author: Allison Whitehead

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