The human back is very complex and thus injuries to it can involve a number of things. One normally thinks of spinal injuries when talking about back issues. However, the back is made up of bones, muscles, nerves, soft tissue, motion segments and other fibers so a back injury is not usually as simple as one would think.
Back Injury Compensation Claims Concerning Bone Fractures
The back is comprised of four types of bones – the sacrum, vertebrae, spinal canal and spinal column. Damage to each type has a different medical process and prognosis. The spinal column can further be broken down into four areas as follows:
- cervical (neck)
- thoracic (chest)
- lumbar (lower back)
- sacral (pelvic)
Bone fractures may just need immobilizing and time to heal, or they can require surgery and have a lengthy recovery. Bone fractures can also cause other damage which cannot be corrected. The amount of compensation will depend mostly on the prognosis and the levels of pain experienced.
Muscle and Soft Tissue Back Injury Compensation Claims
Even if no bones are fractured, there can be a great deal of pain from injury to the muscles and soft tissue in the back. Whiplash is an example of this type of injury. Recovering from some injuries is relatively short, while others can take many months or even years to resolve. Compensation for these types of claims is based on the degree of pain as well as the prognosis regarding recovery time.
Back Injury Compensation Claims for Nerve Damage
Nerve damage can occur by itself or along with either bone fractures or muscle/soft tissue damage. Some nerve damage is permanent and life-changing such as paralyses while others can eventually heal although it may take a long time. Compensation in permanently disabled patients is a complex issue that can involve loss of lifetime earnings, home care assistance, therapy, modifications to home, pain and suffering and more. Less severe injuries that result in numbness rather than paralyses are also due compensation, especially if the numbness interferes with their current career path and training in a new field is necessary.
Back Injury Compensation Claims Regarding Loss of Mobility
Sometimes a back injury does not completely incapacitate someone for even a short time, but does limit mobility to a lesser degree. This limited mobility may not affect average day-to-day living but still is enough to change one’s life. An example would be an injury that keeps a factory worker from performing the repetitive skills necessary on a production line. Even if damage does allow a person to keep gainfully employed, they may have lost the ability to enjoy a facet in their lives that they previously enjoyed. For example, a person that is active in a particular sport or hobby that no longer has the endurance necessary for it.
Regardless of what type of back injury compensation claim a person needs to pursue, it is critical to obtain a specialized solicitor to handle the case. They will have the knowledge and experience to get you the results suited to your type of back injury. Turn to us at the Accident Advice Helpline for assistance in finding the best solicitor for your needs. Don’t delay, call today!
Date Published: 9th December 2012
Category: Back injury claim