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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."

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    Back injury compensation

    Back injury compensation claims

    The back provides support for the head and trunk of the body. It is constantly exposed to heavy loads. It plays an important function in bending, twisting and lifting. It consists of the spinal column and various muscles. Because of its vital role, it’s no wonder that back injuries are some of the most common reported injuries.

    Common back injuries compensation can be claimed for:

    • Whiplash

    This is trauma of the cervical spine which occurs when the neck is rapidly bent forwards and backwards, usually in a road traffic accident when one vehicle is run into by another. Injuries may occur to the muscle, ligament or bone. Therefore, an x-ray should be carried out.

    Pain will be felt in the neck area, especially during movements. Sometimes there will be pain radiating down an arm.

    • Slipped disc (herniated or prolapsed disc)

    This is when one of the discs in the spine ruptures and the gel inside leaks out causing back pain. It will affect muscle strength and walking ability. If the sciatic nerve is affected then pain will radiate into the pelvis, buttocks and down the legs and feet.

    It can be caused by lifting heavy objects, bending awkwardly, from a job that involves lots of sitting such as driving. It can also be caused by trauma to your back from a car accident, fall or impact injury.

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    • Spinal fracture

    This is when part of the bone is broken, in the back it could refer to anywhere between the neck to the base of the spine. It usually occurs from a high velocity accident such as a fall from a height, car crash, violent attack or sports accident.

    The symptoms will include moderate to severe back pain, which is aggravated by movement. If the spinal cord is affected too then there will be numbness, tingling, weakness and loss of function.

    This list is not exhaustive and there are other possible back injury compensation claims that can be made, such as muscle strains and ruptures. 

    Seeking medical assistance is imperative

    As soon as possible after an accident you should seek medical help. It is important to get the right diagnosis. X-rays, CT scans or MRI scans may be needed depending on the injury. Correct treatment can then be started, as well as pain relief.

    If you decide to claim for you back injury compensation, solicitors would require medical records relating to your injuries. They would also be able to arrange further appointments if needed for your claim.

    Contact Accident Advice Helpline if you would like advice on claiming for your back injury

    We are open 24/7 for your convenience and can help you win the maximum back injury compensation. We will assign you with a specialist solicitor in your area who has experience of dealing with back injury claims and will be able to offer you expert help and representation. Call today for free professional advice.

    Date Published: 27th September 2012

    Author: David Brown

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