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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

    Damage to the cervical spine


    How to cope with damage to the cervical spine

    Are you suffering from damage to the cervical spine? If so, you’ll know just how painful it can be, and the impact that it can have on your everyday life.

    It’s often caused in car accidents when a stationary vehicle is struck from behind and a person’s body is thrown forward, but the head lags behind, causing specific type of trauma to the spine.

    Though it happens to many people throughout the country on a regular basis, it can be hard to know where to turn to for advice and help when it happens to you.

    Here, we talk you through the recommended process.

    Seek immediate medical advice

    When you’ve been involved in an accident, it pays to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

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    In some cases, you may be taken straight to the local accident and emergency department, or you might be able to make your own way home after thinking that you feel fine.

    Don’t leave anything to chance though, and make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible. It can sometimes take a few days for the pain to start, and though this is sometimes an indicator of a relatively mild case of damage to the cervical spine, it’s vital that you seek medical advice. Don’t take unnecessary chances.

    Consider making a claim for compensation

    If the accident that caused damage to the cervical spine in your case, wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. This can help you to cover your expenses, such as medical bills and trips to appointments.

    The sum that you’ll receive will very much depend on your case, but many people find that it’s a great way to help them to get back on track.

    If you’re considering this route, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. You can call the 24 hour line on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

    No win no fee

    The service is no win no fee, so you won’t have to pay unexpected bills if your case is not successful.

    You should be aware though that you’ll usually only have three years after the date of your accident to make your claim. As such, it pays to get the ball rolling as soon as possible.

    A spine injury can have a huge impact on your life, but remember that there is plenty of support out there that can help you through the difficult time and get you back into a normal routine as soon as possible. Many people have experienced very similar injuries, so you needn’t feel overwhelmed.

    Date Published: 18th June 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with licence number 591058 and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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