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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

    Common spinal injuries


    Among the most severe of all injury types, spinal injuries can result in life changing problems. If this occurred as a result of an accident, it is always worth making a claim if your are eligible.

    Common Spinal injuries are typically split into two categories – complete and incomplete. A complete spinal injury is when the spinal cord is completely severed, meaning there can be no movement in any part of the body beneath the injury site. This results in paralysis, with overall impact depending upon how low down or high up the injury has occurred – the higher up the spine, the more of your body will be affected.

    An incomplete common spinal injury means that some of the spinal cord remains intact in part, and therefore complete paralysis does not occur. However, an incomplete injury can still have a severe impact, perhaps on one particular side of the body, or affecting the ability to move and experience sensation below the injury site.

    How do common spinal injuries occur?

    Any blow to the back may result in common spinal injuries. Accidents which may be a cause include:

    • Road traffic accidents
    • Sports injuries
    • A slip, trip or fall
    • Workplace accident

    Whatever the circumstance, if your accident was caused by another person or organisation, has resulted in the need for medical attention and happened within the past three years, you should pursue compensation.

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    What does compensation cover?

    No two accidents are the same, and so compensation amounts vary from case to case. Compensation is largely determined on your injury location and severity as confirmed by your doctor, but will also take into account any expenses you have incurred as a result. Common Spinal injuries often result in prolonged periods of time out of work, and perhaps even the need for round the clock care. Compensation is there to ensure that you are not out of pocket as a result.

    How do I claim compensation?

    Accidents resulting in spinal injuries are a very traumatic experience, and one which may leave you with permanent psychological scars as well as physical. When claiming for compensation, it is important to ensure that this process does not add to the stress that you have already been through.

    At Accident Advice Helpline, we ensure that making a claim can be done with minimum fuss, and in most cases can be done entirely via the telephone so you do not have to leave your home. Our friendly, highly trained advisors are there to guide you at every step of the way, ensuring you feel at ease as our legal experts handle your case. Working with a network of over 190 legal partners, we are always able to find a team with experience and proven success in spinal injury claims, meaning you have the best possible chance of receiving a compensation amount that is fair to you.

    Accident Advice Helpline offers further peace of mind as we are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, members of the Claims Standards Council and always work on a no win, no fee basis.

    Date Published: 27th February 2013

    Author: Sharon Parry

    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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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.