Spinal Injuries after an Accident
Spinal and general back injuries are some of the most painful injuries and often take the longest time to recover from. Although back pain can strike at any time, and some illnesses such as a slipped disc can occur as a result of general wear and tear or lifestyle choices, spinal cord injuries are often the result of severe trauma caused by an accident or the impact of a fall or vehicle collision.
The spinal cord runs down the entire length of the spine and is used to hour all of the nerves which carry messages from the brain to various parts of the body. An injury to this cord can be extremely dangerous because an interruption of those messages could prevent the body from functioning properly, causing at worse death or paralysis.
Causes of Spinal Injuries
You might think that such an important part of the body’s function would be well protected but injury to the spinal cord is surprisingly common and easy. All it might take is an injury to the face, neck, head or chest, a bad fall (in a diving or skateboarding accident for example) or a collision in a vehicle which caused a severe jerk of the neck, and the spinal cord could sustain damage.
As is often the case with body injuries, there are a number of symptoms to indicate spinal damage. These might include numbness or tingling in an arm or leg, difficulty walking, lack of bowel or bladder control, shock or paralysis of the whole or an area of the legs or arms.
One of the most important things to remember if you believe you may have sustained a spinal injury or are at the presence of an accident where this could have happened is not to move anyone with a suspected spinal injury. Movement, unless the risk of remaining in the same place is much greater, could cause permanent damage and in severe situations the death of the victim.
The other thing to remember is that because spinal cord injuries are often the result of an accident, the victim of the injury may have the right to make a compensation claim in Stock if the accident or incident in question was the fault of someone else.
Compensation Claim in Stock for Spinal Injuries
UK law allows any victim of an injury in an accident they did not cause to make a compensation claim in Stock should they wish to. In order to make a compensation claim in Stock, a victim will have to prove that their accident happened within the last 3 years and was the result of the lack of care or negligence of another person or company.
Spinal injuries can be horrific. They can cause long term damage, leaving the person suffering needing treatment, additional help and facing the threat of long term lifestyle changes. Accident Advice Helpline have over 13 years’ experience in seeking compensation claim in Stock and a 30 second test is all it takes to find out if your claim is valid.
Date Published: 18th August 2013
Author: David Brown