Compensation for fractured vertebrae


If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault but the fault of another individual and, as a direct result of this accident, you have suffered fractured vertebrae, then you need to contact Accident Advice Helpline now and we can help you claim compensation. After all, this is a painful and stressful injury so if the accident was not your fault and you are entitled to compensation then you should certainly claim it.

How to get compensation for a fractured vertebrae

One-third of vertebral fractures result from motor vehicle accidents, another 25% are caused by violence, and falls and recreational sports cause the remaining injuries. Your injury may have been caused by a road traffic accident, a slip, trip or fall, or perhaps some kind of accident in the workplace. Whatever the cause, if it was not your own fault then we can help you claim compensation for fractured vertebrae.

Fractured vertebrae can occur when one or more of the spinal vertebrae break or crack as a result of a severe injury.

When a sudden motion is very sharp, it is possible for the vertebrae in the neck to sustain a fracture. The fracture itself can vary in severity, from a minor hairline fracture to a wedge fracture, which is much more serious.

A person who has sustained a hairline fracture to a vertebra is unlikely to need an operation or any serious treatment. Many in this position are given a soft collar and advised to rest for several weeks.

Whiplash injury

Slice fractures and wedge fractures of vertebrae in the neck are also possible outcomes of a severe whiplash injury. These can have very serious effects and can cause spinal cord injuries, resulting in possible paralysis. Damage to the spinal cord may well occur if there is a vertebral fracture that is accompanied by disruption to the ligaments in the neck.

The vertebrae can fracture just like any other bone in the body. The severity of the injury will vary greatly, depending on the speed of impact and many other factors. The symptoms of fractured vertebrae may include:

  • Localised or radiating pain and soreness
  • The area may feel tight or stiff
  • The area may be inflamed or swollen
  • Symptoms of a pinched nerve or in extreme cases, paralysis

An injury of this type will often be diagnosed from a physical examination followed by an X-ray, with a CT or MRI scan being used to identify more difficult or complex fractures. Treatment for the condition is usually similar to that of a herniated disc, involving non-invasive techniques whenever possible, rather than a surgical procedure.

For more information and advice on compensation for fractured vertebrae please contact Accident Advice Helpline on freephone 0800 689 0500.

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