How to treat spinal injuries – injury lawyers in St Paul’s
Spinal injuries are one of the most serious injuries you can suffer from. If your spine is damaged and you try to move then you risk paralysis or even death, so whether you feel that you may have suffered a spinal injury, or that someone else may have, it is important to proceed with caution. If you have had an accident and fear that you or someone else involved in the accident may have suffered a spinal injury, here is how to move forward.
Know the symptoms of spinal injury
The best way to know whether or not you are dealing with a spinal injury is to know the signs. If any of these signs are present, then you should act as though the person is suffering from a spinal injury and proceed accordingly.
- Pain in the neck or back
- Unable to move neck or back
- If the patient has fallen onto their back, head or neck, or there has been trauma to these as the result of a fall
- If the person is falling in and out of consciousness (this indicates head injury)
- Paralysis or weakness in limbs
- Distortion of the natural line of the neck or back
- Bladder or bowel weakness or loss of control
Call an ambulance
If you suspect that you are dealing with a spinal injury then calling the emergency services should be the first thing you do. Paramedics are much better equipped to deal with any spinal injury and it is important that the person is taken to hospital as quickly as possible.
Stabilise the patient and do not move them
It is important that someone with a spinal injury does not move, so they should be stabilised to prevent them from moving their head or neck. You can do this by simply holding their head steady for them, or by placing soft objects around their head to stop it moving. Make the patient comfortable by moving any hazards away from them, but do not move them away from the scene.
Using injury lawyers in St Paul’s to claim compensation
If you have had an accident and injured your spine then you may be able to claim compensation from the other party. It is best to go through injury lawyers in St Paul’s as they will be able to assess the validity of your claim and proceed only if you have a good chance of winning your case. There is no point in going through the stressful process of filing a compensation claim if you are unlikely to win your case, and injury lawyers in St Paul’s can let you know whether your chances are good.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to the team about your accident. If they feel that you have a good case for compensation then they will pass you on to injury lawyers in St Paul’s who will work on a 100% no win no fee basis to get you the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: 10th November 2013
Author: David Brown