After a serious accident, the first instinct of those who are not injured is to help those who are. Sometimes, however, due to the nature of the injury, this well-intentioned help can actually make things worse. This is because spinal injuries are extremely dangerous, and one wrong move could mean a life-changing, and long-term, problem.
There are specific dos and don’ts for dealing with spinal injuries after an accident. After the initial medical work has been done, thoughts may – and, if there is a claim, should – turn to compensation. Contacting injury solicitors in Banchory, phoning one after the other to find the best one, is time-consuming when there are other things that need to be done. One phone call to us at Accident Advice Helpline, however, will put you in touch with experts who will take on your claim – we work in partnership with selected Scottish law firms.
The spinal cord is an essential part of the body – it connects the brain to everything else, and if the spinal cord is not working as it should, then this could affect the functioning in the rest of the body. A spinal injury might affect the spinal cord, the vertebrae (the bones around the spinal cord), the discs (the tissue between the vertebrae), the muscles around the spinal cord or the nerves that branch off the spinal cord. If any of these are damaged it can mean an extremely serious injury that can lead to paralysis or even death. If paralysis occurs, it will happen from the location of the injury downwards, so injuries at the top of the spine lead to more of the victim’s body being paralysed than injuries at the bottom.
Spinal injuries can happen from a variety of incidents including car accidents, falling from a height, falling awkwardly (and twisting the spine), a head or facial injury, a heavy object falling on someone and sporting incidents (including diving into shallow water and falling off a horse) and many more.
If you suspect that someone has a spinal injury, it is important not to move them. If you are able to, the best advice is to kneel by their heads and hold their heads straight and still, gently, until the ambulance arrives.
Regarding any type of spinal injury compensation claim, call Accident Advice Helpline before injury solicitors in Banchory – you’ll receive excellent advice and a dedicated service.
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Spinal injuries can have a devastating effect on someone’s life if they are serious; not all spinal injuries result in paralysis, and some heal completely, but many stay somewhere in between, leaving the victim in constant pain and unable to live the life they had before the accident. Phoning Accident Advice Helpline’s 24/7 advice line on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, will give you the information you need to proceed with a personal injury claim.
It is quicker, less stressful and easier than looking by yourself for injury solicitors in Banchory – we have a nationwide reach thanks to our partnerships with Scottish firms, and over 15 years of experience.
Date Published: 28th December 2013
Author: David Brown