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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

    Spinal injuries


    Are there many spinal injuries compensation claims?

    Spinal injuries are thankfully not common, but for those who suffer spinal injuries and spinal cord trauma, the impact is often very serious. But if those injuries are caused by an accident caused by someone else, the impact can be very hard psychologically, as well as physically.

    If you have sustained spinal injuries in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. Ask yourself these questions:

    • have you been injured in an accident in the last 3 years?
    • did the accident cause you spinal injuries?
    • should your accident have been prevented or avoided by someone else, perhaps by your employer, your local council, a high street business or an individual?

    If you answered yes to the questions above, you should consider making a compensation claim for the impact and cost of someone else’s action on your quality of life.

    What kind of spinal injuries can I claim for?

    Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we deal with all levels of spinal injuries. Spinal injuries occur when any part of your spinal cord suffers a trauma that causes damage to the nerve roots.

    Broadly, spinal injuries fall into only two types; complete (full paralysis) or incomplete (partial paralysis). The impact of partial paralysis can vary widely depending on which part of your spinal cord has been damaged.

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    If you have suffered spinal cord damage that has left you with partial paralysis, you may suffer from:

    • pain
    • loss of limb movement and feeling
    • incontinence
    • loss of motor control
    • muscle contraction or spasms
    • weak or unresponsive limbs or muscles

    There are also many other symptoms, the majority of which stem from damage to the spinal cord and nerve damage, resulting in loss of feeling, function or control of areas of the body.

    What kind of accidents result in spinal injuries?

    As with any injury, there are a number of potential accidents that can cause spinal cord injury, but they include:

    • road traffic accidents
    • falls from height
    • sporting accidents
    • violence or assault

    But even a relatively minor accident can have catastrophic results on the spine, for example, a fall that results in severe trauma to the neck.

    What costs can a claim help with?

    A compensation claim can help you with meeting the costs associated with the adaptations and limitations of living with your injury. So for example, in the few months following your accident, you may need surgery, followed by a long period of therapy and rehabilitation. You may face the costs of travelling to and from medical appointments and you may need additional care on a day to day basis.  Once this is added to any lost wages, you can be facing serious financial hardship.

    A claim can also help you feel that you’ve received justice against the person who caused your injury. The feeling that you have obtained justice can make a huge difference to your mental state and to the health of your friends and family who may be fundamentally affected by the impact of your injuries.  Unfortunately, spinal injuries are not a short term problem.  You need to make sure you get the compensation you are entitled to so you can adjust to your new way of living without having to pick up the financial burden as well.

    To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team at Accident Advice Helpline dial 0800 689 0500 now.

    Date Published: 22nd February 2013

    Author: Followers Coupon

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