If you have an accident and think that you may have a back injury, it is very important that you treat the situation seriously and do what you can to keep yourself safe in this time. A back injury is very dangerous, and can lead to paralysis or even death if you have injured your spine. You cannot be sure, after an accident, that you have not injured your neck or spine, so here are some tips on what to do after an accident if you do think that you may have injured your back.
The first thing you should do if you are able is to get help. You need medical attention and should phone for an ambulance, but if you are not in a position to make the call yourself, you should shout for help until someone comes to assist you. If your accident was serious enough then it is likely that the police will already be on the way, but you should try to get help before this.
If you try to move with a spinal injury then you risk paralysing yourself permanently. Stay as still as you possibly can, and ask the people around you to help to make you more comfortable by draping blankets or clothing over you to keep your warm.
Ask someone to sit with you and talk to you, as it is likely you may lapse into unconsciousness if you have hit your head and have a concussion. On top of this, you are likely to go into shock, which can also kill you. If you are able to keep speaking to someone until an ambulance arrives then this may help you to survive.
Make yourself known
Once the emergency services arrive, now is not the time to be a wallflower! Shout loudly for their attention so that you ensure that you are noticed, and one of the first people to be dealt with by medical staff.
Work out if you can make a no win no fee in Blackfriars claim
Any accident which has caused you injury and was not your fault may entitle you to compensation from the party at fault. Accident Advice Helpline has over 10 years’ experience in the field of personal injury compensation claims, and works with experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyers to get you the compensation you deserve.
You can call the helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone, to speak to the friendly, helpful team about your accident. They will help you to decide whether or not you have a good case for a no win no fee Blackfriars claim and, if you do, will pass you onto injury lawyers. You are under no obligation to proceed with your no win, no fee in Blackfriars claim after your initial phone call but, if you do, your lawyers will work on a 100% no win, no fee basis to process your claim, and will work on your behalf so you shouldn’t have to go to court.
Date Published: 18th January 2014
Author: David Brown