Here at Beardsells, our personal injury solicitors have been dealing with spinal injury compensation claims for more than thirty years and have developed all the experience necessary to guide you through an easy, hassle-free claiming process.
Any injuries inflicted on the spine are taken extremely seriously here at Beardsells Personal Injury. Spinal injuries can have absolutely devastating effects on not only the injured individual, but those around them.
Understanding the Role of your Spinal Cord
Your spinal cord is a collection of nerves and tissue that is protected by the vertebrae of your spine. Vertebrae are the bones that stand on top of one another to make your spine. The spinal cord is composed of many nerves and extends all the way from the brain down to the buttocks.
The spinal cord is an extremely important part of your body – it is responsible for carrying messages from your brain to the rest of your body and vice versa. These messages are responsible for your ability to move and feel.
When it comes to causes, the range is vast. Spinal injuries can be caused by sudden accidents or they can develop slowly over a long period of time.
A common cause of spinal injuries is road accidents, which actually account for over 40% of spinal cord injuries each year in the US, making them the leading cause.
Accidents in sports and physical activities hold 8% of spinal injuries each year, whilst acts of violence e.g. an attack or fight takes up as much as 15%.
Diseases such as cancer, arthritis and osteoporosis are also a known cause. It is also found that alcohol use has been a factor in around 1 in every 4 spinal injuries.
However, for those who were intoxicated at the time of their accident, it could be tricky to make spinal injury compensation claims.
When a spinal injury is caused by a sudden accident, the results could be fatal.
Spinal cord injuries result from damage to the vertebrae, ligaments or disks of the spinal column or to the actual spinal cord itself.
A traumatic spinal cord injury may be caused by a sudden, traumatic blow to your spine that dislocates, fractures, compresses or crushes one or more of your vertebrae.
Whether the cause is traumatic or not, the damage affects the nerve fibres passing through the injured area and can impair part or even all of your corresponding muscles and nerves below the injury site.
A chest (thoracic) or lower back (lumbar) injury can affect your torso, legs, bowel and bladder control, and even your sexual function. In addition to this, a neck (cervical) injury affects movements of your arms and, possibly, your ability to breathe.
This is why spinal injury compensation claims are so important. An injury to the spine changes a life, instantly.
Symptoms of a possible spinal cord injury include:
- Tingling or loss of sensation in the hands, fingers, feet or toes
- Loss of control over any part of the body (partial or complete)
- Extreme pain/pressure in the head, neck or back
- Bowel or urinary urgency, incontinence or retention
- Decreased ability to breathe comfortably
- Lumps on the head or spine
- Difficulty balancing or walking
- Pain or pressure in the thorax
Studies also show that most spinal cord injury survivors have at least one secondary problem as a result of their injury. These problems include:
- Urinary tract infection
- Pressure sores
Some people lead full and productive lives after a spinal cord injury. However, these people are very lucky and the potential effects of a spinal cord injury should not be downplayed.
The vast majority of people that have suffered from injuries to the spine will need assistive devices such as walkers or wheelchairs, to help deal with loss of mobility.
It is not uncommon for someone to be paralysed from the neck down following a spinal injury. You may require constant assistance with your daily routine. You also may expect to undergo intense rehabilitation treatment for your spinal cord injury.
In times like this, spinal injury compensation claims have been the safety net that victims of accidents and injuries have been able to fall back on in their time of desperation and vulnerability.
Spinal Injury Claims at Beardsells
Not to mention; we work on a no win no fee basis, so you can eliminate the possible disadvantage of losing out on expenses for no benefit.
It’s easy: you tell us what’s happened and we assess your claim for free. All the hard work is left to us – it’s our job!
What’s Your Story?
Get in touch with Beardsells Personal Injury Solicitors today to find out more about spinal injury compensation claims.
You can fill in a quick form on the right hand side of this page to get an idea of how much you could be entitled to claim, or you can give us a call and chat to us directly on 0800 677 1911 or on our mobile: 0333 577 2251.
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