No two back/spinal injuries are the same. Some injuries recover over time, whereas others can be catastrophic. Either way, we are here to help you. We will make sure that you get access to the right treatment and rehabilitation you need, such as surgery or physiotherapy or in more serious injury cases, a personal case manager to help manage your treatment and daily needs. This can speed up your recovery and alleviate and manage your pain.
We see a lot of back and spinal injuries. They are particularly common in serious road traffic accidents and in workplace accidents, especially those involving heavy lifting or falls from a height. Medical negligence can also be a factor if the damage is not quickly diagnosed and treated, as with cauda equina syndrome. Anybody who has suffered from a back injury will know it is painful and restricting. Back injuries can stop you from doing simple tasks and affect your everyday life.
We can take immediate steps to make your life easier, tailored to your individual circumstances. If your injuries are serious, you could benefit from adaptations to your home or money to pay for your care and assistance. This can be vital and a huge help for you and your loved ones.
Frequent injuries to the back such as the disturbance of ligaments giving rise to backache, or soft tissue injuries that make a pre-existing back condition worse or a prolapsed disc tend to attract damages from £10,670 to £23,680.
A crush fracture of the lumbar vertebrae or damage to a disc with nerve root irritation and reduced mobility can attract awards ranging from £23,680 to £33,080.
More severe cases of disc fractures or soft tissue injuries leading to chronic conditions where, despite treatment (usually involving surgery), there remain severe pain and discomfort attract slightly higher awards.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) cases where there has been serious damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots, leading to impaired bladder, bowel and sexual function will attract damages between £77,700 and £137,330.
What is a spinal cord injury (SCI)?
The spinal cord is a thick bundle of nerves which carry messages from our brain to the rest of our body. These messages help us move our body and control our bladder and bowels. When the spinal cord is damaged, the communication between our brain and the rest of our body is disrupted, sometimes resulting in a loss of movement and sensation in parts of the body.
As the spinal cord recovers from the shock of the injury, it can take time to recover movement and/or sensation following an injury.
What do the letters and numbers mean ?
Letters and numbers are used to refer to the level of your injury. If you have injured the spinal cord in your neck, you will have injured one of your cervical nerves (1-8). So, an injury like this would be referred to as a C1. If you have injured the spinal cord in your back, you will have injured either your thoracic nerves (1-12) or your lumbar nerves (1-5).
How will a serious spinal cord injury affect my body?
The higher up you damage the spinal cord, the more movement and sensation will be lost.
- Severe damage to your spinal cord in your back results in paraplegia. Paraplegia affects the movement and sensation in your legs and possibly some stomach muscles.
- Severe to the spinal cord in your neck will result in tetraplegia. Tetraplegia affects movement and sensation in all four limbs, as well as stomach and some chest muscles.
The loss of movement and sensation can vary from person to person, even with those who have damaged their spinal cord in the same place.
Sex and fertility can be affected after an injury. It is important that this is considered in the early days after an injury. We can help you with:
- Taking steps to protect your fertility after a spinal cord injury
- Sexual dysfunction after a spinal cord injury
- Claiming fertility treatment costs as part of your claim
- Choosing a specialist Case Manager
To find out how we can help you claim compensation for back and spinal injuries, contact us for a free, no obligation enquiry.
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