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An overview of spinal injuries

Our personal injury solicitors have successfully dealt with a variety of compensation claims made by those with spinal injuries and have helped them to receive damages for pain, suffering and distress, lost earnings, medical expenses, and the cost of ongoing care. They may too be able help you to gain the compensation you deserve.

What is a spinal injury?
The brain and the spinal cord constitute the Central Nervous System. The spinal cord is a collection of nerves that transport nerve impulses to and from the brain to the rest of the body.

The spinal cord is shielded by rings of bone called vertebra which make up the spinal column. Usually, the higher an injury occurs in the spinal column, the more dysfunction a patient will suffer. Those suffering from spinal cord injury may not have severed the spinal cord but the damage to it can result in loss of function.

During 2001 there were a total of 590 new patients admitted to Spinal Injury Centres in the UK and Ireland for treatment. Causes of spinal cord injury range from trauma, from a fall or gunshot, to disease, such as polio and spinal bifida.

However, over one third of these patients had suffered injuries as the result of road accidents. More than 16% suffered their injuries in a four-wheeled vehicle, almost 10% were on motorbikes, more than 3% on bicycles and more than 3% on foot and the remaining percentage were unspecified.

It seems that road accidents account for over the vast majority of spinal cord injuries in those under the age of 25. Researchers at the University of Alabama found that 44% of these injuries occur as a result of vehicle accidents, 24% happen as a result of acts of violence and falls account for 22%.

The majority of people that suffer from spinal cord injuries are men. In fact, 82% of those living with a spinal cord injury or spinal dysfunction are males.

The effects spinal injury can have
The exact location of spinal damage will determine the personal injuries that you suffer. A spinal injury could result in quadriplegia or paraplegia.

Quadriplegia - paralysis of arms and legs. The abdominal and chest muscles will also be affected, which could affect breathing and result in the person being unable to cough properly and clear their chest.

Paraplegia - affecting movement of a person's leg to complete paralysis of the legs and abdomen up to the nipple line.

Location of damage and different effects
The vertebrae are named according to their location and the location of the vertebra damaged reflects the dysfunction that will be experienced. The eight vertebrae in the neck are called the Cervical Vertebra, ranging from C-1 onwards. Spinal injuries to this area often result in loss of function to the arms and legs, leading to quadriplegia.

Injuries to the thoracic region, the twelve vertebrae in the chest, could cause complications with the chest and the legs, resulting in paraplegia. However, if the Lumbar vertebrae, located in the lower back, are damaged then loss of function in the hips and legs could occur.

Compensation amounts for injuries involving paralysis

Quadriplegia - 175,000 to 220,000
The amount of compensation within the bracket will be affected by the following considerations:

The higher amount will only be appropriate where there is significant effect on senses or ability to communicate. It will also often involve significant brain damage.

Paraplegia - 120,000 to 155,000
The amount of compensation within the bracket will be affected by the following considerations:

Amounts above this bracket may be available for people who have the presence of increasing paralysis or the degree of risk that this might occur, for example, from syringomyelia.

Make a claim with our personal injury solicitors today
If you are suffering from a spinal injury or any other type of injury that you have sustained through no fault of your own, then our personal injury solicitors are here to help you make a compensation claim.

They are experts at dealing with personal injury compensation claims, have an excellent success rate and will help you to gain the damages that you deserve on a no win, no fee basis. They will talk you through each stage of the claims process plainly and clearly and offer free legal advice along the way.

Making a claim through The Claim Solicitors couldn't be easier. Not only will our personal injury solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis, which means that making a claim with us is a risk-free process.  You can focus on the most important thing; getting better, not worrying about money.

To get the help of one of our personal injury solicitors today and make a no win, no fee claim for personal injury compensation, either fill out an online claim assessment form or give us a call on 0800 197 32 32.