Have you suffered a spinal injury that is affecting your life?
Spinal injuries can be caused in a number of ways. The most common cause of traumatic spinal cord injury is a broken neck or back (causing damage to the bones of the spine that surround the spinal cord).
This often results in damage to the nerves of the spinal cord inside the spinal column. This is known as ‘traumatic’ injury.
Traumatic spinal cord injury may be caused by:
- Road traffic accidents.
- Domestic and work-related accidents.
- Sports injuries.
What are the effects of spinal injury?
Depending on the severity and exact location of the injury to the neck or the spine, the effects of a traumatic spinal cord injury can be wide ranging and have serious consequences for the individual.
Spinal injuries are classified as either complete or incomplete. An incomplete injury means that the ability of the spinal cord to carry messages to the brain is not totally lost, which will result in retaining some nerve functionality below the injury. An incomplete injury will vary enormously from person to person and will be entirely dependent on the way the spinal cord has been damaged. A complete injury is indicated by a loss of sensation and movement below the level of injury.
In the UK 2-3 people every day become paralysed as a result of spinal cord injury. That is over 700 people each year adding to the 40,000 people living with a disability due to their condition. The figures for incomplete injuries may indeed be much higher as they don’t take into account those people who have been treated by general hospitals instead of a specialist spinal injury unit.
Today advances in medical knowledge and patient management at the scene of an injury mean more people will survive a spinal cord injury.
Some of the effects of spinal injury are listed below:
- Loss of movement.
- Loss of sensation.
- Loss of bowel and/or bladder control.
- Exaggerated reflex actions or spasms.
- Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity and fertility.
- Pain or intense stinging sensation.
For more information on the types of spinal injury, please see our infographic.
SPINAL INJURY COMPENSATION
If you were involved in an accident or incident that wasn’t your fault, and which led to a spinal injury, you may be entitled to claim spinal injury compensation. Living with a spinal injury may mean you need to access finances and pay for care or rehabilitation, property adaptations or compensation for any potential loss of earnings.
TLW’s personal injury solicitors have been working with clients who have had life changing injuries for over 15 years, contact us today to discuss your options. We will arrange an appointment to visit you to discuss your potential case in detail with you.
For more information and support please follow this link to the Spinal Injuries Association website: www.spinal.co.uk