Spinal Injury

There is a wide range of types of spinal injury - from the most severe spinal cord injury causing paraplegia or tetraplegia through to fractures, back and neck sprain.

Often spinal injuries can be complicated by the fact that the accident victim already had a spinal condition such as spondylosis or other degenerative condition in the spine, a condition which may not even be known about until an X-Ray or scan identified it after the accident.

In those cases there is often still a claim but it will be based upon the extent to which the accident has accelerated the spinal condition or, alternatively, exacerbated it for a period of time.

At Ashfords we can advise you on how to claim and ensure that you get the compensation you need to reduce the impact of your injury on you and your family.

Severe injuries to the spinal cord

The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves carrying nerve impulses to and from the brain to the rest of the body. Rings of bone, called vertebrae, surround the spinal cord. These bones constitute the spinal column or backbones.

Spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord as a result of a direct trauma to the spinal cord itself or indirectly as a result of damage to the bones and soft tissues and vessels surrounding the spinal cord.

Spinal cord damage results in a loss of function, such as mobility or feeling. In most people who have spinal cord injury, the spinal cord is intact. Even when a person sustains a break in a vertebra or vertebrae, there may not be any spinal cord injury if the spinal cord itself is not affected.

There are two kinds of spinal cord injury: complete and incomplete. In a complete injury, a person loses all ability to feel and voluntarily move below the level of the injury. In an incomplete injury, there is some functioning below the level of the injury.

How is a spinal cord injury treated?

A spinal cord injury requires immediate treatment if long-term effects are to be avoided. In some cases surgery may be recommended. Bed rest may be needed in order for the spine to heal.

After acute spinal cord injuries occur physiotherapyoccupational therapy and other rehabilitation interventions are sometimes required.

We can help

At Ashfords we can ensure that a case manager is appointed to carry out a 360 degree assessment of your rehabilitation needs and to ensure that you are getting the best and most appropriate treatment to maximise your recovery.

There are also charities and support groups who can help, including:

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Gemma Rowe

Chartered Legal Executive

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