Spinal cord injuries can have devastating effects. Potentially, they can result in severe paralysis and – even in the most minor cases – sufferers will probably need a wheelchair or other mobility aid in order to have some degree of independence.
According to the NHS, the severity of a spinal cord injury usually depends on where the damage occurred – and medical professionals will often assess the seriousness of this condition by looking at which of the 24 vertebrae within the column have been harmed.
For example, the higher up the injury, the more extensive a person’s paralysis usually is. Therefore, those who sustain significant damage to their cervical vertebrae in the neck (numbered between C1 and C7) might be diagnosed with tetraplegia and could require specialist medical treatment in order to live an adequate quality of life.
In contrast, people who sustain injury to their lumbar vertebrae, located in the lower part of the back (numbered between L1 and L5), will probably be unable to fully move their legs, hips, and feet, but should be able to fully control the top half of their body.
Research has previously suggested that the majority of spinal cord injuries occur as a result of traffic accidents. However, other studies have reported that the following causes have also been frequently associated with damage to this part of the body:
Charity Aspire states that approximately 1,200 people will become paralysed each year – and many of these individuals could have sustained their conditions after suffering a spinal cord injury during accidents such as those mentioned above.
The effects of a spinal cord injury can be deeply distressing. In many cases, sufferers will require specialist treatment, need to have special adaptations made to their house, or might relocate to a care home in order to live a better quality of life.
As a result, considering the majority of these injuries reportedly occur during sudden accidents, patients could be dealing with the shock of becoming partially or severely paralysed, while also feeling that their independence is under threat.
However, if they sustained their conditions during non-fault accidents, our experienced and compassionate legal team might be able to help them claim spinal cord injury compensation – and these funds could recover medical bills, lost earnings, and also provide for any future care or rehabilitation costs.
To find out if George Ide LLP can help you make a successful spinal cord injury claim, please contact our dedicated group of solicitors today.