Spinal injuries can have a devastating effect upon the individual suffering the personal injury and their family and friends.
Recent figures suggest that in this country someone is paralysed everyday from an accident which damages their spinal cord.
Spinal injury can be caused by a variety of reasons. Some of the more common causes include:-
- Industrial accidents
- Injuries caused by falls
- Accidents in the home
- Road traffic accidents
- Sporting accidents
- Medical injury whilst under surgery
A spinal injury involves damage to the spinal cord and this can cause a loss of function such as feeling and sensation, use of the limbs and in particular mobility. Contrary to common belief, the spinal cord does not have to be severed for the loss of function, sensation and mobility to occur. In many cases involving personal injury the spinal cord may remain intact but the damage to it causes the loss of functioning, mobility and feeling.
It is important that the personal injury solicitor representing your interests is experienced in spinal cord injuries in that they need to be handled in a very different way to back injuries which often have a much better prognosis for a full recovery than a spinal injury. It is quite possible for an individual to suffer a broken back, ruptured discs, spinal stenosis or trapped nerves and yet providing the spinal cord remains intact the bones around the spinal cord, known as the vertebrae, are not damaged and it is possible that a full recovery without paralysis, loss of mobility, function and feeling can be achieved.
A spinal injury is a significant personal injury and although medical science continues to improve the level of recovery can often be incomplete. Spinal injury can result in complete loss of movement effecting the legs (paraplegia) or the legs and arms (tetraplegia).
Paraplegia and tetraplegia personal injury claims are acknowledged as claims of the utmost severity and should be handled by personal injury experts.
Those suffering paraplegia and tetraplegia live under constant threat of ongoing symptoms and often, even with the onset of the Disability Rights Act, sustain prejudice from society and from employers.
Many people suffering a spinal cord injury of the utmost severity may become wheelchair bound and even if they are not will require significant care and assistance in the home as far as day to day life is concerned and via medical experts in respect of rehabilitation.
Spinal injury be it one of the utmost severity or of lesser effect can dramatically change a person's day to day life. It is therefore very important that the personal injury solicitor when advising on the personal injury claim ensures that all areas of potential expense are investigated and where appropriate claimed.
The areas which should be considered in a spinal injury include:-
- Pain, suffering and loss of amenity
- Medical treatment costs
- Future medical treatment costs
- Care provided commercially
- Care provided by loved ones
- Future care provision
- Rehabilitation costs
- Loss of income
- Future loss of income
- Disadvantage on the labour market
- Mobility requirements in terms of a motor vehicle and wheelchair where appropriate
- Adaptations to the home
- Acquisitions of suitable properties to live in and where appropriate to adapt.
Rogers & Norton Solicitors in a successful claim will ensure that provision is made for the victim to be cared for in the most appropriate fashion both now and in the future and take all steps possible in relation to the personal injury claim to ensure that immediate treatment and rehabilitation is adequately provided for.