Definition Of Spinal Injuries

Accidents involving motor vehicles may cause catastrophic injuries to the spine and the spinal column, which can lead to a loss of sensation and control in a number of different sections of the body. It is possible for paralysis to be confined to a particular section of the body or to affect larger regions of the body as a whole.

For example, paraplegia affects the arm and leg on one side of the body, whereas hemiplegia affects both legs and portion of the lower body (paraplegia).

Types Of Paralysis

As a consequence of the damage done to the spinal cord, a person who suffers from paralysis often has some kind of nerve damage in the aftermath of an accident. The vertebrae of the spinal cord are grouped into three sections:

  • C1 to C7 are the cervical vertebrae in the neck.
  • T1 to T12 are the thoracic vertebrae in the torso and chest.
  • L1 to L5 are the lumbar vertebrae in the lower back.

The location of the lesion to the spine will determine the kind of paralysis that the patient experiences. Injuries that occur further up on the spinal column will cause more sections of the body to lose their ability to move.

Types Of Compensation And Agreements

Bike accident solicitors with extensive experience of spinal cord injuries can offer the following advice

  • Your prospects of a successful claim, together with an explanation of the process.
  • Anticipated levels of compensation.
  • Paying for private rehabilitation.
  • ‘No win, no fee’ agreements and other funding sources.
  • Welfare benefits & Local Authority assistance.
  • Critical illness insurance claims.
  • Powers of Attorney.
  • Employment rights.

Experts in medical care and assistive technology, as well as professionals specialising in spinal injuries and rehabilitation, should be contacted during the course of your investigation and preparation of your claim so that they can offer their opinion on the specifics of your case. This should be done so that you can get their input as you prepare your claim.