April 28, 2020
Slightly older readers of this blog may well remember the character of Stan Ogden in the TV programme Coronation Street. Stan was married to the long-suffering Hilda and was a bit of a shirker. He flitted from job to job. Stan had a ‘bad back’ that he could turn on at the drop of a hat, often when he was suffering from a hangover and didn’t want to go to work, or when poor Hilda needed a job doing around the house.
Unfortunately, back injury claims are often regarded as having the air of something slightly 'dubious' about them . The type of claim that the Stan Ogdens of this world might pursue. This sceptical mindset says that back injuries caused as a result of an accident, are at best, merely inconveniences to be 'got on with'.
This cynical view of back injuries is a dangerous one. It can lead to people disregarding what may be the symptoms of a serious back injury, with the result being that they suffer the consequences of not getting proper medical treatment at the earliest opportunity. Those consequences can be very serious indeed.
Back injury claims are made by those who have injured their backs in one of a variety of accident circumstances, such as:
Back injuries are an extremely common outcome for people who are involved in accidents of any type. The common factor is that if the accident that caused the back injury was the fault of another person or organisation, then the victim of the accident can make a claim for back-injury compensation.
In the case of serious back injury, the following symptoms may be present, in addition:
Soft tissue injuries
These are injuries to the ligaments, muscles, tendons and nerves in the back and neck region. One of the most common types of soft tissue damage manifests itself as whiplash injury.
Torn or ruptured disc
The tear can cause the disc to herniate and press against a nerve or nerves.
Fracture or dislocation of the spine
The most serious back injuries usually involve fracturing vertebrae or dislocation of vertebrae, which in turn pinch or damage spinal nerves. The severity of spinal cord injuries varies. it can lead to permanent paralysis.
Injury causing compression of the nerves in the lower back – cauda equina syndrome
The more minor types of back injury symptoms following an accident will have settled down within 4-6 weeks of the injury being caused.
Most of us have hurt our back at some stage of our lives simply through some everyday activity. Perhaps because we are all familiar with this minor form of injury, when we suffer back injury through our involvement in an accident, it’s tempting to similarly pass it off, as something that will get better fairly quickly.
Suspected back injury victims who are attended to at the scene of an accident by the emergency services, will be taken to hospital by ambulance. This will only happen once the injured persons head, neck and spine have been secured in a brace, to prevent movement in the event that the spine has been damaged in the accident.
On most occasions, these procedures are taken as a precaution. It's similar to when footballers or rugby players are involved in heavy collisions and the physios carry out the same precautionary measures, before carrying them off the field on a stretcher.
In most cases like the ones illustrated, few ultimately involve serious injuries. However, the important thing to note, is that they are taking into account form the moment that the injury happens, that the injury may be serious. They are doing this by acting on the assumption that it is serious.
If you are unfortunate enough to suffer a back injury in an accident how do you know in the days following the accident how serious your injuries are?
Unless you have undergone a thorough medical examination, you don't.
If you are unlucky enough to suffer back injury in an accident, then our advice would be to:
Spencer Solicitors are experienced, personal injury solicitors and spinal injury specialists, with years of experience in serious injury claims. We are members of the Spinal Injuries Association and we’ll guide you through the whole process of making a back-injury claim and we’ll help you to monitor the progress of your back injury too, in conjunction with the medical experts. Call us on 08000 93 00 94 for initial entirely free legal advice. In most cases we can offer to fund back injury claim by using a No Win No Fee Agreement.
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