Back & Neck Injury Compensation Claims

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Injuries to the back and neck can happen as a result of a fall, a road traffic accident, an accident at work, lifting something heavy, some other impact to the back or as a result of other injuries that go on to cause pain in the back. If someone else caused your injuries then you might be able to claim.

The extent of an injury to your back or neck can vary considerably from relatively minor injuries, from which you make a full recovery, to a major injury that might cause you to have problems for months or years.

Whatever the extent of the injury you suffer to your back or neck, the fact is that it can cause you considerable difficulty in doing your job or going about your day to day activities.

The back and neck are a complex structure consisting of lots of bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles and nerves. When you see your GP or the Consultant at the hospital you will hear a number of medical terms for the back, for example;

  • Vertebrae – These are the bones that support your upper body and form a protective canal for the spinal cord
  • Discs – These act as “shock absorbers” to cushion the bones in your back and let your spine bend
  • Ligaments – These hold the vertebrae and the discs together
  • Tendons – These act to connect the muscles to the vertebrae
  • Spinal cord  – This carries the nerve signals from the brain to the rest of the body

In addition, when your GP or Consultant talks to you about your back or neck you might hear the following terms:

  • Cervical – This means the top part of your spine, from your neck up to your skull. Often in cases of “whiplash”  injury, this term will be used to describe the site of a neck injury.
  • Thoracic – This means the middle part of your spine down towards the lower back.
  • Lumbar – This means your lower spine down to your buttocks area.

Injuries to your back or neck can consist of damage to the bones themselves or “soft tissue” injury where no bones are broken, but the pain and discomfort can still be significant and have a wide reaching effect on you.

Your GP or Consultant should be able to tell you what type of injury you have sustained and how serious this is.

This will then determine what treatment you need to help you recover.

If treatment cannot be offered to you quickly, then we might be able to arrange for this to be provided for you privately.

As your recovery progresses, but it becomes clear that you require further treatment such as physiotherapy, rehabilitation, or even surgery, then again we may be able to arrange that for you privately.

If you have sustained an injury to your back, whatever the extent of that injury, call us and we can discuss what we can do to help you.

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