Back and upper body injuries are amongst some of the most common injuries suffered following an accident.
Injuries can range from soft tissue injuries such as whiplash and muscle strains; to more serious injuries such as:
- compression injuries and crush fractures to the lumbar vertebrae
- chips and fractures of the vertebrae
- prolapsed discs
Each of these injuries can lead to reduced mobility for the injured individual.
The most severe injury involves damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots which can lead to a combination of very serious consequences not normally found in cases of back injury. These types of injuries result in severe pain and disability; and can include paralysis, impaired bladder, bowel and sexual function.
Other serious injuries to the back can include disc lesions, disc fractures, vertebral bodies or soft tissue injuries that result in a chronic back condition. Injuries such as this often leave the injured individual with a residual disability and can cause depression, personality change, alcoholism, unemployment and an increased risk of arthritis.
Compensation is payable on receipt of an admission of liability and the level of compensation is dependent on what the medical evidence supports. In very serious cases we can seek an early payment to relieve financial hardship.
Our advice would be that if you have suffered a back injury and are in pain for over 24 hours that you seek advice from your GP.
How we can help
Our team of specialist Personal Injury (PI) lawyers are extremely proactive in helping to assess what injuries you have suffered and what level of compensation you are likely to receive. We also recognise that assistance in respect of financial losses, rehabilitation and occasionally home adaptations are important to our clients and we fight robustly on these issues.
In most instances our team of Personal Injury (PI) lawyers will instruct a medical expert to offer you an appointment in order that a medical report can be compiled on your injury, following your instructions to proceed with a claim for compensation.
The subsequent medical report will allow us to assess and advise you on the following:
- the level and extent of your injury
- the level of compensation that can reasonably be attributed to your injuries
- what rehabilitation/treatment you may require
- what out of pocket expenses you are liable to be compensated for
- whether a follow up report from a different expert is required.
Time limit to make a back and upper body injury compensation claim
You generally have three years from the date of accident to bring a claim, although there are a few exceptions which our legal team will be able to advise you upon.
If you, a family member or a friend has suffered a back injury as result of an accident and you would like to make a claim for compensation please speak to one of our Personal Injury (PI) lawyers on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat or complete the request a call back form form and we will call you back.