Compensation for a cervical spine injury


A cervical spine injury involves a trauma to the neck that can be caused by a wide range of accidents, and one of the most common is during a car accident. Here the cervical spine injury can be the result of whiplash or other trauma. Symptoms can either be mild or in some cases cause chronic pain or even paralysis.

Call us if you’ve been in an accident which has resulted in a cervical spine injury or other personal injury, and we will recommend a specialist personal injury lawyer who deals in spinal claims to handle your case for compensation.

What is the cervical spine?

The cervical spine begins at the base of the skull. The purpose of the cervical spine is to contain and protect the spinal cord, support the skull, and enable diverse head movement. To this end a complex system of ligaments, tendons and muscles help to support and stabilise the cervical spine.

The cervical spine is a vital part of the human body, and therefore, not only are cervical spine injuries painful but they can be detrimental to the person’s quality of life. They can be caused by any type of blow to the head area, but most notably are caused by:

  • Whiplash
  • Slips
  • Trips
  • Falls

There are several symptoms for people who suffer from cervical spine injuries, including but not limited to:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fever
  • Severe weakness
  • Loss of pain and temperature sensation

These can result in more serious injuries if not treated by a doctor. This is where personal injury compensation can help. It is intended to not just compensate you for the pain but also to pay for medical expenses and any other loss or detriment such as loss of earnings.

How do I make a claim?

The theory of tort dictates that negligence must be proved before compensation can be claimed. Someone or a body must have failed in their duty of care to you. If this is proved, then compensation for cervical spine injuries will still only be paid out if a claim is brought within three years (in the case of a child before their 21st birthday).

It is important to employ the services of an experienced personal injury solicitor who is well qualified to liaise with yourself and medical experts on your behalf to ensure you receive the maximum entitlement.

If you think you have grounds to bring a case, you should contact a local solicitor as soon as you can. You should:

  • Try and gather together all the medical evidence that is available about your injury
  • Record the circumstances by which you obtained the injury

Because of the way that personal-injury claims are now funded, there are myriad solicitors offering personal injury services on a no-win, no-fee basis. These are perfectly legal, but you should take your time locating a reputable solicitor to handle your case for compensation. This is where Contact Law comes in, with our network of solicitors that we work with on a daily basis.

It is your responsibility to prove that the person you are claiming against is liable under current personal injury laws. Often, your solicitor can negotiate with the person you are suing for a settlement to avoid a court hearing. This kind of settlement is always preferable to a court hearing that are expensive and stressful. If you think that your injury was caused by negligence, contact a solicitor as soon as you can for advice.

For further information on spinal injuries, see our page on whiplash injuries.

Have you suffered a cervical spine or related injury as a result of an accident? Contact Law can put you in touch with an expert personal injury lawyer who can assess your case and suggest how much compensation you may be entitled to. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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