Causes of Spinal Injury: Road Traffic Accidents

Spinal Injury from RTA

Road Traffic Accidents

According to a study published by Mayo Clinic, road traffic accidents are the most common cause of spinal injuries; car and motorcycle accidents account for more than 35 percent of new spinal cord injuries each year.

The dedicated team of lawyers at Aspire Law have years of experience in dealing with compensation claims from victims of road traffic accidents who have suffered a spinal cord injury.

How Aspire Law can help with your Road Traffic Accident Claim

The complex nature of the spinal column means that every injury is different. The potential for recovery is unique to each patient, thus each claim is unique. What makes Aspire Law so different to other solicitors is that they work in partnership with Aspire, a national charity working to provide practical help to those who have suffered spinal cord injury.

Some of the areas with which a person may require assistance following a spinal cord injury include housing, independent living, and assistive technology.

These are all things that Aspire Law will consider when pursuing your claim; for example, the cost involved with adapting your home to your new needs.

 

Types of Spinal Cord Injury

It may be that a car accident causes damage to the discs in your spine, in which case you may be able to fully recover given the right treatment. However, another common type of injury sustained from road traffic accidents is a compression fracture.

Some sources suggest that as many as two-thirds of compression fractures go undiagnosed, which is why it is vital to see your doctor following a car or motorcycle accident, even if you experience minor, or no pain.

Spinal cord injuries are amongst the most severe injuries you can sustain in a road traffic accident, and the outcome depends upon two main factors: the location, or height, of the injury; and the ‘completeness’ of the injury.

The location of the injury refers to which vertebra was affected. This usually means that function below this point will be impaired or lost. Completeness refers to the degree of functional impairment.

A complete spinal cord injury usually means that there is a complete loss of sensation and function below the level of the injury, whereas an incomplete spinal cord injury means that a certain (but varying) amount of sensation and/or function remains.