Claiming compensation following a spinal cord injury or back injury
The spinal cord is part of the body’s central nervous system. The adult spinal cord about 50cms long and is connected to the brain and runs down the back, surrounded and protected by the bony vertebral column. The cord is surrounded by cerebral spinal fluid, that acts as a cushion to protect the delicate nerve tissues. The spinal cord consists of millions of nerve fibres that transmit information to and from the limbs, trunk and organs of the body.
Spinal nerves or nerve roots attached to the spinal cord carry information from the spinal cord to the rest of the body.
Both the nerves and the segments in the spinal cord are numbered in the same way as the vertebrae:
The level of the spinal cord segments do not relate exactly to the level of the vertebral bodies i.e. damage to the bone at a particular level e.g. L5 vertebrae does not necessarily mean damage to the spinal cord at the
There are a number of reasons for this:
Spinal cord injury
It can also be caused by diseases such as Polio, Spina Bifida and Friedreich's Ataxia.
Spinal cord injury causes loss of function of the nerves, limbs and organs below the site of the injury. The spinal cord does not have to be severed in order for loss of function to occur. The majority of people with a spinal cord injury, have their cord intact, it’s the damage caused by the compression or bruising which results in a loss of function. For more information see The effects of spinal cord injury...
Making a claim for spinal cord injury compensation
We don’t just help you get financial recompense for your injuries, we can provide a range of services, including treatment and rehabilitation, equipment and care. See Spinal cord injury compensation for more information...
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