The cervical spine is the area immediately below the base of the skull where the spinal cord is attached to the brain. Most injuries that involve the cervical spine are the result of a violent collision – such as a road traffic accident – which compresses the cervical spine against the shoulders. A cervical spine injury compensation claim can often be integrated into other claims for personal injury compensation, as if you have suffered a cervical spine injury, it is more than likely that other physical injuries have occurred.
Because even a mild trauma to the cervical spine can cause life-threatening injuries, if you have sustained a cervical spine injury in an accident, you would usually receive medical attention “on site” and been transported to hospital. Recovery can last several months, during which time neurological tests are carried out to establish whether any of the nerves within the cervical spinal cord have been damaged. Treatment is usually in the form of pain relief rather than surgery, and once you are out of physical danger, you should speak with a solicitor about making a claim for cervical spine injury compensation when the accident which caused the injury was not entirely your fault.
Some cervical spine injuries do not always manifest immediately, and even if you have spent some time in hospital recovering from other injuries (or indeed spent no time at all in hospital after your accident) you may later sense a tingling at the back of your neck or shoulders – particularly when you lean forward. You should report the symptoms to your doctor immediately and, even if you have already started a claim for personal injury compensation, consult a solicitor with regard to integrating a cervical spine injury compensation claim.
Claiming Cervical Spine Injury Compensation
The amount of compensation you receive for your cervical spine injury claim will depend on the assessment made by the Injuries Board Ireland – which based on an independent medical examination and the Book of Quantum. More importantly, it is the amount of special damages you receive for any medical expenses you have incurred, or loss of earnings throughout your recovery and rehabilitation, which will make the difference between being adequately compensated and receiving less cervical spine injury compensation than you are entitled to.
This is why using the services of an expert personal injury claims solicitor is so vital when compiling a cervical spine injury compensation claim. A solicitor will be able to guide you through the application form to the Injuries Board Ireland, help with claiming the special expenses that you need to ensure your financial security and deal with any liability issues should the party responsible for your cervical spine injury deny their liability.
It is quite common, in the event of a cervical spine injury compensation claim which attracts considerable special damages, that an insurance company will approach you with an offer of early settlement. This is known as “third party capture” and, at a time when your injuries affect your ability to work, the promise of an instant cash sum – albeit inadequate for your ongoing needs – seems tempting. Not only can a solicitor advise you whether an offer made by the insurance company is an acceptable amount, where he believes it is not, he will negotiate on your behalf to attain a more appropriate settlement of your cervical spine injury claim – often before the Injuries Board Ireland has completed their assessment.
Free Cervical Spine Injury Claim Advice
As you can see, claiming for cervical spine injury compensation can be exceptionally complicated and there are many potential pitfalls on the way to receiving the cervical spine injury compensation you are entitled to. For these reasons, we have established a free cervical spine injury claim advice service, which you or a loved one are invited to call if you have been involved in an accident, for which you were not wholly to blame, and which has left you with a cervical spine injury.
The number to call is 1800 911 940, and our lines are open from 8.00am to 10.00pm seven days a week. Your call will go straight through to an experienced solicitor with whom you will be able to discuss your cervical spine injury claim and receive practical and helpful advice. You are under no obligation to proceed with a claim for cervical spine injury compensation and all calls to our free cervical spine injury claim advice service are completely confidential.
Call us now on 1800 911 940 or if you cannot speak now please fill in the form on the left and we will call you back.
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What You Can Expect When You Call
We have been assisting clients with claims for personal injury compensation for over twenty years and acknowledge the seriousness of a cervical spine injury, and the importance that a cervical spine injury claim for compensation has to be submitted comprehensively.
Therefore, we will listen carefully as you explain the circumstance surrounding your injury, what treatment you received and are still undergoing, and how your injuries have affected your quality of life and ability to work.
We understand that this might be an emotionally difficult period for you, with concerns about finances and caring for your family, so we will endeavour to answer all your questions without using any legal jargon and always ensure that you have understood our answers.
Wherever possible within the initial conversation, we will try to establish that you have a cervical spine injury compensation claim which is worth your while to pursue, advise you of how long we would expect it to take and give an initial indication of how much cervical spine injury compensation we would anticipate you receive.
Before we conclude each initial conversation, we offer you a list of options based on your personal circumstances. You are under no obligation to act on any of our suggestions and our clients have often found it of benefit to discuss our advice with family and friends before proceeding with a cervical spine injury compensation claim.
A cervical spine injury compensation claim is a complicated case to prepare and we would advise that you leave it no longer than possible before calling our free cervical spine injury claim advice service. There is a time limit between the date you were aware that you had a cervical spine injury and when your opportunity to make a claim for cervical spine injury compensation lapses.
Therefore, we look forward to hearing from you on 1800 911 940, and if it is not a convenient time to talk with us right now, please leave your contact details in the call-back box at the foot of the page and one of experienced personal injury claims solicitors will get back in touch with you.