What Counts as a Broken / Fractured Back?

Your back has been broken or fractured and you do not know what to do next. Mobility has been greatly diminished as you are now confined to a wheelchair, halo brace, neck brace, or confined to a bed. You want to file a claim but do not know where to start. From going back and forth to the doctor, trying to shuffle bills, and the physical and emotional roller coaster, the process can be frustrating. Here are a few things to help you get started.

What Are the First Steps I Need to Take When Claiming Compensation?

The first and most important step that you should take when filing a broken back or a fractured back claim is to get medical evidence supporting your claim. In other words, if you “feel” like you have a back fracture, ensure that you have a back fracture by getting an x-ray done. In some cases, a person will not have a fractured back but extreme inflammation around a spinal disc (which can definitely feel like a fracture). Ensure that you have been diagnosed by a medical staff, doctor or practitioner so that you know the extension of your injuries.

If your back has been broken, that is pretty definitive. However, it would be wise to obtain a copy of your x-rays. Typically, those which have a broken back will undergo a series of x-rays during the healing process. Even if the back bone is shattered, a doctor will take multiple x-rays to ensure that the condition has not worsened. Where the doctors will keep a record of these x-rays, if possible you are advised to keep your own file.
Things to consider for negligence claims for broken backs or fractures that occurred at the place of employment.

If you sustained your back injury while on the job, the odds are that you have grounds for a compensation claim. There are a few things which need to be considered which will greatly affect your case.

Broken backs and fractures which resulted from improper storage of containers and physical products have grounds for a claim, especially if business kept such material in a high traffic area where the probability for injury was great. However, even if this is not the case, improperly stored goods which under normal circumstances would pose a risk to workers have grounds for a claim.

In cases where injury occurred due to the negligence of an employee (such as a forklift operator), if the company failed to properly train the employee, monitor the working environment of the employees, provide safety training and equipment, or hire licensed workers ( in positions which would typically require certification or licensing) may have grounds for a claim.

Victims of a broken or a fractured back which sustained their injury from faulty safety equipment may need to file a claim against the manufacturing company of the safety device if the business which used the product met all operational and maintenance requirements of the manufactured safety device.

Are There Any Other Factors I Need to Be Aware Of?

Back injuries are not caused solely at work. There are many cases where the negligence of others can and have cause broken backs and back fractures. The most common of these situations is I car injuries where the driver was texting, drunk, or recklessly driving and hit a vehicle at high speeds causing the broken back or back fracture.

What Should I Consider When Making a Claim for Broken / Fractured Back Compensation?

Broken backs and fractures are a serious and often a life changing condition. If you have sustained either of these injuries, you are strongly encouraged to continue the treatment and adhere to the advice of your licensed chiropractor, medical staff, doctor, or practitioner in order to keep you from worsening your condition and (hopefully) to expedite healing.

Claims have regulations and time constraints on how and when you can file. The sooner you file the more likely you are to have a successful claim. If you are unsure as to how to get started on your claim, contact us and we will help you get started and ensure that all documentation is done properly and on time.

If you believe that you have been misdiagnosed for your fractured or broken back, you are advised to get a second opinion. Never engage in any activities which may cause further injury to your back as paralysis and other serious conditions may form from doing such.

Why Should I Choose Tylers Solicitors?

We are here to help you. We understand that your injury has altered your life and we do not want to add to the stress which you are already experiencing. If you wish to find out more about broken or fractured back compensation claims, or if you have any questions regarding our services please feel free to contact us. We will be more than happy to discuss your case with you and determine what option is best to get you the compensation you deserve.

Is Tylers a No-Win, No-Fee Solicitor?

If you would like to make a compensation claim for a Broken Back case then call Tylers Solicitors today for a no-obligation chat on (freephone) 0800 699 0079 today!

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  • Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH)
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