Neck, Back & Spinal Injury Claims

Injuries to the neck shoulders and back are common in vehicle accidents. A seat belt will restrain the movement of the torso and pelvis, but the head will whiplash backwards and forwards like a ball on the end of a stick.


While modern car safety features have contributed to the fall in road deaths the risk of a spinal injury, whether it be fracture or damage to the supporting soft tissues, remains high. A spinal fracture or peripheral nerve damage or a strain of the connective tissues can all have costly and life-changing consequences.

Injuries to the neck, shoulders and back are common in vehicle accidents. A seat belt will restrain the movement of the torso and pelvis, but the head will whiplash backwards and forwards like a ball on the end of a stick.

This both extends and compresses the spine in quick succession, damaging the structures of the neck and/or back. Damage can be caused to both the soft tissues (muscles and ligaments) and the bony structures of the spine. In some cases when there is an impact on the spinal cord it can sever the spinal cord causing paralysis.

Even injuries that don't involve fractures can lead to complaints about constant pain and severely limit movement requiring extensive physical therapy, pain killing injections or even surgery to relieve the symptoms.

Long term symptoms of pain may not fully manifest themselves until weeks or months after the accident. Relatively minor pain can persist, becoming chronic and intrusive leading to stress and depression.

Road traffic accidents account for over 35% of spinal cord injuries and our team at Access Legal knows how life-changing they can be and why the psychological effects should never be underestimated. Even minor physical injuries can lead to feelings of fear and anxiety, particularly when travelling by car.

Regardless of the severity of your neck and back injuries it's important to ensure you receive the right legal advice and medical treatment so you have the best possible chance of making a full recovery.

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Back, neck and spine injuries government help and benefits

Government help and benefits are available if you have suffered a car accident back injury or car crash neck injury and spinal cord injury (SCI). However, your eligibility for any assistance and benefits will depend entirely on the type and severity of the injuries you have suffered, not the nature of the accident that caused them.

Minor injuries which will probably improve over a few weeks or months, such as soft tissue injuries in the shoulders or neck, are unlikely to qualify for any support. To find out exactly what you are entitled to, visit your local Jobcentre Plus or other useful sources of help and information such as the Citizens Advice Bureau. Charities such as RoadPeace also offer support and information for all road crash victims.

In general, government support is either means-tested, based on your current income and savings, or based on your National Insurance contributions and an assessment of the level of your disability as a consequence of your injuries. Means-tested benefits include income-related employment and support allowance, housing benefit and council tax relief.

Benefits based on assessment of your disability can include personal independence payment and industrial injuries disablement benefit as well as help to buy or hire mobility equipment and ‘blue badge’ disabled parking entitlement. If you need a carer to look after you, you may be able to claim additional support.

how do I make a claim about a back, neck and spine injury

Making a claim for a back, neck or spine injury is not as daunting as it sounds, although obviously if your injuries are serious a relative may have to make initial enquires on your behalf. If you think you have a case, contact Access Legal’s specialist lawyers who will listen to you and give initial advice, without any cost or obligation to use our services.

We will happily visit you at home, in hospital or wherever else is convenient for you. If you proceed with your claim, our immediate priority will be your health. If needed we can arrange early treatment, obtaining interim payments from the other side to fund any private medical care in order to ensure your needs are met as quickly as possible.

We may also arrange for medical experts to assess your injuries and prepare comprehensive reports in order to properly value your claim. If your injuries were caused by another motorist, your claim will be made against their insurance company. We can also help with claims involving uninsured or untraceable drivers, obtaining settlement from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).

Any damages award will be based on loss of earnings if you’ve had to take time off work and all your other out of pocket expenses as well as a pay-out for the pain or suffering you’ve experienced as a result of your injury and the need to fund any ongoing care and attention you may need, for as long as you need it.

if I have a case about back, neck and spine injury

Like any road traffic accident, you may have a case for making a back, neck and spine injury settlement claim if you can prove that the other party was at fault for causing the accident and your injuries.

Proving that legal fault in car crash neck injury or any other type of case is based only on the ‘balance of probabilities’. Even if you were partly to blame for the accident or the injuries you sustained (e.g. you were considered to be contributory negligent by not wearing a seat belt) it is still possible to make a claim.

Because symptoms associated with some kinds of injury may not become apparent until weeks or months after even a seemingly minor accident, it is unwise to assume that an immediate, obvious, injury is the full extent of the damage. Just because you feel well at the moment doesn’t mean you will stay that way.

We at Access Legal may advise you to refuse what appear to be quick and generous pay-out award offers which do not take account of further medical problems you might develop. Once you have settled your case, you can’t go back and ask for more to pay for unforeseen additional treatments that are required.

That’s why it is vital to make sure your chosen car accident solicitors have the expertise and patience to handle your claim, usually on a No-Win-No-Fee basis, and the experience to judge whether you claim might be successful.

more about back, neck and spine injuries

In most cases, the severity of any neck and back injury or spinal cord damage will be immediately apparent requiring medical attendance. Though it is not uncommon for those who do not receivesuch treatment to experience symptoms hours, weeks or months after the event. Anyone involved in a car crash who experiences discomfort in their neck or a tingling sensation should consult a doctor immediately.

A soft tissue injury usually occurs in situations where the neck is rapidly jerked backwards and forwards. These supposedly minor injuries usually heal within 6-12 months, however, some can give rise to long term chronic pain.

More serious neck and cervical spine injuries can lead to long term damage and disability while any traumatic injury can affect a pre-existing degenerative condition causing long term problems. A lower back injury can vary from a simple strain to fractured vertebrae, sacroiliac injury (injury to joint at back of pelvis) or disc damage and can be one of the most crippling and debilitating injuries to deal with.

If you have suffered any sort of road traffic accident injury, no matter how seemingly trivial, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible and contact specialist lawyers in a personal injury law firm such as Access Legal. We can advise you about whether you can make a claim for a pay-out award and arrange for the treatment and support you need to aid your recovery.

Back Neck and Spine Injuries Case Study


Back Neck and Spine Injuries

£57,000 award for determined client injured a road traffic accident.

Access Legal won a substantial pay-out for a client involved in a road traffic accident in which she suffered serious back and neck injuries as well as major nerve and muscle damage and extensive scarring to her legs and arms.

Read the full case study here.


Back Neck and Spine Injuries Case Study

Back Neck and Spine Injuries Case Study


Back Neck and Spine Injuries

£2m award for leg and spinal injuries in motorbike accident

We achieved a significant award for our client, Nigel Dicker, who was injured on his motorbike when a car pulled out of a side road and smashed into him. Nigel suffered devastating injuries to his left leg and spine.

Read Nigel's full story and how Access Legal helped him receive the compensation he deserved here.


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