Back injuries cover a very wide range of injuries to the back, ranging from lower back pain, to spinal cord injuries.
People who have been involved in a motor vehicle accident may suffer from mild, but persistent lower or upper back pain, to traumatic spinal cord injuries. Figuring out exactly what your back injury is may require you to attend medical specialists, which can be a very long and expensive process. This is one good reason to lodge your claim for motor accident compensation, as soon as possible so that your medical and rehabilitation expenses, can be paid by the insurance company.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident and start suffering back pain, the most important thing to do is make an appointment to see your doctor. During the appointment with your doctor, ensure you inform them that you were involved in a motor vehicle accident and describe the symptoms you have experienced since the accident.
It is important that you obtain medical advice, to ensure that when you make a claim for compensation for personal injury, you have evidence that you attended your doctor displaying symptoms of back pain and back injury.
If you have suffered a severe back injury in a motor accident, your doctor or medical specialist may diagnose your injury as a spinal cord injury (SPI). A spinal cord injury means, you have suffered a traumatic injury to your spinal cord resulting in temporary or permanent sensory or motor deficit or bladder/bowel dysfunction.
If you have suffered a back injury, as a result of a motor vehicle accident that was not your fault, or only partially your fault, then you are entitled to make a claim for compensation under the motor accident compensation scheme. If your back injury is a severe spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to access the Lifetime Care and Support Scheme (LCSS) where your medical, rehabilitation and other expenses are paid, regardless of whether you were at fault for the accident.
The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your back injury and whether you have been diagnosed with a spinal cord injury.
However, even with a mild back injury you will still be entitled to payment of your medical and rehabilitation expenses, any loss of wages and payment of your legal expenses.
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