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Cervical spine injury case study

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+ Sara Westwood
Sara Westwood

My client suffered a collapse at home and during the fall sustained a heavy impact to the back of his neck. An ambulance was called and the paramedics noted he had a lot of neck pain and took the appropriate precautions to protect his neck with a collar and block. He was taken to hospital and had a CT scan of the head and neck. This was reported as normal and the collar and block were removed notwithstanding he continued to complain of severe neck pain.

Over the course of the next few hours and days his condition became progressively worse beginning with reduced movement in the right arm, pins and needles, right arm and leg weakness and by the following day he was unable to pass urine. Despite obvious signs there was a neurological problem an MRI scan was not done until 16 days after. This showed two bones in the spinal column, at neck level, had dislocated causing pressure on the spinal cord. My client underwent surgery but unfortunately the delay in diagnosis meant the damage caused to the cord could not be reversed and he has been left with permanent disability on his right side meaning he could no longer work and required care. His claim settled for £700,000.00.

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