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Claiming compensation for a spinal cord injury is important if you have been injured through no fault of your own. It is estimated that the number of people injured or diagnosed with a life-changing spinal cord injury in the UK is 2,500 every year – around 35 per week. And the total number of people living with a spinal injury in the UK is 50,000*.
If you or a family member has suffered a spinal cord injury, you’ll know that life can be turned completely upside down and change irrevocably. Claiming compensation for a spinal cord injury can help you get your life back on track.
Spinal cord injuries can have devastating, long-lasting effects. Your mobility can be greatly affected, and you may not be able to walk for a long time, or you may have to undergo gruelling physical therapy to relearn how to do simple, everyday tasks. If you have a very serious spinal injury, it can sadly mean you may be partly or completely paralysed.
Of course, the challenges of spinal cord injury are not just physical. A life-changing spinal cord injury can result in problems with your mental health. You may experience depression, anxiety, stress or even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of the negligent actions of someone else, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
The spinal cord is made up of a thick bundle of nerves. These nerves carry different messages from your brain to the rest of your body. These messages help you to move your body and control important functions such as: breathing, blood pressure, bladder and bowels.
When your spinal cord is damaged, the communication between your brain and the rest of your body is disrupted, which results in a loss of movement and sensation below the level of your injury and it may also cause pain, immobility and some organ dysfunction.
If you’ve sustained a spinal cord injury through no fault of your own, you deserve to receive financial assistance in the way of compensation, to help support you with the challenges you are now facing.
Some people are put off making a claim for a spinal cord injury because they think it will be too difficult or time-consuming. But a specialist spinal injury solicitor can guide you successfully through the process and will make it as straightforward as possible.
By making a spinal cord injury claim, you are giving yourself the opportunity to benefit from the best possible treatment, rehabilitation, care and support that may otherwise have been out of reach.
Every spinal cord injury is different and everyone’s case is different. The level of compensation you will receive depends on the extent of your injury – how serious it is and the timescales involved. In addition, the effects on your daily life and ability to work will be taken into consideration, as well as the impact on your future.
Compensation awards for the most severe spinal cord injuries where there are significant financial losses, and ongoing long term needs can secure several million pounds. This helps to pay for ongoing care and rehabilitation, alternative accommodation, adaptations or extensions to your home, specialist equipment and transport and assistance around the house, if you need it.
The compensation may be paid in different ways depending to achieve the maximum benefit for you. It can be a lump sum, or a lump sum with annual payments for the rest of your life (this is particularly helpful when you have ongoing care needs).
At Novum Law, we have a team of specialist personal injury solicitors with vast experience in spinal cord injury compensation claims. We can help no matter how complex or challenging your situation and will work hard to secure you the maximum compensation and rehabilitation you deserve.
We offer no win no fee claims which means no unexpected charges and no financial risk to you in the unlikely event your claim is unsuccessful. Call us today on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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