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Spinal injuries can happen in an instant and change your life forever. Your work, family and relationships may all be affected as well as your ability to live independently.
If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal injury that could have been prevented, you may be able to claim compensation.
Our solicitors have years of experience helping people, who’ve suffered spinal injuries through no fault of their own, to claim compensation from those responsible. We’ve helped people claim for injuries due to:
- Road traffic accidents
- Accidents at work
- Accidents in public and private places
- Sports injuries
- Horse riding injuries
- Cycling injuries
- Serious criminal assaults
- Accidents in rented accommodation and carbon monoxide poisoning
- Medical negligence
We know that being seriously injured can be a devastating experience, affecting you psychologically as well as physically. Many spinal cord injury survivors are able to regain significant mobility with physical therapy, and our team will be able to help you access the best possible treatments, rehabilitation and support. We can also help secure interim payments during your claim, before the final settlement is agreed, to pay for vital therapies or home adaptations.
What is a spinal injury?
The spinal cord consists of a thick bundle of nerves. These nerves carry messages from our brain to the rest of our body to help us move, feel pressure and control vital functions such as breathing, blood pressure, bladder and bowels. When the spinal cord is injured, it disrupts the communication between our brain and the rest of our body resulting in a loss of movement and sensation from below the level of injury.
How will spinal cord injury affect me?
The severity of spinal injuries varies from person to person, even those who’ve damaged their spinal cord in the same place. The higher up your spine the damage is, the more movement and sensation tends to be lost. Damage to the spinal cord in your back will often result in in paraplegia. Paraplegia affects the movement and sensation in your legs and possibly some stomach muscles. Damage to the spinal cord in your neck will often result in tetraplegia. Tetraplegia affects movement and sensation in all four limbs, as well as stomach and some chest muscles.
How are spinal injuries treated?
Treatment for spinal injuries varies depending upon the severity of your injury. The Spinal Injuries Association offers a comprehensive explanation of what factors dictate the severity of a spinal cord injury, such as which vertebrae of the spinal column and which nerves have been damaged. Click here to read more.
For some spinal injuries, prompt treatment can prevent permanent injuries. Cauda equina syndrome is a little-know spinal injury where the nerves of the lower back become compressed, for example through a slipped disk. If not correctly treated, it can cause paralysis as well as damage to the legs, bowels and sexual organs. If healthcare professionals identify the problem correctly and perform decompression surgery within 48 hours, patient can often recover much more fully. If you have suffered with cauda equina syndrome, and feel that healthcare providers did not respond appropriately, our expert spinal injury team will work to help you secure the compensation you deserve.
However, while emergency medical treatment in response to spinal injuries is advancing, there is currently no repair for a spinal cord. If you have suffered severe damage to your spinal cord, your focus may be on rehabilitation treatment moving forwards and strategies to adapt to your new range of physical ability. Your healthcare provider may recommend specialist care and treatments that focus on minimising your pain, improving your level of functioning in daily activities and increasing your independence, such as:
- Surgery to correct injury-related health problems.
- Physical therapy to improve your strength and mobility
- Day-to-day care, such as nursing or medications, to help you be more comfortable
- Specialist counselling, to help you come to terms with your injury
Compensation can help you pay for any important care or treatment and provide you with better long-term financial security. Our expert spinal injury solicitors will be able to put you in touch with the best possible care providers. We frequently work with Hobbs Rehabilitation who provide specialist neurological rehabilitation for adults and children. They use the latest neuro technologies to supplement their clients main rehabilitation programmes, such as: the Mollii Suit, Eksobionics Exoskeleton, the LiteGait partial weight bearing device.
Frequently Asked Questions
The compensation you receive depends on the severity of your spinal injury and the impact on your life. Severe, life-changing injuries will involve more compensation to cover medical bills, rehabilitation, care and support, adaptations to the home, specialist equipment and loss of earnings and pension.
Starting a spinal injury compensation claim is straightforward. To begin your claim, contact us on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or online for a free, no obligation chat. Click here to learn more about our team and the high level of expertise in your area of injury.
After an initial consultation phone call, your specialist solicitor will come to visit you in your home – or a location at your convenience – to discuss the details of your claim. This will include information such as how your injuries occurred and the impact that your injuries have on your day-to-day life, so they can understand your needs and advise you on the compensation you may be able to claim.
Our legal expert will also use this as an opportunity to talk you through the process of making a claim and to explain your funding options and any relevant paperwork for making your claim.
From that point on, your solicitor will pursue your claim on your behalf. The next step will be to contact the defendant’s insurers and to start gathering evidence to support your claim, liaising with medical experts and healthcare providers to access your records. Your solicitor will keep you updated as your claim progresses and at every step of the process.
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If you have a question that is not listed above, please visit our FAQs page. Alternatively, please call our specialist team on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation chat.