January 10, 2023

How is compensation calculated for Back & Spinal Injury Claims?

The Back and Spinal Injury Compensation Calculator is an essential tool in back and spinal injury claims. Back and Spinal cord injuries can be severely debilitating. They can leave the person partially or completely paralysed and unable to carry out daily tasks as before. This however depends on the extent of the injury. Oftentimes, it takes up to six weeks post-injury to determine the full extent of a back or spinal injury.

When injuries affect the spine, they impact on mobility and brain function with the sufferer requiring lifelong specialist care with the aid of special medical equipment and devices.

These injuries can be as a result of road accidents, unsafe working conditions among other factors.

Should you have suffered such injuries as a result of another person’s carelessness, you can claim compensation. Reach out to us and let us use our back injury compensation calculator to give you a realistic estimate.

How Are Back and Spinal Cord Injuries Sustained?

The following are the common causes of spinal injury;

  • Road Traffic Accidents which are actually the major cause of spinal cord injuries. They account for over half of such injuries.
  • Slips, Trips And Falls From Height are also a major cause of back and spinal cord injuries. They account for over a third of spinal cord injuries.
  • Assaults and acts of violence also cause back injuries and account for more than 13% of spinal injuries
  • Construction site or workplace accidents also cause a significant number of back injuries accounting for an average of 12% of all spinal cord injuries.
  • Impact sports, recreational activities and athletic activities cause about 10% of back and spinal injuries.
  • Diseases such as cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis and inflammation of the spinal cord can also cause spinal damage.
  • Medical Negligence which can come from a poorly performed surgery, failure to diagnose and treat a tumour or infection can also lead to spinal damage.

How Are Spinal Cord Injuries Categorised?

No two spinal cord injuries are exactly the same but then they can be broadly classified into two-complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries.

In an incomplete spinal injury, the spinal cord is only partially damaged but there is still some motor and sensory function.

In a complete spinal cord injury, there is a total loss of sensation and function below the site of injury.

Complete spinal cord injury is subdivided into the following-

  • Quadriplegia (Tetraplegia)- total or partial loss of all four limbs and torso
  • Paraplegia- partial or lower loss of function in the lower extremities including the legs
  • Hemiplegia-paralysis of one side of the body
  • Cauda equina syndrome

While the majority of sufferers of minor back injuries recover after a period of time, people who suffer more severe injuries may suffer lifelong complications.

Our back injury compensation calculator can give you an idea of what you can claim for your suffering.

Average Payout Guide for Back Injury Compensation

The table below gives you the average payout for back injury after a successful compensation claim.

Type Of Back Injury Range Of Compensation
Tetraplegia or quadriplegia £258,740 - £322,060
Paraplegia £174,620 - £226,610
Temporary paraplegia £39,330
Severe back injury with spinal cord damage £72,260 - £128,320
Serious back injury causing significant permanent damage £59,120 - £70,490
Back injury causing chronic permanent symptoms £30,910 - £55,590
Back injury causing serious permanent symptoms £22,130 - £30,910
Back injury causing permanent symptoms £9,970 - £22,130
Back injury recovering in two-five years £6,290 - £9,970
Back injury recovering in up to two years £1,950 - £6,290
Back Injury Caused by Heavy Lifting Without Manual Handling Training £9,500
Soft Tissue Injuries to Back, Shoulder and Leg Following Accident Disembarking a Plane £3,900
Lumbar Spine Injury Suffered While Driving a Forklift Truck at Work £45,000
Injury Arising From "Cupping" Therapy Technique £2,000
Injury in a Storeroom Due to Lack of Training £9,500

While the above-mentioned range of compensation amounts are from the Judicial College Guidelines, and act as a guide to solicitors and judges alike when negotiating back injury compensation amounts there are other factors which will determine the final settlement payout and using the back injury compensation calculator to add them up will give us a more realistic amount as the final spinal cord injury compensation.

These factors include;

  • Severity of the back injury
  • Pain and suffering
  • Financial losses
  • Future prognosis
  • Costs of medical treatment
  • Therapies
  • Costs of mobility aids and assistive devices
  • Costs of adjustments to the home
  • Costs of caregivers and domestic assistance

What To Do To Make Traumatic Spinal Injury Claims?

To make successful spinal cord injury claims, you should be able to prove that the other party was careless or negligent and the result of such negligence was the injury you suffered.

This is where you need to speak to our spinal injury solicitors who are specialists in personal injury claims and discuss your case. You will be given expert legal advice on the next steps to take. At this time, we will use the back injury compensation calculator to give you a more comprehensive and accurate estimate of your potential settlement payout based on the circumstances surrounding your case.

Our no win no fee claims policy still stands on claims such as this. The additional burden of legal fees is taken away from you so that you can concentrate on getting better. We can also assure you that the claims process will not be a burden to you as we will support you, stand by you and collect evidence to prove that you deserve compensation.

Remember that you can make your claims within three years of suffering the injury to make a claim. This is according to the Limitation Act 1980. We therefore encourage you to reach out to us as soon as possible to begin your claims.

You can contact us via our claims helpline 0800 999 3372 to speak with one of our expert solicitors and discuss how to make a claim for your injuries and suffering.

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