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Spinal injury claims

If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal injury as a result of the carelessness of another person, you can make spinal injury compensation claims. Our spinal injury solicitors can be of immense help.

Injuries to the spine can be very challenging. When they are very serious, they can be life-altering and debilitating leaving the person with disabilities which will need specialist care, special medical equipment and devices for movement, rehabilitation, apartment adaptations as well as impact the person’s social and economic life permanently.

If you find yourself in such a condition, you will need all the help and support you can get to go by daily. These needs also means additional expenses and these can be very expensive especially since you may not be able to work to earn any income.

Therefore, a spinal injury claim compensation will go a long way to make the burden easier and provide you with the financial aid you need to help you have the best possible life moving forward. This is where we come in. Our expert spinal injury solicitors understand your plight and are committed to ensuring you get the highest possible compensation so that you can have the best possible life.

Our spinal cord injury solicitors are some of the best spinal injury claims solicitors in the UK and we are also in partnership with the Spinal Injuries Association. You can be sure that you are in best hands.

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The Spinal Cord

The spinal cord which is part of the Central Nervous System is a long, thin bundle of nerves, tissues and fluids which connects the brain and lower back. The spinal cord carries signals from the brain to the rest of the body. The spinal cord carries electrical nerve signals throughout the body which help us to feel, move muscles and control bodily functions. The spinal cord is protected by a bony column of vertebrae known as the vertebral column.

When the spinal cord is injured, sending and receiving signals to and from the brain is affected. The brain is unable to communicate with the body resulting in loss of sensation, movement and function.

What is a Spinal Injury?

Spinal injuries refer to any damage to any part of the spinal cord. When an injury occurs to the spinal cord, there is partial or permanent change or loss in sensation and function of body parts below the site of the injury.

Spinal cord injuries can be life changing. Every four hours, a person is paralysed as a result of a spinal injury in the UK. When it is not so severe, it can still cause serious complications which will impact on the movement of the person, leaving the individual with permanent disabilities. Spinal injuries can affect a person emotionally, socially, mentally and even financially.

Classification Of Spinal Injuries

The severity of paralysis, loss of sensation or function will vary from one person to another and will depend on the place of the injury and the severity. The extent of the spinal injury is described as completeness and is divided into complete or incomplete. For instance, if both sides of the body are affected and there is no muscle function, sensation or voluntary movement from the injury level down, then it is a complete spinal cord injury. But if there is some level of muscle function below the injury site or some form of sensation, then the injury is incomplete.

Also, where all four limbs are paralysed, the spinal injury is referred to as tetraplegia or quadriplegia. On the other hand, the injury is said to be paraplegic when it affects all parts of the trunk legs and pelvic organs.

Medical experts also use a system of letters and numbers to categorize spinal injuries based on their location as follows:-

  • Cervical Spinal Cord Injuries – C1-C8
  • Thoracic Spinal Cord Injuries – T1-T12
  • Lumbar Spinal Cord Injuries – L1-L5
  • Sacral Spinal Injuries – S1-S5

Common Causes Of Spinal Injury

The following are the common causes of spinal injury.

Road Traffic Accidents: Motor vehicle accidents are the major cause of spinal cord injury. In fact, almost 50% of all new spinal injuries every year are caused by auto and motorcycle accidents.

Assaults: Assaults and acts of violence account for over 13% of spinal injuries including from gunshot and knife wounds.

Construction Site Accidents: Construction site accidents or workplace accidents account for an average of 12% of all spinal cord injuries in the UK

Slips, Trips And Falls From Height: In general, falls and trips account for 31% of spinal cord injuries. It has also been found that falls account for the majority of spinal cord injuries in persons above 65yrs.

Alcohol: One in four spinal cord injuries is attributed to alcohol use.

Sport injuries: Recreational activities, athletic activities and impart sports account for about 10% of spinal injuries.

Diseases: Diseases such as cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis and inflammation of the spinal cord can cause spinal injuries.

Defective products: Spinal cord injuries can also be caused by a defective product. These may include- automobile parts, food products, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, sports equipment, etc.

Medical Negligence: Negligent treatment can also cause spinal cord injury. This may be poorly performed surgery, failure to diagnose and treat a tumour or infection.

In cases involving medical negligence, road traffic accidents where the other person is at fault, assaults and defective products, you can make spinal injury claims. Additionally, where the injury sustained in the construction site as a result of the negligence of the contractor or management, claims can also be made.

Spinal Cord Injury Negligence

Spinal cord injury negligence refers to a situation where a spinal injury was caused by mistakes from the surgeon, doctor or other healthcare professionals. Clinical negligence leading to spinal injury can happen in different ways. This may be during a routine procedure, while performing a surgery or other forms of negligent treatment,

Examples of negligence which can lead to spinal injury include;

  • Surgical mistakes such as-
    • Anaesthesia errors
    • Unnecessary surgery due to misdiagnosis

Others include-

  • Poor postoperative monitoring and care
  • Failing to assess a patient properly before the surgery.
  • Failure to obtain informed consent

The effects of medical negligence in such cases include nerve damage, disabilities, impaired movement and paralysis. In some cases, they may be corrected by further surgery or treatment while in other cases, the damage is irreversible.

Making A Claim For Spinal Injury

We believe that anyone who suffered a spinal injury as a result of medical negligence should seek legal counsel to know if they can make a claim. When you come to us to help you, our spinal injury solicitors will look at your case critically, evaluating each detail and providing you with legal advice if a claim can be made and how to go about it. Inasmuch as it can be a very complex area, our spinal injury solicitors have the required expertise to handle such claims as we have been doing for clients over the years. Is your injury an injury to the lumbar spine? We can help you with your lumbar spine injury compensation claim.

When we have established liability, we can obtain interim payments on your behalf to help with the medical care you need until we are able to agree a settlement amount. Interim payments can be used to purchase needed equipment, make accommodation adjustments, and hire caregivers. It will also help you not to be financially distressed in any way since you will most likely be unable to earn.

When we have been able to prove your claims and secured a deserving compensation amount, we will also help you set up a trust with the help of specialist financial advisors so that your settlement can be used rightly.

Make Your Spinal Injury Claims

Before individuals can bring forward spinal injury claims, some important parts of medical negligence must be proven. This can be referred to as the “four D’s” of medical negligence. These are;

  • Duty
  • Deviation
  • Direct Causation
  • Damages

What we mean by this is that you should be able to prove that;

  • Your doctor, surgeon or healthcare professional owed you or your loved one a duty of care
  • He or she deviated from or breached that duty of care
  • The direct result of that deviation was the avoidable injury or complication you have suffered
  • The injury or complication you have suffered has caused you physical, emotional, mental, social and financial damages.

Proving these means that you have been able to demonstrate liability and causation. The success of your spinal injury compensation claim will hinge on our ability to establish both liability and causation.

Where liability is established when it is proven that the healthcare professional was indeed negligent, causation is proven when a direct link between the medical negligence and the damage caused is established. However, when liability is proven and causation is not, spinal injury claims will be unsuccessful.

What Do I Need To Prove My Case?

The following documents will help us build a strong case for you. We can also help you gather these documents and any other evidence we need to prove your case.

  • Detailed account of all that transpired. Every information you have about how it all happened
  • Witness accounts. These could be friends or family
  • Medical reports including test results, scans, etc.
  • Proof of financial losses incurred including out of pocket expenses

We will in addition require a report from an independent medical expert after further examining you to give us the true state of your condition.

The Spinal injury claims procedure is as follows;

  • Speak with us: Our consultation session is for free. So, you have the privilege of having a no obligation chat with us, tell us your story and we will examine your case as well as give you the needed legal advice.
  • Fund your claim: Although you can choose your preferred claims funding type, our spinal injury solicitors handle cases such as these under our No Win No Fee policy. Therefore, you have a huge opportunity of making your claims without any financial implications. You do not have to pay us before we commence handling your claims and you will not have to pay us if the case was not successful. However, we can also discuss other funding types during our consultation session if you want to explore other options.
  • Build your case and gather evidence needed to prove your claims.
  • Establish liability: Here we will prove that indeed clinical negligence occurred and we will communicate the defendant of our findings and intention to make a claim.
  • Interim Payments and Negotiating Final Settlement: Having established liability, our spinal injury solicitors will secure interim payments for you to help with your immediate needs until we agree on a final settlement payout.

However, if liability is denied, the case may go all the way to the court to be decided by a judge. But the good news here is that medical negligence claims rarely go to court. Most of them are settled outside court. In 2019/20 for instance, only 0.6% of all the cases went to a trial. On the average, the NHS Resolution says that only 2% of claims go to court.

Is there a time limit for making a spinal injury claim?

According to the Limitation Act 1980, you will have a three-year time limit from the date you discovered the medical negligence to make your spinal injury claim in the UK. However, in certain cases like when it involves a child or when a person is mentally incapable of making a claim, the limitation period can be relaxed. But in these cases, the law makes provisions for a loved one or relation to make spinal injury claims on behalf of the victim of medical negligence.

How Much Can I Claim?

The amount of money you can claim as compensation for your spinal injury claim depends on the severity of the injury. It is not fixed.

The compensation is designed to cover the following;

Pain and suffering – Your compensation will also cover the pain, suffering, as well as the emotional and psychological impact of your injury.

Loss of earnings – Earnings lost due to time off work during recovery and rehabilitation as well as future losses will be considered in your compensation payout.

Medication and treatment costs – If there is need for further specialist treatments or even surgery, your compensation amount will cover for this.

Travel expenses – Travel expenses to attend the hospital, therapy or for other medical appointments will also be taken care of by your settlement payout

Rehabilitation – Treatments such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychology as you may require will be taken care of in your compensation

Additional Care – If you need support to help with daily living, personal care or completing domestic tasks, spinal injury solicitors can also negotiate compensation amount that will cover for this.

Accommodation Adjustments – Where you need home adaptations or improvements to accommodate your new needs, such as installing ramps, hoists and door widening, it will be taken into account.

Funeral costs – Where your loved one passes away due to a spinal injury, this will also be taken care of.

How Much Compensation For A Spinal Injury?

Your spinal injury compensation payouts in the UK, back injury compensation and compensation payout for nerve damage is not fixed but depends on the above-mentioned factors. The table below shows the average payout for spinal injury, fractured vertebrae compensation amount and back injury compensation payouts you can expect in the UK

Type of Injury Severity Average Amount
Mental Anguish Serious £4,380
Tetraplegia (Quadriplegia) Severe £304,630 to £379,100
Paraplegia Severe £205,580 to £266,740
Brain Damage Severe £264,650 to £379,100
Brain Damage Moderate £140,870 to £205,580
Injury to nerve roots Severe £91,090 to £160,980
Injury to nerve roots Moderate £74,160 to £88,430
Damage or fracture to spinal discs Serious £65,740 to £130,930
Disc lesions or disc fractures leading to chronic conditions Moderate £38,780 to £69,730
Back injury Severe £85,470 to £151,070
Back Injury Moderate £26,050 to £36,390

How Much Compensation For A Spinal Injury?

Usually, because of the complexity of spinal injury claims, it can take a couple of years to settle. Most times, this is because we may have to be sure of what you need for the rest of your life and how your life will be affected in the long run. Sometimes, we may wait for your rehabilitation to be completed so that we can negotiate an appropriate compensation value for you.

This is why our spinal injury solicitors in the UK fight to win you interim payments while negotiating for the final settlement payout so that you do not suffer additionally during that period.

No Win No Fee Spinal Injury Claims Solicitors

Our firm operates on a strict No Win No Fee basis for medical negligence claims we handle and this includes spinal injury compensation claims. What happens in a No Win No Fee claim is that you do not have to worry about expensive legal fees. You are also protected of any financial debts even if the claim was not successful.

However, when the case is won, we will deduct an already agreed percentage (usually not more than 25%) from your compensation payout which we term “success fee” while you get the rest. We encourage you to make use of our helplines and speak with our spinal cord injury solicitors to set up a meeting so that we can begin the process of getting you justice.

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FAQs

  • Q: How much compensation can I claim for a spinal injury? img

    The amount of financial compensation someone will receive for an avoidable spinal cord injury will determine by the location and severity of the injury. An injury to the cervical section of the spinal cord usually causes the most severe problems and disabilities, which would lead to potentially very high claim compensation in the millions of pounds.

    Any negligence claim is, however, also affected by age of the client, their underlying health, employment and family situation. This is why our team of spinal injury solicitors UK provide a tailor-made service to every client to make sure they receive the maximum compensation for their needs.

    Not all spinal injuries are the same. Because of this the compensation guidelines categories spinal injuries according to severity for example;

    • Most severe- in the most severe spinal injury cases, you could be awarded between 240,000 pounds and 320,000 pound
    • Moderately severe- in moderately sever spinal injury cases, you could be awarded between 160,000 pound to 240,000 pounds
    • Moderate- in moderate spinal injury cases, you could be awarded between 30,000 pounds and 160,000 pounds.

  • To start a spinal injury claim uk, you will need the help of an expert spinal injury claims solicitor. This is because medical negligence claims is quite a complex and confusing subject, yet very delicate. You do not want to hurt your chances of making a successful claim either for spinal injuries sustained by you or your loved one.

    When you contact our spinal injury solicitors UK, you will avail sound expert advice and guidance for successful spinal injury claims. You will be asked to provide evidence of events that led to your spinal injury. This will enable your spinal cord injury solicitor develop a very strong case to pursue compensation claims for you.

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