Paraplegia injury claims

Introduction

Updated: October 8, 2018

Every year, over a thousand British people will suffer an injury to their spinal cord according to the charity Spinal Research. At present there is no cure for such injuries, which means that around 50,000 individuals in the UK live with paralysis.

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Paraplegia is a specific type of paralysis characterised by the loss of feeling and movement in the legs while the arms remain unaffected. It is usually caused by damage to the spinal cord which interrupts the nerve impulses travelling between the body and the brain.

Most cases of paraplegia are the result of a serious impact to the body such as that experienced in a car crash or blast injury. Anyone who is experiencing paraplegia as a result of an accident that was not their fault may be eligible to claim compensation.

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What are the causes of paraplegia?

Paraplegia is usually the result of a traumatic accident. Whenever there is fracture of the spinal vertebrae, there is a risk that the spinal cord will be damaged causing temporary or permanent paralysis. Examples include:

This list is not exhaustive. Any type of accident can potentially cause paraplegia, especially where an individual takes an impact to their back or neck.

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What are the effects of paraplegia?

There are varying degrees of paraplegia. Individuals with the condition will experience different symptoms depending on which vertebrae have been injured. Generally, the higher up the spinal cord has been injured, the more widespread the injuries will be. Invariably, previously healthy people are left unable to walk and cannot register sensation such as heat and pain in their lower body.

Other effects include:

  • Problems with digestion
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control
  • Respiratory diseases such as pneumonia which may occur if there is loss of control in the chest area
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Low blood pressure
  • Pressure sores
  • Osteoporosis.

Clearly, the condition has a profound effect on a person's physical capabilities. Receiving a diagnosis of paraplegia also affects a person's psychological health. Statistically, around one in five people will become clinically depressed after receiving a paralysis-inducing injury.

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How will a claim help?

Paraplegia is a life-altering injury. In addition to the loss of mobility, individuals often experience loss of income during recovery and many find that they are unable to return to the job they previously held. Even if the injuries cause partial instead of total paralysis, there is a high chance that the person involved will have to make significant adjustments to the way they live their life.

While a settlement can never fully compensate individuals with paralysis for the injury they have suffered, it can help ease the financial burden. An experienced injury lawyer can help individuals with paraplegia secure the highest levels of compensation for specific losses which include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of earnings
  • Medical costs such as physiotherapy and rehabilitative care
  • Personal and attendant care
  • Travel costs
  • Wheelchairs and other specialist equipment
  • Home adaptations such as wheelchair ramps.

Each case will be determined on its own merits by reference to the seriousness of the injury as determined by an independent medical examination. Due to the irrevocable nature of paralysis, the amount of compensation can be substantial. This compensation will be paid out by the person who was negligently responsible for the accident or their insurance company.

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100% No Win, No Fee paraplegia claim - Pay nothing if your claim is unsuccessful

A no win no fee agreement (technically referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA) is entered into between a claimant and an injury lawyer.

The no win no fee agreement is the conditions under which the solicitor is instructed by their client.

It sets out what the solicitors will do as well as how they will be remunerated if your compensation claim is won.

If you choose a Quittance solicitor for your paraplegia compensation claim there are absolutely no sneaky hidden fees , nothing to pay up-front and the peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket.

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Road traffic accident claims

Every year almost 200,000* people are injured on Britain's roads. If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, you can claim compensation.

Find out more about claiming compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims

*Source: Official Department of Transport statistics (gov.uk)

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Accidents at work - Claims against your employer

Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.

Find out if you can claim paraplegia compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims

*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report

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About the author

Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.

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