Spinal injury compensation claims
In this article we explain everything you need to know about making a successful spinal injury compensation claim.
Figures published by the charity Spinal Research indicate that around 1,000 people sustain a spinal cord injury each year in the UK and Ireland. Currently, there are 50,000 people living with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury.
Over 78% of spinal cord injuries are caused by road traffic accidents and slips, trips and falls. Although some spinal cord injuries lack completely effective treatments, rehabilitation support can help, and medical research into spinal injury continues worldwide.
Compensation enables injured claimants to fund treatment and rehabilitation care to ensure they enjoy the best possible quality of life.
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If you have suffered a spinal injury in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.
Spinal injury can be complete damage across the whole width of the spinal cord, or incomplete damage across part of the spinal cord.
Both types of injury can cause varying degrees of paralysis, loss of bodily function, and loss of sensation.
In the most serious spinal injuries, spinal cord damage can result in:
- Tetraplegia (also known as quadroplegia) - partial or total loss of use of all limbs. The injury usually results in loss of both sensation and motor control of limbs.
- Paraplegia - impairment of motor or sensory function of the lower extremities. This can include the functions of the lower torso and motor control of the legs.
Your specialist personal injury solicitor will assist you in assessing and documenting your injury for your compensation claim. Assessment will include the impact of your spinal injury on your livelihood, personal care needs and quality of life.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
There is a statutory time limit for making personal injury claims. This time limit is three years from the date of the accident; or three years from the date the claimant was aware of injuries caused by an accident.
Personal injury claims for spinal injuries should be made as soon as possible following the accident. In many spinal injury cases the Court will agree an interim pay-out before the final settlement is agreed. This interim payment can fund essential care and equipment needed following the spinal injury.
Special damages for spinal injury can be claimed for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Personal trauma, pain and suffering
- Loss of amenity - which acknowledges personal adjustments to a claimant's work, social and domestic life
- Loss of earnings - both current and future
- Expenses related to on-going care and accommodations for life-changing injuries
The exact amount of the claim settlement will be commensurate with the severity of the spinal injury, and any permanent disability or impairment caused. The 'general damages' portion of an award for spinal cord damage can range from £73,700 to £130,130.
No Win, No Fee agreements, technically referred to as Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs), comprise the foundation of a claim.
The CFA sets out the service your lawyer will deliver in addition to the success fee. This success fee will be the fee that will be taken from your damages once your claim is successful.
You have absolutely no hidden costs when working with a Quittance personal injury solicitor. You can focus on your rest and recovery, with the knowledge that there will be nothing to pay if your case is unsuccessful.
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 spinal injury compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims
*Source: Official Department of Transport statistics (gov.uk)
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 spinal injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims
*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report
Meet the team
The national network of Quittance solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims, from short-term injury cases to life-changing injuries. Chosen on the basis of their track record in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of experience handling injury claims.