Tetraplegia injury compensation claims

This guide sets out what you need to know about making a tetraplegia injury compensation claim.

How much can I claim?

In the UK, approximately 1,200 people sustain some degree of paralysis each year.

Tetraplegia, also known as quadriplegia, is recognised by the Courts as having an utterly life-altering impact on the lives of an affected individual and their family. Compensation awards are consequently high for paraplegia injury claims, particularly those relating to quadriplegia.

High level paralysis is usually the result of damage to the top section of the spinal cord, for example, the injuries sustained in a very serious road traffic accident or fall.

Continuing to work is rarely an option, and the majority of people affected by the injury will need ongoing, full-time support. Given the costs associated with this care, compensation can be a necessity and anyone who has suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of another party's negligence may be eligible to claim.

Doctor discharging patient

Tetraplegia compensation claims

Many accidents can potentially lead to a spinal cord injury, and particularly in cases where an individual sustains a neck injury. The most common accidents include:

Tetraplegia may also result in a medical negligence claim, for example as a result of a birth injury, surgical negligence relating to a failed operation to the neck or spine, or misdiagnosis.

Compensation for tetraplegia-related injuries

Tetraplegia generally affects one or more of the top eight sections of the spinal cord and as a result injured individuals will experience other symptoms beyond the paralysis itself. The calculation of the compensation award or settlement may consider the nature of the paralysis, both sensory and motor, along with other complications, including:

  • Loss of digestive function
  • Bowel and bladder incontinence
  • Respiratory problems
  • Low blood pressure
  • Pressure sores
  • Frozen joints
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Osteoporosis

Symptoms vary depending on where the injury takes place. Damage to the highest vertebra in the neck typically will result in loss of function from the neck down, and the patient may require a ventilator. Patients with damage to the lower vertebrae may be able to live independently in some cases.

Compensation and the costs of care

Tetraplegia is a complex injury that requires careful management. Because complications such as deep vein thrombosis can occur as a result of the loss of movement, it is important that anyone living with quadriplegia receives the best possible care and assistance.

Medical costs and long-term personal care costs invariably are assessed as part of a tetraplegia compensation claim. Compensation can also cover the cost of making adaptations to the home as well as the cost of specialist equipment such as powered wheelchairs and portable hoists.

Compensation is assessed on a case-by-case basis by reference to the seriousness of the injury and the physical and psychological effect it has on the claimant's life. However, the Courts recognise that tetraplegia is an irreversible condition causing considerable mental anguish and claims are typically of a high value to reflect this.

Explaining No Win, No Fee compensation agreements

No Win, No Fee agreements, also called Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs), are the beginning of a personal injury claim.

The CFA details the work delivered by your solicitor and the success fee to be deducted from the compensation if the claim is won.

Find complete peace of mind with the knowledge that you will never be out of pocket and there is absolutely nothing to pay if the case is not successful. You have no hidden fees when working with a Quittance personal injury solicitor.

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 tetraplegia claims compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims

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

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 tetraplegia claims compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims

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

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With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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