Paraplegia and tetraplegia are both very serious conditions. They are both life changing and can affect both you and those around you. You may also have some worries about the future in terms of your finances. Whilst claiming compensation may not be the first thing on your mind, it may help to ease your mind in terms of money worries.
If you have had an accident that has left you with either paraplegia or tetraplegia, and it was the fault of someone else, then you may be able to claim compensation for your accident.
What are Paraplegia and Tetraplegia?
Tetraplegia is a paralysis in the arms and legs. It is caused by damage higher up on the spinal cord, and it causes the signals from the brain to the body to be restricted. It can also affect the chest muscles, which can cause breathing difficulties.
Paraplegia is caused by damage to the bottom of the spinal cord, which causes paralysis in the legs. It can range from slight loss of leg movement to full paralysis of the legs. It can also affect the back, hips, and pelvis.
Causes of Paraplegia and Tetraplegia
There are many causes of accidents that can result in paraplegia and tetraplegia. Some of these include accidents at work, road traffic accidents, and falls from height.
Falls from height are a major cause of both paraplegia and tetraplegia. There are strict rules that your employer must be follow in cases where you may be working at height. They are outlined in the Working at Height Regulations 2005, and if you are working at height as part of your job, and your employer does not follow these rules, and you fall from height whilst working, then your employer may be liable for your injuries.
Accidents at work are another major cause of injuries resulting in paraplegia or tetraplegia. Your employer must follow the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to make sure that you do not have any accidents whilst you are at work. They are responsible for keeping your workplace safe; this includes maintaining all equipment, making sure everyone has the correct training, and making sure that your working area is free from hazards.
Road Traffic Accidents are another major cause of injuries that result in paraplegia or tetraplegia. this is especially the case in accidents where you were a cyclist or motorcyclist. cyclists and motorcyclists have less physical protection than those in vehicles, so are more at risk of serious injuries. All road users are at risk, however, so all road users must take care to ensure that injuries like this do not happen.
Interim and Mid-Claim Payments
The immediate costs of paraplegia and tetraplegia can be overwhelming. The costs can quickly build up due to your life drastically changing. In some cases, you may be able to receive interim or mid-claim payments to cover the immediate costs. The party that was responsible for your injuries makes these payments; and they come out of your final compensation amount.
These payments can cover anything from daily costs, such as bill payments, mortgage payments, and travel costs, to things you may need in the future, such as changes to your home and vehicle, and mobility equipment. Your solicitor will negotiate these payments for you should you need them, so you would not need to worry about that whilst having your treatment.
Claiming on behalf of someone else
If a loved one has had an accident that causes serious injury, it can be devastating. Not just for the person injured, but for their loved ones too. As a loved one, your life may change as well as the person who had the accident. It may also impact you financially. You may have had to leave your job to care for the person who has been injured.
We realise that your loved one may be unable to speak to us due to the severity of their injuries. If this is the case, then you may be able to make the claim on their behalf.
How we can help
Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who deal with accidents that have resulted in serious injuries such as paraplegia and tetraplegia every day. This means that they are well placed to help you get the compensation you may be able to claim. Contact us today by filling in our contact form, or by calling us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.