No Win No Fee Spinal Injury Claims
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Spinal Injury Claims
Spinal injuries are among the most severe and traumatic injuries a person can suffer. Damage to the spinal cord places huge risks to a person’s ability to move, work and carry out activities. Often, the injury requires a complete change in lifestyle and can put an end to someone’s career. The impact extends to their family, who may have to provide significant support. If you have suffered a spinal injury due to the negligence of someone else, you may be able to claim spinal injury compensation.
At The Compensation Experts, we understand that suffering from a serious spinal injury can have a devastating effect on your everyday life. Not only can it leave you or a loved one in physical agony, but it may also result in your financial situation being comprised. You may also require modifications to your home, extra care, rehabilitation, and support should you be unable to work. We work with experts in the field of spinal injury claims – when you work with the Compensation Experts, we’ll connect you to some of the best spinal cord injury lawyers, who have specialist experience in getting compensation for victims.
What is a spinal injury?
A spinal injury is any injury that affects the spine or the spinal cord, a long, fragile tube-like structure that passes signals between the brain and the body. Injuries range from fractures, sprains and herniated discs to the total severing of the spinal cord. Some injuries will allow almost complete recovery. Others will result in complete paralysis.
The effects of a spinal injury depend on whether and where the spinal cord is damaged and whether the injury is “complete” or “incomplete.” Compensation for spinal injury claims can vary based on the type of injury, with complete spinal injury claims usually being more severe, and thus more likely to result in higher compensation.
Complete spinal injury
A complete spinal injury is where the spinal cord has been severed, cutting off the nerve signals that ordinarily pass from the body to the brain. A person with a complete injury will lose all muscle function, movement and sensation below the level of the injury. This type of injury is the most severe as no recovery is expected.
The two most common complete spinal injuries are tetraplegia and paraplegia. Tetraplegia involves the paralysis of the legs, arms, stomach and chest muscles, which typically means no use of the body from the neck down. Complete tetraplegia is the most severe and debilitating type of spinal injury.
Paraplegia involves the paralysis of legs and sometimes the stomach. The injured person may not be able to walk again, but arm and upper body function is usually maintained. After rehabilitation, a person with paraplegia can usually remain independent with the use of a wheelchair for mobility.
At present, there are no effective treatments for complete spinal cord injuries, and, therefore, no “cure.” Around 50,000 people live with paralysis in the UK according to the Spinal Injuries Association.
Incomplete spinal injury
An incomplete injury is where the spinal cord is only partially severed. The injured person usually retains some muscle function, sensation and/or movement below the level of injury. For example, they may be able to flex the knee or hip. People experience incomplete injuries in different ways such that some people may have feeling, but little movement. Others may have movement but little or no feeling.
If the nerves are not too badly damaged, it may be possible for them to grow again. An incomplete spinal injury may improve dramatically through rehabilitation.
Other types of spinal injury
It is possible to fracture, crush or herniate the spine without damaging the spinal cord. These injuries may take several months to heal and may require surgery or the use of a back brace in some instances. In most cases, however, the injury will not result in the permanent loss of movement.
What are the causes of spinal injuries?
Spinal injuries are usually the result of a direct trauma to the spine, for example, a road traffic accident or criminal assault. The failure to diagnose or manage medical conditions such as scoliosis or cauda equina syndrome can also cause or exacerbate spinal injuries and give rise to a claim based on medical negligence.
The following is a list of the most common causes of spinal injury claims.
Accidents at work spinal injury claims
If the accident that caused a spinal injury occurred while you were at work then your employer may be responsible for your injuries. All employers have a duty of care to their employees, which means they must take reasonable steps to keep you safe in the workplace. This duty of care is enshrined in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and various health and safety regulations.
If your employer failed to ensure that your working environment was safe, for example, by carrying out risk assessments, maintaining machinery, providing safety equipment and providing adequate training, then the Court may decide that they have behaved negligently. Negligence opens up the possibility of a spinal injury compensation claim.
By law, every employer must carry Employer’s Liability Insurance to protect them against the risk of lawsuits. It is the insurance company, and not the employer, who will pay any compensation that is due.
Spinal injury claims after an accident on the road
Car crashes, motorcycle accidents, cycling accidents and being knocked over by a car have the potential to cause serious trauma to the body, which may result in a spinal injury. If the other road user behaved negligently, then you may be eligible to make a claim for spinal injury compensation.
Whatever the type of road accident, it will help your solicitor tremendously if you can supply full details of the accident such as the details of any witnesses, details of the police report and evidence of the medical attention you received. Your specialist spinal injury solicitor will use this and other information to build a strong case and open settlement negotiations with the motorist’s insurance company.
Sporting accident spinal injury claims
Playing sport can often lead to spinal injury, with horse riding, skiing/snowboarding and rugby being some of the worst culprits. Proving a sports-related spinal injury claim is difficult since it is assumed that all sports come with a degree of risk built-in.
If the spinal injury was caused by another person’s negligence, then it may be possible to make a compensation claim. Examples include faulty equipment, poorly maintained pitches, dangerous training techniques, or a blatant disregard of the rules by referees.
How will making a spinal injury claim help me?
The main purpose of making a spinal injury compensation claim is to assist with your rehabilitation or, where the injury is permanent and life-changing, to allow you to live as independently as possible for the rest of your life. A serious spinal injury may mean that you are no longer able to work to pay the mortgage and other household bills. You may need to modify your home, or you may need lifelong assistance with activities such as dressing or travelling. Spinal injury compensation can help reduce some of the financial concerns that are associated with these adaptations.
At The Compensation Experts, we believe that securing the best possible rehabilitation as soon as possible after the injury is essential if you are to achieve the best possible outcome for your injuries. Where possible, we try to obtain some of your compensation early in order to fund your medical treatment, home adaptations and other expenses. These are known as “interim payments.”
We can also help you navigate the benefits system and make sure that you claim the welfare payments to which you are entitled.
Spinal injury compensation
Spinal injury compensation awards can vary dramatically depending on the type and seriousness of the spinal injury that has been suffered. In broad terms, you will receive enough money to enable you to enjoy roughly the same standard of living you would have had if your accident had never happened.
Personal injury compensation for spinal injury claims are broken down into two main elements:
Compensation for pain, suffering and loss of quality of life, known as “general damages.” The Judicial College regularly publishes a set of guidelines which outline suggested compensation amounts for various types of spinal injury; solicitors, insurers and judges use the Guidelines to calculate the final payout. For example, spinal injury claims for tetraplegia can receive general damages of between £262,350 and £326,700, whereas a minor spinal injury claim can receive anywhere between £1,000 and £10,000.
Serious spinal injuries can leave many injured people feeling anxious or depressed. The Courts recognise this, and generally will award additional compensation for the psychological aspect of your injuries.
Compensation for financial losses, known as “special damages”. This includes any wages you have lost during your recovery, travel costs, medical expenses, home adaptations and other out-of-pocket expenses. Some Claimants require full-time personal care for the rest of their life following a spinal injury, so the amount of compensation for medical costs and personal care costs can be significant. “Special damages” can also include an amount for the loss of future wages if you are unable to return to work, calculated from the date of your accident until your expected retirement age.
Damages can be paid as a one-off lump sum, or they can be spread across several years depending on your own personal needs.
How long will the claim process take?
Spinal injury claims tend to be more complex than other types of personal injury claims, simply because your injuries are longer-lasting and more medically complex. Cases involving spinal cord injury and paralysis may take up to three years to conclude, but this can depend on whether the other side denies liability or whether they admit the claim.
At the Compensation Experts, we aim to secure the maximum level of spinal injury compensation in the shortest possible timeframe. We also work hard to secure interim payments for you wherever possible.
How long do I have to make a claim?
Normally you have three years from the date of your accident, or the date that you became aware of your injury, to make a spinal injury claim. For claims made on behalf of children, the three-year limitation period does not start running until the child’s 18th birthday.
Spinal injury claims can take a long time to put together since there may be several medical and other experts to consult. It is a good idea to consult a specialist spinal injury claims lawyer as soon as possible after the accident to make sure there is plenty of time to prepare your claim.
Next steps for making a spinal injury claim
If you or a family member has sustained any type of spinal injury, call us now. Our agents will be happy to answer your questions and talk you through the process of making a claim. We do not charge for dealing with initial enquiries and will never pressurise you into making a claim that you may be unsure about.
If we consider that you have a strong claim, then we will transfer you to one of our spinal injury solicitors, who can represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis. In simple terms, this means that if you lose your case, you will not have to pay anything. If you win your case, then the spinal injury solicitors success fee will come out of your compensation at the end of the claim. We will explain to you in detail how No Win No Fee works when you contact us about your claim.
Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident you may have a longer period to claim.Find out more
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.Find out more
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be keep up to date every step of the way.Find out more