Suffering a spinal injury can be truly life-changing. Not only can it have a huge impact on your quality of life, but it can also put an end to your career. There’s no ‘cure’ for spinal cord injuries, and this means there are currently around 50,000 people in the UK living with some form of paralysis.
We know that no amount of money can take away what’s happened to you – and making a compensation claim isn’t about ‘punishing’ someone else for your injuries. But the compensation you receive can help to cover the costs and impacts your injury has had so far and will continue to have in the future.
For example, it could help to cover:
If the accident which caused your spinal injury happened within the last three years and was somebody else’s fault, then it’s likely you can seek help to make a claim. But the easiest way to find out is to get in contact with a trained legal adviser on 0800 234 6438 for free, with no obligation to start a case.
There are a few different types of spinal injuries, all of which can be very painful and can affect your mobility. They can happen at almost any time in any place, but are especially common in road traffic accidents, accidents at work or as a result of medical negligence.
Some of the types of spinal injuries we could help you make a claim for include:
Damage to the spinal cord can be especially severe – it connects nearly all parts of the body to the brain and so if damaged it can cause a loss of control to areas of your body.
An injury to your spine can have devastating consequences. The effects can differ from case to case and usually depend on how high or low your spine was injured.
Generally, the higher up the body the spinal cord has been injured, the more widespread the effects will be.
As well as sometimes causing paralysis, spinal injuries can cause phantom pain, low blood pressure, problems controlling body temperature, involuntary muscle spasms, and loss of bladder and bowel function.
On top of the physical effects of your injuries, it’s likely to have also had an impact on your mental health and wellbeing. Figures show that 20% of people leaving hospital following such an injury become clinically depressed.
The amount of money you receive for your injury can vary from case to case, so it’s very difficult for us to tell you exactly how much you might get.
However, you can rest assured that your solicitor will work hard to get you the full amount of compensation you deserve. Part of your compensation will cover the financial costs of your injury (e.g. time off work, medical expenses), while the rest will take into consideration your physical pain, and the effect your injury has had on your social life and hobbies.
Most importantly, injury solicitors look at each case on an individual basis to make sure you can get the support you need and that you’re not left out of pocket.
As a rough guideline, we’ve put together some figures for the kinds of payout amounts you might expect from different types of back or neck injury. Please note, these figures do not include compensation for financial expenses (such as lost earnings, travel costs, etc):
|Type of injury||Estimated compensation payout|
|Tetraplegia (Quadriplegia)||£304,630 to £379,100|
|Paraplegia||£205,580 to £266,740|
|Severe back injury||£36,390 to £151,070|
|Moderate back injury||£11,730 to £36,390|
|Minor back injury||£1,000 to £11,730|
|Severe neck injury||£42,680 to £139,210|
|Moderate neck injury||£7,410 to £36,120|
|Minor neck injury||£1,000 to £7,410|
As spinal injuries can be very complicated, it can sometimes take a while for your claim to be completed. We know your injury will probably already have caused you a significant amount of stress and expense, so, where possible, your solicitor will try to get you an ‘interim payment’ of compensation.
An interim payment is an amount of compensation you receive before your final settlement. This is to cover your immediate needs and allows you to get the help you need while your case progresses.
Starting a spinal injury claim with an expert solicitor is simple. The first step is to get in contact with a trained legal adviser for free on 0800 234 6438 to find out whether you could make a case.
They’ll never pressure you into making a claim when you speak to them, so if you’re just looking for answers to your questions or more information on what’s involved in claiming, then they’ll be happy to help with that too.
The legal adviser will ask some questions about your accident and injury to get a better idea of what you’ve been through. Then, if you decide you’d like to go ahead, they can pass you on to one of their specialist spinal injury solicitors – usually on the same call.
Your solicitor will speak to you for free and will be able to run you through the claiming process in more detail. After that, they’ll get in touch with the other party to let them know about your claim and will gather evidence to prove that your accident was their fault.
There’s nothing harder than seeing a loved one going through a difficult time. Whether they don’t feel comfortable talking to us or are unable to make a claim for themselves, you can ask for help to make a case on their behalf so that they can still get the money they need.
You can contact a trained legal adviser on 0800 234 6438 about claiming on behalf of a loved one, or read more here.
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