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Spinal and Back Injury Claims

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious back injury or spinal injury, as a result of medical negligence, an accident at work or a road traffic accident, we could provide legal assistance.

We are specialists in spinal injury claims, offering expert legal advice and personal support during this difficult time. We will investigate the cause of the accident and fight to get the justice and compensation you deserve.

I’ve suffered a spinal injury – what are my next steps?

We can get your back injury claim started right away – either online or over the phone.

Complete our personal advice form with your personal details, letting us know any additional details about your injury.

Alternatively, call us on 0800 437 0322, to speak to one of our legal experts who will offer support and answer any questions you have.

We’ll assess your claim and advise you on the best course of action and what sort of medical treatment you might need help paying for.

In which cases could I have a claim?

You can usually make a claim if you’ve suffered an injury during work that wasn’t your fault or because of someone else’s negligence. When it comes to back and spinal damage, these tend to fall into three categories.

Accidents at work

Examples of accident at work claims, which cause a spinal injury, include:

  • Crush injuries
  • Carrying, handling or lifting injuries
  • Machinery accidents
  • Falls from a height
  • Trips and slips

Medical negligence

Cases of medical negligence, resulting in a spinal injury include:

  • Lack of informed consent regarding the risks of spinal surgery
  • Surgical errors
  • Nerve damage during surgery
  • Spinal cord injury during surgery
  • Disc replacement surgery
  • Inappropriate surgery
  • Malpositioned metalwork /screws
  • Metalwork failures
  • Post-operative paraplegia/ paralysis
  • Spinal haematoma
  • Muscle weakness after surgery
  • Delayed diagnosis / treatment of Cauda Equina syndrome

Road traffic accidents

Incidences of road traffic accident claims include:

  • Passenger injury
  • Motorbike injury
  • Bicycle injury
  • Public transport injury

What compensation could I receive?

Each case differs, so this means the amount of compensation you could get also differ. But our expert spinal injury solicitors can help you claim for:

  • Personal injury / Loss of amenity – the impact the injury has had on your personal, social and domestic life
  • Loss of current and future earnings – if you cannot work because of the injury
  • Loss of pension – if you’re forced to stop work entirely before retirement

What could compensation help pay for?

Should your claim be successful, compensation can help cover the costs of:

  • Ongoing care – hiring home care can be expensive, so compensation could help cover this
  • Home adaptations – this would include making your home suitable for your new circumstances
  • Ongoing medical expenses – not all treatments are available free on the NHS
  • Rehabilitation and therapy – physiotherapy is often needed with spinal injuries
  • Transport – from wheelchairs to specialist vehicles

What is a spinal injury?

The spine and back are vital for a number of bodily functions – not just walking. The spinal cord carries nerve signals from various parts of the body to the brain.

Spinal cord injuries – such as fractured vertebrae – can result in:

Complete damage. Damage across the whole width of the spinal cord
Incomplete damage. Indicates damage across part of the spinal cord

Both types of back injury can cause varying degrees of paralysis, loss of bodily function and loss of sensation.

In more serious spinal injuries, damage could result in:

Paraplegia, which is the impairment of motor or sensory function of the lower extremities
Tetraplegia or quadriplegia, which is a partial or total loss of use of all limbs

Why do you need a personal injury solicitor from Hodge Jones & Allen?

Our experienced team is used to handling both employment law and complex medical language.

  • Over 40 years of experience, fighting on behalf of accident victims with serious injuries
  • A specialist team will be dedicated to working on your behalf
  • Highly ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners UK due to our excellent track record
  • Accredited by APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) and The Law Society Personal Injury Panel
  • Abide by the Rehabilitation Code, putting our client’s well-being at the centre of any claim
  • Work with clinicians to get funding for treatment that may not be available on the NHS
  • Fight for compensation should there need to be any adaptations to housing as a result of the accident

For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0800 437 0322 today.

Our No Win No Fee Basis

Our London-based solicitors operate on a No Win No Fee basis.

This means that you’re not put at any financial risk should you choose to pursue a claim as a result of a spinal cord injury.

We aim to make the entire process – from the initial enquiry to implementing the actual claim – as easy and stress-free for you as possible.

Working with spinal injury charities

We are an officially recognised corporate partner of the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), with a comprehensive knowledge of spinal cord injuries and the effects they can have.

As a corporate partner, we help support the work of SIA and take part in fundraising events.


If you need more information about a spinal or back injury claim, feel free to contact us directly or search our most frequently asked questions.

How long will my claim take to conclude? Will I need to go to court?

The length of time your case will take to conclude depends upon a number of factors. These include the extent and nature of the injury suffered, and whether your opponent denies liability. Read more

What are the time limits to bringing a claim?

The date by which a claim must be brought is called the “limitation date”. Calculating the limitation date in medical negligence cases is often not straightforward. Read more

Find all our personal injury FAQs here

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