Spinal Injury Compensation

Our specialist injury solicitors understand that each client has different and complex needs following a spinal injury and we adopt a holistic approach to address those needs. We have extensive experience of acting for both children and adults with spinal injuries nationwide.

We understand the impact a spinal injury will have on almost every aspect of day to day life, from additional care, support, aids, equipment and accommodation. We will assist and support an injured person in adapting to the changes and challenges they will face.

We appreciate the importance of arranging fast and effective rehabilitation for those who have suffered a spinal injury and we work with medical professionals and the other party’s insurers, to ensure an early rehabilitation package is put in place.

We will also seek an early compensation payment (known as an interim payment) to lessen the financial impact of the injury.

We are delighted that our experience and expertise is recognised by the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), in their list of recommended and approved solicitors. Contact the team for Free Consultation

What is spinal injury?

The spinal cord is made up of nerves that relay messages between the brain and the rest of the body. These messages are responsible for all our bodily functions and actions.

Injury to the spine, such as following an accident, can cause damage to the nerves which means that the messages between the brain and the rest of the body are disrupted or not able to pass properly. This may result in a loss of movement and sensation. The higher up the injury to the spinal cord is, the more movement and sensation is lost.

What is the difference between a complete and incomplete spinal cord injury?

These terms relate to the type of spinal cord injury that has been sustained.

Complete injury

A ‘complete’ injury occurs when the spinal cord is fully compressed, bruised, stretched or severed, completely eliminating the brain’s ability to send signals below the point of injury. This results in loss of all movement and sensation below the level of injury.

Incomplete injury

An ‘incomplete’ injury occurs when the spinal cord is compressed or injured, but the brain is still able to send signals below the level of injury. This results in some movement or sensation or a combination of the two.

In which cases could I have a claim?

You can usually make a claim if you’ve suffered a spinal injury either following an accident or following negligent medical treatment.

Accidents

We specialise in spinal injury claims for both adults and children resulting from personal injuries following:

  • Road traffic accidents including cycling, motorcycle and public transport accidents
  • Accidents at work
  • Accidents in public places

Medical negligence

Cases of medical negligence, resulting in 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

How much does it cost to make a spinal injury claim?

We would work on a conditional fee agreement which is more commonly known as a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there is no financial risk to you and if we win our fees are capped at a percentage of the damages. There are also other forms of funding and these can be discussed with your solicitor who will be able to provide you with more detailed information.

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

Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen?

  • We have over 40 years’ experience in dealing with brain injuries and are independently recognised as leaders in the field. We are sympathetic, empathetic and knowledgeable.
  • Our specialist brain injury solicitors know that not all brain injuries are the same.
  • We will provide guidance and support to alleviate the devastating impact that a traumatic brain injury has by arranging quick and effective rehabilitation and requesting interim payments at the first opportunity to relieve financial pressures.
  • We work closely with charities and support networks such as the Spinal Injuries Association and Wheelpower.
  • We will fight to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
  • When a case is won, we will assist with setting up of trusts to protect means-tested benefits. We provide advice and assistance with Court of Protection issues for those clients unable to manage their financial affairs.

Contact us for an expert legal advice

Case Study: Spinal Cord Injury

Our client suffered catastrophic life-changing injuries when he was knocked down in a road traffic accident. He has been left with a spinal cord injury whereby he is an incomplete C5 sensory C6 motor tetraplegia.

We had to assemble a specialist team of experts and therapists to provide rehabilitation to maximise our client’s recovery and ensure that he received all the support and assistance he required to make the transition from hospital to community care, with a 24-hour care package in a specialist-adapted property, as painless as possible.

Damages awarded: £7.5 million

Frequently asked questions

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

The length of time your particular case will take to conclude will depend on a number of factors. These include:

  • The extent of the injuries
  • The length of time you have been in hospital and/or at home and off work
  • Care required
  • Whether the other side denies responsibility

Our solicitors will be able to give you a better idea of timescales once you have been able to tell them more about your case. We promise to keep you updated throughout the process.

What are the time limits to bringing a claim?

Yes. There are strict time limits that apply to making a personal injury claim. You have three years after the injury occurred, which is usually the date of the accident.

There are exceptions to this rule for claims for medical accidents (known as medical negligence) where the injury or condition may not become apparent for years. In these circumstances, the period may begin on the date that you became aware of the conditions.

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