A spinal cord injury is a very serious type of injury that can lead to multiple health problems from the moment the person suffers it. This is because it can potentially lead to paralysis of one or more limbs and possibly the trunk as well. A lot will depend on the exact part of the spinal cord that is affected by injury, since this will determine which parts of the body are affected as well.
Terms such as monoplegia, hemiplegia, paraplegia and quadriplegia are all used to describe the type of paralysis that is experienced as a result of an injury to the spinal cord. The term is used depending on how many parts of the body are rendered incapable of movement or feeling because of injury.
Who would be entitled to spinal cord injury compensation?
Having an injury of this severity does not necessarily in itself warrant compensation to be paid out. It is how that accident occurs that decides this factor. If someone wishes to try and get spinal cord injury compensation they will normally consult an experienced lawyer to determine whether they can make a claim.
The lawyer will look at how the accident happened and, more importantly, why. In some cases it will become clear that another party will have been responsible for the injuries. For example if the person was working at the time, the lawyer will look at how they were working and whether the conditions were safe. If the person was hit by a car the lawyer will look at whether the driver could have been negligent in their behaviour.
Discovering more about the amount that could be won
Clearly, any injury to the spinal cord is likely to result in some degree of permanent injury. For example, paralysis can occur to one or more parts of the body. This would probably render the individual unable to do some or many of the things they used to do before.
This is why it is so important to seek the advice of a lawyer with extensive experience in handling such cases. By calling Accident Advice Helpline you can be put in touch with one of our lawyers to determine whether you can get no win, no fee* compensation. Just call us on 0800 689 0500 today to see if you are able to take your claim further.
Date Published: September 14, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead