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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Nominations open for spinal injury awards


    Nominations are now being accepted for an award which honours people who have made an inspiring contribution to the spinal cord injury community.

    The Rebuilding Lives Awards, which are held annually, are being organised by the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), a charity for people who have suffered injuries to their spinal cord.

    The 2015 ceremony is backed by Claire Williams, daughter of Williams Formula One team founder Frank, who injured his spinal cord in a car crash nearly 30 years ago.

    Claire’s tasks will involve promoting the SIA throughout the nomination period, help with the judging of the nominations and present an award at the ceremony, which will be held on June 4.

    Inspirational role models honoured

    She is calling on people to nominate their role models for one of the 16 awards on offer, including the SIA Community Star Award, the Inspirational Carer Award and the Award for Innovation and Research.

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    The award categories are aimed at reflecting both the achievements of individuals who have had to rebuild their lives following a serious injury, and those of individuals and groups who have supported others throughout this difficult time.

    Claire, the deputy team principal at Williams, has credited SIA with helping her father rebuild his life following his accident and return to his job as Williams F1 team principal.

    She says that Frank’s success in the wake of his injury has been “inspirational”, adding that she hopes to encourage others to nominate inspiring people for a Rebuilding Lives Award.

    Making a personal injury claim

    Injuries to the spine can cause a wide range of problems such as an inability to control the bladder and bowels, loss of sensation, and partial or complete paralysis of all areas of the body. They vary from incomplete injuries where some function is retained in the affected area to complete injuries where no function remains.

    If you have suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is a legal provision which exists in order to compensate the victims of others’ negligence both in terms of material losses and suffering.

    To find out more about personal injury compensation, contact our expert advisers at the Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.

    Date Published: January 24, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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