The process involved in making a spinal cord injury claim can be a lengthy and tedious affair for most people. Spinal cord injuries are often distressing, can have devastating effects on your lifestyle and finances, and will inevitably affect your whole family.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we understand the trauma through which individuals and families can go as a result of a spinal injury. This is why we endeavour to make the claims process as simple and hassle-free as possible. If you have sustained a spinal cord injury due to an accident which was caused as a result of a third party’s carelessness, negligence or criminal act, we can help you to make a claim for compensation.
What is a spinal cord injury?
The spinal cord is a long, thin tubular bundle of nerves that runs down the middle of your back. It transmits nerve impulses from the brain to the rest of the body and is protected by a column of bones known as vertebrae. It is possible to fracture one or more of these vertebrae without sustaining a spinal cord injury. However, any injury to the spinal cord can affect the brain’s ability to communicate with parts of the body below the injured area. This impairs the function of affected body parts and may lead to partial or total paralysis.
Some people only experience temporary paralysis and are able to regain basic motor functions. In many cases, however, spinal cord injuries result in permanent disability or immobility. Paralysis of the lower limbs only is referred to as paraplegia, while paralysis of both the arms and legs is known as tetraplegia or quadriplegia. Common causes of spinal cord injuries include road traffic accidents, accidents in the workplace and sports accidents.
If you are planning to make a spinal cord injury compensation claim, you are strongly advised to seek the services of a qualified and experienced personal injury solicitor.Open Claim Calculator
How much compensation can be awarded for this claim?
The amount of compensation that you can expect to be awarded for a spinal cord injury claim is much higher than that which you would typically expect to receive for other personal injuries. This is because spinal injuries have long-term and often lifelong consequences which affect your quality of life. These injuries are also traumatic and likely to result in significant financial costs when you are trying to get your life back together.
For this reason, spinal cord injury claims take the following factors into account:
- The pain and suffering you incurred as a result of your injury. This includes physical and psychological trauma that you have suffered;
- Loss of income for the time taken off work. This might include future loss of earnings if you are unable to return to work for some time;
- Costs of treatment and medication for your injury; and
- Any other future financial costs you are likely to incur. These may include rehabilitation and nursing care costs, the costs of purchasing disability aids and special equipment, and any costs you incur in modifying your home to suit your needs.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and let us help you with your spinal cord injury claim.