A spinal cord injury can cause permanent disabilities which may require an individual to depend upon private medical treatment and personal assistance. Such expenses can run into thousands hence the reason why a ‘no win, no fee*’ solicitor should be contacted. Such professionals have the knowledge and experience to negotiate a high settlement. Nearly 50% of spinal injuries are caused from a motor collision. Falls take the rap for nearly 30%.
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These injuries are highly serious. The cord itself is made up of nerves which send messages to the brain and body. If they become damaged, the messages cannot be relayed and thus affect the ability to move or have any feeling in certain places.The spinal cord is enveloped by vertebrae. Injuries to the vertebra are slightly less serious and the sufferer may still be able to retain some form of mobility.
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A complete injury is one which leaves the person unable to move or feel anything from below the injured region. An incomplete injury is one which allows the patient to have some form of movement. Paralysis is determined by the loss of movement in the limbs. Unresponsiveness from the neck downwards is classed as quadriplegia, the word quad signifying the four limbs. Loss of movement from the chest downwards is classed as paraplegia due to both legs being unable to move. Loss of movement from the bottom of the back may damage some organ systems or cause limited movement and function.
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Proving liability can be a complex procedure and will require the service of a no win no fee*l solicitor . Medical professionals may be asked to confirm that the accident was the direct cause of the injuries. Witnesses may be questioned in great detail and a solicitor will need to prove that it was negligent behaviour which created these life changing disabilities.
Someone with injuries as extensive as this would certainly be in a position to make a claim for compensation.Such a settlement would cover medical expenses, the amount of pain and suffering endured, loss to the quality of life, the inability to return to work. costs involved with ongoing care including adaptations to the home, nurses, carers, physiotherapy and home help.
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An insurance company could make you a private offer but this would be much lower than a ‘no win, no fee*’ solicitor would accept. If you have decided against hiring a lawyer to act on your behalf, why not ring a company such as Accident Advice Helpline on: 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone before signing or agreeing to anything. In some instances, the legal process may not be a long and drawn out affair. A solicitor can often negotiate with an insurance company and obtain a settlement for what your injuries are worth. It may take a little longer but the money awarded will certainly be worth the wait.
Date Published: 22nd March 2014
Author: David Brown