“Every day, three people in the UK and Ireland are paralysed following an injury to their spinal cord” – Spinal Research charity
Spinal injuries can be some of the most debilitating and life-changing any person can receive. Everyday tasks that were once simple and straightforward like going shopping, getting in and out of bed or simply making a cup of tea can become extremely difficult or even impossible when damage has been sustained to such an important, yet fragile part of the body. .
Be it from a car crash, an accident at work, whilst playing sport, whilst horse riding, from serving in the armed forces, from clinical negligence or just a general slip, trip or fall that wasn’t your fault, the effect on life can be immeasurable. Unfortunately, due to the severity of most spinal injuries, the chances of the affected person making a full recovery are usually quite remote. This is the unfortunate reality for anyone who has sustained a spinal injury due to an accident that wasn’t their fault, leading many victims to seek the services of expert solicitors like Tylers.
Tylers Solicitors can help you get the compensation you deserve for your spinal injury. We deal with spinal injury claims on a no-win, no-fee basis. With many spinal injuries resulting in paralysis, the compensation gained from a spinal injury claim can help to adapt to the life changes that an individual must undertake.
If you’ve suffered spinal injuries due to an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.
Call Tylers Solicitors freephone on 0800 699 0079 and we can then proceed to talk you through your spine accident injury compensation claim. Alternatively, if you are on your mobile phone, you can call 0333 577 0320, which is free to call with free minutes on your mobile phone.
How much compensation could I get for a spinal injury?
Severe cases where there is damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots, causing severe pain and incomplete paralysis, could see a claim between £70,000 to £140,000 in compensation. Disc fractures, soft tissue damage and nerve damage that results in loss of sensation or a chronic condition with disability could claim between £30,000 and £75,000.
Moderate spinal injuries that could result in constant pain or affect daily life could be awarded £9,000 – £30,000 in compensation
Minor cases with soft tissue injuries, disc prolapses, strains and sprains where a full recovery is made within three months could see the claimant receive up to £2000 in compensation. Minor spinal injuries that take longer to heal, such as five years, could result in up to £7000 in compensation.
What Is A Spinal Cord Injury?
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage which is usually caused by trauma or disease to the spinal cord contained within the hollow vertebrae which results most commonly in motor and sensory paralysis with the most severely affected individuals requiring round the clock care. The full extent of paralysis is very much dependent upon the point along the length of the cord at which the damage occurs and whether the cord is severed entirely or only partially.
The injury is usually categorised into two main groupings as either tetraplegia or paraplegia. Tetraplegia, also known as quadriplegia is paralysis caused by illness or injury that results in the partial or total loss of use of all the limbs and torso. Paraplegia is impairment in motor or sensory function of the lower extremities alone. This is commonly seen in adults who have suffered from childhood Polio.
Paralysis resulting from spinal injuries can be extremely debilitating, affecting normal functions of the body such as the natural operation of the urinary, digestive and reproductive systems. Along with the more obvious results of injuries of this nature such as the impairment of mobility, they can also cause respiratory difficulties as well as pressure sores as a consequence of being stationary for such long periods of time.
How Can Compensation Help After Sustaining a Spinal Injury?
Compensation awarded for spinal injuries caused by accidents that weren’t the fault of the victim can’t turn the clock back and make things go back to how they were before. However, the money can go a long way to helping the victim rebuild their life after experiencing such a devastating and traumatic event. The most complex personal injury cases tend to concern injuries of this kind and therefore require teams of highly skilled solicitors. One consequence resulting from the complex nature of claiming compensation for spinal injuries is that, due to the extent of the damage caused to the victim, the amount of money required for care is considerable. It must be stated however that when cases are won, the amount of money awarded is also frequently equally substantial as it is needed to pay for many costly changes in the victim’s life such as:
- Compensation for the general pain and suffering sustained
- Paying for expensive specialised mobility equipment like wheelchairs as well as care and speciality accommodation
- Paying for home adaptations such as bath lifts, grip handles, ramps, extensions and hoists
- Compensation for loss of earnings and the inability to work
- Helping to pay for a car that can be accessed more easily than the one currently owned by the victim
- Paying for private health care to ensure the victim gets the best possible treatment for their injuries
- Reimbursing the victim for any travel costs they have incurred in getting to and from hospital appointments
Perhaps most importantly, it can also help to secure rehabilitation and therapy to help maximise the victim’s independence and help guide them back to leading a life that as closely as possible resembles the one they led before the accident.
What Other Types of Spinal Injuries Are There?
- Spinal Stenosis
- Anterior Wedging of the Mid-Thoracic Vertebral Body
- Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH)
- Fractures of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine
- Spinal Fracture
- Spinal Infection
- Spinal Tumor
- Whiplash Associated Disorder of the Spine
- Cervical Stenosis
- Cervical Myelopathy
- Cervical Radiculopathy
- Lumbar Spinal Canal Stenosis
- Hidden Twist Scoliosis
- Kennedy’s Disease
- Central Cord Syndrome
- Central Pain Syndrome
- Spinal Cord Infraction
- Brown Sequard Syndrome
- Central Pain Syndrome
- Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
- Spinal Cord Compression
- Stiff-Person Syndrome
- Tabes Dorsalis
- Tarlov Cysts
- Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome
- Transverse Myelitis
Give Tylers a call today
If you have been involved in an accident which has caused irreparable damage to your spine, then you may be eligible for compensation. However, it is of the utmost importance that you act quickly in order to ensure that you secure an appropriate amount based on the severity of your injuries by seeking urgent advice from a serious personal injury lawyer. Tylers have an experienced team of solicitors armed with all the specialist skills and knowledge necessary to help you acquire the compensation you deserve.
In past cases, some victims have been awarded settlements of over £1,000,000 due in no small part to the expertise of the legal teams involved and the wealth of evidence provided to them by the victims themselves. Whatever the extent of your spinal injury and whatever the cost has been to you in physical, financial and psychological terms as well as to those around you, we’re here to help. Take that brave first step on the long road to recovery and give Tylers a call today.
If you have suffered a spinal injury as a result of an accident or clinical negligence that wasn’t your fault then you may be able to make a claim. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.