The specialist solicitors here at Lanyon Bowdler are highly experienced in dealing with medical and clinical negligence claims relating to spinal cord injuries.
The outcome of an accident, injury or infection to the spinal cord can be partial or complete paralysis, which often has a devastating effect on the patient and their family.
If the injury was a result of medical or clinical negligence, relating to sub-standard surgery or misdiagnosis, it is vital to speak to a legal specialist about how you can claim spinal injury compensation for loss of earnings and to pay for any extra medical care which may be necessary.
Financial compensation is hugely important to help the victims of spinal injuries regain their independence and improve their quality of life.
The spine is made up of sections, and there are different nerves at every level. The effects of any spinal cord injury will depend on which part of the spine is damaged, whether cervical (neck), thoracic, lumbar or sacral.
Severe damage will usually result in all muscle power, beneath the level where the injury has occurred, being lost. If the damage is severe and at the cervical level, then legs and arms will be affected – this is known as quadriplegia.
The spinal cord cannot repair itself, so once it is damaged, any paralysis will be permanent. However, if the spinal cord has only been partially compressed by the injury and can be successfully released through surgery, there can be some recovery of function.
If the nerves at the base of the spine are damaged, results may include loss of sensation, numbness, and pain in the legs, buttocks and pelvis, as well as incontinence. Urgent treatment is needed to avoid permanent damage, and cauda equina claims can arise if there has been a delay in diagnosing and treating this problem.
Lanyon Bowdler held a conference in 2018 at one of the countries leading orthopaedic hospitals, The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt in Gobowen, the conference was attended by those working with people affected by spinal injury as well as patients and clients. The video below gives a flavour of the day.
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