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.
If you or a loved one have experienced traumatic spinal Injury because of an accident rather than through the negligence of a medical professional or surgery, please read our Spinal Injury Claim information
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.
Spinal cord Impingement injuries can be caused by any situations where pressure is applied to the spinal cord.
Also, known as spinal cord compression, this problem can occur at any point along the spinal column and can cause a variety of health problems of varying degrees of severity. Spinal impingement can result from medical negligence and could require ongoing physical therapies and supportive care to minimise pain resulting from such an injury, or surgery may be required.
Spinal cord impingement problems can often be caused following surgery in areas close to the spine, for example where a tumour may have been removed.
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.
The Medical Negligence department is recognised in Tier One for the West Midlands in the 2022 edition of The Legal 500, which described the department as "distinct and outstanding" saying the group has extensive experience across a wide range of medical negligence claims including birth, brain and spinal injuries, fatalities, amputations and delay in diagnosis. Other strengths lie in advising on negligent surgery, ophthalmic and vascular conditions.'
The Chambers UK 2022 ranks the department in Band 1 for Hereford, Worcester & Surrounds and Shrewsbury & Surrounds, it states we are an 'Impressive practice group with a growing presence across the West Midlands. Offers specialist advice across the full gamut of clinical negligence mandates, with particular experience in cases of surgical error, delayed diagnosis and failure to supervise those at risk of suicide. Additionally skilled in cases relating to post-surgical negligence, brain injury and fatal claims.'
Chambers UK highlight Beth Heath who was appointed department head in May 2021 'Notable practitioner Beth Heath has experience advising clients on delayed diagnosis of cancer, surgical negligence and informed consent cases. "She is very organised and efficient, with a thorough approach."
Lanyon Bowdler won the Clinical Negligence Team of the Year title at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards in Manchester, beating off competition from across the UK.
Kay Kelly, former head and now consultant for the team, said: “This is absolutely wonderful news and is a fitting tribute to the expertise and dedication of our clinical negligence lawyers.
“Clinical negligence is a particularly sensitive area of law which makes a tremendous difference to people’s lives. A successful claim can be vital for the person’s recovery and future quality of life, so to be recognised as being the best team in the country for our work means a great deal.”
The team is both proud and delighted to have won this award. The winning video submission can be viewed below.
You can view the highlights from The Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards 2018 here.
Give us a call or complete our online enquiry form, to see how our medical negligence lawyers can help. We have offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Conwy, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry and Telford, so we are able to act for clients all over Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales and across the Midlands.
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