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Spinal Injury Compensation Claim

Talk to our Injury Solicitors today about making a Spinal Injury Claim if you have suffered a damaged spinal cord or have sustained a serious back injury following an accident. Whether the spinal injury has directly affected you or a family member, it’s possible you now face life-changing consequences. If spinal cord damage is caused through the fault or negligence of others, then you should be entitled to make a Spinal injury Claim.

Successful and appropriate settlement of a Spinal Injury Claim for compensation will provide crucial support for you and family members in various ways. 

To ensure the best outcome, it is vital that you take immediate advice from a qualified Spinal Injury Solicitor. With in-depth expertise in handling compensation claims specifically for people with injuries to the spine, our team are ready to help.

Compensation can provide support in many areas of day-to-day life, helping to make your recovery as positive, successful and stress-free as possible, or if full recovery is not possible, helping you to achieve financial well-being while surrounding you with a care-package that helps to return the best quality of life as quickly as possible. 

Spinal Injury Compensation will provide support in the following areas:

  • General damages – to compensate for the physical and emotional impact of suffering damage to the spine
  • Private healthcare needs
  • Supplementary rehabilitation and therapies
  • Home & transport adaptations
  • Loss of earnings

An injury to the spine can have devastating consequences. If you have been injured due to an accident which was not your fault, you could be eligible to claim compensation for the injury and you should speak with one of our Spinal Injury Lawyers today.

Trust the Spinal Injury Solicitors at Lanyon Bowdler

Our Spinal Injury Solicitors have specialist and comprehensive expertise in representing clients through spinal injury compensation claims. We know only too well the devastating impact this kind of injury can have on the injured person, close friends and the family unit.

The Serious Injury lawyers here at Lanyon Bowdler have a wealth of experience guiding people through the process of claiming compensation following a spinal cord injury.

Our serious injury team are members of the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and appear on their approved list of personal injury solicitors. We have many years’ experience in handling Spinal Injury Compensation claims and have secured multi-million-pound pay-outs for many clients we have helped.

Our Spinal Injury Solicitors are adept at prioritising the most immediate needs for our clients at this most challenging of times. We aim to quickly review the facts and assess the viability of making a successful claim for compensation.

It is essential for you or loved ones to take early advice from a Spinal Injury Solicitor. We often make visits to the homes of our clients, or we can arrange for hospital visits if this is more appropriate and helpful, in order to progress the claim.

The complexities surrounding an individual Spinal Injury Claim can mean the claims process itself can often be lengthy. We have wide experience in securing early interim compensation payments helping ensure that any immediate needs surrounding financial or physical welfare are promptly catered for. At Lanyon Bowdler, the physical and emotional needs, as well as the financial security of our clients, is paramount to all that we do and how we approach a Spinal Injury Claim

Spinal Injury Conference

Lanyon Bowdler hosted a national conference, ‘Surviving Spinal Injury – The Journey’ which was held at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital, Gobowen, Oswestry.

You can view our spinal injury newsletter here which provides more information about the topics covered at the conference.

Compensation for Spinal Injury: Am I Eligible to Claim?

If the negligent action of someone, whether it was a person driving a car or a doctor undertaking a medical procedure, was a contributing factor to your injury, it is very likely that you will be able to make a claim. If the Injury is caused by some form of negligence surrounding a medical or hospital procedure then Lanyon Bowdler’s team of Medical Negligence Solicitors should be consulted at once.

More than 1,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury every year through a variety of incidents, such as sporting accidents, surgical injuries, diseases and road traffic accidents.
It is a sad fact that many spinal injuries lead to paralysis, which can be devastating for everyone involved.

Injuries to the spine itself can of course range from being very minor to being extremely severe. Compensation therefore will be commensurate with the severity of damage to the spine and the long-term implications for the injured party. 

Making a Spinal Injury Claim can provide compensation for:

  • Neck injuries
  • Fractures to the spinal column
  • Paraplegia – Involves injury to the spinal cord below thoracic spinal levels (T1-L5). People with injuries to this part of the spinal cord retain full motor function of upper limbs. Some paraplegics will be completely paralysed from the waste down, while others will deal with more minor mobility issues. 
  • Quadriplegia (also known as ‘Tetraplegia’) occurs where the spinal cord is injured above the first thoracic vertebra, or within the cervical section of the spine. Quadriplegia can result in loss of movement to all limbs.
  • Side effects

Claiming Compensation after Spinal Injury

Each year Lanyon Bowdler supports people and families through making Spinal Injury Claims and on most occasions, we provide this service as “no win no fee”.

“No win no fee” means that if a Spinal Injury Claim proves unsuccessful, there is no financial risk or liability to you as the claimant. 

Final compensation awards for Spinal Injury Claims are calculated by assessing both general and special damages associated with the trauma of the incident and the significance of its effects on later life, including:

  • Suitable compensation if you are no longer able to continue your career path or indeed work at all
  • If you are no longer able to participate in leisure or creative activities that once contributed actively toward your quality of life
  • To allow single storey accommodation and/or adaptations around the home or with modes of transport (widened doorways, bath lifts, wet rooms, ramps and access adaptations)
  • Funding for a care package for ongoing healthcare support
  • Ensuring all needs are catered for to provide independence

What is a Spinal Cord Injury?

The spinal cord is an essential part of human anatomy and impacts on all bodily functions, acting as the main pathway for communication between the brain and the rest of the body. 

Protected by vertebrae, the spinal cord carries signals to and from the brain via its complex network of nerve cells (neurons) and bundles of nerve fibre (axons). Along with the brain, the spinal cord makes up the central nervous system and is essential to the peripheral nervous system too. As such the spinal cord is an integral organ to all voluntary and involuntary functions within the body. It is due to its fundamental role in all bodily functions that damage to the spinal cord can have such a devastating effect.

Spinal Cord Injury often involves damage to neurons or nerve fibres leaving them unable carry signals below the point at which the spinal cord has been damaged. 

The higher up the body that damage to the spinal cord occurs the greater the impact is felt on bodily functions. Both muscle control and sensory responses can be lost and while advances in medical techniques are beginning to help more injured people recover to levels that once would have been unachievable, it is still the case that damage to the spinal cord can leave people with complex and life-changing issues. 

People suffering with a Spinal Cord Injury can find every-day living is affected in basic ways surrounding sensory and involuntary bodily functions such as touch, speech, sexual function, blood pressure regulation, temperature regulation, breathing and swallowing. 

On top of the physical effects of damage to the spine, many sufferers also unfortunately experience emotional hardship as well. Recent studies point to around 20% of people suffering Spinal Cord Injury going on to experience clinical depression.

The Main Causes and Results of Spinal Injury

According the UK statistics, men aged between 20 - 29 and in older age at 70+ are most at risk of suffering traumatic spinal cord injury (spinal research org.), Women are most at risk in adolescence (aged 15 – 19) + at older ages (60+), but with men suffering spinal injuries at rates generally around double than that of females. 

The main causes of traumatic spinal cord injury are due to accidents such as falls from height, sporting injuries and road traffic accidents. 

Spinal cord Injury often carries the risk of developing of further health complications which can be uncomfortable at best or life-threatening at worst, problems such as: chronic pain, respiratory problems, muscle spasms, DVT, urinary tract infection & pressure ulcers.

Legal 500 & Chambers UK Recommendations

The personal injury team at Lanyon Bowdler is recognised in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 in the West Midlands. The directory ranks the medical negligence team in Tier 1 in the West Midlands.

Chambers UK recognises both teams in their 2019 directory.

Claiming Compensation for Spinal Injury

A spinal cord injury can be devastating, but compensation can be a huge help when trying to rebuild your life. Financial compensation can help to cover the cost of medical bills, care, rehabilitation, accommodation and equipment, as well as the pain and suffering and loss of earnings if you are no longer able to work.

Lanyon Bowdler’s Serious Injury Specialists have dealt with a wide range of severe injury claims over many years and have the knowledge and experience to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.

Let us Review your Spinal Injury Claim

Are you happy with the way your compensation claim is currently being handled? Even if your claim has recently settled we may still be able to review your case, read more here.

Contact our Spinal Injury Solicitors

We strive to help make it possible for you to enjoy an independent life following a Spinal Cord Injury. Please give us a call for a friendly, confidential, chat about how we can help support you with a serious injury claim. There is no commitment or charge for our initial assessment. Please contact a member of the team or complete our online enquiry form toward the top of this page on the right-hand side. 

Lanyon Bowdler has offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry and Telford, as well as meeting rooms in Conwy, North Wales.

We regularly act for clients across Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales, Birmingham and the Midlands. As a leading national law firm, we can represent you wherever you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Testimonials

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- Mr H Jones & R Jones, Llanrhystud

Excellent service in a clear and concise manner.

- Derwen College, Oswestry

The people we dealt with from the start. Email contact was good and any visits to the Hereford office was productive, easy and a pleasure.

- Mr J Campbell & Mrs M Campbell, Ledbury

Direct line to acting solicitor.

- Mr H Williamson, Llansantffrraid

We found they always listened to what we had to say and replied in Queens English without a lot of legal jargon.

- Mr J Manley & Mrs B Manley, Craven Arms

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