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Tetraplegia & Paraplegia Compensation Claims Lawyers

 

Sometimes an accident can happen which leaves the individual with devastating and lifelong injuries, such as paralysis. The physical and psychological impact of paralysis can affect all areas of a person’s life, including their career, relationships, social life, hobbies, and mental health.

Here at Lanyon Bowdler we specialise in helping people who have suffered paralysis through a no-fault accident to claim compensation, access rehabilitative treatment, and regain their independence after their accident.

We’ll be open and honest with you in everything we do. With our team on your side, you’ll have the best legal advice, support and most accurate information at all times. We'll handle your case with sensitivity, understanding and clarity, and tailor our services to your individual needs and wishes. In making sure your needs are met, we are fully engaged in everything we do for you.

If you or a loved one have been paralysed after an accident which occurred due to somebody else’s negligence, please get in touch to find out how we can help.

 

What Is Paralysis?

Paralysis is defined as the loss of the ability to move and feel any sensations in a part of the body. Paralysis may be temporary or permanent, partial or complete.

As well as loss of movement in the limbs, vital bodily functions such as breathing, blood flow, organs, and glands can also be affected.

Paralysis occurs as a result of an injury to the central or peripheral nervous systems, affecting the brain, spinal cord, or nerves, and interrupting or severing the connection between the brain and the affected muscles.

Messages can’t be passed to the muscles from the brain, and so they lose their function, for example if the nerves that pass signals to the leg muscles are affected, the individual will be unable to walk properly or at all.

 

How Can Compensation Help If I’ve Been Paralysed in an Accident?

When a person is involved in an accident that leads to paralysis, their life is undoubtedly changed forever. Even in the less serious cases where the paralysis is partial or temporary, the person often still has to take extended time off work, or give up their job altogether. This obviously has a huge financial impact on the individual and their family. In addition to this, it is likely that their home will need to be adapted, or they may need to move into more suitable accommodation depending on the extent of their condition.

As well as the physical implications of being paralysed, the individual may also suffer adverse psychological effects after their accident as they adapt to their sudden loss of independence. Some people can find it extremely dehumanising to become reliant on other people for even the simplest of daily tasks, and they may find themselves feeling depressed or suffering with flashbacks from the accident.

Whilst there is no cure for paralysis, many individuals find that rehabilitation therapy makes a big difference to their quality of life. With compensation, and the guidance of our empathic personal injury solicitors you could access care and support including:

  • Physical therapy, for example neuro-physiotherapy
  • Ongoing pain management
  • Occupational therapy to provide aids and equipment which foster independent living
  • Speech and language therapy if your communication was affected by your injury
  • Rehabilitation nurses to help with bodily function issues such as bowel or bladder dysfunction
  • Access to mental health services to aid with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder etc which may have developed after the accident

Making a claim for compensation after a paralysis injury can help to provide financial security to the individual and their family, as well as helping to pay for medical treatment and therapies, and the necessary home and vehicle adaptations to improve their quality of life. Pursuing legal action against the individual or organisation responsible for the accident can also help to ensure that measures are put into place to prevent the same thing happening again in the future.

 

What happens if my injury leaves me in financial difficulty?

We understand that an accident that leads to injuries of this nature will have a huge financial impact.  We will try to arrange interim payments throughout your case, ensuring you don’t face financial hardship whilst awaiting your final compensation award. We also offer our services on a no win no fee basis which means you won’t be charged for an unsuccessful claim, and there are no fees to pay upfront. Our people are here to become your team, and we can work together to achieve the best possible outcome.

 

What Types of Paralysis Are There?

Paralysis of any kind will lead to a number of issues for the individual, however there are certain types of paralysis that may allow for a more independent outlook than others. The different types of paralysis that can occur include the following:

  • Monoplegia - This type typically affects only one limb, usually an arm, and is most often the result of a neurological illness or brain damage specifically affecting the part of the brain that controls movement.
  • Hemiplegia - This refers to paralysis which affects both the arm and leg on one side of the body, typically occurring as the result of a stroke. In some cases hemiplegic paralysis may be temporary.
  • Paraplegia - This is the term used to describe paralysis which occurs below the waist, affecting the legs, hips, pelvis, and bodily functions including bowel and bladder. It typically occurs as a result of a lower back spinal cord injury. The injury that leads to paraplegic paralysis may be incomplete, and the individual may still feel some sensation in their legs, although movement is not possible.
  • Triplegia - This is where the paralysis occurs in one arm and both legs, and it is most often seen in individuals with cerebral palsy.
  • Quadriplegia - Also known as tetraplegia, this type of paralysis affects everything below the neck, including both arms, both legs, torso, and bodily functions. The most severe form of paralysis, it occurs due to a spinal cord injury in the neck. Due to the injury occurring so high up on the spinal cord, the signals are unable to travel to the majority of the body.

If you have suffered any type of paralysis after being involved in an accident which was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for paralysis compensation. Please speak to our friendly and professional personal injury solicitors who will be happy to help you begin your claim.

 

What Are The Most Common Causes Of Paralysis?

Paralysis can occur for many reasons, including stroke, or a head injury, but some of the most common accidents which give rise to a paralysis compensation claim include:

Being injured in any type of accident could potentially result in an injury that affects the brain, spinal cord, or nerves, or it could cause a stroke, or even a tumour on the brain or spine, all of which will ultimately lead to some degree of paralysis.

If you have been involved in any of the accidents listed, or any other accident which wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. The specialist team at Lanyon Bowdler are waiting to speak to you and assess your eligibility to claim.

 

Can I Claim Compensation For Paralysis Caused By An Accident At Work?

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, your employer has a duty of care to ensure you are able to carry out your role safely within the workplace. If your employer breaches their duty of care, and this results in an accident occurring, in which you sustain an injury that leads to paralysis, you are entitled to take legal action against them.

A breach in their duty of care could be something such as failing to provide you with adequate training, failing to provide appropriate personal protective equipment, or failing to carry out routine maintenance on equipment. There are also specific rules which your employer must adhere to if employees are required to work from height.

If you are unsure as to whether or not you have reasonable grounds for making a claim against your employer, please get in touch and our team of personal injury solicitors will be happy to discuss your situation and offer advice on how best to proceed.

 

How Can Lanyon Bowdler Help Me?

Here at Lanyon Bowdler, our team of personal injury lawyers have a great deal of experience in handling claims for those who have been affected by all types of paralysis after a no-fault accident. We adopt a holistic approach to personal injury claims, which means that not only do we facilitate the legal side of your claim, we are also able to assist with any employment issues you may be facing, coordinate rehabilitative support and home adaptations as necessary for you, and signpost you to charities and organisations that offer support within your community.

We pride ourselves on our empathic approach, taking the time to get to know you and your family so that we can truly understand your needs and deliver a service which is tailored to you. We are specialists in catastrophic injuries, and are affiliated with Headway - the brain injury association, so if your paralysis was due to a brain injury we can offer additional support and guidance.

 

Contact Us

Please give our Personal Injury Lawyers a call for a friendly, confidential, conversation about how we can help support you with a Paralysis Injury Claim. There is no commitment or charge for our initial assessment. Please contact a member of the team or complete our online inquiry form toward the top of this page on the right-hand side. We can also arrange a home or hospital visit when more convenient.

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

We are one of the most recognised firms of solicitors in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Mid and North Wales, Birmingham and the Midlands, synonymous with excellence. We are able to offer a wide range of pricing options including fixed fees and service level guarantees.

As a leading national law firm, we regularly act for clients on Paralysis Injury Claims across the country. We can represent you wherever you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Testimonials

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- Mrs Eleanor Margaret Howells, Hereford

Communication surrounding my injury claim was excellent with other departments within the firm.

- Mrs L Dowbiggin, Much Wenlock

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- Mr Graham A Edwards, Gwynedd

Impressed by the pro-active updates and feedback we were given regarding progress, and speedy responses to emails.

- Mr N Barclay, Oswestry

Excellent experience throughout. Our house purchase was problematic due to problems up the chain. However, Jo was very professional and considerate throughout and managed to keep us calm during a very stressful process, which we can not thank her enough for. All communications were met with a rapid and helpful response which we are also incredibly thankful for.   

- Meg, Via Review Solicitors

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- Mr P Hill & Dr L Hill, Lincoln

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- D Stevenson, via Review Solicitors

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