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A spinal cord injury is life changing for the whole family and each case is highly unique and personal. In some instances you may have limited mobility or you may be wholly confined to a wheelchair and in more extreme cases you may require assistance to breathe with a ventilator.
Once your injury is stabilised early intervention and rehabilitation is essential in spinal cord injury. At Shoosmiths we don't spare any effort to get you swift redress and, in personal injury cases, wherever possible, interim awards of compensation to deliver early practical support to help you regain independence and mobility. We can also help with buying a new or adapted home so that you can enjoy some degree of 'normal domestic life' as well as sourcing appropriate equipment and transport.
It's important that you get and continue to receive help to regain independence after a spinal cord injury, so while state support continues to be eroded, we know that managing an award becomes even more important in order to give security and certainty about long-term support.
Shoosmiths employs a strong team of spinal cord injury solicitors specialising in both personal injury and medical negligence claims working out of 10 offices throughout the UK. Many are accredited by the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) or are members of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and have established links with charities and other organisations which support victims of spinal cord injury and their families.
How do I make a claim about spinal cord injury
If you wish to make a spinal injury claim, you usually must do so within three years of the injury. There are some exceptions to this, but victims or their families considering spinal injury claims should not delay getting in contact with a specialist solicitor.
You should not be put off making a spinal injury claim due to concerns over cost. Spinal injury claims can be conducted on a ‘No-Win-No-Fee’ basis which removes any financial risk. In the unlikely event that a claim we handle is unsuccessful, you won’t have to pay a penny in fees
Contacting a solicitor with the necessary experience and expertise in cases like these is essential. The claim will inevitably involve a great deal of medical and medico-legal evidence and argument which your legal team must commission and understand. The must also appreciate how all the implications of your medical condition affect you and your family.
There is a great deal more work involved in spinal injury claims compared to ‘routine’ personal injury cases. Lawyers must give far more consideration to your needs for the long-term future as well as any immediate recompense for the pain, suffering and out of pocket expenses you have incurred.
Anyone who has suffered a spinal injury will need to secure an award that covers all of the ongoing and sometimes less obvious costs they might incur through life, which could also include provision for current or future dependents.
If I have a case about a spinal cord injury
Establishing whether you have a case will depend on showing that someone else’s negligence was responsible for you injury. That’s usually not an issue in cases like these, although negligence must still be proved and liability can be disputed for many months. However, we can usually get any treatment and access to specialist equipment and support agreed and funded straight away before the legal process involved in your claim has even begun.
Different types of spinal cord injury may have different causes and will require different legal approaches and levels of care, rehabilitation and support. If an accident was responsible for your spinal cord injury, even if you think you may have been partly to blame, you may have a case that’s likely to succeed.
Spinal cord injury claims are highly complex and technical so it’s important to make sure your chosen spinal injury solicitors have the expertise and practical experience to handle your claim. Every client is different and your individual family circumstances may be varied and complex.
Your legal team’s priorities must be to ensure that you and your family do not suffer financially as well as addressing your ongoing practical and emotional needs. They should take the lead in assessing the support you will require, often for life, as well as negotiating the best possible financial award on your behalf.
More about spinal cord injury claims
Damage to the spinal cord, resulting in paraplegia, quadriplegia or tetraplegia, can have a huge, long-term impact on a person’s life and family relationships. The paralysis that results from a spinal cord injury can vary, depending on the height and extent of the lesion
Many people with a high level spinal cord injury will require a full care and support package in place on their discharge. By working with experienced Spinal Cord Case Managers we ensure that everything is in place to maximise an individual's quality of life and independence. A victim of a spinal cord injury must also potentially meet lifetime care expenses which is why it is important to ensure that the legal team you choose to represent you are experienced in this type of case.
Our expert spinal injury solicitors are highly experienced in assessing the merits of potential spinal injury claims. If we are able to take on your case our lawyers are happy to visit you at home or in hospital.
Successful spinal injury claims need to pay for appropriate, expert rehabilitation services. Setting up a personal injury trust is often essential to ring fence that award, while preserving entitlement to equally important means-tested state or local authority support where it exists.
We can usually obtain interim payments to purchase accommodation, equipment and the setting up of care regimes. We have an excellent network of support partners including medical experts, healthcare providers and rehabilitation services that we call on to help you get back to an independent life.
£1.4m settlement for spinal cord injury
Our client was involved in a car accident, suffering a spinal cord injury which resulted in complete paraplegia.The car in which she was a passenger skidded off the road at a notorious accident black spot and rolled down a sharp incline before smashing against a tree.
Read our full spinal cord injury case study here.
£2.55m award for spinal cord injury
Our client, a young married man from Milton Keynes with two children, suffered severe spinal cord injuries when his car was hit by a stolen vehicle that failed to give way at a crossroads. The driver of the stolen vehicle was later sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment.
To read our full spinal cord injury case study, please click here.
I am a Consultant at Shoosmiths, I have been a personal injury lawyer for over 26 years and I act for individuals who have sustained injuries that have had a significant impact on their quality of life and a lasting impact on their family.View full profile
'I was very pleased with the outcome. At times it was very hard for us, but I must say a big thank you to Shoosmiths for all their support and help from the day I had the accident until agreement was reached.”
Mrs W, a spinal cord injury client
We do this work because we care passionately about helping people with spinal cord injuries. We are proud of the fact that our help really does make a difference to hundreds of families across the UK.Why Shoosmiths