If you’ve suffered from a spinal injury or spinal chord injury, you could be entitled to claim for compensation. Spinal injuries can have a huge impact on your quality of life and in some cases can put an end to your career. The most common causes of spinal injury are road accidents and accidents at work, but however you sustained your injury; if it was someone else’s fault then we can help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Some facts about Spinal Injuries
Every year in the United Kingdom around a thousand people suffer an injury to their spinal chord. At the moment there is still no ‘cure’ for spinal chord injuries meaning that over 50,000 people currently live in the UK with paralysis.
The effects of serious Spinal injuries
Depending on how and where you damage your spine, the effects can be devastating; from tetraplegia when you cannot move anything below your neck, to paraplegia when you cannot move your legs. Alongside these is a range of other effects including:
- Bowel and Bladder function can be lost in the immediate aftermath of an injury, but in some cases can be re-taught later in the treatment
- Phantom pain on the paralysed limbs
- Low blood pressure – alongside this people suffering from a damaged spinal chord may also experience potentially fatal attacks of sudden high blood pressure
- Difficulty controlling the body’s temperature
- Involuntary muscle spasms and shaking
The Mental effects of Spinal Injuries
As well as having a devastating effect upon the sufferer’s physical capabilities, studies show that many people struggle to deal with the psychological trauma that often accompanies a spinal injury. As well as dealing with the aftermath of the incident, it can be very challenging to overcome the natural negativity that can be caused by such a sudden restriction of action and ability. Any compensation settlement must take into account the mental suffering of the victim, as well as the physical difficulties they now have to deal with.
Who can help with my claim?
Making a claim for compensation after suffering a spinal injury or a spinal chord injury (SCI) can be different to a normal personal accident claim. In most cases there are far more angles and factors to look at when working out what the fair amount of compensation should be. Our highly trained solicitors have years of experience of dealing with these kinds of cases, so you should contact them today to see if you have a claim.