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This article was published on September 14th, 2022
Spinal cord injuries can be devastating and even life-changing for both the victim and their families. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury through no fault of your own, we can help. Our specialist catastrophic injury solicitors will work to obtain the best possible compensation as well as ensure that you have access to the rehabilitative treatment and support that you need to help you cope with your spinal injury.
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that connects the brain with the rest of the body. It goes through an opening in the backbone, called the vertebrae. There are two main types of spinal cord injuries:
A complete injury means there’s no feeling or movement below the level of the injury.
An incomplete injury means there is some feeling or movement below the level of the injury. Spinal cord injuries can happen for many reasons, but most often it’s due to trauma to your head or upper body, like an accident or fall. Other causes include infections like meningitis, cancer, and diabetes; genetic conditions like spina bifida; and autoimmune disorders like lupus.
If you have suffered from a spinal injury through no fault of your own you may be entitled to compensation and you should get in touch with your local solicitor to find out.
Car crashes, motorcycle accidents, and cycling accidents are all common causes of spinal cord injuries. If the other road user behaved negligently, then you may be eligible to claim spinal injury compensation.
Slips, trips and falls are also common causes of spinal injuries. These injuries are typically caused by slippery surfaces, such as wet floors, or uneven terrain that makes it difficult for someone to maintain their balance, this may be out in public or in the workplace. Spinal injuries that result from these types of accidents often lead to paralysis or other long-lasting effects.
Medical errors can also lead to spinal injuries. If doctors or other medical professionals fail to take necessary precautions, misdiagnose or provide a late diagnosis that leads to a spinal injury you may be entitled to compensation. This can include failure to diagnose a tumour in enough time to prevent damage to your spinal cord, surgical errors after back or neck surgery and anaesthesia errors, leading to permanent nerve damage and paralysis.
Our team of catastrophic injury solicitors will investigate your claim and gather all the available evidence to make sure you get the best possible financial outcome. However, we understand that the claim is often about more than the financial aspect and we are also here to help you cope with your spinal injury.
We work closely with the best medical and rehabilitation experts to ensure each of our clients and their families gets the optimum level of rehabilitative care and emotional support during the claims process and beyond.
The Spinal Injuries Association is a charity that is founded and run by people who have suffered a spinal cord injury and provides support to those who have suffered a spinal injury too. They help both victims and their families to ensure they can live a happy and independent life after their injury.
The Brain and Spinal Injury Centre, otherwise known as BASIC, provides a variety of rehabilitation services and assistance to those suffering from brain damage and spinal injury to aid them and their loved ones.
If you have suffered a spinal injury and think you may be entitled to compensation, get in touch today by calling 0800 1979 345 or completing our online enquiry form.