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This article was published on February 21st, 2022
Over a thousand people each year suffer spinal cord injuries in the UK and these can have a huge impact on their lives and the lives of their loved ones. This is why it is incredibly important to us that our clients obtain high levels of compensation, treatment and rehabilitation to ensure they have the best quality of life after their accident. We work to make sure this happens from the moment we are chosen to represent our clients.
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: complete and incomplete. 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, 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 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 also offer support and guidance in regards to rehabilitation and living arrangements.
We work closely with the best medical and rehabilitation experts to ensure each of our clients and their families get the optimum level of rehabilitative care and emotional support during the claims process and beyond.
Led by a trustee board who have all suffered a spinal cord injury, the Spinal Injuries Association provides those who have suffered a spinal injury with support in the immediate aftermath of their accident as well as throughout the rest of their life. They provide both the injured party and their family with a means to ensure they can live a fulfilled and independent life after their spinal injury.
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.