Does Spinal Cord Injury Compensation Pay for Future Care?

Author:
Caroline Fox
Senior Associate Solicitor, Personal Injury Claims
Date:
30/04/2020

Yes. If you have long-term care needs as a result of your spinal cord injuries, such as counselling, medical treatment and ongoing therapy, we’ll include the cost of these as we value your spinal injury claim for compensation.

So if you or a relative has sustained a spinal cord injury that was caused by the fault or negligence or another party, and you’ll need specialist care in the future, get in touch with our Personal Injury Solicitors who specialise in life-changing injuries.

We offer a free consultation with legal advice and will be happy to speak with you about your situation. We may be able to visit you in hospital or at your home (in England or Wales), and represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis – ask us for details.

Call us on 08002605010 or request a callback and we will help you.

How Much Compensation for Spinal Cord Injury?

This isn’t an easy question to answer as it depends on the circumstances. In successful cases claimants are awarded General Damages and Special Damages. For complete details see our Compensation Payouts Guide for Spinal Injuries.

What Can I Claim Compensation For?

A compensation settlement should ensure you get the treatment and support you need as a result of your spinal cord injury, and get back in the financial position you’d have been in had you not been injured in the first place.

Your Personal Injury Solicitor will arrange for you to undergo an independent medical assessments, so reports outlining your injury and long-term care needs can be drawn up. With this information, we can identify specifically what you need and include the costs in our valuation of your claim. This could include:

  • The cost of professional care and assistance. This could include the cost of support workers or PAs, cleaners, gardeners and people who can maintain your property.
  • Payments to cover the cost of care that you have received from your friends and family
  • Counselling
  • Private medical treatment
  • Ongoing rehabilitation and therapy
  • Adaptations to your home
  • Buying, maintaining and replacing mobility aids, such as wheelchairs and stairlifts
  • Buying, maintaining and replacing technology and equipment that will make your life safer and easier
  • Transport
  • Increased costs to go on holidays

We’ll also consider the financial impact that your spinal cord injury has had on your life, so we’ll ensure the value of your claim reflects any loss of earnings you’ve experienced and are likely to have in the future.

In addition, we’ll look at ensuring you’re compensated for various out-of-pocket expenses you’ve incurred since your injury, such as prescription charges and the cost of travelling to medical appointments.

In short, a correctly valued compensation settlement can help aid your recovery and assist you with everyday living.

It’s therefore very important that you deal with a specialist in this area of law, as an expert Personal Injury Solicitor will understand the complexities involved, as well as the full impact a spinal injury can have on a person’s life.

We’ll work hard to get you a compensation settlement that genuinely meets your needs, and gives you a sense of justice and financial security in the future.

Can I Get Interim Payments?

A person with a spinal cord injury will have significant and urgent needs, so we will work hard to secure an amount of compensation before legal proceedings have come to an end. These are called Interim Payments, and can cover the cost of any private treatment, rehabilitation and care you require.

If the party you hold responsible for your spinal injury admits liability (fault), either fully or in part, we will be able to secure interim payments. This amount will then be deducted from your final compensation payment.

But if the other party’s insurer doesn’t admit liability for the accident or your injuries, we may not be able to get any compensation for you until the case is resolved.  This is why we aggressively pursue the party that we believe were negligent and build a case against them so that liability can be established as quickly as possible.

If the other party were not to blame, then their insurers will not make any compensation payments.  If there isn’t a case, then after a full investigation, we will advise you of this so that you know what to expect.   

How Long Do I Have to Make A Claim?

If you want to claim compensation for a spinal cord injury, you must make a claim within 3 years of the date that you sustained your injury. The only exceptions are if you’re claiming on behalf of a child before they turn 18, or if you’re claiming on another person’s behalf and they lack the mental capacity to claim for themselves.

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