Simpson Millar joins the Spinal Injuries Association as a Trusted Legal Partner

The whole team at Simpson Millar is delighted to be joining as an Spinal Injuries Association Trusted Legal Partner in the East of England from 1 August.

We’re looking forward to helping people with a spinal cord injury and their families to get the legal help and support they need, and supporting the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) itself and the work it does for people affected by spinal cord injuries.

Ian Cohen, National Head of Personal Injury at Simpson Millar said, “I’m delighted that we’ve been put forwards as the SIA’s Trusted Legal Partner for the East of England. It shows that the Personal Injury team at Simpson Millar has the expertise and specialist knowledge to effectively support people who’ve been affected by a spinal cord injury.

“We’re really looking forward to helping people secure the compensation they need and are entitled to. This allows them to access the rehabilitation, equipment and support they so desperately need after a spinal cord injury, at the earliest possible time in their recovery.

“Our team of experts has the required legal knowledge and experience to support the injured person and their family through the legal process, irrespective of whether the spinal cord injury was caused by a road traffic accident, and accident at work or medical negligence.”

What the SIA Do

The Spinal Injuries Association support people who’ve suffered from a spinal cord injury.

Alongside supporting people with specialist nurses, telephone counselling and finding the right solicitor to deal with a personal injury claim, the SIA also offering training to healthcare professionals and solicitors so they can understand the issues for people with spinal cord injuries better. They also campaign on behalf of people with spinal cord injuries and lobby government.

During the Coronavirus epidemic, they’ve been helping people with spinal cord injuries to understand how the virus will impact them, both in any necessary acute care in hospital and any care they receive at home. Some people with spinal cord injuries have suppressed immune systems or respiratory issues so catching Coronavirus could result in more serious symptoms as a result.

The SIA estimate that around 20% of people with spinal cord injury either have live in care or daily support and they’ve been offering detailed advice and guidance to anyone with concerns about their care provision, shielding and self-isolating through the pandemic.

How We Can Help People with Spinal Cord Injuries

We have a number of specialist Spinal Injury Solicitors who can help anyone who’s suffered from a spinal cord injury that was someone else’s fault.

Our specialist Solicitors can help you to access:

  • Physical therapy, including neuro-physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy to get the equipment you need to maintain an independent life
  • Rehabilitation nurses who can give you help with any bowel or bladder dysfunction
  • Psychologists so you can get emotional help and support for coping with your injury
  • Speech and language therapists who can help with any issues with swallowing and communication issues
  • Experts who can help with pain management

We’ll also appoint you a Case Manager who will coordinate your care across the NHS and private treatment providers, recruit for any care requirements you have and generally help pull together all the things you need to support you in your day to day living.

Our aim is to get you the support you need as early as possible. To achieve this we can ask the insurance company to pay for early assessment and rehabilitation whilst investigations continue into who was responsible for the accident.

Once responsibility for the accident has been accepted, we can ask for Interim Payments to be made to help make adaptations to be made at home or for any other treatment, equipment or care requirements.

All of our Solicitors aim to enter into early discussions about settlement and actively engage the other side to discuss how we can resolve any disputes as quickly as possible. There are a number of ways to do this including mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and joint settlement meetings. 

We can also offer you advice on whether you need to set up a Personal Injury Trust. You may be getting a large lump sum payment to pay for your future care and needs throughout your lifetime. By setting up a Personal Injury Trust, you can make sure that you can still claim any state benefits you’re entitled to without them being affected by your compensation.

If you’ve been affected by a spinal cord injury, we can help you to understand if you can claim compensation for your injury and help you to get the help, rehabilitation and support you need.

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