Spinal Cord Injury Compensation Payouts Guide

Author:
Eleanor Walker
Personal Injury Solicitor, Serious Injuries
Date:
13/05/2019

In this guide, we show the different amounts of personal injury compensation which can be awarded in the UK for different levels of spinal cord injuries, ranging from moderate spinal injury to the most severe spinal injury cases.

The most severe spinal cord injuries might include those where there is paralysis, loss of bladder/bowel function and sexual dysfunction.

How Much Compensation Can You Get for a Spinal Cord Injury?

The amount of compensation awarded for spinal injuries can vary dramatically. In the most serious cases, where there are significant financial losses, the amount of compensation awarded could be £3 million or more.

If you or a member of your family has suffered a spinal cord injury we can help you. Our Personal Injury Solicitors offer free legal advice and may be able to deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis – ask us for details.

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

Spinal Injury Claims for Compensation

If you’ve sustained a spinal cord injury through no fault of your own, you deserve to be compensated for the difficulties you’ve experienced. If this has happened to you, you might be wondering how much compensation you’re entitled to receive. Unfortunately, this question isn’t easy to answer, as it depends on the circumstances. 

In a successful personal injury claim, you will be awarded compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of amenity. These are known as your “general damages”. In England and Wales, there are judicial guidelines which set out how much compensation should be awarded for general damages in spinal injury cases.

Not all spinal injuries are the same. Because of this, the compensation guidelines categorise spinal injuries according to severity. For example:

      • Most Severe – in the most severe spinal injury cases, you could be awarded between £240,000 and £320,000
      • Moderately Severe – in moderately severe spinal injury cases, you could be awarded between £160,000 and £240,000
      • Moderate – in moderate spinal injury cases, you could be awarded between £30,000 and £160,000

Financial Loss in Spinal Injury Claims

Along with your pain and suffering, you must also be compensated for your financial losses. Sometimes, spinal injuries result in permanent disability and dysfunction. Common problems include the loss of bladder and bowel control, the loss of movement and sensation, and pain.

These complications can hinder your ability to work. You may also need to adapt your home to accommodate your condition. Often in spinal injury cases, there is a need for ongoing care and rehabilitation, along with help around the house. All of this can lead to devastating financial loss, leaving you and your loved ones considerably out-of-pocket.

That is why you will also be awarded compensation for your past and future losses. These are known as your “special damages”. Your general damages and special damages are added together to create your final compensation settlement. This could be as follows:

        • Most Severe – in the most severe spinal injury cases where there are significant financial losses, you could be awarded £3 million or more
        • Moderately Severe - in moderately severe spinal injury cases, you could be awarded £1 million or more
        • Moderate - in moderate spinal injury cases, you could be awarded up to £1 million

No Win, No Fee Solicitors

If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal injury, we know that you might be worried about the cost of pursuing legal action. However, most of our spinal injury claims can be dealt with on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means that you do not pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful. Rest assured, we only take claims that we believe stand an excellent chance of success.

At Simpson Millar, we have a highly experienced team of Personal Injury Solicitors that specialise in spinal cord injury claims. We understand the complexities involved in life-changing injury cases and will work tirelessly to get you the compensation and rehabilitation support you deserve.

We know that a spinal injury can have a truly devastating impact on your life and that no amount of money can undo this. Compensation can, however, provide some form of justice and financial security for the future.

What are Spinal Injuries?

The spinal cord sends messages from our brain to the rest of the body. It allows us to move, feel and function. If the spinal cord is damaged in any way, it can result in a range of complications, including pain, immobility, the loss of sensation and organ dysfunction.

Not every spinal injury will result in such a devastating outcome, but some do. Even just a minor spinal injury is likely to lead to a period of pain and suffering, along with the need for rehabilitation.

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