Paralysis can often be the result of an accident or illness caused by someone else’s negligence, in which case our team of Personal Injury Solicitors are here to help you.
Your paralysis may leave you unable to move all or part of your body, and can be temporary or permanent, localised or generalised and partial or complete. It can also affect many bodily functions, including your bladder and bowel, and mean you can’t feel temperature or touch.
Paralysis can impact on every aspect of your life, from your career and relationships to your fitness levels and mental health. But when the circumstances that led to your paralysis were avoidable and not your fault, it can feel frustrating and unfair to be forced to make so many major changes.
We offer a free claims assessment and legal advice, and could handle your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis. Get in touch with our Serious Injury Solicitors for a free claims assessment and we’ll be happy to speak with you about your situation.
We can guide and support you and your family to achieve the best possible outcome, improve your quality of life and help you live your life the way you want to. We can also help you access early rehabilitation, enhanced treatment, home adaptations, care and financial support, and will take into account other health consequences, such as psychological and neurological symptoms, when negotiating compensation for your injuries.
Sadly, people can become paralysed in many situations through no fault of their own, such as:
- A road traffic accident
- A violent crime, such as an assault
- Diving into water that’s too shallow
- An accident at work
- Medical Negligence
- Birth Injuries, including Cerebral and Erb’s Palsy
- Nerve damage resulting from a medical operation
- A fall from height
- Being thrown off a horse
- A sporting accident
These can leave you with conditions such as:
- A brain injury
- A spinal cord injury
- Nerve damage
- A stroke
- A brain tumour
- A spinal tumour
Whatever the cause of your paralysis, it’s our mission to get you early access to treatment, rehabilitation and compensation. Our Serious Injury Solicitors have lots of experience of dealing with paralysis claims, getting compensation for clients that can help them gain some sense of closure and move on with their lives.
Get in touch with us for a free claims assessment, so if you or a loved one has been left paralysed by an accident, get in touch to see how we can help. We could act on a No Win, No Fee basis - ask us for details.
Why Choose Simpson Millar?
- Our Serious Injury Solicitors can handle your claim from start to finish, so you can focus on your recovery
- We’ll try and get you interim payments throughout the case to ease the financial burden and implement care and rehabilitation packages without delay
- We deal with each client as an individual, handling cases sensitively, empathetically and clearly, and tailoring our service to your individual needs and wishes
- We recognise the huge impact that paralysis can have, so we instruct world-class experts who can provide specialist advice so we can get you the treatment, compensation and support you deserve
- We will ensure you get the compensation you deserve. We aim to calculate all of the potential losses you could recover. We instruct world-class experts who can provide specialist advice so we can get you the treatment, compensation and support you deserve. This can help ensure that you receive enough compensation to rebuild your life and pay for ongoing care
- We’ll speak to you in straightforward terms during the claim, offering legal advice, support and information that you understand whenever you need it
- We can contact you in a way that suits you, whether this is remotely or visit you at home or in hospital (in England and Wales)
- We can help you find support channels close to where you live, such as charities and community care services offered by your local council
- We can work with case managers to organise treatments and bring in the right specialists to help you recover and live with your paralysis
- Many of our Serious Injury Solicitors are recognised experts in this field, and members of organisations including the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Law Society Personal Injury Panel
- We work in partnership with organisations to provide all round support such as the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), the Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT) and we are also part of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) Solicitors Referral Panel
Major Trauma Unit - Your Lawyers For Life
Our Major Trauma Unit is here for anyone who has suffered serious, life changing injuries.
A specialist, experienced lawyer will help and support you every step of the way from the beginning of your claim, right through to the end.
Because we have a wide range of expertise in the firm, we can help you to deal with any legal issues that arise because of your injury such as making sure you have a personal injury trust in place, any employment law issues or making or reviewing a Will.
What Can I Claim Compensation For?
You can claim compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity you’ve experienced as a result of your paralysis.
We can also help you claim for any financial losses such as loss of earnings, taxi fares and prescription charges, as well as the cost of any care, therapy, home adaptations or mobility aids you need.
The injuries aspect of any award of compensation is usually the lowest part of the award, with the bulk of it made up by the financial costs of treatment, care and assistance, aids and adaptations, and accommodation for your future life.
What Types of Paralysis Are There?
There are many different types of paralysis but the 5 main types of paralysis that you might hear referred to or be diagnosed with:-
Monoplegia - affecting only one arm or leg
Hemiplegia - affecting one arm and one leg on the same side of your body
Paraplegia - where there’s paralysis below the waist affecting both legs, hips and your lower bodily functions, including your bladder and bowel.
Triplegia - where there is paralysis in one arm and both legs
Quadriplegia or Tetraplegia - where there is paralysis below the neck affecting both of your arms and both of your legs and bodily functions.
The amount of compensation you could receive will depend partly on the nature of your injury. For example, Judicial College guidelines state that a person could receive between £304,630 and £379,100 for Tetraplegia, and anything from £205,586 to £266,740 for Paraplegia. For an injury with a shorter duration, you could be awarded around £46,000.
These are just guidelines, and any compensation you receive will depend on your specific situation.
What Rehabilitation and Support is Available?
There’s no known cure for paralysis, but rehabilitation can make a huge difference to your future quality of life. With the right compensation package in place, you can access care including:
- Pain management
- Physical therapy, such as neuro-physiotherapy
- Rehabilitation nurses, who can help with issues as bladder and bowel dysfunction
- Occupational therapy, to help you get the equipment and aids you need to live independently
- Psychologists, to help you cope with the emotional impact of living with your paralysis
- Speech and language therapists, as you may have communication issues following your injury
Dedicated Case Manager to support you through the process
Making sure you get the support you need without delay is one of our priorities when we’re representing you. So we may also bring in a case manager who can help to organise and coordinate your different care needs, while your Solicitor focuses on building and presenting your case.
Case management is an essential service that can help you through every step of your rehabilitation, and we can include the cost of this within your claim.
Another issue that will need to be addressed after your injury will be your finances. You may not be able to go back to work for a long period of time, and in the most serious cases, you may never be capable of working in a full-time job again.
That has a huge financial impact on you and your family, so we’ll consider this when we’re working out how much compensation you should claim, and advise you on what welfare benefits you could also be entitled to.
What is the Process for making a claim for paralysis?
- We’ll give you a Free Claims Assessment, where we’ll talk about the circumstances of the accident or illness so we can understand if we can help you to make a claim.
- If we can take on your case, we’ll work with an independent medical specialist to understand the impact and extent of your paralysis.
- We’ll also thoroughly investigate the circumstances that led to your paralysis, so we can understand exactly who was at fault and who we should claim against.
- Once we have collected the evidence we need, we’ll approach the other side with details of your claim and ask them to respond.
- If the other side accepts responsibility, known as liability, and you have urgent medical or financial needs, we could ask for an interim payment of compensation, so you don’t have to wait until the final settlement before you get the help you need.
- As soon as a final compensation settlement has been agreed, we’ll arrange for it to be paid to you as quickly as possible.
Everybody’s circumstances are different and each paralysis claim is different, so we there isn’t a set amount of time for how long a claim will take. If the other party denies responsibility, the case could take longer and could even go to Court. Once we have all the information we need, we can give you a better idea of how long it may take.
But don’t worry if your claim does go to Court. We’ll offer you our full support and guidance throughout your case, and it’s rare for a personal injury claim to go to Court.
Do I Have to Pay to Make a Claim?
Personal Injury cases which result in paralysis cases can normally run on a No Win, No Fee basis. Ask us for details.
Time Limits on Making a Claim
In England and Wales, you have three years to make a paralysis claim, which starts from the date you suffered your accident or when you first became aware of the problem. If you’re claiming compensation on behalf of a child, you have until they turn 18 to claim.
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