Our team of Personal Injury Solicitors want to help people claiming compensation for paralysis improve their quality of life.
We offer a free consultation and we may be able to deal with the case on a No Win, No Fee basis. Ask us for details.
If you or a loved one has been left paralysed by an accident that was someone else's fault, get in touch to see how we can help.
Our mission is to get early access to treatment, rehabilitation and compensation which could include home adaptations and mobility aids.
Our Personal Injury Solicitors have considerable experience of dealing with paralysis claims, winning compensation for clients that can help them gain some sense of closure and move on with their lives.
Our Solicitors can handle your claim from start to finish. We deal with each client as an individual, handling cases sensitively, empathetically and clearly.
More Information on Paralysis Claims
Many circumstances can lead to a person suffering paralysis, including:
- A violent attack (such as stabbing or gunshot)
- Diving into water that is too shallow
- A road traffic accident
- Falling of a motorbike in a road traffic accident
- An accident at work
- Falling from a significant height
- Falling through scaffolding
- Falling from a ladder
- Falling off a roof
- Being thrown off a horse
- A sporting accident
- Medical negligence
- A stroke
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Multiple Sclerosis
Paralysis can affect 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 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.
Our Serious Injury Solicitors are dedicated to getting the best results for our clients.
With a vast amount of expertise, an approachable manner, and a committed nature, our team can help:
- Ensure you get the compensation you deserve: We aim to calculate all of the potential losses injured you may be able to recover. This can help ensure that you receive enough compensation to rebuild your life and pay for ongoing care. We seek to obtain interim payments throughout the case to ease the financial burden and implement care and rehabilitation packages without delay.
- Connect you with relevant services and organisations: We can connect you with a strong support network that can provide the help you need to begin your rehabilitation.
- Advise on relevant community care services: Our community care team can talk you through the support you can receive from your local authority and ensure that you’re aware of the support services available near where you live.
- Organise the best treatment: Getting specialist referrals in the same areas where you live can have an enormous impact on your recovery. We can work with Case Managers to arrange these appointments.
We also offer help and support to your family and loved ones.
Getting the right support for your family so they’re in the best position to support you on your road to recovery is of paramount importance to us.
Rehabilitation and other Support
There’s no known cure for paralysis, but rehabilitation can make a huge difference to future quality of life.
This may include access to:
- Physical therapy, including neuro-physiotherapy
- Occupational therapy - to assess and obtain the aids and equipment required to maintain an independent life
- Rehabilitation nurses - to help with on any issues of the bowel or bladder dysfunction
- Psychologists - to deal with the emotional side of coping with post-injury
- Speech and language therapists - to address issues with swallowing and with any communication issues
- Pain Management experts
We can also visit you either at hospital or in your own home (in England or Wales), so you and your family get prompt expert legal advice and guidance.
We have access to a multidisciplinary team including medical experts, Case Managers, Financial Deputies, Welfare and Benefits Advisors and therapists.
We’ll seek to secure interim payments at the earliest possibility so that you can access this team and fund any recommendations that they make.
Our clients may require additional support, some of the most common requests for additional help include:
- Case Management: While your assigned solicitor will build your case and seek fair compensation for your injury, a case manager will coordinate care from different providers, assist with the purchase of any specialist equipment, liaise with specialists, and recruit and train any care staff you may need.
Case management is an essential service that can help you through every step of your rehabilitation and the costs associated with this can be included within the claim.
- Financial Planning: After your injury you may not be able to return to work; in some instances this may be temporary, while in more serious cases, you may never regain full-time employment. In either of these instances, welfare benefits could be claimed to help ease financial pressures and ensure that you aren’t hit by a loss of earnings.
Our financial services team will be on hand to help you with any monetary queries throughout the claim process. We often refer our serious injury clients to our financial services team due to the large value of claims for long-term injuries. Remember your compensation should provide you with long-term ongoing care, so it’s likely that you’ll receive a very large lump sum that you’re expected to manage yourself and use for relevant medical care and assistance.
Our independent financial advisors are experts in handling serious personal injury cases and can provide advice every step of the way, from pre-settlement all the way through to after your case is resolved and you may need the establishment of a personal injury trust.
Our Welfare and Benefits Advisors can assist with any applications relating to Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit.
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Frequently asked questions
- What is the claims process?
After taking on your case, we’ll find out the full impact of your paralysis by working with an independent medical specialist.
We’ll also thoroughly investigate the circumstances that led to your paralysis, so we can establish exactly who should be held liable.
Every paralysis claim is different, so there’s no set amount of time for how long reaching a settlement will take. And if the other party denies responsibility, the case could be prolonged and even go to Court.
But don’t worry if this happens. We’ll offer you our full support and guidance on throughout your case.
- What funding is available?
Paralysis cases can normally run on a No Win, No Fee basis. Ask us for details.
- How much compensation will I get?
You can claim compensation for loss of earnings, the cost of care and treatment and other financial expenditure, as well as damages for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced.
- Is there a time limit on making a claim?
You have three years to bring a paralysis claim, which starts from the date you suffered your accident or when you first became aware of the problem.
If you’re seeking compensation on behalf of a child, a claim must be made within three years of the date the child reaches the age of 18.
The definition of paralysis is the loss of the ability to move one or more muscles, and may also be associated with the loss of feeling.
Whilst paralysis is found in the muscles, the problem isn’t caused by the muscles themselves, but usually by the nerves found in the spinal cord.
Paralysis can be categorised in two ways. Understanding the type of paralysis you have can help your understanding of initial treatment stages and reduce anxiety during this time.
Paralysis can be:
Localised - where a specific section of the body is paralysed (For example; face, hand)
Generalised - a much larger area is paralysed
Your paralysis may occur in specific areas that are called:
Monoplegia - paralysis has occurred in 1 limb
Hemiplegia - paralysis has occurred in 1 arm and 1 leg on one side of the body
Paraplegia - paralysis below the waist although can include part of the torso
Tetraplegia - paralysis from the neck down
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