A spinal cord injury, such as spinal cord compression, is a life-changing event, so it’s vital to get quick and medical treatment and effective rehabilitation.
But this can prove costly, so if you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident that was someone else's fault, our Serious Injury Solicitors may be able to deal with the claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
We can push for a compensation settlement that covers all your care and financial needs, including the cost of home adaptations and mobility aids if necessary.
Our specialist Solicitors are committed to making the spinal injury claims process as stress-free as possible starting from day one.
Once we know the details of how your injury occurred, we’ll provide you with a free, initial evaluation of your claim, and advise you on your chances of being awarded compensation.
More Information on Spinal Injury Claims
Claiming for a spinal injury can seem a daunting and stressful process, but our team of specialist Solicitors understand your complicated needs and are here to help.
With a vast amount of expertise, our approachable and committed team can:
- Ensure you get the compensation you deserve: Our team always aims to calculate all of the potential losses injured people may be able to recover. This will help ensure that you receive the money that will help you get your life back on track and afford ongoing care.
We seek to obtain interim payments throughout the case to ease the financial burden and implement care and rehabilitation packages as soon as possible.
- Connect you with relevant services and organisations: We can connect you with a strong support network that can give you 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 you know what support services are available in your area.
- Organise the best treatment: Getting specialist referrals near where you live can have a big impact on your recovery. Our team can work with Case Managers to arrange these appointments.
We also offer you free hospital or home visits (in England or Wales) if you want this as part of our service.
In addition, we can provide 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.
The Spinal Injuries Association
Simpson Millar are Platinum Members of the Spinal Injuries Association, the leading national charity for spinal cord injured people and their families.
By supporting the membership Programme, we contribute towards the important services which the Spinal Injury Association provides to help ensure everyone touched by spinal cord injury receives the support they need.
For more information, visit the Spinal Injuries Association website.
Rehabilitation and other Support
There’s no known cure for a spinal cord injury, but rehabilitation can make a huge difference to a person’s future quality of life.
We have access to a multi-disciplinary 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 you can access this team and fund any recommendations that they make.
If you’re making a compensation claim, we can help you access:
- Physical therapy, including neuro-physiotherapy
- Occupational therapy - to assess and obtain the aids and equipment required to maintain an independent life
- Rehabilitation nurses - to provide help with on any issues of the bowel or bladder dysfunction
- Psychologists - to provide support for coping with the emotional side of coping with your injury
- Speech and language therapists - to address issues with swallowing and with any communication issues
- Pain management experts
In many cases, 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.
- Financial Planning: After your injury you may not be able to return to work; in some instances this may be temporary, while more serious cases may mean that you can 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 can 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.
Frequently asked questions
- Is there a time limit on making a claim?
You have three years to bring a spinal cord injury claim, starting from the date you suffered the accident.
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.
- How much compensation will I get?
You can claim for the cost of care and treatment, the loss of earnings and other financial expenditure. Your settlement will also include compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by your injury.
- What Is A Spinal Cord Injury?
The spine is made up of 24 small bones called vertebrae. Ligaments and muscles join each of the 24 bones to make what is called the spinal column.
The spinal column has two functions including:
- Giving the body form and function
- Protecting the spinal cord
The spinal cord is made up of nerves that communicate information from the brain to the rest of your body and back again.
A spinal cord injury usually means that a vertebrae has been fractured or dislocated and is pushing down on the nerves within the spinal cord. This then blocks information from the spinal cord to the brain and vice versa.
Messages from the brain and spinal cord will be blocked from the point of damage downwards; if vertebrae have been damaged at the very top of your spine, paralysis can be felt from that point in the spine downwards.
There are two categories of spinal cord injury:
Incomplete spinal cord injury - In this instance, the cord has only partially been severed, which means the survivor will retain some function below the injury.
Complete spinal cord injury - This is where the spinal cord has been completely severed and so the survivor will have no function below the injury.
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