If you suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s fault or negligence, our Serious Injury Solicitors can help you claim for compensation, medical treatment and rehabilitation.
We understand a spinal injury can be a life-changing event, so it’s vital you get the care and support you need as soon as possible. But we know that this can be expensive, which is why we offer a free claims assessment and free legal advice if you’ve suffered a spinal injury through no fault of your own.
If we take on your case, we’ll push for a compensation settlement that covers all your care and financial needs, including the cost of home adaptations and mobility aids if necessary. We could deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis - ask us for details.
Get in touch with our Serious Injury Solicitors for a free claims assessment, so we can discuss your situation and how we can help you.
Meet some of our Serious Injury Solicitors
Why Choose Simpson Millar?
- We are Trusted Partners of the Spinal Injuries Association and can connect you with many services and organisations in your area. With our help, you can access a strong support network as you begin your rehabilitation
- Our specialist Solicitors have many years of experience in helping people with spinal injuries resulting from accidents at work, medical negligence and road traffic accidents
- No two spinal cord injuries are the same, so we’ll consider your individual needs and wishes, and tailor our service specifically to you
- We can visit you at home or in hospital, or speak with you remotely over the phone, email and video call
- Claiming for a spinal injury can seem daunting, but we’re here to help. So we’ll make sure you’re always kept informed about what’s happening with your claim, and speak with you in clear and straightforward terms
- We’ll calculate your financial losses and assess your care, rehabilitation and support needs, so we can push for a compensation settlement that helps you get your life back on track and pay for your future treatment
- If you can’t afford to wait for specialist care and rehabilitation, or have immediate financial problems because of your spinal injury, we’ll ask the other side for interim payments of compensation
- While we build your case and claim compensation, a case manager will be appointed to coordinate care from different providers, help with buying specialist equipment and recruiting any care staff you may need
- If you can’t return to work after your spinal injury, we can advise on what welfare benefits you can apply for, such as Universal Credit and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and help you set up a Personal Injury Trust, so you’re still eligible for state benefits after receiving a lump sum in compensation
- A spinal injury can also have a huge effect on your loved ones, so we’ll work hard to make sure you get the support they need as you start your recovery
Our client Tom, talks about his accident and his recovery
Trusted Partners of Spinal Injuries Association
Simpson Millar are Trusted Partners 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.
What Type of Support Can You Help Me Get?
If you’re making a spinal injury claim, we can help you access:
- Occupational therapy
- Rehabilitation nurses
- Speech and language therapists
- Pain management experts
- Adaptations to your accommodation
- Alternative accommodation if your current accommodation isn’t suitable for your needs
- Help with transport costs
A case manager can be brought in to coordinate all this care on your behalf and arrange the purchase of specialist equipment, which means you’ll get the care you need with the minimum hassle.
If your need is urgent and the other side have accepted responsibility for your spinal cord injury, we’ll try to secure interim payments at the earliest opportunity, so you get the rehabilitation that’s been recommended for you before your case fully settles.
Although there’s no known cure for a spinal cord injury, rehabilitation can make a huge difference to a person’s future quality of life, so it’s very important to us that you get the support you need, when you need it.
How Long Do I Have to Make a Claim?
In England and Wales, you have three years to make a spinal cord injury claim, starting from the date you suffered the accident.
If you’re claiming compensation on behalf of a child, a claim must be made before they turn 18.
How to Make a Spinal Injury Claim
- We offer a free claims assessment and legal advice, so one of our Serious Injury Solicitors can discuss your spinal injury, how it happened, how it’s affected your life, and if we can help you claim compensation
- If we take on your case, a Solicitor will be assigned to your case and begin investigating what happened
- We’ll gather evidence such as photographs, witness statements, and CCTV footage, and arrange for you to see at least one independent medical expert, so a medical report detailing your condition can be prepared
- From this evidence, we will work out how much compensation you need, and what medical treatment and rehabilitation needs you have
- If you have financial pressures and need medical treatment straight away, we can ask for an early interim payment of compensation at this stage, as long as the other side has accepted partial or full liability
- We will support you through every stage of making a claim.
How Can I Pay for My Claim?
We may be able to act for you on a No Win, No Fee basis, which means you don’t face any financial risk if you decide to make a claim. If we don’t secure compensation for you then you won’t have to pay us a thing.
Frequently asked questions
- 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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