A Guide to Spinal Injury Claims – Are you entitled to compensation?

Feb 22, 2024 | Spinal Injuries

The Personal Injury People

An injury to the spinal cord can be life changing. Suffering an injury of this type can cause extensive loss, not only in the period immediately after the injury but also after you recover and adjust to life in the following weeks, months and years.

In the UK, it is estimated that someone is paralysed by a spinal injury every four hours. However, injuries can range in seriousness and level of pain and discomfort. Following an injury that has damaged the spinal cord, seeking advice from an experienced personal injury solicitor is vital.

In this article, The Personal Injury People answer some frequently asked questions that you will want to know the answers to before you pursue your compensation claim. If you cannot find the answers you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us today on 0800 731 7555 or email info@thepersonalinjurypeople.co.uk.

What causes injury to the spinal cord?

Due to the vulnerable length and position of the spinal cord, it can be easily damaged as a result of an accident. Where there is sudden impact, the spinal cord can become injured, for example, if an object hits the spine as a result of an accident at work or a severe collision in a road traffic accident.

How will I be affected by a spinal cord injury?

The spinal cord comprises nerve tissue and serves as a pathway for nerve impulses to and from the brain whilst operating reflex and coordination actions. Typically, the higher the injury on the spinal cord, the closer it is to the brain, meaning an increased effect on the body.

Loss of muscle function in the lower body and legs – paraplegia – results from injuries to the spinal cord in the upper or middle part of the spine (below the neck). Some, and the most severe spinal cord injuries, can lead to permanent loss of muscle function from the neck down where serious injury has occurred to the spine in the neck region – known as tetraplegia.

How do I make a claim for spinal cord injury?

Making a claim begins with assessments from our specialist solicitors to identify whether you are eligible for compensation. For a claim to be successful, it must be proven that another party was at fault (it may be that you were partly at fault, too). Our no-win, no-fee solicitors will review your case at no cost and provide free advice based on your circumstances.

Your health is the most critical factor throughout the claims process, and our team of experienced lawyers will do all we can to support you.

How long will my claim take?

When claiming compensation following a personal injury, there is no set period for how long the case will take to resolve. Various factors will affect the matter, including the severity of the injury, how long investigations take and whether you can speak to us and other relevant parties, depending on the state of your health.

Speak to The Personal Injury People

The aftermath of a spinal injury can be highly distressing for the victim and their family. Therefore, seeking the support of an empathetic, experienced and knowledgeable solicitor is essential. The Personal Injury People can support you.

There is a time limit by which you must have commenced with your claim following your spinal injury, so do not hesitate to get in touch today on 0800 731 7555, email info@thepersonalinjurypeople.co.uk or fill in this contact form.