Spinal Injury Claims

Spinal injuries are life-changing, and people with spinal cord injuries experience a major impact on every aspect of their lives. If you have sustained a spinal injury in an accident that was not your fault, you should consider making a claim for compensation. The monies secured from a spinal injury claim enable spinal injured people to make adaptations to their home, purchase appropriate transport and secure the best medical treatments available to aid the rehabilitation process. 

Our solicitors have a great deal of expertise in spinal injuries. We will use our vast experience and knowledge of securing compensation to provide you with the best possible service.

To find out more about making a spinal injury claim, call us today on 0800 10 757 95. Alternatively, let us know you’d like to hear from us by filling in our online enquiry form or by chatting to us via our live chat function. 

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About spinal injuries

There can be no doubt that a spinal injury will put you in a vastly different position to the one you were in before the accident. Any damage to the spinal cord is likely to have a far-reaching impact and consequences such as loss of function to your limbs and bowels, and sexual dysfunction. 

The most common types of spinal injury include:

  • Complete injury (such as a complete severance of the spinal cord)
  • Incomplete injury (such as compression injury to the spinal cord)
  • Central cord syndrome (specific damage to the corticospinal tracts of the cervical region of the spinal cord, such as bruising and compression)

For example, severe spinal injuries are likely to cause partial or complete paralysis, loss of sensation and problems with reflex function, breathing and bowel and bladder control. Other symptoms, such as pain or sensitivity to stimuli, muscle spasms and sexual dysfunction, may develop over time. You could also become prone to developing secondary medical problems, such as bladder infections, lung infections and bedsores.

Trauma is the most common cause of injury to the spine, and can happen in car accidents, falls and violent injuries. However, some medical errors and negligence can also cause spinal injuries, if certain symptoms are missed or mistakes are made during surgical procedures.

If the accident that you have been involved in was not your fault and you have suffered a spinal injury, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Types of paralysis

Paralysis comes in four forms:

  • Monoplegia, which affects one arm or leg
  • Hemiplegia, which affects one arm or leg on the same side of the body
  • Paraplegia, which affects both legs
  • Tetraplegia (also known as quadriplegia) which affects both arms and legs

Living with a spinal injury

Once the initial shock and impact of your spinal injury has sunk in, there is a whole host of adaptations that you will need to consider making to your life. With most cases of spinal injury, your mobility will be affected and it is therefore likely you will require assistance with mobility. This doesn’t mean to say that you cannot continue your pre-accident life, such as employment or education, with adaptations that we can help you implement. In certain circumstances, you may be able to make a full return to your pre-accident lifestyle.

It is therefore important that you seek compensation as it will help to pay for these changes.  Compensation can cover medical costs, rehabilitation, mobility aids (e.g. wheelchairs, adapted cars and off road vehicles), loss of wages, care and assistance, modifications to the home or even moving home.

Fundamentally, the damages you receive should put you back in the position you would have been in, but for your accident, with all the relevant lifestyle changes that entails. 

Compression injuries

A vertebral compression fracture occurs when one of the individual bones of the spinal column is compressed. Approximately only one-third of vertebral compression fractures are diagnosed. There are several reasons for this, although it is thought that many older sufferers of the injury frequently dismiss their symptoms as being a sign of old age.

The pain of vertebral compression fracture can vary. In some cases, it can be sharp and acute, in others it may not even be noticeable until the injury is very advanced.

Symptoms include:

  • Loss of height
  • A humped back
  • Loss of balance
  • Potential neurological symptoms.

How YouClaim can help

Since 2002, YouClaim has been helping the victims of severe injuries take legal action to claim the compensation they deserve on a no win, no fee basis. We have years of experience dealing with serious injury claims, including all types of spinal injuries.

Our specialist team can help you to receive the maximum amount of compensation possible for your spinal injury, whether it has been sustained as a result of heavy lifting in the workplace, a fall from height, road traffic accident or another traumatic incident.

Get started today

For expert legal advice about your claim, call our advisors today on 0800 10 757 95. Alternatively, you can connect with us online using the buttons at the top of the page; request a call back from us or speak to us online using our live chat facility.