Slater and Gordon Lawyers are experts in this area of personal injury law and have a reputation for securing spinal injury compensation and getting rehabilitation support as quickly as possible for the benefit of our clients.
What are the causes and types of spinal injuries?
Spinal injuries can have a range of causes, including road traffic accidents, sporting injuries and accidents at work, to name just a few. In cases like this, if someone else’s negligence was either partly or fully to blame for what happened, you could be eligible to claim compensation.
Injuries to the spine and spinal cord can vary significantly from relatively minor damage that heals over time to life-changing injuries. Examples of the kinds of spinal injury you may be able to claim compensation for include:
- Neck injuries
- Fractures, slipped discs and broken bones
- Paraplegia - impairment of motor functions or feeling in the lower part of the body, such as the legs and lower torso
- Tetraplegia - complete or partial loss of use or sensation in all limbs
- Side effects including difficulties breathing, loss of bladder or bowel control, infections, loss of sexual function, nerve and muscle pain, mood or personality changes
No Win, No Fee spinal injury claims
When you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury, the effect on your life can be difficult enough without having extra strain placed on your finances.
This is why 98% of our spinal injury claims are funded through a Conditional Fee Agreement, which is also called a No Win, No Fee agreement. By opting for an agreement of this kind, you can pursue your claim and seek justice for what happened in full confidence that you won’t pay anything if your case is unsuccessful.
With Slater and Gordon Lawyers on your side, a successful claim can enable you to get the support and financial compensation you need to live with a spinal injury. This is important not only in the short term, but also to provide for your future needs. For many people, a compensation award is absolutely crucial in helping them to put their lives back together.
How much compensation can I claim?
Every spinal injury claim is different and the amount of compensation paid varies from case to case. A number of factors can affect the likelihood of you winning your case and impact on how much compensation you receive. They include the severity of your injuries, the evidence in the case, the degree of negligence (i.e. to what extent someone else was responsible for what happened) and whether or not the incident could have been prevented.
When calculating compensation amounts, a court will take into account:
- Your medical expenses
- Any travel expenses you have incurred (including getting to and from hospital appointments)
- Loss of earnings and income - both now and in the future, and the effect this may have on your family
- Expenses to adapt your accommodation for your future needs
- Ongoing medical care for life-changing injuries
- Pain, suffering and personal trauma
- Loss of amenity, relating to the detrimental impact of the injury on your personal, social and professional life
While each case is different, our spinal injury claims solicitors will give you an accurate indication at the earliest stage about the level of compensation you could expect to receive, to help you plan for your future.
We’ll also work to secure Interim Payments of compensation whenever possible to relieve financial pressures and cover immediate expenses. In addition, we can provide advice on long-term financial planning and rehabilitation.
Our expert spinal injury solicitors aim to provide total support for our clients, particularly at times when they may feel at their most vulnerable. We handle each case with understanding and sensitivity, employing a client-focused, holistic approach at all times.
We can provide immediate legal representation and rehabilitation support anywhere in the UK from our offices in locations including Birmingham, Cardiff, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers and the Spinal Injuries Association
Slater and Gordon Lawyers are proud to be a Platinum Corporate Sponsor of the Spinal Injuries Association, which is the leading national charity for people with spinal cord injuries and their families.
By supporting the Corporate Membership Programme, we’re helping to raise vital money which will go towards providing support for the SIA’s key services. These services include a dedicated website, advice line, Peer Support Outreach at the Spinal Cord Injury Centres and Community Peer Support in the wider community.
The SIA prides itself on providing personalised information, advice and support to people who have experienced spinal injuries, along with their family and friends who will also be affected. This support continues from the time of injury and throughout the rest of their lives.
This wide-ranging and invaluable support from the SIA includes many things, from simply talking to spinal injury sufferers and their loved ones, to handling complex queries and conducting research into legal, financial, insurance, health and other issues. For more information, please click here to visit the Spinal Injuries Association website.
Spine and spinal injury claims information
Please see the links below for more information on our spinal injury and personal injury services:
- Rehabilitation for serious injuries
- Spinal Injury Claims - Compensation Protection Service
- Benefits available for serious injuries.
Many of the highly trained solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers are members of the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL), the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).