Spinal Cord & Spine Injury Claims Solicitors

A spinal cord injury is life changing for the whole family and each case is highly unique and personal. In some instances you may have limited mobility or you may be wholly confined to a wheelchair and in more extreme cases you may require assistance to breathe with a ventilator.

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Damage to your spinal cord can have a huge impact on your life and work. Whatever the severity or level of your spinal cord injury, we're able to help you find solutions to the real challenges that you face day-to-day. We understand the implications for your entire family and work closely with you and your loved ones.

A spinal cord injury is life changing for the whole family and each case is highly unique and personal. In some instances you may have limited mobility or you may be wholly confined to a wheelchair and in more extreme cases you may require assistance to breathe with a ventilator.

Once your injury is stablised early intervention and rehabilitation is essential in spinal cord injury. At Access Legal we don't spare any effort to get you swift redress and, wherever possible, interim awards of compensation to deliver early practical support to help you regain independence and mobility. We can also help with buying a new or adapted home so that you can enjoy some degree of 'normal domestic life' as well as sourcing appropriate equipment and transport.

Access Legal employs a strong team of spinal cord injury solicitors working out of 10 offices throughout the UK. Many are accredited by the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) or are members of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and have established links with charities and other organisations which support victims of spinal cord injury and their families.

It's important that you get and continue to receive help to regain independence after a spinal cord injury, so while state support continues to be eroded, we know that managing an award becomes even more important in order to give security and certainty about long-term support.

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How do I make a claim about spinal cord injury

If you wish to make a spinal injury claim, you usually must do so within three years of the injury. There are some exceptions to this, but victims or their families considering spinal injury claims should not delay getting in contact with a specialist solicitor.

You should not be put off making a spinal injury claim due to concerns over cost. Spinal injury claims can be conducted on a ‘No-Win-No-Fee’ basis which removes any financial risk. In the unlikely event that a claim we handle is unsuccessful, you won’t have to pay a penny in fees

Contacting a solicitor with the necessary experience and expertise in cases like these is essential. The claim will inevitably involve a great deal of medical and medico-legal evidence and argument which your legal team must commission and understand. The must also appreciate how all the implications of your medical condition affect you and your family.

There is a great deal more work involved in spinal injury claims compared to ‘routine’ personal injury cases. Lawyers must give far more consideration to your needs for the long-term future as well as any immediate recompense for the pain, suffering and out of pocket expenses you have incurred.

Anyone who has suffered a spinal injury will need to secure an award that covers all of the ongoing and sometimes less obvious costs they might incur through life, which could also include provision for current or future dependents.

If I have a case about a spinal cord injury

Establishing whether you have a case will depend on showing that someone else’s negligence was responsible for you injury. That’s usually not an issue in cases like these, although negligence must still be proved and liability can be disputed for many months. However, we can usually get any treatment and access to specialist equipment and support agreed and funded straight away before the legal process involved in your claim has even begun.

Different types of spinal cord injury may have different causes and will require different legal approaches and levels of care, rehabilitation and support. If an accident was responsible for your spinal cord injury, even if you think you may have been partly to blame, you may have a case that’s likely to succeed.

Spinal cord injury claims are highly complex and technical so it’s important to make sure your chosen spinal injury solicitors have the expertise and practical experience to handle your claim. Every client is different and your individual family circumstances may be varied and complex.

Your legal team’s priorities must be to ensure that you and your family do not suffer financially as well as addressing your ongoing practical and emotional needs. They should take the lead in assessing the support you will require, often for life, as well as negotiating the best possible financial award on your behalf.

More about spinal cord injury claims

Damage to the spinal cord, resulting in paraplegia, quadriplegia or tetraplegia, can have a huge, long-term impact on a person’s life and family relationships. The paralysis that results from a spinal cord injury can vary, depending on the height and extent of the lesion

Many people with a high level spinal cord injury will require a full care and support package in place on their discharge. By working with experienced Spinal Cord Case Managers we ensure that everything is in place to maximise an individual's quality of life and independence. A victim of a spinal cord injury must also potentially meet lifetime care expenses which is why it is important to ensure that the legal team you choose to represent you are experienced in this type of case.

Our expert spinal injury solicitors are highly experienced in assessing the merits of potential spinal injury claims. If we are able to take on your case our lawyers are happy to visit you at home or in hospital.

Successful spinal injury claims need to pay for appropriate, expert rehabilitation services. Setting up a personal injury trust is often essential to ring fence that award, while preserving entitlement to equally important means-tested state or local authority support where it exists.

We can usually obtain interim payments to purchase accommodation, equipment and the setting up of care regimes. We have an excellent network of support partners including medical experts, healthcare providers and rehabilitation services that we call on to help you get back to an independent life.

Spinal cord injury government help & benefits

The process of applying for benefits is complex and can be confusing. You could get some guidance on benefits and how to apply for them from your solicitor or your GP, but in order to find out exactly what you are entitled to it's best to start at your local Jobcentre Plus.

Some local authorities may have a welfare rights advisory service and there are other useful sources of help and information such as the Citizens Advice Bureau or the Disability Rights UK website. In particular, the charity Backup has been helping people affected by spinal cord injury for almost 30 years. It offers mentoring, outreach and support as well as information.

There have been many changes to benefits introduced recently, but in general, government support for people with a spinal cord injury is either means-tested, based on current income and savings, or based on the National Insurance (NI) contributions and an assessment of the level of disability.

Means-tested benefits available may include income-related employment and support allowance, housing benefit and council tax relief. Benefits based on assessment of your disability can include disability living allowance/personal independence payment and industrial injuries disablement benefit as well as help to buy or hire mobility equipment. If you need a carer to look after you, you may be able to claim additional support as can those over the age of 16 who provide care for you.

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£1.4m settlement for spinal cord injury

Our client was involved in a car accident, suffering a spinal cord injury which resulted in complete paraplegia.

The car in which she was a passenger skidded off the road at a notorious accident black spot and rolled down a sharp incline before smashing against a tree.

Acting on a No-Win-No-Fee basis, we recovered £1.4m for her in a spinal cord injury claim against her partner who was driving the car and the local authority responsible for maintaining the road.

We visited our client while she was still being treated in a spinal cord injury unit and when she was discharged we made sure that a rehabiliation package was in place. Interim payments were secured, which helped fund suitable accommodation and equipment.

We had to deal with things very sensitively, especially since our client had a pre-accident history of breast cancer. Liability was eventually admitted in full by her partner’s motor insurer, but their initial offer of £500,000 was insufficient to meet our client’s needs.

We obtained evidence from a variety of medical experts, including a spinal surgeon, oncologist and physiotherapist in order to assess the true value of her claim. In relatively short order for cases of this complexity (three years) a negotiated settlement of £1.4m was agreed.

Given the size of the financial award, we also set up a personal injury trust to ensure that our client’s compensation was protected and she retained her entitlement to state benefits and support.

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Spinal Cord Injury Claims Case Study

Spinal Cord Injury Case Study

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£2.55m award for spinal cord injury

Our client, a young married man from Milton Keynes with two children, suffered severe spinal cord injuries when his car was hit by a stolen vehicle that failed to give way at a crossroads. The driver of the stolen vehicle was later sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment.

Our client suffered a fracture of the spinal cord, seven broken ribs and damage to his right shoulder which left him paraplegic and wheelchair bound for the rest of his life.

We obtained an early admission of liability and appointed a case manager to co-ordinate his rehabilitation and adaptations to his home so he could be discharged from hospital as well as modifications to his workplace to aid his return to work.

When sadly his marriage broke down we arranged the purchase of a specially adapted bungalow with space for a hydrotherapy pool that could be enjoyed by our client and his children and employed a team of carers to look after him.

We had already secured interim payments to fund the rehabilitation he required as well as the purchase of the adapted property and subsequently commissioned a team of experts to investigate his losses and took advice from senior counsel.

Acting on a No-Win-No-Fee basis throughout, our objective was to ensure he received the damages to which he was entitled and reach a fair settlement. The outcome was the award of a £2.55 million lump sum and continuing payments of £113,668 per annum for the rest of his life.

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"I was very pleased with the outcome. At times it was very hard for us, but I must say a big thank you to Access Legal for all their support and help from the day I had the accident until agreement was reached.”

Spinal cord injury client Mrs W, for who we achieved a £1.4m settlement

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