Guide to claiming for a spinal cord injury
According to the Spinal Injuries Association, it is estimated that every day in the UK, three people sustain a spinal injury which leaves them permanently disabled.
With no current cure for the condition, the effects of a traumatic spinal injury can change lives in an instant, and victims and their families often require lifelong support.
Thompsons’ serious injury team brings together the most dedicated specialist lawyers from every corner of the UK, offering expert help wherever you are.
Whether it’s helping you to come to terms with the changes to your lifestyle and the financial impact
of a spinal injury, or ensuring that you have access to the best medical care and regain your independence as quickly as possible, we can put you in contact with a network of experts and support you through a compensation claim.
We work closely with our clients, and maintain regular contact to ensure you get the advice, guidance and ongoing support you deserve.
Why trust Thompsons with your spinal injury claim?
Spinal injury is a very specialist area and, at Thompsons Solicitors, we have the knowledge and expertise to guide you through a spinal injury claim. We have secured compensation for thousands of spinal injury victims and their families.
With more experience of winning personal injury claims than any other firm, Thompsons uses that experience solely for people who have been injured, never insurance companies or employers.
Our spinal injury solicitors are experts in settling high-value compensation claims in the shortest possible time. In addition to securing interim payments to cover immediate medical costs for the injuries you have suffered, the team will always strive to secure compensation for any ongoing care, rehabilitation and future support you, and your family, may require.
How to claim for a spinal cord injury
If you, or someone you know, have suffered a spinal cord injury, follow our advice below on how to claim for a spinal cord injury.
Get the best evidence possible
To make a successful claim for compensation, we need to prove that someone else was to blame for your accident and injuries.
Our serious injury solicitors have worked with a range of clients who have suffered spinal injuries as a result of accidents at work, road traffic accidents, clinical negligence, accidents in public places or assaults and attacks.
The stronger the evidence, which may include photographs of your accident or injuries, the stronger your claim will be.
Even if the evidence collected shows you were partly to blame for your accident, you may still have a valid claim if we can prove someone else was also at fault.
How much compensation can I get for a spinal injury?
Our team will help individuals and their families to make a claim for compensation to cover the cost of medical treatment, rehabilitation, changes in lifestyle, and the financial impact of a spinal injury. We will also obtain expert medical reports on your injuries to support your claim if necessary.
After an injury, you may be entitled to claim for the loss of earnings to cover time off work, to support you if you are unable to return to work or have to take a drop in wages to carry out a less-physical role. We can also help you claim all travelling expenses incurred because of an accident, including those of close relatives visiting you in hospital. Keeping receipts will help support your claim.
Adapting your surroundings to allow you to function as normally as possible can be expensive and your claim for compensation can also cover the costs of any rehabilitation aids and equipment you may need, and even a car or an adapted, accessible home to meet your needs.
How do I get access to rehabilitation and care?
Rehabilitation is an important part of recovery from a spinal injury and it is vital to gain the right help and advice as soon as possible.
Our team can help you access neurologists, spinal cord surgeons, urologist, gastroenterologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and support workers to get the ongoing care and support you require.
For very serious injuries, we work with four further types of specialists, who can provide expert advice and support. These are:
Case managers – to plan and coordinate any rehabilitation, care and support a spinal injury victim may require.
Support workers – to support patients and their families at home and in the community.
Disability architects – to help adapt an individual’s surroundings, such as sourcing walking aids, and even a car or adapted, accessible home, to enable them to function as normally as possible.
Job coaches – to help look at ways of enabling individuals to return their current employment, or to provide training to allow them to work in new areas.
Is there a time limit for making a spinal injury claim?
In the UK, there is a standard time limit of three years from the date of an accident in which a claim for compensation can be made. It is always best to seek legal advice as soon as possible so that a solicitor can thoroughly prepare your claim and, where appropriate, apply for interim payments to help ease the financial strain during your treatment if you are unable to work. Some exceptions to the time limit do exist, and special rules apply for children or adults who lack legal capacity, but it is always best to take legal advice as soon as possible.
What about State Benefit claims?
You may be entitled to state benefits. While these claims are made separately to your claim for compensation, Thompsons can provide advice, or you can contact your local Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) office.
Ready to talk?
If you would like discuss how to claim for a spinal cord injury, we’d be happy to help and discuss your situation in more detail; you can contact us, without obligation, for free compensation claim advice.
Call 0800 0 224 224 for free legal advice, or complete our online claim form to start a claim. Alternatively, visit our spinal injury claims page for more information about the support we offer.