If you are considering making a spinal injury compensation claim, it is important to be aware that the process is very different from that of a general personal injury claim.
Serious injury claims are extremely complex and require a particular level of experience and legal expertise.
Not only do our solicitors provide this expertise, but we work closely with our clients and their loved ones to build long-lasting, supportive relationships that go beyond our legal representation and often beyond conclusion of the case.
This page provides valuable information crucial to helping you with your claim.
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One of the first decisions you are likely to make for your spinal injury claim is one of the biggest – choosing the most suitable solicitor.
This is because in order for your claim to be handled in the best possible manner, your chosen solicitor must have a complete understanding of spinal injury and its far-reaching consequences.
In the same way that only brain surgeons can perform brain surgery, serious injury solicitors are best equipped to handle spinal cord injury cases.
There is much more for your solicitor to consider than simply securing your compensation award.
Whilst spinal injury damages should compensate your pain, suffering and past losses; they should also cover future losses such as your immediate and long-term rehabilitation, housing adaptation or purchase and many other requirements.
There are three main stages of litigation to progress through when making a spinal injury claim.
For further information about each of these steps, please visit our dedicated page on the 3 key steps in a claim.
Assessing a spinally injured person’s immediate and long-term requirements is complex, but our expert serious injury lawyers will do everything possible to return your life to as close to your pre-injury levels as possible.
Your entire lifestyle aspirations should be taken into account. For example, if you wish to go on holiday once a year after an SCI, consideration must be made to organising increased room on transport, selecting appropriate accommodation, arranging adapted vehicles, accompaniment by carers, plus any other necessary extras.
For example, if additional holiday costs (for carers, equipment and so on) come to £5000 per year and you hoped to go on holiday each year for the next 50 years, this would amount to an additional cost of £250,000.
This is just one example of the level of detail a serious injury lawyer goes into when assessing the appropriate components of your claim and the correct level of compensation.
A solicitor with the expertise and experience to manage a spinal injury claim will also be responsible for implementing your appropriate rehabilitation programme.
The best functional solutions will be considered from the outset because it is understood that the greatest rehabilitative gains are often made in the first 12 to 24 months following a spinal injury.
The sooner that our solicitors can become involved in designing and implementing your rehabilitation programme, the greater the prospects of maximising your recovery.
The path to rehabilitation can be long and arduous, but your spinal injury solicitor will be on hand to support you throughout the lifetime of your case, whatever that may be.
There is no set length of time for a spinal injury compensation claim to reach its conclusion.
Due to their complex nature, spinal injury cases will typically take years rather than months to be finalised.
However, it is very important not to rush to settlement. For example, medical professionals may take several years to fully assess the impact of your injury. If your claim is settled too quickly, any unforeseen future consequences of your injury may not be taken into account as part of your compensation award.
Nevertheless, our expert lawyers recognise that the settlement of a compensation claim represents a major step towards enabling our clients to ‘move on’.
As soon as all appropriate evidence has been gathered and the case is as strong as it should be, every effort will be made to bring your claim to a conclusion as efficiently as possible, without compromising the value of your compensation award.
All of our cases are considered on an individual basis, and we have a long and proud history of conducting spinal cord injury cases without having to request any payment from our clients.
Funding arrangements can be affected by the circumstances surrounding your case and we can offer a range of options. We will always seek to ensure that our clients are fully protected in respect of any costs and liabilities that may arise.
During the process of you spinal injury claim, you will need financial support before the final compensation sum has been agreed and paid.
You should not have to wait before being able to purchase essential items such as specialised wheelchairs, housing, nursing care, and so on.
From the outset, we will assist by securing interim payments from the other side’s insurers so that your immediate needs are met.
If you would like to know more about how we have helped people get their lives back on track after a spinal cord injury, please see our client stories page.
Our website provides a wealth of free information about spinal cord injuries (and the spine itself) in the Resource Centre.
In it, we describe the main different types of spinal injury that may occur and the effects that they can have on an individual. There is also general information about the spinal column, as well as details of the various available rehabilitation methods.
As it is such an in-depth subject, if there is any SCI information that you cannot find in the Resource Centre but would like to know more, please contact us and we will be happy to help you.
Read our blog for the latest advice, news and facts about serious injury, including anything you need to know about SCIs.
As part of how we support you through your claim, we work closely with many charities and organisations dedicated to helping people and their families after an SCI.
If you’d like to know more about our spinal injury work and how we can help you, please contact us for more information.
The Rooprai Spinal Trust – A volunteer-led charity dedicated to helping people with SCIs through grants to obtain assistive equipment.
Back Up Trust – Providing a range of services to help spinally injured people of any age get back on track.
The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) – One of the UK’s leading spinal cord injury charities, led and operated by spinally injured Trustees.
Aspire – A charity offering practical support to people living with a spinal cord injury.
Spinal Research - Oone of the UK's largest spinal injury charities, dedicated to funding medical research and developing treatments.
https://www.gov.uk/browse/disabilities – The UK government’s website providing advice on disabled peoples’ rights, welfare benefits and the Equality Act.