Spinal Injury Lawyers
When an accident results in a serious spinal injury, a person's life can change in seconds. The outcome of the accident can be even more devastating if the victim of the injury was not at fault. At IBB, our team of specialist spinal injury lawyers understand the physical and psychological effects that a spinal injury has on a person’s life, as we have vast experience in claiming compensation for our clients who have suffered from a range of serious injuries.
According to Spinal Research, the leading spinal injury charity in the UK, around 1,000 people suffer from a debilitating spine injury each year. Of this 1,000, 36.8% come as a result of Road Traffic Accidents. While this does not necessarily mean that each of these cases came as a result of the other parties driving, many victims suffered their injuries due to an accident caused by another driver’s mistake, perhaps the person behind the wheel of their vehicle or another car on the road. In any case, spinal injury claims are on the rise.
Due to the severity of spinal cord injuries, it’s vital that you receive a diagnosis and begin the process of rehabilitation as early as possible to miminise the long-term damage that the injury can cause. As well as fighting for the compensation you could be due, our spinal injury claims solicitors will be by your side every step of the way to ensure you are receiving the high standard of care and support you deserve.
When you come to IBB, an experienced professional will handle your spinal injury claim right from the initial stages through to the end, providing advice and information on methods of treatment, rehabilitation options and further resources. We can also provide follow up advice on issues such as employment and financial queries such as disability benefits.
Talk to IBB's specialist spinal injury lawyers for advice on dealing with life after your serious injury. We are members of Spinal Injuries Association’s (SIA) approved list of solicitors. All members must have met a strict criteria set out by the SIA, to demonstrate specialist expertise in spinal injury and spinal cord injury compensation claims. Further to this, the Law Society also accredits us as injury specialists. Get in touch by phone on 0333 123 9099 or send an email to email@example.com.
What are the types of spinal injury?
Spinal injuries tend to fall into two categories: complete or incomplete. Complete spinal injuries are the more severe of the two, incorporating complete paraplegia and complete tetraplegia. In these cases, the damage to the spine is great enough to cause permanent loss of function below the area of injury.
Complete paraplegia is caused by injury to the middle (thoriac) or lower (lumbar or sacral) regions of the spinal column. The devastating effect of this injury is the complete loss of function of the legs, but the arms tend to remain unaffected.
Complete tetraplegia is the most serious form of paralysis, and is a result of trauma to the spinal cord in the neck area, known as the cervical region. Tetraplegia results in complete loss of function not only in the legs but the entire body including the arms. The closer the injury to the cervical region, the more severe the paralysis will be.
How do I claim for spinal injury?
The first step of your spinal injury claim is to establish who was liable for the accident, negligence or attack which caused your injury. The next step is to establish a connection between the incident itself and the injuries sustained. In circumstances such as car accidents, there must be proof that the driver’s negligence directly contributed to the serious injury and that you didn’t already suffer from a form of paralysis prior to the accident. In certain cases, the victim may have also been responsible for their injuries to some degree, for example not fastening a seatbelt while the car was moving. In this circumstance, the ‘contributory negligence’ would be calculated by percentage and subtracted from the total compensation awarded.
Once our specialist spinal injury lawyers have successfully gathered enough evidence, the defendant will be contacted with the details of the claim and a request for compensation; and the defendant can then either accept or deny. If the defendant denies the request, the process will be slightly more complex and may at some stage involve a court hearing. Either way, having a legal expert by your side to guide you through will prove beneficial in securing the compensation you deserve.
How much compensation will I receive for a spinal injury?
Until the severity of your injury and its impacts on your quality of life have been analysed, it’s hard to put an exact figure to the amount of compensation you will receive from your claim. Our spinal injury solicitors will liaise with all the relevant medical professionals in order to put together a ‘schedule of loss’, which determines past and future expenses linked to the injury. This would involve the cost of specialist equipment to facilitate your life, any treatment or rehabilitation costs and even potential expenses such as extra support you may need if you decide to go on holiday. With our expert team of spinal injury lawyers, you can rest assured that no stone will be left unturned in your claim, and we will fight to ensure that your quality of life is the best it could possibly be under the circumstances.
Contact IBB's Spinal Injury Lawyers
With vast experience in the field of serious injuries, our solicitors understand the complexity and severity of a spinal injury. That’s why we’ll always work to ensure that you get the care, support and compensation you deserve. For more information or to speak to one of our specialist spinal injury solicitors to begin your claim, please call us on 0333 123 9099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.