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We specialise in spinal cord injury claims – where you or a loved one may have suffered injury due to negligent medical treatment. These are complex and demanding cases, where the extent and severity of injury can vary widely. We understand the impact a spinal cord injury can have on our clients and their family, and fight hard in every case to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
If you believe that you or your loved one may have a case please contact us via our freephone number or by filling in our ‘request a call back’ form. We will ensure that you get to speak quickly and directly to one of our dedicated team who can advise you on your options, free of charge.
After you first make contact, we will then:
– Use our skills and knowledge to analyse your case
– Advise on the next best steps for you to take with your claim
– Explore the best ways of funding your case with you if we believe you have one
Spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord. The extent of the injury can vary widely, depending on the location of the damage to the spine and its severity. Spinal cord injury can result in differing levels of function loss. In severe cases, the spinal injury will result in paralysis of one or more limbs.
Spinal cord injury can also affect bladder and bowel control; sexual function and fertility; respiration and control of blood pressure, and control of body temperature.
Your spinal injury could be due to failed diagnosis, inadequate surgery or inadequate care following surgery. Damage to the spine during the course of medical treatment and surgery is sometimes unavoidable, but in some circumstances it can be prevented. You will have a claim if the spinal injury would have been prevented had an appropriate standard of medical care been provided.
The Clinical Negligence Team have acted in many spinal cord injury claims, where a spinal injury could have been avoided with appropriate medical care. This includes;
– Delayed diagnosis of spinal cord compression;
– Inappropriate execution of spinal surgery;
– Failure to adequately monitor a patient post-operatively.
The extent of the compensation will vary widely depending upon the severity of the spinal injury and the impact it is having, and will have, on the life of the individual.
When making a spinal cord injury claim, compensation is awarded in two categories:
– Your pain and suffering, and loss of ability to do the things that you used to be able to do;
– Any direct financial losses which you have suffered or will suffer in the future.
As well as an award of damages for pain and suffering, compensation will usually include a claim for the cost of care required, both past and future, and the costs of any treatment and equipment required as a result of the injury. A claim for accommodation will also usually be made, as people with spinal injuries often need accommodation adapted to their needs. Loss of earnings are also usually recovered if the spinal injury has affected your ability to work in part of completely.