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Spinal Injury

Have you recently suffered from an accident that resulted in a spinal injury? If the accident happened because of someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation to reflect the seriousness of your injury and the impact it has had, and will continue to have, on your life.

Damage to the spine can be severe and have long-lasting implications for the individual – as well as their loved ones. That’s why it’s important to work with personal injury lawyers who have experience with the complex and serious nature of spinal injuries. It’s also essential that you act quickly as strict time limits apply for claiming compensation.

Our highly skilled team have helped many clients with spinal injuries claims. We take a thorough and proactive approach to every case, putting the client’s best interests first.

What are spinal injuries?

These injuries include any damage to the spinal cord that changes the way it functions. The severity of the injury will depend on what part of the spine is affected and what impact there is on the connected nerves and muscles.

The spinal cord serves a very important function: it carries sensory and motor information from the brain to the rest of the body. If the spinal cord is damaged, this can have a significant and serious impact, causing, for example, pain, headaches, numbness and tingling, bladder and bowel problems, and partial or complete paralysis. These symptoms can be intermittent or constant; temporary or permanent. Spinal injuries can also result in a wide range of side effects, including pressure sores, infections and breathing problems.

How can spinal injuries occur?

Accidents on the road, at work and while taking part in sports are some of the most common ways that spinal injuries happen. Other causes include bad falls, electrical accidents and medical negligence (during an operation, for example). In most cases, the injury results from trauma to the spinal column, which in turn damages the spinal cord.  

Am I entitled to compensation?

If the accident was caused by a third party’s avoidable mistake, you may be able to claim for compensation for the physical, emotional and financial impact.

If there’s a disagreement over who’s responsible, it’s especially important to work with personal injury solicitors. There will be a lot of evidence required to prove the other party was at fault, as well as to support the amount of compensation you’re claiming. There will also be key legal principles to navigate, the most important being negligence. 

How much accident compensation is given for spinal injuries?

Personal injury compensation is calculated on a case-by case basis. To work out how much should be awarded, the severity of the injury and financial loss are assessed. You could be entitled to claim for:

  • pain and suffering;
  • loss of earnings (both immediate and future);
  • care costs;
  • loss of amenity; and
  • child care costs.

Compensation can reach the upper end of the scale for cases of severe spinal injury, to reflect the serious and often lifelong consequences. To get a compensation estimate based on your individual circumstances, please get in touch with our team.

How can compensation help?

When you claim for compensation following an accident, it’s not just about the amount of money; it’s about how that financial award can help you improve your quality of life. Compensation can contribute to your physical recovery – by covering rehabilitation and care costs – and your emotional recovery, by helping to restore your life to where it was before your accident. When your loved ones are also affected by your accident, compensation can help here too – for example with child care costs. What’s more, making a claim can give you answers to those important questions, like “what went wrong?” and “who was responsible?”, allowing you to move on from the incident and focus on the future.

Contact Kerr Brown’s Personal Injury Solicitors Glasgow, Scotland

If you’re suffering from a spinal injury that wasn’t your fault, it’s important to seek advice and representation from reputable personal injury lawyers who have direct experience with spinal injury cases. Due to the serious and extensive impact these injuries can have, there’s a lot of evidence that needs to be gathered, assessed and presented for the claim.

Our solicitors have an excellent reputation in representing clients in spinal injury cases. In the first place, we’ll assess your circumstances and quickly let you know whether you have a claim or not. If you decide to go ahead, we’ll clearly explain what to expect from the process, answer any questions you have and prepare a strong case on your behalf.

If you want to find out if you can claim for compensation, speak to our approachable team today on 0808 278 6785 or contact us via our online contact form.