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If you, or a close family member, has suffered from a spinal injury due to an accident or incident that wasn't your fault, you'll know how life changing this type of injury can be. It can have a huge impact on the victim and the whole family too; you may feel that the whole situation is very unjust.
As experienced spinal injury solicitors, we might be able to help you claim compensation for the back injury, which can make things a little easier for you and your family, and can potentially offer you a small measure of justice for what has happened to you.
The compensation that you might receive from a successful spinal injury claim could help to pay for rehabilitation and therapy services that are essential to recovery, help with adaptations to your home if your mobility is affected by your injury, as well as help with lost earnings, expenses and travel that you're out of pocket for because of the accident.
Anyone who has received a serious back or spinal cord injury from an accident that wasn't your fault can potentially make a compensation claim. If you're a close relative of someone who has suffered this type of injury and they are unable to make a claim themselves, you may be able to do so on their behalf, depending on the circumstances. If you're a parent with a child that has experienced the injury, you may be able to bring a claim on your child's behalf.
We can help you to make a compensation claim if your spinal or back injury has meant that you have reduced mobility, paralysis or has left you with nerve damage or other permanent medical issues that affect your ability to work or impact on your quality of life.
There is usually a three-year time limit on spinal injury claims, starting on the date of the incident. There are some limited exceptions to this rule, but it's advised that you contact us to start the process of making a claim as soon as possible to give your case the best possible chance of success.
The amount of compensation that you might be able to claim for your spinal injury will depend on several factors, which include:
Once we fully evaluate your claim and have all of the information and evidence needed, we can give you a more accurate evaluation of how much compensation you could be due, if your claim is successful. Details of the ranges of awards for the injuries can be found here. The award for your injury may turn out to be the smaller part of the award. Loss of earnings, care, support and accommodation may well exceed this figure.
Many of the spinal injury claims we handle can be carried out on a no win, no fee basis. This means that if your claim is not successful, you don't have to pay any legal fees. We will discuss all of the funding options with you when we assess your case, to make sure that we choose the route that is in your best interests. We do charge a success fee of 15%. Many other firms charge 25%. This only applies to the injury part of your claim and the losses you have sustained when the claim finishes. It does not apply to the future losses which may be the bigger part of the claim. It cannot exceed the costs we can claim from your opponent. In certain circumstances there may be an insurance premium to pay, but only if the case succeeds. We will explain this to you in more detail when you contact us.
We start the process with a free consultation so that we can help you decide if you have a claim and discuss the potential next steps.
The next stage in the claims process is the gathering of evidence to support your spinal injury claim. This will usually include your medical records and may require a session with a medical expert to help evaluate the impact of your injury on your life, your ongoing prognosis and what you need to help your recovery and improve your quality of life.
Once we have all of the information required, we can estimate a compensation amount to include in the claim, which will take into account your current and future needs in relation to the injury. We can then try to negotiate a settlement with those at fault for your spinal injury. These types of compensation claims are usually settled out of court, but if we do need to escalate your claim, we can take your case to court.
If you're considering making a spinal injury compensation claim after an accident that wasn't your fault, you can contact us today on 0800 689 0973 for free initial advice.