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Spinal Injury

A spinal injury can be devastating. Adapting to, and coping with, life after a back injury can be extremely challenging - mentally and physically. Spinal injuries require specialist medical treatment and in some cases need life long care and support. If you've suffered a spinal injury, you'll probably have lots of questions, but here's some of the most common ones we get:

What would any compensation possibly cover costs for?

Aside from financial compensation, providing ‘after the event’ support is just as important as getting the right medical treatment as this helps you to live as normal a life as possible. If successful, spinal injury compensation claims can assist in covering the cost of household bills if you’re unable to work, they can finance on-going rehabilitation programmes or provide the funds to adapt your home so that you can move back in after treatment.

How can you help me with my claim?

Due to the nature of spinal injuries, the legal process of making a claim for compensation can be very complex and require a solicitor with specialist knowledge. We’ll deal with all aspects of your claim and where liability isn’t disputed we’ll liaise with the appropriate treatment and care providers so that your recovery times are as short as possible. 

As part of our holistic approach to care, we can even introduce you, and those close to you, to support groups that can help you come to terms with the consequences of your back injury. We also work on a no win, no fee basis to ensure we obtain the maximum possible award for your spinal injury compensation.

How much will it cost?

We act on a no win no fee basis, which means that if you don’t win your case you won’t pay a penny. But, due to government legislation, if you win we’ll deduct 25% of your damages award as payment for dealing with your case. This is fairly standard practice and our fees are paid once your case is settled.

How long will it take?

Every case is unique so it’s difficult to give a precise time frame as it depends on a number of factors. If liability is admitted during our investigation into the cause of your injury, the case will be settled significantly quicker than if it’s disputed. Another factor that can speed up a claim is if you return any documentation we send you as soon as possible and respond quickly to any questions we may have. 

The extent of your injury also has a huge bearing on your case. Generally, the more serious the injury and the long-term implications of it, the longer it may take to fully calculate your claim’s value. We’re also bound by Civil Procedure rules, which allow the defendant’s solicitors time to investigate the circumstances around your injury before they have to respond to us

Will I have to go to court?

We can never say a case won’t go to trial or final hearing, but it’s unlikely. It’s often better if your case doesn’t go to trial as the issue of court proceedings, and the amount of work that goes into preparing and arguing your case, can considerably extend the time it takes to settle your claim. Whether it goes to trial or final hearing depends on your case’s prospects and the stance that the defendant takes.

How much compensation will I get?

It’s difficult to value a case at an early stage as you may have suffered injuries that take time to manifest or have a long-term impact on your health and wellbeing. Every case is individual so to fully evaluate your claim, we need a medical report. This gives us an insight into the extent of your injury and identifies whether you can expect to make a full recovery. 

Once we know this we can assess the value of your case. In addition to your general damages (the money you receive for your injury), we also take into account your out of pocket expenses (what we term ‘special damages’). When these are clear, we can add them to the value of your claim. If you’re contacted by an insurance company it’s important not to accept any offers of settlement or compensation without seeking or obtaining legal advice.

How long do I have to make a claim?

Generally, you can make a claim for compensation up to three years from the date of your injury. This is what we call the limitation period. There are, however, some circumstances where the limitation period is two years. To find out more, call us.

What should I do if I want to make a claim?

Starting your claim is easy; just call us on the number above or fill out the contact form and we’ll call you back.

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