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At Boyes Turner we specialise in recovering compensation for victims that have sustained a traumatic back injury from road traffic accidents.
A spinal injury tends to have a serious impact on individuals and their families and the chances of a total recovery are usually slim. With some degree of paralysis which can have a severe impact on quality of life.
During a road traffic accident, a person’s body can sustain a sudden blow to the back causing a fracture or dislocation of vertebrae. Serious damage begins when spinal cord tissues are either bruised or torn by disjointed vertebrae fragments. This can happen whether the inured party was a driver, passenger or pedestrian.
Our dedicated knowledge means that we understand more than others how important clear and simple advice and assistance is following a spinal injury. Working with the injured person and their family to help them rebuild their lives is our priority.
If you or a member of your family has sustained a traumatic spinal injury as a result of a road traffic accident then contact the team for a quick, no obligation discussion about whether you can make a claim.
Depending on the severity of the injury caused by a road traffic accident some people can return to close to their previous lives however most suffer from long lasting, if not permanent, damage and therefore have to adapt to a new way of living.
Call our specialist legal teams Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 17.30 for free, no obligation advice.
Complete our simple form to start your claim and get a call back back from our expert legal team.
We understand that there are ongoing requirements following a spinal injury.
Early rehabilitation, adaptations and specialist equipment are vital to helping our clients to achieve a good quality of life following a road traffic accident. As members of the SIA we have links with those providing spinal cord injury rehabilitation and spinal injury support to help our clients in their recovery.
Spinal injuries range from slipped discs to permanent nerve damage which can potentially result in paralysis.
If the spinal cord is damaged as a result of a road traffic accident it can result in:
Medical professionals gauge the level of injury on the spinal cord and this measurement is vital in assessing which parts of the body may be affected by loss of function or paralysis. The levels equate to groups of nerves along the spine which are divided in four areas: Sacral, Lumbar, Thoracic and Cervical.
The spinal cord is a part of the vertebrate nervous system that is enclosed and protected by the spinal column.
Coming off the spinal cord are 31 pairs of spinal nerves. These nerves within the spinal cord are called upper motor neurons. The spinal nerves that branch out from the spinal cord to the other parts of the body are called lower motor neurons.
The spinal cord does not have to be severed completely for loss of function to occur. In most cases of spinal cord injury the spinal cord remains intact.
A common cause of damage to the spinal cord is when the cord swells and is then damaged in the narrow space in the vertebrae. This damage results in the formation of scar tissue that prevents the formation of new nerve pathways, making the paralysis that has occurred permanent.
It is possible to have a broken back or broken neck without being paralysed. This happens when the vertebrae are damaged but the spinal cord is unharmed.
Our priority is to work closely with the family of the injured person. We can help to obtain early payments to deal with rehabilitation costs, nursing care, disability aids, specialist equipment, transport costs and money to replace lost income. Organisations such as the Spinal Injuries Association work with injured people and their families to help them adapt to their circumstances.
Although great advances have been made in the treatment of spinal cord injury, for most people, the injury will have a catastrophic effect on the victim and their family.
Whilst many parts of the body can repair themselves after they are injured the central nervous system cannot. Early immobilisation and treatment are important factors in recovery. There is no cure however and research continues into repair and regeneration of nerve cells and neural circuits.
A spinal cord injury or myelopathy is a disturbance of the spinal cord that results in loss of sensation and mobility. The two common types of spinal injury are trauma and disease.
The most common cause of spinal cord injury or myelopathy is a broken back or broken neck. This can result in damage to the nerves of the spinal cord inside the spinal column. This is known as "traumatic injury".
Traumatic spinal cord injury may be caused by road traffic accidents, accidents at work, sports injuries, accidents abroad and medical negligence.
Spinal cord injury can also be caused by "non-traumatic injury". This includes an inflammation or infection of the spinal cord, tumours pressing on the spinal cord and diseases of the nervous system and degenerative conditions.
The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is the national charity for people with SCI and their families. It is run by people who are living with SCI every day.
The experts at Boyes Turner are approved solicitors for the Spinal Injuries Association.
Making a spinal injury claim will ensure accountability of the person or organisation responsible for your injury. This will help prevent the same mistake from happening again.
Making a claim will also secure the payment of compensation. Compensation is important especially in more complex spinal injury cases and where long term specialist care and assistance is required.
Our medical negligence and personal injury teams have been nationally recognised for over 20 years because of their expertise, empathy and commitment to securing maximum compensation for our clients.
Almost 5 years ago my sons suffered a life changing brain injury accident. A new life for everyone, so many unknowns so many difficult decisions. I met Claire and the team shortly after the accident. So many questions answered but more than that, amazing lovely people. Claire has been guiding me and the family throughout this ordeal with such compassion, there every time I needed her we couldn’t of asked for a nicer person. I have met many others with in Boyes Turner and all have been genuine lovely people, I’m now working with Ruth and Lindsay from the court of protection. Again, I can't say enough about them amazing lovely people. They truly do won't the best for my son and they did and continue to do so.
Claire is exceptionally knowledgeable in the personal injury legal domain, especially in the specific area of my injury. From our very first conversation, she was clear in explaining the potential different routes that the process could take and provided me with expectations of what I could expect along the journey.
She ensured that all bases were covered, organising meetings, discussions and necessary specialist appointments, in order to bring together the case and take it forward. Claire was then able to use her extensive pool of contacts, to appoint an "area leading" barrister, to represent me.
Overall, I was very pleased with appointing Claire and Boyes Turner to act as my solicitor for the legal claim that I pursued. Thank you for all of your support.
I approached Claire Roantree of Boyes Turner in regards to making a claim about a workplace burns injury. It was something that had scarred me physically and mentally and taken a huge toll on the lives of me and my family. Claire wasted no time in finding out what happened and made sure I was treated by known experts and quickly finding an answer to my burns scarring and how I could be treated to help manage my pain. Claire also helped me by appointing a psychiatrist to understand my situation and help me cope with post traumatic stress disorder. As well as taking as much stress of the claim away, she was thorough in every situation, making sure I had the best possible claim, and handled it all expertly, I am so very grateful to her and her team. They have helped guide my life back into a positive direction and I can't thank her enough!
Excellent service from Claire and her team at all times. We were kept up to date at each stage of our claim. The outcome was much better than we expected and we would not hesitate to recommend Boyes Turner to family and friends.
Kim handled my personal injury claim after a car accident with immeasurable expertise and compassion. Boyes Turner arranged every part of my private rehabilitation, which greatly improved the speed and quality of my recovery.
Each stage of the litigation process was dealt with efficiently and succinctly. This was then always explained without using unclear legal jargon.
On both health and financial levels, I would be in a far worse position without Kim’s invaluable input. I cannot recommend this firm enough.