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Spinal cord injury can be one of the most disabling physical injuries that is suffered in an accident. Damage to the spinal cord can leave the injured person unable to breathe, communicate, walk, manage their own personal care, or control their environment. They may be unable, or need additional support, to live independently, study, socialise or work.

Traumatic injury to the spine and the spinal cord are most commonly caused by workplace accidents involving falls from heights, road accident collisions, and other high impact injuries, such as violent assault or sporting accidents. Where the accident was someone else’s fault, and led to permanent disability, the injured person may be entitled to claim substantial compensation.

Spinal cord injuries give rise to urgent needs for rehabilitation and adjustment to a dramatic change in lifestyle for the injured person and their family. Spinal injury claims are complex and require an understanding of the immediate and long-term needs that arise from life-changing disability. The injured person’s prospects of achieving early rehabilitation and full compensation to meet their lifelong needs arising from their disability are greatly increased when their claim is handled by lawyers who specialise in recovering compensation for severe, catastrophic disability.

For more than 30 years, our personal injury team have helped severely injured clients and their families secure the advice, practical support and financial compensation that they need to rebuild their lives after life-changing accidents.   We are top-rated as experts in serious injury claims by Chambers Directory, the Legal 500 and accredited by the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel, APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers), and SIA (Spinal Injuries Association) Panel. Each client’s case is handled by an experienced serious injury solicitor with understanding, compassion and care. 

For spinal injury claims caused by medical negligence, you can contact our medical negliegence claims specialists here

Previous Cases

  • Settlement of £1.5 million plus life-long, index-linked, annual payments for care and case management of £225,000 per year for a man who suffered tetraplegia after falling from a chair where he was left to sleep in hospital.
  • £160,000 compensation for a client who suffered multiple injuries, including fractures in her cervical and thoracic spine, when her partner’s car, in which she was passenger, overturned and collided with a gate, some pillars and a tree. 
  • £100,000 compensation for a client who came to us after her previous solicitors in her road accident claim failed to secure supportive medical evidence for her injuries, which included a wedge fracture of her thoracic vertebrae, whiplash and psychological injury. We took over the claim and carried out a full investigation of our client’s injuries. We secured an admission of liability and interim payment which paid for a residential treatment programme. The case settled for just under £100,000.

What is spinal cord injury (SCI) and disability?

The spinal cord is a long, fragile bundle of nerves that run down the back of the body from the brain stem to the bottom of the spine. The spinal cord is the means by which the brain communicates with the rest of the body, such as muscles and organs, and allows us to feel sensations and control our movements. Spinal cord injury (SCI) is always serious. An SCI injury which breaks, cuts or damages the spinal cord causes a permanent loss of communication between the brain and the parts of the body which are below the break. The higher the level of the injury to the spine, the greater the permanent disability, loss of function and sensory impairment.

What type of disability can lead to a spinal cord injury (SCI) accident compensation claim?

Spinal cord injury (SCI) causes lasting disability. Where that disability has been caused by somebody else’s negligence, such as another driver or an employer, the person who has suffered the SCI may be entitled to claim compensation.

The severity of the disability, and the way it affects the injured person’s ability to function, depends on: 

  • how high up the spine the SCI occurred - cervical(neck), thoracic (upper back) or lumbar (lower back); spine:
  • the severity of the injury to the spinal cord, - whether it was compressed (squeezed) or severed (cut);
  • how quickly the spinal cord injury (SCI) was diagnosed and treated;
  • how long it took before surgery to decompress (take pressure off) the spinal cord or stabilise the spine;
  • the way the patient was handled, positioned, immobilised and transported to hospital;
  • the timing and quality of the patient’s rehabilitation.

In some cases, the injured person may suffer fractures to the vertebrae (bones) of the back or neck without immediate injury to the spinal cord. When this happens they will avoid the paralysis and serious disability of a spinal cord injury but may need surgery or treatment to immobilise, stabilise and support the spine whilst the bones heal. They may also need rehabilitation, such as exercise under the supervision of a physiotherapist. Whilst less devastating than an SCI, spinal fractures may have longer term effects, such as restricting the injured person’s ability to return to work in their former job.

We can recover compensation for clients who suffered spinal injury or SCI as a result of someone else’s negligence, which left them with one or more of the following disabilities:

  •        paralysis:
    • paraplegia – paralysis of the lower half of the body; 
    • tetraplegia or quadriplegia – paralysis (loss of control and sensation) in all four limbs and torso;
  • difficulty with breathing;
  • impaired mobility (ability to walk, run etc) and motor control (movement of muscles);
  • loss of sensation (feeling), altered sensation, tingling or numbness;
  • weakness in arms and legs;
  • peroneal nerve injury (also known as foot drop);
  • chronic pain and muscle spasms;
  • bowel dysfunction (incontinence);  
  • problems with bladder and urinary function (incontinence);
  • sexual and reproductive difficulties;
  • cauda equina syndrome (CES);
  • spinal fractures (broken back or neck bones or vertebrae);
  • psychological injury, such as PTSD, caused by the accident and spinal injury.

What kind of accidents lead to spinal cord injury accident compensation claims?

We can provide advice, practical support, secure rehabilitation and recover compensation for clients with disability arising from spinal cord injury caused by:

  • road traffic accidents (RTAs), as drivers, cyclists, passengers or pedestrians;
  •  hit and run – claims from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB);
  • workplace accidents, such as falls whilst working at heights, construction site accidents or crushing accidents;
  •  unsafe buildings;
  • defective products
  • sporting accidents (such as diving, swimming, rugby, skiing);
  • violent crime, such as assaults or gunshot or knife wounds – claims from the CICA.

How much compensation can I claim in a spinal injury accident compensation claim?

Each person’s spinal cord injury affects them differently, physically, psychologically and financially. This means that no two clients’ injuries or claims are ever exactly the same. Our experienced solicitors investigate the circumstances of each client’s accident, their injury and disability and the way it affects their life. Our client’s claim is then carefully calculated to ensure that their compensation will cover their losses and meet their needs, now and in the future.

In addition to compensation, where rehabilitation is needed to optimise our client’s recovery, we can often secure funding from the defendant’s insurers under the Rehabilitation Code. This allows our client to undergo rehabilitation when they need it most, giving them the best chance of their fullest recovery. Once liability for the accident and injury is established against the defendant, we can also secure substantial interim (advance) payments to help ease financial hardship and pay for necessary specialist equipment, therapies, and adapted accommodation straight away. 

Depending on our client’s injury, disability, and the cost of meeting their needs, their final settlement may include compensation for:

  • pain, suffering and disability;
  • rehabilitation costs;
  • costs of care;
  • costs of case management;
  • costs of therapies, such as:
  • physiotherapy;
  • occupational therapy (OT);
  • speech and language therapy;
  • hydrotherapy;
  • psychological counselling.
  • surgical or medical treatment costs;
  • loss of earnings and pension;
  • cost of home adaptations or the increased costs of accommodation that is suitable for their disability;
  • wheelchairs, adapted vehicles, mobility aids and additional transport costs;
  • specialist equipment and disability aids;
  • assistive technology (IT);
  • special educational support (SEN) (if a child).

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"Happy to recommend your services"

Thank you again for all you have done for us and the way you have done it. We would be happy to recommend your services to anyone else in a similar position.

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"I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in my recovery"

"It really does turn your life upside down in a moment, not just for me but for my family as well. It’s been a difficult journey, sometimes very emotional, but I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in my recovery and in being able to tell this story tooMy story shows what can be achieved with the support of the right people and a little determination. I look back on where I was and I’m delighted with where I am now. I’ve still got a way to go and I still have some effects from the accident to deal with but I hope people see what I’ve achieved and it helps them as they begin their recovery."

Jessica Stevens

"We'd like to express our thanks to Kim and the team at Boyes Turner..."

We’d like to express our thanks to Kim and the team at Boyes Turner for the expertise, experience and professionalism in handling our daughter’s serious injury claim following a road accident. From arranging a team of rehab specialists and the necessary funding to the negotiation of the final very satisfactory settlement, the whole operation has been conducted very smoothly and we can recommend their service to anyone in a similar position.

"Thank you so much for all you have done..."

Thank you so much for all you have done for C and the family. I know that you have absolutely given it everything you’ve got and your devotion and commitment to the case has been spectacular.

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"I wanted to take the opportunity to express my thanks..."

I wanted to take the opportunity to express my thanks to you for your professional attitude and handling of the claim throughout this tragic case.  It is in cases like this where the compensation can never compensate for the loss suffered, but hopefully it will help in some way to move forward.

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