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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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"You got us the best outcome and I can’t thank you enough"

 Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of myself and my family. You were recommended to us by a close friend back in 2017 and I will certainly recommend you again. You’ve been amazing and very reassuring considering how complicated I made things at times. It’s been one of the hardest times of my life but I was glad I had you on the end of the phone. It’s a surreal feeling now it’s all over but very relieved you got us the best outcome and I can’t thank you enough.

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"Extremely grateful for her professionalism and attention to detail. "

Through my dealings with Claire as my representative in a personal injury claim, I have been extremely grateful for her professionalism and attention to detail. I believe going above and beyond to help accommodate my needs and explain everything in a way that I could understand. Working around timing for video calls and zoom meetings with myself and my mum, often on weekends and evenings. We always knew she was just a phone call away to answer any questions we had and if she didn’t have the answer then it would be found out for us. Once the claim was settled, she has still offered her support and provided contacts to do with my injury fund and further surgery I need. 

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"Great support throughout a very emotional and difficult period"

Claire was very much the lynchpin in achieving settlement of a complex case. From the outset Claire ensured steps were taken to manage both rehabilitation and legal/case requirements in the correct sequence; this included the early appointment of a case manager.In addition Claire has been a great support throughout a very emotional and difficult period in our lives.

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"I cannot recommend them highly enough"

After being involved in a Road Accident I enlisted the services of Boyes Turner to help settle our compensation claim for damages and ongoing injuries that I incurred as a result. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Their ongoing support throughout an extremely stressful ordeal was second to none. I suffered multiple injuries and they organised all my ongoing medical needs both physically and mentally, to help aid my recovery and rehabilitation. They managed my case with the utmost professionalism, concluding it satisfactorily so that I can move forward with my life and recovery. Thank you to Claire and her team for their amazing ongoing support and work with handling my case, in a time of great stress and uncertainty. Thank you so much for all you have done for me and my family. 

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