Spinal cord injury

Your spinal cord injury

A spinal cord injury will change your life forever. You may feel that nothing will be the same again with relationships, employment and your lifestyle all being hugely affected. You may now be wholly reliant upon others and your medical requirements are probably complex and demanding. You cannot change events but if your injuries have occurred as result of medical negligence or trauma then it may be possible to explore a claim to ensure future financial security and support for you and those around you.

When to bring a claim

A claim for damages may arise from a traumatic event or as a result of the mismanagement of medical treatment provided to you. Causes for medical mismanagement leading to a spinal injury can be far ranging but include failure to advise adequately on surgical complications, delay or failure to diagnose conditions and the negligent mishandling of surgical or other procedures.

How we can help

Our spinal injury team understand the legal and medical issues relevant for you and your family. We understand the importance of feeling as independent as possible and where you need support that you have the right team around you that can provide this. We have a particular expertise in pursuing high value claims for compensation tailored to the specific needs of the individual. We can advise you about pursuing a claim for adapted housing, aids and equipment as well as obtaining financial support to fund the care, therapy and rehabilitation you will require in the years to come. Wherever possible we look to obtain an early payment for you so that together we can put in place a structure of support to help you rebuild your life once again.

Frequently Asked Questions

Medical negligence can contribute to spinal cord injuries in a few different ways, they can include:

    1. Surgical Errors: Mistakes during spinal surgery can lead to spinal cord injury. This may involve incorrect placement of screws or instrumentation, damaging the spinal cord during surgery, or failure to address complications promptly.

    2. Anesthesia Errors: Errors in administering anesthesia can result in complications during surgery, including inadequate blood supply to the spinal cord, which can lead to spinal cord injury.

    3. Delayed or Misdiagnosis: Failing to diagnose or misdiagnosing a condition that affects the spine, such as a herniated disc or spinal infection, can delay necessary treatment and potentially worsen the condition, leading to spinal cord injury.

    4. Failure to Recognize and Treat Complications: In some cases, medical professionals may fail to identify and promptly address complications related to spinal procedures or treatments, such as infections, blood clots, or nerve compression, which can result in spinal cord injury.

All serious injury claims are different and this depends upon when a final prognosis is known and a claim can be valued.

Once we obtain an admission of liability in your case we can request an immediate payment to help with your needs and put support in place.

Medical negligence claims rarely go to court, with only a small percentage of the more complex cases ending up there. However, in the unlikely event that your case reaches court, we will be by your side throughout the process.

It is important to pursue your claim as quickly as possible due to time limits and to also enable us to help you obtain compensation as soon as possible. This is especially the case in complex cases as the process can be lengthy.

You have to start your claim within 3-years (limitation period) from when the injury occurred or when you first became aware of any potential negligence or injury as a result. However, the time limit only begins when a child reaches 18 years of age.

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