The impact of a spinal injury can have devastating effects on your quality of life. It can affect those around you and your general lifestyle. The financial implications can be vast. Most spinal injuries have long term and lifelong implications. Families will struggle to financially care for a spinal injury victim, as there will be so many costs and expenses involved. If you have suffered spinal injury at work, in a road traffic accident, or falling from a great height, then you may be entitled to compensation.
Spinal injury explained
A spinal injury is damage to the spinal cord that results in a loss of function such as mobility or feeling. The spinal cord does not have to be severed in order for a loss of functioning to occur. Often the spinal cord can remain intact, but cease to work properly. Generally, the more severe the injury is, the higher the loss of function.
Steps you should take in order to make a claim
You will have to provide evidence that someone else negligently caused or contributed to the accident that caused the spinal injury. You must prove that the accident actually caused the injury and fully demonstrate the full impact and extent of the harm.
In most cases the party you are claiming against would have owed you a duty of care, and that duty was breached. For instance, if the accident happened at work, the employer would be responsible for owing his employee a duty of care. You should note that the amounts of compensation awarded in spinal injury claims are usually higher than an average personal injury claim.
There are many factors that must be considered when deciding on how much compensation to award. The pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the accident will be a crucial factor. However, there will be many other implications too. These will include any other future losses you are likely to incur, such as, rehabilitation costs, and nursing care. In some cases you may need to make drastic changes to your house in order to accommodate your needs. The damages awarded will also need to take into account any future lost earnings if you are unable to return to work.
The types of accidents that can occur:
Spinal injuries in the work place
If you have been hit by an object, fallen, or suffered any other type of accident, you may be entitled to compensation. You will have to prove that your employer owed you a duty of care and that this was breached.
Spinal injuries resulting from road traffic accidents
You may have been involved in a road traffic accident and suffered a spinal injury as a result. In order to claim compensation you will have to show that it was the negligence of the other party that caused you harm. As it was the negligence of the other party that caused the accident which resulted in the spinal injury.
Spinal injury resulting from a sports injury
It is a well known fact that there is an element of risk involved in any type of sport. However, if it can be shown that you have suffered a spinal injury as a result of the negligence or actions of a third party, you may be entitled to claim. If you have sustained a spinal injury through no fault of your own, our specialist team of solicitors will assess your case and work to achieve the best possible result.