Specialist Spinal Injury Lawyers for Compensation Claims
If you are looking for compensation after a spinal injury caused by an accident that wasn’t your fault, our spinal injury lawyers will help you make a personal injury claim. Regardless of whether your injury was due to a car crash, playing sport, or a safety failure where you work; the impact of a spinal injury is traumatic and often life changing. You need the right support to give you the best prognosis for the future.
When you meet our specialist spinal injury lawyers, you will know you are in safe hands. Our team has represented many individuals who have suffered a spinal injury after an accident and we are familiar with the challenges you are facing. We understand how emotional you might feel and how frustrating it can be to find yourself dependent on other for mobility support. This is how we have earned our place on the Spinal Injury Association’s (SIA) panel since it was set up. This is a UK charity dedicated to supporting those with spinal injury. Our spinal injury lawyers gained this place on the SIA panel thanks to recommendations from our clients. We honestly believe that this is the best endorsement we could have and we are proud of our reputation for standing up for people after life-changing injuries.
Read more about the way our team helps people whose spinal cord injury was caused by medical malpractice.
How to Start Your Spinal Injury Claim
Every individual is different but we sometimes meet our clients while they are still patients receiving treatment in hospital. At this point, most patients are keen to know when they can go home, at the same time as having concerns about whether or not their housing will be suitable for their new condition. They are often worried about any clinical complications that might arise from their spinal injury and they want guidance on the next steps in their medical treatment. Another common worry people have is about the financial impact of their condition. If you are in this situation, you might feel overwhelmed but our team is on hand. Talking to a lawyer will give you access to advice and information you need to guide you through the next steps.
Choosing the right solicitor for a spinal injury claim
A recent client, who was also a doctor, explained his experience as follows:
“I remember them all appearing perfectly capable and personable, but David was different on several counts. He was not ostentatious, he did not appear to be a mouthpiece for a large corporate machine; he appeared amiable but not saccharine, trustworthy and authoritative but not overbearing. Those factors aside, the most significant thing I recall is that he understood the position I was in. We exchanged pleasantries, I explained my various predicaments, and the first thing he said was;
“So we need to get you out of here as quickly as possible.”
I considered the four-bed bay that was now my home and had been for too long, the tired curtains, the sink that had remained broken for the past three months, the difficulties I was having accessing rehab, my strained relationship with the medical team, and thought: “this man gets it.”
He went on to discuss some of the immediate pitfalls we needed to avoid, some ideal next steps, and I realised that this was a professional whose opinion I trusted. He discussed practical plans from the very beginning.”
This testimony shows how we are different at Barratts. Click to read more about how our solicitor supported Ed after his spinal injury.
We often hear people say that it is a relief to know that they are working with a team of experienced senior spinal injury lawyers. They tell us it feels like a partnership and they appreciate our familiarity with the local support services and healthcare providers around Nottingham and across the Midlands. We help with lots of practical support including:
- Neuro rehabilitation
- Care support and case management
- Specialist equipment
Our aim is to get spinal injuries clients like you early support before you are in a position to settle your claim. Furthermore, we understand the importance of helping you cope with any chronic pain that results from your injuries because of the impact it will have on your future wellbeing and recovery. If you need immediate help with practical arrangements, living expenses, adaptations to your home and transport or specialist rehabilitation treatment, our lawyer will seek interim payments for you.
What Affects Your Spinal Injury Compensation Claim
There are many factors involved in determining the value of your claim including the severity of your injuries and the seriousness of the impact on your daily life. For example, if your spinal cord is damaged in your neck, you will typically experience complete tetraplegia and you will require a far higher level of care than someone with damage in the lumbar or sacrum regions who suffers from paraplegia.
We work as a team with medical professionals who will assess the impact on your body including things like whether or not you have lost sensation in your torso, as well as your legs and feet. Whatever the extent of the injury to your spine, we will help with your spinal injury claim. Other typical factors in deciding the amount of compensation depend on your role in the accident (the Defendant will always try to show that your negligence contributed to the accident but our spinal injury lawyers are on your side and we will support you); how your injury will affect your education or your ability to earn a living; whether or not you are caring for a child; the chances of you needing surgery in future and the likelihood of your condition deteriorating with age or medical complications arising in future.
Some aspects of the discussion might feel very personal as your medical reports will include topics like bowel and bladder control and the impact on your personal relationships. We are professionals and we are familiar with all of the conditions you might experience so we take a down-to-Earth approach to your reports. Clients say they find this helps them a great deal during our investigations and reports.
Settling your Claim
Over the years we have acted for people injured in road traffic accidents, cyclists, in the workplace and medical errors causing paralysis, often as a result of missed diagnoses. We have helped individuals who were let down by mental health services and suffered spinal cord injury in attempted suicides and others who have been injured as a result of criminal assaults. Every case is different and each person is unique but for all our clients, we ensure you get personal help from our small but dedicated expert team of litigation solicitors.
We encourage the Defendant to meet you, so you are more than just a number on a case file. We give you information at a pace to suit you and help simplify all the legal jargon and complexities of your claim. We will give you honest advice about your claim and any risks and will stand by you when we believe the defendant’s offer of compensation is not high enough.
Lastly, we realise that your progress cannot be achieved in isolation. We know this involves others including your family and friends and other professionals. The fact that much of our work is referred by professionals is because we know how to work together to get the best result for you.
You can email us to discuss your situation or give us a call on 0115 931 5171.