A spinal injury can be caused by an accident or due to negligent medical treatment. We act on behalf of many clients who have suffered a spinal injury following a road traffic accident, accident at work or criminal assault. We also act for clients who have sustained permanent damage to their spine as a result of clinical negligence.
Some clients may still have a degree of mobility whereas others will be left permanently paralysed. The amount of movement a client has will depend on how badly the spine has been damaged and which part of the spine was involved.
When the spinal cord is damaged it can lead to a number of problems for those who are injured. For some, not only is their mobility restricted but they are likely to suffer problems with their bowel and bladder function and, sometimes, sexual function. Many clients lose control of their bowel and bladder and need catheters and colostomy bags. It can be hard to adjust to this change and we see a number of clients who have developed psychiatric conditions such as depression and an adjustment disorder.
The majority of our clients who are wheelchair dependent following a spinal injury will find that their homes are no longer suitable. The doorways are likely to be too narrow for wheelchair access, they may be unable to access those rooms upstairs and may not have access to a suitable bathroom or kitchen.
We will seek an admission of liability as soon as possible where a client has suffered a spinal injury. This allows us to obtain an interim payment for you so we can organise equipment, accommodation and care. Many clients will also need treatment such as physiotherapy and in some cases counselling. We work closely with therapists and experts who have the experience to know exactly what help you need.
Unfortunately, it sometimes takes a while to get an admission of liability in clinical negligence cases. This makes it harder to get an interim payment. However, at Barratts we understand the urgency of the your situation and we will do our best to put in place suitable care as soon as possible and obtain the aids and equipment that will make your life easier. We will help you seek advice about suitable accommodation so we are ready to adapt your home as soon as funds are available.
Barratts are on the panel of solicitors for the Spinal Injuries Association and have, in the past, supported the East Midlands Marauders Wheelchair Rugby team and the Sheffield Steelers Wheelchair basketball team. We understand not only the importance of ensuring that rehabilitation and housing are in place but also the importance of having a specialist solicitor to pursue your spinal injury claim.