Spinal Cord Injuries

Suffering a spinal cord injury can be a very traumatic for the injured person as in the most severe cases paralysis is unfortunately the injury outcome.

A spinal cord injury is an injury where the spinal cord is damaged, and it impairs the normal functions of the spinal cord. It can occur either following a fall or an accident at work and in some cases from a road traffic accident.

Depending on where the injury is, as to whether it is in the neck or lower down the back, depends on the degree of function that an injured person has following injury. Usually, if a person has a spinal cord injury the rehabilitation period is very extensive and there are a range of medical and therapeutic interventions required for the person to make the most of his/her recovery.

We understand that people with spinal cord injuries will have a range of worries and concerns about their future and that focuses our mind when acting for clients who have those injuries. The claim will include a claim for general damages for pain and suffering suffered by the injured person but also there usually is a claim for special damage for all the current and future financial losses and costs. Financial losses are typically the loss of income that an injured person has as a result of being unable to return to their workplace following a spinal cord injury. Future financial costs can range from the costs of medical treatment, medical care, therapeutic interventions, medical aids and appliances required for the injured person to attempt to live an independent life, rehousing or house adaption costs, nursing care costs. We at Downes solicitors have access to a range of experts that are required to accurately and fully assess the extent of such a special damage claim. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury or a family member has, and you wish to discuss how to pursue a claim please contact Downes solicitors for specialist claims and legal advice.

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    Personal Injury : Your Top Questions Answered

    How long can a personal injury claim take?
    AYour claim length will depend on a number of factors such as; your type of injuries, the insurance company your dealing with, your PIAB application, the assessment and then whether you move on to legal proceedings.
    How much compensation will I be entitled to?
    AThat figure is hard to immediately determine. The book of quantum can help to give you some indication but the other factors that will be taken into consideration are:

    • Liability: who was at fault for the accident.
    • Injuries: the severity of the injuries
    • Expenses: all of the bills that were paid.
    Will my claim go to court?
    A Every case is different. In the majority of personal injury cases, the person making the claim will not end up in a courtroom.

    It is possible that the person at fault will seek to settle outside of court and your case will be settled in a meeting attended by you, your solicitor, and barrister to negotiate your settlement.

    It is entirely up to you whether to accept the settlement offered. If you do not accept then it will move to a court hearing where a judge will decide how much your settlement will be.

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