Back or Spinal Cord Injury Claims

If you’ve sustained an injury to your back or spinal cord which wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation.

At Wheelers, our highly skilled solicitors understand how devastating it is to experience pain and suffering due to the negligence of someone else. Back injuries in particular can be extremely serious, sometimes resulting in a lifetime of problems for the affected individual.

Common symptoms of spinal injuries include extreme pain, partial or total loss of sensation in body below the point of injury, difficulty with movement, bladder and bowel control issues, sexual dysfunction, and problems with breathing.

As well as the physical issues associated with back and spinal injuries, affected individuals can often experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety from the pressure of adapting to a reduced quality of life. Post-traumatic stress disorder is also common, particularly where the injury was caused by a traumatic accident.

Because of the seriousness of back and spinal injuries, affected individuals can recover substantial compensation for things like pain and suffering, loss of earnings and earning capacity and the costs of ongoing rehabilitation, therapy, home adaptations and care. Our personal injury solicitors can provide detailed advice on the merits of your individual case and the amount of compensation you could receive.

Personal injury claims can be confusing and stressful, however, we will be by your side every step of the way. In the majority of situations, we’re able to negotiate a significant settlement with the person or organisation responsible for our client’s injuries without having to resort to court.

We’re able to accept the majority of our clients on a no win no fee basis. This means you’ll pay no upfront legal fees and can pursue your personal injury compensation claim with no financial risk to yourself.

Get in touch with our back and spinal cord injury solicitors for a free initial consultation by giving us a call at our offices in either Ash Vale, Farnborough or Fleet. Alternatively, please fill in our online enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch in due course.

How our back and spinal cord injury solicitors can help you

Our specialist personal injury solicitors have been successfully pursuing justice for people who have suffered severe and life-changing back or spinal injuries for many years.

Our expertise includes:

  • Fractures
  • Broken spine
  • Slipped discs
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Paraplegia
  • Tetraplegia
  • Triplegia
  • Anterior Cord Syndrome
  • Central Cord Syndrome
  • Brown-Sequard Syndrome
  • Associated conditions, such as:
    • Loss of bladder or bowel control
    • Sexual dysfunction
    • Respiratory difficulties
    • Chronic pain
    • Headaches
    • Personality or mood changes
    • Nerve pain
    • Loss of fertility
    • Infections
  • Psychological damage as a result of back or spinal injury, such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder

Wherever possible, we favour cooperative but robust negotiation over resorting to court proceedings, which can be considerably lengthy and stressful.

We take an analytical and strategic approach to negotiations; we’ll discuss the extent of your injuries and impact of your life at length with you and obtain expert medical evidence on your behalf relating to your condition and prognosis. This allows us to enter negotiations from a position of strength, giving you the best possible chance of the other party accepting responsibility early on.

How much can I claim for a back or spinal cord injury?

The amount of compensation you could receive for your injuries will ultimately depend on the individual circumstances of your case. However, we will stop at nothing to achieve the best possible settlement to help you restore your quality of life.

You could receive compensation for things like:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of amenity
  • Loss of earnings
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Rehabilitation
  • Counselling and therapy
  • The costs of travelling to and from medical appointments
  • The costs of home adaptations, home help, care, and childcare

How do interim compensation payments work?

As personal injury claims can be lengthy, we may be able to claim interim compensation payments to help you get by as your case progresses.

The opposing party must accept liability for your injuries before you can receive interim payments. We can provide further advice about how and when you can claim interim compensation payments as well as handling all the paperwork on your behalf.

How long do I have to make a back or spinal injury claim?

Typically, you will have 3 years from the date of injury to make a claim. However, if you only realised the injury occurred later, the 3-year clock will start ticking from the date of knowledge.

Other important exceptions include:

  • Children –  the time limit begins to run from the childs 18th birthday.
  • People lacking mental capacity – there is no time limit unless capacity is regained.
  • Deceased people – if a loved one has unfortunately died as a result of their injury, the 3 year clock resets from the date of death

Can I claim compensation for a loved one who has died?

Yes – experiencing the death of a loved one can be incredibly distressing for the whole family. You may also be experiencing financial difficulties, for example, if the deceased was formally the main bread winner of the family. We can help you make a claim for compensation if your loved one has died as the result of someone else’s negligence.

How do no win no fee claims work?

No win no fee agreements, or conditional fee agreements, are methods of funding a personal injury or medical negligence claim without having to open yourself up to financial risk.

We will discuss our no win no fee structure in detail with you during your initial consultation. Essentially, you will pay none of our legal fees up front, and if you win your claim, we will seek to recover the majority or all of our fees from the defendant.

Will my benefits be affected if I win back injury compensation?

If you win a substantial amount of compensation, this could reduce your eligibility for some means tested benefits, including Housing Benefit, Income Support, Child Tax Credit, and Universal Credit.

This can be avoided by setting up a Personal Injury Trust to hold your compensation. While held in trust, this money will not be taken into account during any benefits assessments.

Why choose Wheelers’ personal injury solicitors?

At Wheelers, we have decades of experience accessing justice for individuals who have sustained back or spinal cord injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence.

We have a strong track record of achieving substantial compensation and providing ongoing support to help clients get their lives back on track. We deeply appreciate the pain and frustration you are going through. We take a human-centred approach to our legal services, putting your needs first at all times and ensuring your experience with us is as stress-free as possible.

Our back and spinal cord injury solicitors know exactly how to conduct claims in order to clearly bring the relevant points to light, giving you the best possible chance of succeeding. Our robust negotiation skills mean we often settle claims out of court within reasonable time frames. Our goal is to take the weight off your shoulders as much as possible, but we will also keep you fully updated as your case progresses.

Wheelers is independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Get in touch with our spinal cord and back injury solicitors

Get in touch with our back and spinal cord injury solicitors for a free initial consultation by giving us a call at our offices in either Ash Vale, Farnborough or Fleet. Alternatively, please fill in our online enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch in due course.