By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 15th November 2023. In this guide, we will explore when you could claim compensation for a spinal injury by looking at the eligibility criteria that need to be met and the time limits that must be adhered to A back injury can have a range of consequences and negative effects on your life. In the sections below, you can find information on how back injury compensation payouts are calculated and what they could consist of following a successful claim.
Additionally, we explore the duty of care that certain parties owe and provide examples of how a breach of this duty could lead to you sustaining a spinal injury in an accident.,
Finally, we provide information on how one of our No Win No Fee solicitors could assist you in making a spine injury compensation claim. Please read on to find out more, or contact an advisor for a free to start your free consultation:
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- What Is The Average Payout For A Spinal Injury?
- Back Injury Claims – Who Is Eligible To Claim?
- How Long Do I Have To Make A Spinal Injury Claim?
- Do I Need Evidence To Make A Spinal Injury Claim?
- Compensation For A Spinal Injury – No Win No Fee Solicitors
You might be wondering what the average payout for a spinal injury is. In the UK, spinal injury compensation payouts are calculated on a case-by-case basis, with legal professionals giving consideration to the unique circumstances of every claim. Because of this, we can’t offer an average payout for a spinal injury; however, we can provide more information on what your compensation could include.
A spinal injury payout can consist of two parts: general damages, and special damages. General damages are the first part, and these are awarded in all successful claims. This addresses your injuries, including psychological injuries, and the way they affect your day-to-day life.
Type of injury Notes Amount
Multiple Severe Injuries Resulting in severe pain and suffering and financial losses. Up to £1,000,000
Brain Damage (a) Very Severe - The person will require constant care and will show little response to their environment that is meaningful. £282,010 to £403,990
The higher end of this bracket is applicable to cases where the person experiences physical pain, and there has been a serious impact on communication skills and the senses. £324,600 to £403,990
Paraplegia(b) Various factors will affect how much is awarded, such as extent of pain, depression and life expectancy. £219,070 to £284,260
Brain Damage (b) Moderately Severe - The person will require constant care and may experience cognitive impairment and limb paralysis. £219,070 to £282,010
Back Injury Severe (i) - The spinal cord and nerve roots have been damaged which lead to serious consequences with severe pain. £91,090 to £160,980
Back Injury Severe (ii) - Loss of sensation, sexual difficulties and impaired mobility due to nerve root damage. £74,160 to £88,430
Back Injury Severe (iii) - Disc fractures or lesions that cause impaired agility and severe pain despite treatment (usually surgery). £38,780 to £69,730
Back Injury Moderate (i) - Crush or compression fractures to the lumbar vertebrae that causes constant pain with a risk of osteoarthritis. £27,760 to £38,780
Back Injury Moderate (ii) - Disturbed muscles and ligaments that cause backache. Also includes injuries that accelerate a pre-existing condition by 5+ years. £12,510 to £27,760
Neck injury Severe (ii) - A neck injury that involves damage to the cervical spine discs and causes considerable disabilities. £65,740 to £130,930
The figures above are examples of guideline settlement awards taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). Solicitors and legal professionals often refer to this document when they value general damages, as it provides guideline awards for a number of different injuries, both physical and psychological. Please note that the table above contains guideline amounts and not guarantees.
No matter where or how you suffered your injury, all back injury claims must meet the following criteria:
- You were owed a duty of care.
- This duty of care was breached.
- As a result, you were injured in an accident.
You are owed a duty of care in various places. In the workplace, your employer owes you a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. It states that your employer must take all reasonably practicable steps to keep you safe whilst in the workplace.
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 states that anyone who is in control of a public space must take steps to ensure the reasonable safety of that space safe for members of the public to use. This is their duty of care to you.
You are also owed a duty of care whilst on the road. All road users must follow the rules and obligations that are set out for them in the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act 1988. If another road user were to act recklessly whilst on the road, this could cause an accident where you could become injured.
If you have suffered a spine injury, our solicitors could help you with your claim. They have years of knowledge and experience handling various personal injury claims.
Contact our advisors today to learn more about spinal cord injury claims. If one of our advisors believes that you may be eligible for compensation, they could connect you to our solicitors.
If you are eligible to claim compensation for a spinal injury, you would need to start your personal injury claim within three years of the date of the accident that caused it. This time limit is set out under the Limitation Act 1980.
However, there are certain exceptions to this limitation period. In caseswhere a child has been injured, the limitation period would pause until they became an adult. They would then have three years to start a claim from their 18th birthday. Alternatively, prior to their 18th birthday, a litigation friend could start a claim on their behalf.
In cases where someone lacks the mental capacity to make their own claim, the limitation period would freeze indefinitely. Again, during this period, a litigation friend could act on the person’s behalf. Should they regain this mental capacity, they will have three years to start a claim, provided one hasn’t already been made for them.
To learn more about time limits for making a spinal injury compensation claim, or to check the eligibility of your claim, please contact an advisor.
When making a personal injury claim for spine injury compensation, you’ll need to provide evidence that can highlight your injuries and who was liable for them.
Examples of evidence that could support your spinal injury claim include:
- CCTV footage showing the accident that caused your injury.
- Medical records that can prove you have sustained injuries.
- Photographs of your visible injuries and the accident scene.
- The contact details of witnesses to your accident.
- A diary detailing the symptoms of your injuries
Contact our advisors today to see if you could be eligible to work with one of our solicitors for your spine injury claim. If they agree to take on your case, they could help you with gathering evidence.
When making a spinal injury claim, you might want to consider being legally represented. Our solicitors have years of experience handling personal injury claims. They could help you with your spine injury claim by helping you gather evidence and handling all aspects of the case.
- Not having to pay anything upfront to your solicitor for them to begin working on your case.
- Not having to pay your solicitor for their services if the claim fails.
- Paying your solicitor a success fee out of your compensation for your spinal injury if the case is successful. This success fee is capped by law.
Contact our advisors today for more information about making a spinal cord injury claim with a No Win No Fee agreement.
If you want to start the claims process of claiming compensation for spinal injury, then call Accident Claims UK today on 0800 073 8801 and speak to a member of our friendly and helpful team. Alternatively, you can email us about your spinal injury claims on firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our contact form on our website, and a dedicated case handler will call you to discuss your spinal injury compensation claims.
Helpful links Relating To Spinal Injury Claims And Spinal Cord Injury Claims
- Understanding spinal cord injury
- NHS Spinal cord information
- Whiplash Payout Scale Claims Guide
- Back Injury At Work Claims
- How much Compensation For A Broken Bone?
Thank you for reading our guide on spinal injury claims. We hope you have learned a lot about how to make a claim for a spinal injury. But please get in touch if you have any further questions regarding spinal injury compensation payouts for UK claims.