How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Spinal Injury? – View Our Guide

By Brett Williams. Last Updated 21st July 2021. Welcome to our online guide on spinal injury claims. Throughout this guide, you will find a plethora of information on how to claim for a spinal injury, how spinal injuries are caused, and most importantly, how our team could help you take legal action and seek spinal injury compensation.

Spinal injury compensation claims can help you access the monetary compensation you deserve if your injury resulted from an accident that was not your fault. Back and spinal injuries can have serious and long-term effects on you and your life. You may experience long-term pain and restricted movement and in severe cases, even paralysis. There is a wide range of costs involved in spinal injury claims as you may now be expected to pay for further treatment, medical care and equipment and had to have time off work.

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Claiming compensation for spinal injury is complicated and requires professional legal advice to get the most from your spinal cord injury settlement. Call Accident Claims UK today on 0800 073 8801 to speak to one of our dedicated team about spinal injury compensation claims.

We will put you in touch with a specialist solicitor who will handle your no win no fee spinal injury claim on your behalf to get the compensation you deserve. The rest of this guide will give you all the information you need about claiming compensation for spinal injury accidents.

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Our guide to spinal injury compensation claims

This comprehensive guide to spinal injury compensation claims will look at what is involved in the process of claiming compensation after an accident that wasn’t your fault in which you received an injury to your back or spinal cord. Suffering a spinal cord injury is likely to not only cause you great pain but also affect many other areas of your life. You may take time off work, or even give up work altogether, as well be facing medical care and equipment costs. Claiming compensation for a spinal injury can see you receive financial justice for an accident that wasn’t your fault.

This guide will explain what can be included in spinal injury compensation claims and the circumstances that may lead you to seek compensation. Our back injury compensation calculator will provide back injury compensation examples for a claim for a spinal injury. This means that you can get an idea of what your spinal injury claims might be worth.

If you find yourself suffering from an accident that could have been prevented, spinal injury accident claims can help you ease the financial burden so you can focus on your recovery.

What is a spinal injury?

The spinal cord is a large bundle of nerves coming from the brain’s base, and it is responsible for carrying a range of messages from the brain to other areas around the body. If the spinal cord becomes damaged as the result of an accident, it can be very serious, so it is so important to take legal advice for spinal injury compensation claims as you will need the help of someone who understands spinal cord injuries.

Spinal cord accident claims are so complicated because of the severity of a spinal cord injury and the huge impact on a person. There are two main types of spinal cord injury, and they affect a person in different ways:

  • Spinal injury in the back- damage to the nerves in the spinal cord in the back area will often lead to paraplegia. This affects movement and sensation in the legs and lowers stomach.
  • Spinal injury in the neck- damage to the spinal cord in the neck can cause tetraplegia. This affects movement and sensation in all four limbs as well as the stomach and chest.

The NHS has a pathway for treating spinal cord injuries to help patients rehabilitate and either learn to live with their new range of movement or hopefully recuperate and recover from any damage.

However, the best treatment and care a person will get for spinal cord injuries is often found in private healthcare practice, but this is not a cheap option. Confidential treatment for spinal cord injuries is very expensive, but spinal injury compensation pay-outs can help fund private healthcare treatment and equipment costs. If your injury was sustained after an accident that was not your fault, then seeking a spinal cord injury settlement can help you to access the care you deserve.

How are spinal injuries caused?

The most common cause of spinal cord injuries is when the neck or back is injured and often broken. As the below graph indicates, the most common way spinal cords can become damaged is from falls, followed by a spinal injury car crash.

Slips, trips and falls are by far the most common cause of any injury, and they can happen anywhere, such as at work or in public. If you have had a fall due to unsafe conditions, you may have grounds for a spinal injury at work compensation claim. If you have suffered a road traffic accident that was the other driver’s fault or suffered an accident whilst horse riding that could have been prevented, then you may also be entitled to start spinal injury compensation claims.

Medical negligence spinal injury claims are extraordinarily complex. Still, if your spinal cord has been damaged as the result of a surgery gone wrong or a missed or late diagnosis, then you may financially benefit from spinal injury claims to help pay for your medical expenses and future care.

What are the after-effects of a spinal injury?

When it comes to claiming for spinal injury claims, you can include more than just compensation for the initial accident. Your spinal cord injury settlement can include compensation for the range of potential after-effects of a back or neck injury:

  • Pain- this could be long-term pain at the sight of the injury or in extremities and other areas of your body
  • Sensations- your injury may leave you with reduced sensations in areas of your body as well as a persistent tingling sensation.
  • Damage to other organs- you may suffer failure and dysfunction in other organs, especially the kidneys, bladder, bowel and reproductive organs. You may also experience problems with your lungs and airways, such as difficulty breathing or the onset of sleep aponia.
  • Degeneration of skin and bone density-skin problems, including bedsores, results from immobility from being bedridden and the chances of developing bone disorders such as osteoporosis increase dramatically after a spinal cord injury.
  • Mental health- suffering a life-changing injury such as a spinal cord injury, is likely to have a huge impact on your mental health, especially if you have been left with full or partial paralysis as a result. Any of these could lead to a claim for a spinal injury.

Spinal injury statistics

Spinal injury accident claims may be more common than you think when you look at the large number of spinal injuries sustained every year:

  • Between 250,000 and 500,000, people around the world suffer a spinal cord injury every year.
  • Males are nearly twice as likely to suffer a spinal cord injury than females.
  • Males are most at risk of suffering a spinal cord injury between the ages of 20-29 and 70+
  • Females are most likely to suffer a spinal cord injury in adolescence (15-19) and at age 60+
  • People who have suffered a spinal cord injury are 2-5 times more likely to die prematurely than someone who hasn’t suffered a similar injury. The mortality rate is at its highest in the first year following the injury.
  • Spinal cord injuries are linked to lower school enrolment figures and economic participation.
  • Most spinal cord injuries result from preventable accidents such as acts of violence or road traffic collision. If this is the case, then many victims choose to start spinal injury compensation claims.

The most common spinal injury types

Spinal cord injuries are usually separated into two different brackets;

  • Incomplete injuries- the spinal cord is partially severed, and so the patient regains some function of limbs, but this is limited depending on how severely the cord is damaged.
  • Complete injuries- the spinal cord is completely severed, resulting in loss of function of limbs and/or other parts of the body. The function is sometimes restored with intense treatment but not always.

Incomplete spinal cord injuries account for around 60% of all spinal cord injuries, which is slowly rising. This is due to improving medical understanding and treatment of spinal cord injuries and increased public knowledge of how to react when a person suffers a spinal injury at work or in a public space or fall victim to a spinal injury car crash. The patient’s initial first aid greatly impacts how severe the injury can be and how successfully it can be treated.

The most common types of complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries include;

  • Central cord syndrome- as the name suggests, the spinal cord’s centre is injured, disrupting signals sent from the brain. This causes loss of fine motor skills and paralysis of the arms and sometimes legs. Sufferers may also experience loss of function of the bladder and bowel.
  • Anterior cord syndrome- an injury to the front of the spinal cord affects the sensory and motor pathways from the brain. Patients with this type of injury may experience loss of sensation and fine motor skills.
  • Brown-Sequard Syndrome- the spinal cord is damaged only on one side resulting in pronounced dysfunction to one side of the body but not the other. The severity of symptoms varies from patient to patient.

Knowing what type of spinal cord injury and its severity can help you better understand your prognosis and help you research your condition so that you can approach your doctor with a list of questions so that you can be prepared for the road ahead. Knowing the exact type of injury you have is also important for any spinal injury compensation claims.

Some of the more common results of these types of injuries include;

  • Tetraplegia– cervical spinal injury compensation claims often involve patients who are left suffering paralysis of the limbs, referred to as quadriplegia tetraplegia; paralysis of all four limbs. Patients suffer immobility and paralysis from where the injury is situated down; the further up the cord the site of injury, the more acute the symptoms. Patients may also experience problems with bladder and bowel dysfunction as well as breathing or lung problems.
  • Paraplegia– damage to the thoracic spinal cord causes the loss of movement and sensation in the legs and lower parts of your body. As with injuries to the cervical spinal cord, the higher up the thoracic spinal, the more severe the symptoms.
  • Triplegia– usually the result of an incomplete spinal injury, triplegia causes sensation loss and movement of both of the legs and one arm.

Injuries sustained lower down than your lumbar spinal cord don’t usually result in sensation loss or paralysis, but they can cause severe and long-term pain which could result in a claim for a spinal injury. Often surgery is required to correct the damage and regain function over certain parts in the body. And this could also factor into any spinal cord injury claims. For example, sacral spinal cord injuries cause causes problems with the bowel, bladder and sexual organs as well as causing loss of power in the legs and hips. In extreme cases, patients can experience partial or temporary paralysis. Any of these could result in you making spinal injury claims.

How will my spinal cord injury be assessed?

In the case of spinal injury compensation claims, the full extent of your injury must be assessed and evaluated for your solicitor to be able to properly advice you on the spinal injury compensation amounts you can claim for. The personal injury solicitors provided by Accident Claims UK may require you to have a thorough medical examination with a local doctor who will assess your injury and its effect on you now and the effect it will have on your life in the future.

Once we have your medical report, your legal advisor will discuss compensation for a spinal injury and include any additional costs you have to consider such as medical costs, treatment and equipment costs, loss of earnings, and other damages. You may also include any psychological trauma you have suffered as a result of your accident and injury.

All of the damages you include in spinal injury compensation claims will be looked at to make the ultimate decisions about spinal injury compensation pay-outs. Still, your legal advisor will guide you through what can be included in spinal injury claims.

What makes up compensation for spinal injury pay-outs?

Spinal cord injury compensation amounts vary from case to case and are evaluated on an individual basis. However, some common costs are usually included in all spinal injury compensation claims;

  • General damages- this refers to the pain and suffering you have experienced due to your injury.
  • Psychological trauma- you can include and emotional and psychological pain and suffering you experienced as a result of your accident and/or your injury
  • Loss of earnings – if you have had to have time off work or lost your job altogether due to your injury, you can add loss of earnings or loss of future employment to your spinal cord injury settlement.
  • Medical costs – this can include the cost of treatment, medical equipment and any care assistance you require or are likely to require in the future due to your injury.

What spinal injury claims can we assist with?

At Accident Claims UK, we can represent clients with a wide range of spinal injury claims as our legal experts have years of experiences taking spinal injury compensation claims forward. However, below we go through most of the most common types of back injury compensation examples. And these could influence what you may get for a successful claim for a spinal injury.

I suffered a spinal injury at work- would I be able to make a claim?

The most common type of accident at work is a trip or fall, which, especially a fall from a height, can result in spinal injuries. You may also injure your back in a collision while driving a car or piece of machinery as part of your job role, which has to lead to you suffering a spinal cord injury.

If your spinal injury at work was caused by negligent actions on behalf of your employer, then you may be entitled to spinal injury compensation. For example, accidents at work are often caused by poor health and safety policy, substandard training, lack of personal protective equipment or unsafe working conditions. If any of these apply to you and your accident, then you should consider suing for compensation for spinal injury from your employer.

Spinal injuries in a car crash- would I have cause to claim?

If you have suffered a spinal injury car crash, then you may have grounds to make spinal injury compensation claims if the accident was not your fault. If you were hit by another driver or been knocked over as a pedestrian or cyclist, you would be able to file for compensation for spinal injury against the vehicle’s driver at fault. Consider the circumstances before determining what spinal injury claims to make.

Medical negligence causing spinal injury- can I claim?

Damage to the spinal cord can sometimes be caused by medical negligence where a doctor or medical establishment has mishandled your medical care, leaving you with a serious injury. A doctor may have misdiagnosed or diagnosed an illness too late for it not to cause damage. You may also have suffered spinal cord damage as the result of a surgery gone wrong.

Doctors have a duty of care to their patients. If you have suffered a medical negligence spinal cord injury, then you can sue the doctor on involved so that you can access a spinal cord injury settlement that will help you fund any future treatment. So, continue reading to learn more about making a claim for a spinal injury.

Spinal injury from a slip, trip or fall- when can I claim?

Slips, trips and falls are the most common type of accident to befall people but just because they are common does not mean that you wouldn’t begin spinal injury compensation claims. If another party’s negligent actions caused your accident, you may be able to claim compensation. For example, if you slipped on an unmarked wet floor in a restaurant, you may be able to claim. Similarly, if you tripped due to a poorly maintained pavement or floor, then you might be able to start spinal injury claims against those responsible for maintenance.

Making spinal injury claims on no win no fee agreements

No win no fee spinal injury claims are often the best way for most people to access the compensation they deserve after an accident that wasn’t their fault. Spinal injury compensation claims can be long and complex, and many people fear the financial implications of spinal injury claims. With no win no fee agreements, you do not need to pay anything upfront, and if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t have to pay a penny. If your claim is successful, then your solicitor’s fees will be collected for the liable party, making no win no fee agreements the most financially viable option for many people.

How much compensation will I see for my spinal injury claim? – Updated July 2021

Spinal injury compensation pay-outs vary case by case. Still, this back injury compensation calculator will give you an idea of how the severity of an injury can impact on the spinal injury compensation amounts which can be awarded.

Type of injurySeverity of injuryPotential pay-out amount
Mental Anguish Serious£4,380
Tetraplegia (also known as Quadriplegia)
Serious£304,630 to £379,100
ParaplegiaSevere£205,580 to £266,740
Brain DamageVery Severe Brain Damage£264,650 to £379,100
Brain DamageModerate Brain Damage£140,870 to £205,580
Back InjurySevere£85,470 to £151,070
Back InjuryModerate£26,050 to £36,390

It is important to note that these figures for a claim for a spinal injury are a rough guide, speaking to the experts at Accident Claims UK will give you a clearer idea of what your spinal cord injury settlement could be worth.

To clarify, spinal injuries resulting in tetraplegia could be awarded between £304,640 to £379,100, paraplegia injuries could be awarded between £205,580 and £266,740 and neck injuries resulting in incomplete paraplegia could be awarded around £139,210.

Amounts correct at the time of writing and taken from the current edition of the Judicial College Guidelines.

Accident Claims- why call on us for advice and assistance?

Spinal injury compensation claims are incredibly complex due to the severe and life-changing nature of the injury. Therefore, you must receive professional legal help to receive the compensation for a spinal injury that you deserve.

Accident Claims the UK can put you in touch with an experienced, qualified, specialist solicitor who will work closely with you to ensure that your spinal injury compensation claims are successful. As we work on a no win no fee basis, there is absolutely no financial risk to yourself.

Why use a solicitor in spinal injury claims?

As you can see, the complexity of spinal injury claims can mean they are very tricky to process. Not only do you need to prove that somebody else caused you to suffer, but you will also need evidence to show to what extent the injuries have affected you. If you get these things wrong, the amount of compensation you are paid could be too low (if compensation is paid at all).

Compensation payments must take into effect a number of factors such as long term care costs, loss of amenity and the pain caused by the injuries. The claims process must be well thought out because you can only claim once so it’s important that all factors are considered. Also, interim payments might be needed to help you cope before the case is settled in full.

Our suggestion is that the claims process is much easier if you take on support from a specialist personal injury solicitor or one who specialises in medical negligence. If your claim is taken on by us, we will pair you with an experienced lawyer with as much experience in cases like yours as possible.

To learn how we could help with your claim, please do get in touch with our team today. You’ll get free legal advice about your options whether you make a spinal injury claim with us or not.

Want to begin a claim?

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 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

Understanding spinal cord injury

NHS Spinal cord information

Spinal Injury Claims FAQ

What are the types of spinal injuries?

There are three types of complete spinal cord injuries, which includes the following:

  • Tetraplegia.
  • Paraplegia.
  • Triplegia.

What happens when you have a spinal injury?

If you endure a spinal cord injury, the damage can have a serious impact on your health and well-being. For instance, the spinal nerves below the injury level get signals, but if they are injured, they cannot go up the spinal tracts to the brain. As a result, reflex movements can be limited.

Can you recover from a spinal injury?

Within the early stages of a spinal injury, surgical treatment can be carried out to prevent the injury from progressing. However, these often come with great risk. Some people may recover some function within 18 months.

What is the most common spinal injury?

The most common cause of a spinal injury tends to be a road accident involving either a car or a motorcycle.

Can someone with spinal cord injury walk again?

Now, the severity of the injury determines this, because a minor injury could see the victim walking again. But a severe injury might leave the victim paralysed.

Does a spinal cord injury shorten your life?

Again this comes down to severity, but an older victim could see their life expectancy fall more significantly than that of a younger victim.

Does a spinal cord injury affect the brain?

This is dependant on the impact of the injury, but there could be brain damage causing nerve cells to diminish.

What is the emotional impact of a spinal cord injury?

It is common for victims to develop serious emotional trauma and behavioural issues after suffering a spinal cord injury.

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.