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

Spinal injury compensation claims can help you to access the monetary compensation you deserve if your injury was the result of 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 are 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 if you are 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 solicitors 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 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 as well as the circumstances which may lead you to seek compensation. Our back injury compensation calculator will provide back injury compensation examples so that you can get an idea of what your claim might be worth.

If you find yourself suffering as a result of 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 base of the brain 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 which is why 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 that kind of injury can have 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 lower 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 in an attempt to help patients rehabilitate and either learn to live with their new range of movement or hopefully recuperate and recover from any damage.

However, often the best treatment and care a person will get for spinal cord injuries is found in private healthcare practice, but this is not a cheap option. Private treatment for spinal cord injuries is very expensive but spinal injury compensation pay-outs can help to fund the cost of private healthcare treatment and equipment. 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 are when the neck or back is injured and often broken. As the below graph indicates, the most common way spinal cords can become injured is from falls, followed by 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 as the result of unsafe conditions then 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 especially complex but 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 sound 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, are the result of 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.

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 compared to 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 are the result of 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. Function is sometimes restored with intense treatment but not always.

Incomplete spinal cord injuries account for around 60% of all spinal cord injuries and this number is slowly rising. This is due to improving medical understanding and treatment of spinal cord injuries as well as 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 initial first aid the patient receives 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 centre of the spinal cord 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 which 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. Severity of symptoms varies from patient to patient.

Knowing what type of spinal cord injury, and its severity can assist you in better understanding your prognosis as well as helping you to 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, also 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. Often surgery is required to correct the damage and regain function over certain parts in the body. For example, sacral spinal cord injury/ies 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.

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 in order for your solicitor to be able to properly advice you on the spinal injury compensation amounts you can claim for. Accident Claims UK’s provided solicitor 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 spinal injury and include any additional costs you have to consider such as medical costs, treatment and equipment costs, loss of earnings and any 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 in order to make the ultimate decisions about spinal injury compensation pay-outs but your legal advisor will guide you through what can be included in spinal injury claims.

What makes up a compensation for spinal injury pay-outs?

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

  • General damages- this refers to the pain and suffering you have experienced as a direct result of 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 as a result of your injury then 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 as a result of 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.

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 and this, especially a fall from height, can result in spinal injuries. You may also injure your back in a collision while you were driving a car or piece of machinery as part of your job role which has 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 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, then you will be able to file for compensation for spinal injury against the driver of the vehicle at fault.

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 mis-diagnosed 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 and 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.

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 be able to begin spinal injury compensation claims. If your accident was caused by the negligent actions of another party then 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 up front and if your claim is unsuccessful then 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?

Spinal injury compensation pay-outs vary case by case but 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 amountNotes
Back injuryMinorUp to £9,000Strained muscle/slipped disk/no surgery required
Back injuryModerateBetween £9,000 - £30,000 (could be over £100,000 with loss of earnings)Strained muscle/ slipped disk/ does require surgery
Back injurySevereBetween £30,000 – £123,000 (could be over £1million with loss of earnings)Partial paralysis/ organ damage/ permanent
Paraplegic paralysisBetween £166,000 - £216,000 (could be over £1million with loss of earnings)Paralysis of the legs/ from the waist down
Quadriplegic paralysisBetween £245,000 - £307,000 (could be over £1million with loss of earnings)Paralysis of the full body/ from the neck down

It is important to note that these figures 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.

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, it is essential that you receive professional legal help if you want to receive the compensation for spinal injury that you deserve.

Accident Claims 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 is successful and as we work on a no win no fee basis, there is absolutely no financial risk to yourself.

Want to begin a claim?

If you want to start the 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 on office@accidentclaims.co.uk 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