By Joanne Jeffries. Last updated on 11th September 2023. Welcome to our paralysis compensation claims and paralysis accident claims guide.
On this page, you will find a full and detailed guide to claiming compensation for paralysis caused by an injury or illness. If you have suffered an accident or contracted an illness that has led to you becoming paralyzed, then if it can be proven the paralysis was caused by a third-party, you will be able to make a personal injury claim. This guide will give you the information you need to understand the process of making a compensation claim for paralysis.
If you would rather not read this entire guide, you can call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801 now and we will answer any questions you may have and assist you in beginning your No Win No Fee compensation claim.
Select a Section:
- A Guide To Paralysis Accident Compensation Claims
- Different Types Of Paralysis
- Common Injuries Leading Compensation For Paralysis Claims
- Paralysis Caused By An Accident At Work
- Paralysis Caused By Slips And Falls
- Paralysis Compensation For Surgical And Medical Negligence
- Can I Claim Compensation For A Paralysis Injury In A Public Place?
- Paralysis Compensation Accidents Abroad
- What Steps To Take After An Accident Leading To Paralysis
- How To Start Your Paralysis Accident Claims
- What Can You Include In A Paralysis Compensation Claim?
- Paralysis Compensation Claims Calculator
- No Win No Fee Compensation For An Accident Causing Paralysis
- How We Can Help You Secure Compensation For Accidents Leading To Paralysis
- Useful links Relating To Paralysis Accident Claims
A Guide To Paralysis Accident Compensation Claims
This paralysis compensation claims guide is intended to educate victims of paralysis in the process used to make a compensation claim. It covers both members of the public, and also employees that have been injured by an accident at work. It covers many of the common caused of paralysis, as well as the process of claiming compensation. It includes key information such as details of the personal injury claims time limit, and a table containing typical compensation amounts that victims of paralysis can expect to claim when they make personal injury claims.
Paralysis compensation claims are sometimes possible if you (or a loved one) have been paralysed because of somebody else’s negligence. Our medical negligence solicitors can help with your claim if you get in touch and let us know what happened. Accepted claims are processed on a No Win No Fee basis.
Once you have read this guide, if you still have questions, or require additional information, then please contact Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page and we will do our very best to assist you.
Different Types Of Paralysis
When you claim paralysis accident compensation, the amount you receive will depend upon the severity of your paralysis. There are four types of paralysis:
- Tetraplegia – this used to be termed quadriplegia. This condition sees the victim entirely left paralysed in an accident, for example, typically from the waist down. All four limbs will be paralysed, and there may be additional complications such as permanent pain, impaired speech, and psychological conditions such as depression.
- Paraplegia – this term is used to describe the paralysis of both legs, either above or below the waist. There could be additional complications such as ongoing pain, sexual dysfunction and psychological conditions such as depression.
- Hemiplegia – this term is used to describe a condition where one leg and one arm are paralysed on the same side of the body. There could be additional complications such as ongoing pain, and psychological conditions such as depression.
- Monoplegia – this term is used to describe the paralysis of a single limb (arm or leg). There could be additional complications such as ongoing pain, and psychological conditions such as depression.
When you claim paralysis injury compensation, the amount you receive will depend on the type of paralysis you are suffering from. Call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page to learn more about paralysis accident claims.
Common Injuries Leading Compensation For Paralysis Claims
When you make a paralysis injury claim, your ability to claim successfully will depend on the cause of your paralysis. Similarly, paralysis injury claim amounts are driven by the severity of your paralysis. The most common injuries or medical conditions that lead to paralysis are:
- Stroke – the single most common cause of paralysis. If the stroke was induced by external factors caused by a third-party, a reason to claim may exist.
- Spinal cord injuries – such as those that might be caused by a serious road traffic accident, or a fall from height whilst at work. If a third-party was the cause of the accident, a reason to claim may exist.
- Head injuries – such as those caused by slipping, tripping or falling, which causes significant head trauma. If a third-party was the cause of the accident, a reason to claim may exist.
Paralysis Caused By An Accident At Work
It is possible to claim compensation for accidents leading to paralysis that occurred in the workplace. Every company in the UK is required by law, to comply with a wide range of different types of Health & Safety legislation. Compliance is a legal requirement which cannot be ignored.
Therefore, if it can be proven that an employer has failed in their duty to comply with all Health & Safety legislation and that this failure leads to an accident that caused paralysis in one of its employees, then a reason to make paralysis claims will exist.
If you have suffered paralysis caused by an accident at work, then you could be able to claim compensation. Call accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page to find out more.
Paralysis Caused By Slips And Falls
Slips, trips and falls are the most common of all accidents in the UK each year. Therefore, it is no surprise that they are also common causes of head injuries, or spinal cord injury, leading to paralysis. Slips, trips and falls can happen for many reasons, such as:
- Slips – such as slipping on a dirty floor which should have been cleaned, or a wet floor which should have been dried, with no hazard signpost being placed.
- Trips – such as tripping on a torn or frayed carpet or other damaged floor covering, or tripping on a damaged paving slab or road surface in a car park.
- Falling – such as falling down a flight of stairs due to the handrail coming away from the wall, or lighting that is insufficient to light the staircase safely.
If you have suffered a slip, trip or fall injury, Accident Claims UK can help you claim compensation. Call us at the number at the bottom of this page to discover more about paralysis accident claims.
Paralysis Compensation For Surgical And Medical Negligence
Although causes such as stroke or head injury are more commonly the reason a person suffers paralysis, medical negligence can also be a cause in some cases.
For example, a person may suffer from Bell’s palsy due to an incorrectly carried our surgical procedure. With Bell’s palsy, the face will be partially paralysed either temporarily, or in extreme cases, permanently.
As a further example, an expectant mother that chooses to have an epidural administered during childbirth, could in very rare cases, end up paralysed from the waist downwards (paraplegia). If it can be proven that a mistake in the administration of the epidural caused the paralysis, a valid compensation claim could exist.
Can I Claim Compensation For A Paralysis Injury In A Public Place?
If you have suffered an accident in a public place, such as a slip, trip or fall in a restaurant car park that caused head trauma, which resulted in a traumatic brain injury leading to paralysis, then you could have a valid reason to claim compensation.
Every company in the UK, as well as Government bodies such as your local council, public library and all healthcare facilities, must conform to the Occupiers Liability Act of 1984. This legislation states that any building owner that allows members of the public on to the premises, must ensure that it is a safe and healthy environment.
If you have suffered paralysis through an accident in a public place, Accident Claims UK can help you make paralysis compensation claims. Call us at the number at the bottom of this page to find out how.
Paralysis Compensation Accidents Abroad
When we look at what causes paralysis in stroke, one of the major causes is heat. Stroke is a major symptom of extreme heatstroke, as the name suggests. Of course, when we go on holiday to a foreign country with a much hotter climate than the UK, then we know we need to take care. However, in some cases, we may be a pit in a situation that could lead to heatstroke, such as being left to wait for an extended period in the sun, by a tour operator. If you have developed paralysis stroke symptoms in this way whilst on holiday, we can help you claim
Additionally, when we take advantage of activities such as extreme water sports while on holiday, the safety procedures followed may not be as comprehensive as we would expect in the UK. This can lead to accidents causing serious injuries such as spinal cord injuries.
If you have suffered paralysis due to a travel company or tour operator overseas, we can still help you to claim compensation. Call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page to find out how to make paralysis accident claims.
What Steps To Take After An Accident Leading To Paralysis
No matter which of the types of paralysis you are suffering from, or how it was caused, including traumatic brain and spinal cord injury and illness, there are a number of steps you can take to give yourself the best chance of winning any compensation claim, such as:
- Gather evidence – if your paralysis was caused by an accident, gather photographic or video evidence. For example, if you were involved in a road traffic accident, if you can, get somebody to photograph the scene of the accident, and all the vehicles involved.
- Track down witnesses – if there were any witnesses to the accident that caused your paralysis, try to find out who they were and get their contact details.
- Fill in your company accident book – if your accident happened at work, make sure that the accident has been recorded properly in the company accident book.
- Document your losses – if you have suffered financial loss due to your accident, make a list of all losses.
How To Start Your Paralysis Accident Claims
If you need to make a claim for compensation following an accident causing paralysis, all you need to do is call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page and we will walk you through the process. We will begin by asking you questions such as:
- When and where did your accident or illness occur?
- What was the cause of the accident or illness?
- Have you asked your doctor about the long-term prognosis of your injury and potential medical treatment, with questions such as how long does paralysis last after stroke? Or what is the chance of any recovery with spinal cord injury causes such as mine?
- Have you suffered any financial losses due to your paralysis?
What Can You Include In A Paralysis Compensation Claim?
When you make a compensation claim for any form of paralysis such as muscle compensation paralysis, your settlement will be made up of a number of different types of damages, such as:
- General damages – the pain, suffering and mental anguish caused by the accident and subsequent injury, as well as the long-term or permanent effects of the injury.
- Special damages – financial losses, such as having to pay for paralysis stroke treatment, travel costs and loss of current or future earnings.
Paralysis Compensation Claims Calculator
When calculating compensation for a spine injury claim, solicitors would need to assess all the unique factors of your case. There are different types of paralysis, and the impact of the injury on your life would need to be assessed before an appropriate compensation payout could be arrived at.
Solicitors could refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to obtain guidance on how much compensation could be appropriate for your pain and suffering. The JCG provides guideline compensation brackets for different injuries at various levels of severity. We have taken some figures from the 2022 edition of the JCG to fill the table below. This could give you a very rough idea of what level of payout such injuries could result in should your claim be successful.
|Tetraplegia (quadriplegia) (a)
|At the lower end of the scale, the condition will leave the victim entirely paralysed from the neck down. Higher payments will be driven by the severity of pain the patient suffers permanently, and whether they are affected by additional problems, such as loss of speech, etc.
|£324,600 to £403,990
|The payment will be driven by factors such as the level of pain the victim suffers from, life expectancy and additional conditions such as depression or sexual dysfunction.
|£219,070 to £284,260
|Shorter durations of paraplegia prior to death
|Brain Injury (b)
|Moderately Severe, where there is limb paralysis.
|£219,070 to £282,010
|Back Injury (a)(i)
|With incomplete paralysis.
|£91,090 to £160,980
In addition, you could claim compensation for costs and losses caused by your injuries. These are known as special damages and could include:
- Loss of earnings
- Care costs
- Home adaptations
- Travel and medical costs
To learn what evidence you would need to claim such damages, or to get a personalised estimate of your potential compensation payout, please contact an advisor.
No Win No Fee Compensation For An Accident Causing Paralysis
Accident Claims UK offers our No Win No Fee claims service as the simplest, most effective way to make a claim for an accident that resulted in paralysis.
Under this No Win No Fee agreement, the only time we will ever ask you to pay our legal fees is when you receive a compensation payment. There will be no charge to start the claims process, and even if it takes months to make your claim we won’t charge you anything. If for some unlikely reason we fail to make your claim, then you don’t need to pay us anything at all.
How We Can Help You Secure Compensation For Accidents Leading To Paralysis
We can assist anyone who has suffered paralysis due to an accident that was caused by a third-party make paralysis accident claims. We have years of experience in claiming significant amounts of compensation across many similar cases.
We understand the process of claiming compensation very well and leverage this experience to ensure we claim you the most compensation possible, without risking the viability of your claim.
We are always on hand to answer any questions you may have and will always keep you updated on the status of your claim. Call us at the number at the bottom of this page to find out more.
What your solicitor will do to help in paralysis accident claims
If your legs are paralysed, different parts of the body are unresponsive or you suffer partial paralysis, the effect on your day to day life can be massive. For that reason, you need to win the maximum amount of compensation possible to help you cope with your injuries. That’s where our team of personal injury solicitors could help. They are experts in handling all types of injury claims and have the experience to know how to try and win a case.
If your case is taken on, your solicitor will:
- Prepare your claim by gathering evidence and arranging a local medical assessment.
- Send the claim to the defendant.
- Conduct all communication so you don’t need to be involved in the claims process.
- Give you regular updates on any progress.
- Deal with all objections and queries by supplying additional evidence where possible.
If you would like to find out if one of our specialist solicitors could support your claim, please get in touch. We offer a no-obligation review of any case as well as free legal advice.
Speak The Team At Accident Claims UK Today About Paralysis Accident Claims
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Are you ready to claim compensation for paralysis after a stroke or an accident? If so, please call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801 now.
Useful Links Relating to Paralysis Accident Claims
- NHS information on paralysis
- NHS information on Bell’s palsy
- Click here to check out our guide to accident at work claims
- Or head here to learn more about car accident claims
- We also have a detailed guide on whiplash compensation here.
Thank you for reading our paralysis compensation claims and paralysis accident claims guide.