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Spinal cord injury compensation claims | CFG Law

We understand the effect that a spinal cord injury has on the person and on the wider family and friends of the injured person.

Spinal cord injury claims are complex and require thorough investigation. On average, every day in the UK, six people are paralysed by spinal cord injury. We understand the enormous impact this injury has on families, and we pull together to help you get back on track.

Compensation for a spinal cord injury enables you to access funding for ongoing treatment and rehabilitation, ensuring you or your loved one has the best chance of rebuilding your lives.

Through specialist legal advice, together with financial, physical and emotional support, we help and provide support and guidance from day one. Our aim is to help your whole family, with an absolute focus on getting the best outcomes in terms of your recovery, wellbeing and independence.

How we can help rebuild your life after a spinal cord injury

We help people like you and your loved ones to lead fulfilled lives. Our focus from day one is to help rebuild your life, by providing support and guidance along the way.

Our team includes specialist serious injury solicitors alongside in-house healthcare professionals, who pull together to support your family. We are not here just to get you the compensation you deserve, but to provide support and rehabilitation so you can begin to rebuild you and your family’s lives after your accident.

What is the compensation claims process?

From initial contact, we will meet with you and your family where we encourage you to speak openly about your circumstances. This is a great opportunity for you to speak freely and for us to answer any of the questions you may have in regards to your claim. We will explain the benefits of pursuing a claim, the chance of success and how we can help rebuild your life. All initial advice is free without obligation and entirely confidential.

If you are happy to proceed with us, your case will be handled by one of our specialist spinal cord injury solicitors who will lead a dedicated team including another solicitor, trainee solicitor or paralegal, together with one of our in-house healthcare professionals.

We will help gain access to early funding to put in place a bespoke rehabilitation and support programme; which can include additional therapy treatments, aids and equipment and care to allow you to be discharged at the most appropriate time and to the most appropriate place.

On discharge from the hospital, we will liaise with you and your family and help with planning for the future. We will help access funding from the Defendant Insurers to help with a support and rehabilitation package, including areas over and above what can normally be provided through the NHS or local authorities.

How much compensation can I claim for a spinal cord injury?

Valuing a spinal cord injury claim can be difficult. We will identify the best experts (for example barristers, experts - medical and on liability - and financial advisors) to work with us to help secure the maximum compensation award and making sure all your future needs have been investigated and costed for.

The exact amount of compensation from a spinal injury claim settlement will be dependent on a number of factors the court takes into consideration; including, but not limited to:

  • Personal trauma
  • Medical expenses
  • Travel expenses
  • Costs for ongoing care
  • Aids and equipment
  • Loss of earnings (both current and future)
  • Adaptations to your home to accommodate your future needs

What can spinal cord injury compensation help pay for?

Compensation helps fund the ongoing support and treatment you need as a result of your injury. It pays for access to comprehensive care and treatment while helping you gain admission to specialist treatment units.

Compensation is vital to pay for costs and expenses accumulated after your injury, helping you to:

  • Gain access to the best treatment, support and rehabilitation
  • Fund counselling, medical treatment and ongoing therapy
  • Purchase and maintain mobility aids
  • Fund vocational support
  • Alleviate debts since the injury
  • Gain peer support from the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)

We understand that after a serious spinal cord injury, you may experience feelings of loneliness and isolation. This is why we also work closely with the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and sponsor their Peer Support Worker, Andy Wharton.

Andy has first-hand experience of living with a spinal cord injury and can offer advice and support for newly injured people and their families.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I walk again after a spinal cord injury? plus symbol minus symbol

There are people with an incomplete spinal cord injury who have walked out of a spinal injury centre. The majority of people, however, are left with some form of paralysis affecting their mobility. You need to seek advice from your treating team about how paralysis will affect you.

What is the potential for recovery after a spinal cord injury? plus symbol minus symbol

The word ‘recovery’ can be misleading for spinal cord injuries. With an incomplete injury, depending on the type of injury, there is potential for improvement through intensive physiotherapy and the rehabilitation process. It is difficult to say over what period of time improvements will occur, as every spinal cord injury is different.

How long will I be in a spinal injury centre? plus symbol minus symbol

Although it varies depending on the severity of your injury, most people are in the spinal injury centre for approximately 4-6 months. A typical stay for a person with tetraplegia is approximately six months and for a person with paraplegia four months. The discharge process should enable you to be discharged home when you are ready.

Will I have to move to a new house? plus symbol minus symbol

Most people after a spinal cord injury will need to make some alterations and adaptions to their property to make it accessible for them. If you are a wheelchair user, this may be more difficult, and it might be more appropriate to find an alternative property.

What equipment will I need to go home? plus symbol minus symbol

The hospital discharge process should identify what aids and equipment you need when you get home. This might be a specific wheelchair, for example, a pressure relieving cushion or grab rails and ramps around your property.

Read our blog: "Making adaptations to your home after a serious injury"

Will my family members have to be my carers? plus symbol minus symbol

Some people after a spinal cord injury do have care from their family, but it is vital that you have a care assessment, so you are fully aware of your options for having personal care support. Having a good family life is essential, and this doesn’t have to include care. If any of your family members do want to care for you, they may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance or other welfare benefits.

Will I ever play with my kids again? plus symbol minus symbol

After a spinal cord injury, you can lead a fulfilling life enjoying many of the same things you did before your injury. Enjoying family time and playing with your kids is an excellent example of this, and children are good at adapting to new circumstances. There are plenty of fun things and accessible days out you can do with your children after a spinal cord injury that doesn’t involve as much physical activity.

Will more care be needed as I get older? plus symbol minus symbol

As you get older, you may need additional care and support - particularly as other health issues become more of a concern. Our bodies naturally slow down as we age, and for people with spinal cord injuries, this may mean secondary health conditions, which require additional treatment or care.

Why choose our spinal cord injury solicitors?

Our spinal cord injury solicitors take a different approach. We will listen and understand the needs of the injured person and their family. Our focus is not just on the compensation claim, but also on helping clients access early funding for treatment, support and comprehensive rehabilitation, as well as providing excellent legal advice and guidance every step of the way.

We pull together with you and your family to support you with expert legal advice, financial assistance including benefits advice and emergency funds, physical help with early intervention for treatment, rehabilitation and therapies, as well as emotional and psychological support for the whole family.

 

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All of your team will, of course, be experts and specialists in serious injury but there’s much more to what we do.

Our Client First Service means that our solicitors work with fewer clients than is typical in the legal sector, ensuring they have the time to dedicate to working collaboratively with you and your family. 

We work intensively and proactively on your claim, resulting in full compensation for your injuries without unnecessary delay.

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Lack of funding should not get in the way of you receiving treatment and support when you need it. This is why we have an emergency fund to help plug any gaps in your support straight away.

Examples of our emergency fund in action include paying for travel expenses for your family to visit in hospital, funding additional treatment and therapy to assist your recovery and addressing any immediate financial concerns you may have.

We can also help with benefits applications and provide support with appeal processes and signposting to charities and other emergency funding.

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We have Client Support Managers with expert clinical experience involved as part of your team from the start. They are able to provide well-informed guidance on available support and treatment options, helping you and your family to make the right decisions for you, as well as plugging any gaps in the information provided by your treating team.

Your Client Support Manager can also liaise with your treating team to help with discharge to suitable accommodation, including arranging and facilitating care packages and sourcing aids and equipment to improve your function and independence.

We work in collaboration with health and social care, as well as charities to ensure we all pull together to enable you to achieve your best possible outcome and lead a fulfilled life.

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Sustaining a serious injury inevitably has a significant psychological, as well as a physical impact on you and your family. 

We understand that it is important that all psychological and emotional factors are given as much attention as any physical injury to achieve the best outcomes.

That is why we listen carefully to you and your family to identify any possible underlying psychological barriers and emotional needs and ensure they are addressed as part of your support plan.

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