Spinal cord injury claims

Most spinal cord injury claims can be dealt with on a no win no fee basis.

If the injury resulted from medical negligence see Medical Spinal Injury Claims.

The first stage in a spinal cord injury claim is to get legal advice from specialist Personal Injury Lawyers who understand the complex nature of spinal injuries and the wide range of physical and psychological treatment, therapy and rehabilitation that is often required.

At Co-op Legal Services we have a specialist team of Serious Injury Solicitors and litigation Lawyers that specialise in catastrophic injury claims and recover millions of pounds in compensation each year for people injured in accidents in the UK.

We know that spinal injuries often have serious and life changing effects for the injured person and for their loved ones. It is vital to get rehabilitation started quickly, along with applications for Interim Payments and adaptations being made to home and work environments where possible.

If we take on your claim, we will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the right treatment from the right experts, and that you receive full and fair compensation for your spinal injuries.

It is part of the Co-op’s ethos and values to provide help and support in enforcing legal rights so as to prevent injustice. We will always strive to secure the best possible compensation and rehabilitation for our clients.

Spinal cord injury symptoms

The range of spinal cord injury symptoms can be extensive and traumatic. These symptoms vary depending on where along the spinal cord the injury has occurred. The injuries are sometimes referred to as an incomplete spinal cord injury or a complete spinal cord injury.

Damage to the cervical section of the spinal cord (the neck area) will often result in sensory problems along the upper neck and arms. Damage to the lumbar area (lower back) and compression on this area of the spinal cord can cause paralysis or sensory difficulties in the legs. Damage to the sacral area (the lower part of the spine) can cause paralysis as well as bladder and bowel problems amongst other symptoms.

Damage to the cervical spine (neck) can also, of course, cause paralysis of all limbs.

Spinal cord injury treatment

A victim of a spinal cord injury would usually be transferred to hospital on a spinal backboard, with their head held immobile to avoid further injury. If the injury is life-threatening then surgery may be required to relieve the pressure on the spinal cord and to ensure that the spine is stabilised.

Trauma can cause fractures of vertebrae in the spine and damage to the intervertebral discs of the spine. If a disc has herniated, it is often the case that a GP will prefer to treat the condition conservatively, to avoid the risk of infection. However, if the trauma has caused spinal cord compression, they may decide that surgery must be performed, particularly if the symptoms involve paralysis of the limbs or bowel and bladder problems.

Given the traumatic nature of spinal injuries and the consequent life changing symptoms, it is important to consider the psychological trauma that can be associated with spinal injuries. Any appropriate psychological treatment will need to be identified and carried out alongside physical treatment.

Spinal cord injury rehabilitation

Once the initial emergency treatment has taken place, rehabilitation will be necessary to enable the best chance of recovery. Our Personal Injury Lawyers have access to specialist rehabilitation providers with a wide range of therapists, nurses and psychologists to assist with recovery.

The symptoms of spinal cord injury can be life-changing and the injured person may require long term care to support them with their day-to-day needs. We can also ensure that any further management of the ongoing rehabilitation is identified and included in the claim for compensation.

Spinal injury experts

We can refer clients to Spinal Surgeons, Neurosurgeons, Care Experts, Occupational Therapists and a range of other specialists who can assess your injuries and provide us with expert reports. These reports will set out the extent of your symptoms and outline any ongoing treatment requirements that you will have into the future.

The right spinal injury specialists will also be able to assist with an assessment of other future needs, such as aids or adaptations in your home or workplace, or potentially further surgery. They can also comment on the level of independence that can be reached and the extent to which your daily living will be affected.

This insight helps us to calculate the appropriate amount of compensation that you will require to support you now and in the future.

About Co-op Legal Services

As part of the largest Co-operative organisation in the UK, Co-op Legal Services works to ensure that our clients receive the best legal advice and support services available from our teams of personal injury and clinical negligence solicitors, legal executives and staff.

We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and several of our Personal Injury Solicitors are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Co-op Legal Services has over 600 staff working in different businesses with offices in Manchester, Bristol, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sheffield and London.