Spinal cord injuries are amongst the most serious of injuries that any person could suffer. There is a hard and lengthy recovery period. A large proportion are unable to make a full recovery, often suffering permanent paralysis, mobility restriction, weakness or pain. Even in less severe cases, spinal cord injuries can affect independence and leave people struggling to work, needing care and support to maintain a decent day-to-day lifestyle.
With such potentially devastating consequences, compensation amounts for spinal injuries can be very high. They cover not just the injury itself, but ongoing care and treatment for as long as it is required. When the injury is caused by an accident at work, and employer negligence can be proved, the compensation is paid by the employer’s insurance.
The benefits of claiming compensation for a spinal injury
If you or someone you care about has suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident at work, claiming personal injury compensation could help to ease some of the problems caused by such a severe and life changing injury.
Recovering from a spinal injury will take many months at least. In these circumstances, the injured party will be unable to work as they will require extensive medical care and may even remain in hospital for a long time. They therefore suffer a double injury, one to their physical and psychological health, along with a potential loss of income, loss of property and no means of providing for loved ones.
The immediate concern after medical treatment is how they will look after their family and pay the bills. To help with this, as soon as liability is admitted, your specialist solicitor could be able to obtain an interim settlement for you. If so, this will enable you to pay your usual bills and focus on your recovery.
Peace of mind
With Direct2Compensation, spinal cord injury claims are managed on a No Win No Fee basis. Whilst we can never guarantee that your claim will succeed, we can guarantee that you will never be charged if your claim does not succeed.
A successful spinal injury at work claim will lead to a compensation settlement being made to you, with the value of the claim attained after medical evidence is assessed, and costs of ongoing care and treatment are identified. It will include a special damages claim that covers ALL lost income from the date of your accident and for the remainder of your working life if you are no longer able to work.
As well as claiming a financial compensation settlement, instructing Direct2Compensation and our expert injury compensation solicitors to pursue redress for you can also help in other ways:
- A sense of closure and acknowledgement when an employer admits negligence
- Specialist medical treatment and rehabilitation therapies to speed your recovery
- Costs of future care requirements or changes to a property to enable a normal standard of living
Compensation amounts for spinal injuries
Compensation settlements are made up of general and special damages. The former relates to the physical, emotional and quality of life impact of the injury. Special damages cover the financial impact. For example, medical expenses, loss of earnings – both current and future, on-going care and accommodation.
The exact amount of compensation therefore varies from case to case. The guidelines issued by the courts for the general damages element of a spinal cord claim ranges from between £70,000 to £140,000 depending on the severity of the injury and its long-term effect on a person’s life. So you can expect to receive this, plus the special damages element.
How to know if you have a valid claim
Whether you have a valid claim for compensation after any accident at work is dependent on employer negligence. Employers are legally obliged to provide a safe and secure environment for workers and visitors. When it comes to minimising the risk of injury in the workplace, especially life changing spinal injuries, there are strict health and safety laws, practices and guidelines that employers must adhere to.
Employers must provide adequate training and guidance. If employers fail to provide the correct training to staff to make sure they work safely, only as qualified or licensed to do so, or fail to make staff aware of the risks present in the workplace, they are acting negligently towards their health and safety obligations. A lack of training, a failure to provide the correct equipment, or failing to provide a safe working environment, are all known as employer negligence.
Compensation claims for spinal injuries suffered at work will succeed if it can be shown that the employer has been negligent in the accident that caused the injury, and are therefore responsible for the affect it has on the employees life and health.
Regardless of the kind of workplace, employers must by law ensure:
- That staff are adequately trained to cover all aspects of their work safety and are made aware of the risks present in the workplace
- That all staff work within a safe and secure environment
- That they carry out regular risk assessments and have suitable and regularly updated policies covering all aspects of health and safety in the workplace
- That all machinery and tools are regularly serviced and fit for purpose
- That they adhere to current Health and Safety at Work law
Employers that fail to fulfil these obligations will be liable should any injuries happen to staff under their leadership. Any person injured in this way has a right to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
With matters that include an injury as serious and devastating as a spinal cord injury, it is important to begin a claim at the earliest opportunity. Employers have a legal obligation to report serious workplace accidents and injuries to the relevant authorities. Making a claim early will enable your specialist injury compensation solicitor to get the evidence needed to force a 3rd party in to admitting liability. If you believe that the cause of your spinal injury was because of the negligence of an employer or other organisation, you should contact Direct2Compensation today to start your claim.
How Direct2Compensation can help with your claim
As with all accidents, it is important to make sure that the details of your accident have been recorded properly within an accident book or elsewhere, and that medical attention is sought for any injuries that you have sustained. If you haven’t done this already, we can help you to do so.
Direct2Compensation are experts in managing serious compensation claims. We know your rights and can help you to understand whether you can successfully hold your employer liable for your spinal injury accident.
With our easy to understand claims process and ability to handle your claim quickly, simply and transparently, there are many reasons that make us the right choice when it comes to starting your compensation claim.
To start your claim today, or even to find out a little bit more about the claims process and how we can help, fill out our claims form and we’ll call you back, or if you prefer, you can call us on 01225 430285.
Direct2Compensation are regulated by the Claims Management Regulator in respect of regulated claims management activities. Our authorisation number is: CRM33541.