Spinal injuries are often awarded considerable compensation settlements due to their severity and impact. It is your legal right to make a claim if you were injured in an accident that was someone else’s fault.
Table of contents
- How to know if you can claim
- Spinal injuries from accidents at work
- Why claim?
- Compensation amounts
- Claiming on behalf of someone else
- How Direct2Compensation can help you
- Your questions answered
Claims for spinal injury compensation often involve the most upsetting personal stories, with the trauma of life-changing injuries impacting on many people close to the injured party. Some are often unlikely to make a complete recovery, with many needing life-long care and changes to their accommodation and lifestyle. Claiming compensation can help to ease suffering, both physically and financially, and maximise the quality of life you can expect.
We understand that you may be uncertain if you or your loved one has a viable claim for spinal injury compensation and that you will be distressed and concerned about the future, so here we set out what you can expect and how to make a successful claim.
How to know if you can claim
The key element to a successful claim for spinal injury compensation is to be able to hold someone liable for the accident that lead to the injuries. Claims are made against the people, persons or organisations held responsible. This could be employer negligence, a 3rd party driver, a local authority or any other business or organisation that is responsible for the location where the accident occurred. So, the first step with any claim is to assess whether the injury to your spine was the fault of someone other than yourself.
Whether the injuries were caused in a road traffic accident involving a car or motorcycle, or in dangerous workplaces such as a construction site, the implications to the claimant remain the same. Indeed, often innocuous accidents can lead to catastrophic spinal injuries. At Direct2Compensation we have helped people make a claim for spinal injury compensation after accidents that include slips on wet floors, falls after tripping on a dangerous pavement surface and even accidents that can be attributed to faulty products or equipment.
With a few details we can tell you whether or not you are likely to be able to claim compensation, so if you are in any doubt, please do contact us for advice.
Spinal injuries from accidents at work
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.
Why claim spinal injury compensation?
Spinal injury compensation claims usually involve a permanent injury that affects both the injured person and their family. Claimants commonly suffer with very limited mobility, loss of motor function or paralysis, and are unable to work as they did before. Even if they do not need life-long care, they will likely require extensive alterations to their home to enable them to live with their family. Sadly, some of the most seriously injured are unable to continue living at home.
For these reasons, spinal injuries can be very costly. Loss of income and increased expendature are the key reasons why someone will choose to make a claim, and with such hard consequences to the injured person and their immediate family, the motivation for seeking injury compensation is strong.
Making a spinal injury compensation claim on a no win no fee basis is a legal right. Whilst nothing can repair the damage done to a person and their family in such a serious injury scenario, if successful, it can help to make the future easier and remove worries about costs and care. It will fairly compensate the injured person to cover the extent of their injuries and ongoing losses.
The exact amount of the claim settlement depends on the severity of the spinal injury, and any permanent disability or impairment. For the injury itself, and as a guide, you may expect between £70,000 and £140,000.
But in addition to this, a successful spinal injury claim will see a compensation settlement that covers what are known as ‘special damages‘. In the case of a spinal injury, it may include the following:
- Medical expenses, past and future
- Psychological trauma, pain and suffering
- Changes to work, social and domestic life
- Lost income and future losses of income
- Expenses for on-going care and accommodation
Each claim is different and the amount paid will vary from one case to another, however your solicitor will be able to give you an idea once your claim has sufficiently progressed.
Remember, with Direct2Compensation you can make a spinal injury compensation claim on a no win no fee basis so you can be assured that the specialist solicitors with whom we work will never charge you if your claim does not succeed.
Claiming on behalf of someone else
Severe spinal injuries may well leave a person unable to care for themselves or manage their affairs without assistance and support. It is unlikely they would be able to make a claim on their own in these circumstances. Therefore, they may appoint someone to do it for them. This person could be a spouse, parent or other suitable next of kin such as a child or someone who has obtained a legal power of attorney over their loved one’s affairs.
How Direct2Compensation can help you
With Direct2Compensation you can be certain of a caring and supportive response to your situation. We will be able to take the hassle out of the no win no fee claims process for you, allowing you to focus on rehabilitation therapies, recovery or helping to care for your injured loved one.
Over the years we have successfully assisted many spinal injury claimants and can help you to understand whether the specifics of your injury are such that you are likely to win compensation. We can give you useful advice and help you to understand your rights, make sure that the details of your accident and injuries have been properly reported and recorded with the right people, and also give you a good understanding about how the no win no fee claims process works.
If you have suffered a spinal injury and want to know if you can make a claim for compensation, contact us today. You can start your claim online or request a call back, and one of our expert team will be in touch to offer help. Alternatively, call us on 01225 430285.