Spinal Injury Compensation Claims & Settlement Values

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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.

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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.

Compensation amounts

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.

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  1. Michael

    Hi, I had a motorway crash approximately 6 years ago – i have legal insurance cover. At the time of the accident i was 57.

    The crash occurred when i was stationary in the outside lane in a queue of traffic – hit at speed from behind, i think approx 5 vehicles involved.

    It took a long time for my insurance company to arrange an examination of my injuries (approx 18 months).

    However at the time i was a regular NHS Pain Clinic patient at that time for a pre-existing lower back condition. Following the accident i had/still have persistent pain in the Thoracic area. The pain clinic are indicating that this pain may be with me for the rest of my life, but may also get better.

    My problem is that the Dr’s report states that the Thoracic pain is being caused by a degenerative condition due to my age – no evidence has been provided to support this diagnosis. I disagree with this as i have had numerous CT/MRI scans that show no degeneration in this area – i also have never reported an injury to the Pain Clinic prior to the accident or to my chiropractor who i saw on a regular basis for an injury/pain in this area. I seem to be doomed to follow this diagnosis which i disagree with, and which to me at least doesn’t make any sense. My solicitors seem to be supporting the Dr and not me – i have to accept that the Dr is right but i don’t believe that they are, this doesn’t seem like justice to me. Any advice would be welcome.

    Regards,

    Mike.

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    • Ian Morris

      Your situation is one that many claimants will face – a medical expert finds that a claimant has a pre-existing condition that would have caused pain and discomfort in any event, but the trauma of the accident at the centre of the claim has simply brought about an earlier onset of the symptoms. In most cases, claimants feel that this is unjust.

      However, the only way any claim settlement can be agreed is by having evidence in place. Whilst you don’t feel that it is fair (and it doesn’t seem fair), you have no evidence to disprove the medical experts findings and your Solicitor must therefore go with them.

      Whilst you could pay for a further medical report, that is not straightforward. Not only would you incur the cost of the report personally, the report may reach the same conclusion as the first report. Even if the 2nd report were to disagree with the first report, the defendant would still point to the first report and base any negotiation to settle on that report and if it came to a hearing, there is no guarantee that a Judge would find in favour of the more favourable report.

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  2. David

    I got pushed by someone during a small argument. I hit a wall and fractured part of my spine.
    Went to hospital and had to stay off work for nearly 4 weeks.

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    • Ian Morris

      Any person injured as the result of a criminal act (assault or violence) can pursue a claim via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) scheme. The CICA is a tax-payer funded scheme for those injured by criminal acts to pursue claims for compensation. To be able to make a claim, the injured person must report the incident to the Police at the earliest opportunity, make a statement to the Police and cooperate fully with the police during their investigations.

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  3. John

    I was hit by a truck whilst at work in the yard. The 26 tonne truck was reversing at about 5-10mph and hit me across the shoulder and back sending me about 20 feet across the yard. I was lucky not to be ran over. I was in bad shock and a lot of lower back pain after the incident. There was a witness I was talking to at the time. The yard rule is no reversing up the yard so the driver is at fault. The incident was officially recorded. I took 3 days off and was told in an aggressive threatening manner I had to return to work over the phone. I returned and was in a lot of pain and discomfort. I’ve had an xray, nothing broken but have had to attend 2 physio appointments. I cant stand still for more than 1 minute without getting bad pain in my lower spine. It feels like my spine had been twisted or injured somehow from the collision. I also get pain and discomfort intermittently throughout the day. It’s been 2 months now. I was hoping to have fully recovered but the back pain still persists and some days feels worse.

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    • Ian Morris

      You describe an accident at work scenario where the negligence appears to be clearly that of the vehicle drive and points at you as an innocent party. Therefore, you have a valid right to make a claim for the injuries you have sustained. The relevant criteria to pursue a claim has been met in that the incident was reported and you have sought medical attention. We would gladly help you pursue your claim and invite you to call us on 01225430285 to get the process started.

      Alongside a potential financial settlement and recovery of any lost income or incurred costs, if you were to succeed with your claim you could also recover costs for specialist rehabilitation therapies that may speed up your recovery and enable you to get rid of the pain.

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  4. Hannah

    I was a rear passenger in a rear shunt. I have had whiplash and severe back problems requiring surgery due to this accident. I was diagnosed with a new injury to my spine but some years prior to the accident had surgery on my spine for another matter. My solicitor says it doesn’t make any difference to injury to my spine the day of the accident, it will be considered on statistics on recovery from the first operation. Is this correct? He says because of this I don’t have a good case. Also it does not mention my injury in my medical report and he won’t get this changed.

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    • Ian Morris

      Without knowing the details of your previous injury and when it was sustained and what new injury has been diagnosed it is, of course, hard to advise you. If a ‘new’ injury has been identified but it is seen as minor, that could explain things. However, your Solicitor will only give up on your claim if they felt that the injuries did not meet a minimum value – usually £1000 in personal injury cases.

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  5. Amanda

    I have isthmic spondylolithethis just diagnosed may need spinal fusion, I have worked for same company for 25 years have a job where I twist and reach continually, the primary cause of isthmic spondylolithethis is repetative motion such as a sports person. Would I be entitled to make a claim against my employer?
    Thanks

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    • Ian Morris

      Potentially you can make a claim. The issues you may face will be limitation – when did your symptoms start and did you receive medical attention MORE than 3 years ago? Also, causation – proving the causal link between your work and the health condition.

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  6. Amy

    I injured my back in 2016. I worked only for 2 weeks but forced to leave due to injury. I asked for breaks as I wasnt tolerating standing 5hrs as my spine was badly inflamed. Had to call in sick due to severe pain/ sciatica that left me bedridden for an entire day, ended up going to ER. I was told if I couldn’t keep up with the dishwashing I wasnt allowed to take breaks. I dont know if this was legal or not. I am still suffering from spinal issues that prevent me from seeking other employment.

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    • Ian Morris

      As you were injured in 2016, you may be out of time to pursue a claim for this matter. UK law affords you a period of 3 years from the date of an injury to pursue a claim. Whilst there are 5 months of 2019 remaining in which you could still be within claim limitation (depending on which month you were injured in), the less of the available period remaining, the harder it will be to get a Solicitor to consider pursuing any claim for you.

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  7. Leesa

    I had a CT scan in 2014, I didn’t hear anything back from go, so thought everything was ok, yesterday I went to doctors with pain an numbness down right arm and was told then it’s because of results from CT scan in 2014. I said no ones told me anything regarding the scan, now I have to see spine specialist, maybe surgery. I’m so angry.

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    • Ian Morris

      You describe a possible case of negligence on the part of your Doctor. Any person who becomes aware of a possible negligent period of care from a medical professional has a legal right to claim clinical negligence compensation. However, such situations require a specific and genuine expertise from a clinical negligence Solicitor. As such, you should make contact with such a specialist at the earliest opportunity.

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  8. Rick

    I have worked for one of the large supermarkets for two years. The first year being on the shop floor lifting heavy fruit and vegetables to no issue. The second year being a delivery driver in which I have been injured.

    There was a few times that I had lifted something wrong at work but nothing I felt at the time to cause me great concern. One day I woke up with what I know now as sciatica. It was mild and I thought it was just a strain. I worked four days in total whilst hurting and it gradually became worse. My colleagues helped me as I began to struggle. I got to the point where I was in excruciating pain at the end of the working day. I phoned in the next day saying I could not come in to work and that I would go see a doctors. A few days later I spoke with my manger after going to the doctors and being signed off with sciatica. I was in excruciating pain, taking lots of pain medication and getting by on a few hours of sleep a day. My manager asked how I had been injured but I did not fully know how at that time. I did not give a direction answer to this because I didn’t have a defining moment of cause of injury. In my mind a twinge didn’t correlate or match up with this excruciating pain. I was told we would discuss this again at a later date. This never happened.

    In hindsight and given much thought I fully believe I have sustained this injury from work. Mostly from twisting my back when loading/offloading the van. The shopping comes in large storage trays and you would have to lean over to grab them with one arm to pick them up. You could not keep your core straight and even when doing so. Then I would twist to load them in the van side on. Everybody used the same technique. Additionally twisting and lifting of the heavy trays of shopping around obstacles in customers houses. There where times I would feel a twinge in my lower back. Not often at all but sometimes. I cannot recollect having manual handling training but if I did it was a few minutes being briefly shown how to lift a box off the floor. Nothing more literally than this. I have since been asked by my manager if I have had an health and safety assessor come out with me on the vans and I have not.

    I have been unable to work for fifteen weeks due to having a large protrusion of the disc on my lower spine L5/S1. This has been recently diagnosed from having an MRI. I am currently waiting to see a surgeon to discuss any options I may have.

    Initially I spent six weeks on my back. At times the pain would flare up and I would need to go to an out of hours doctors surgery for different medications to help me get through. One time I had to go to accident and emergency due to being in absolute agony (literally screaming in pain). That and also my anus became numb which was a cause for concern. I have since had six sessions of physio to help get me moving again. My symptoms have weaned very slowly off but still at times it causes me intense pain resulting in me not being able to return to work. I have regular visits to the doctors and still taking a number of pain medicines.

    My manger recently said that I should of returned after two weeks of absence. That I have had more than ample time off and should have returned back to work by now. I have been told that if I do not return to work soon I could loose my job. When I return they will only be able to support my injury for six weeks along with an amended duties doctors note. If I am then not able to for fill my contract I will not have a job. I asked even if I can’t lift some of the heavy items and she said yes.

    I would like to add. A few weeks before the injury I got an award for good service. Kind of like employee of the month. Doesn’t add up towards the way I am being treated by this manager.

    Would I be able to make a claim against my employers for the damage that I have sustained to my spine? If I loose my job would that be a claim for unfair dismissal considering I got the injury from work.

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    • Ian Morris

      Starting by answering your last point first, if you were to lose your job due to being unable to continue to work through ill health, that is unlikely to amount to unfair dismissal as the law would allow an employer to terminate a position if it were deemed that the employed person is no longer fit enough to perform the work. However, it is vital that the employer follows the correct due process in this matter and as such, we would recommend that you seek expert employment law advice on that issue should it arise.

      Moving on to the possible personal injury compensation for the injury you have sustained to your back as a result of your work, there is certainly a potential for you to pursue a claim against your employer for the pain and discomfort of your injury and if successful, for you to also recover any lost income and incurred costs caused by the injury. Clearly, to succeed with a claim against your employer it is important that the right evidence is in place and your Solicitor would be obliged to highlight how the employer has failed in their duty to minimise the risk of any injury sustained by you. Therefore, you will need to be able to identify a lack of suitable manual handling training or a working environment that makes it impossible to follow the guidance of any manual handling training you may have received. In your description of your work, you mention having to reach and twist whilst carrying load – it could well be that this is an area of interest to a specialist back injury compensation Solicitor.

      We believe that it would be wise to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation against your employer given the nature of your work and severity of your injury. To that end, our advice at this stage is two fold:

      Firstly, you should put a report to your employer (in writing) outlining your belief that your injury has been caused by the work you were doing for them – making mention of the working environment rendering you unable to lift and move items of weight safely. If you are aware of any specific incidents in which injury were caused, make note of them in any report. Providing your employer with such a report will be useful evidence should any claim then proceed.

      Secondly, make further contact with us as soon as possible in order to get your No Win No Fee claim for compensation started. You can use our website ‘start your claim’ function to make further contact with us, or if you prefer, you can call us on 01225430285.

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  9. shane

    I was injured at work in Iraq but the company i work for are UK based and my contract is with G4S in Jersey. I suffered a serious back injury and i now need surgery to correct the problem. Although i’m insured the company have payed me for 10 months but now that i require surgery the payments have stopped and no other information is given to me.
    Can you help or advise on what i should do?

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  10. Michael rushton

    I lost my job due to a spine injury 3 years ago. And I didn’t know id still be affected to the point someone has to half dress me and at 28 that’s not good. Should I have tried to claim earlier as I’m now unable to work for the unforseen future ?

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    • Ian Morris

      Under UK law, any person is allowed a maximum period of 3-years from the date of an accident, injury or diagnosis of injury in which they can make a claim for compensation.

      Therefore, if you haven’t claimed for the back injury that lead to you losing your job you will unfortunately be statute barred and unable to take any action with regards to a claim.

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