Spinal cord injury

Thousands of people across the UK suffer a spinal injury each year. In most cases the damage caused is irreversible and can have a catastrophic impact on an individual’s life, but our accredited spine injury compensation claim solicitors can help you get the best possible care and treatment to help you recover.

A spinal injury can happen in many different ways, whether during road traffic accidents, work place accidents or because of falling from height and negligent medical treatment. If you or a family member have suffered a spinal injury and suspect someone else is to blame, contact our spinal injury solicitors today for free, no-obligation advice on making a no win, no fee spinal injury compensation claim.

Claiming Spinal Injury Compensation

The process of claiming compensation can be lengthy. It’s crucial to get the best possible advice and guidance. Our spinal injury solicitors are happy to answer any questions you may have, free of charge and without obligation.

To begin, you will need to appoint a specialist to represent you or your family member. Making a successful compensation claim is dependent on obtaining the necessary evidence to prove that another person is at fault, either fully or partially. We will also seek evidence highlighting the nature and extent of the injury along with the effects upon the person.

If fault can be proven, your solicitor will gather further evidence regarding the severity of the spinal cord injury and investigate likely care and medical needs. The spinal injury compensation process will be managed by a team of specialists who will deal directly with those at fault, namely the defendant.  If your claim is successful the defendant will pay the agreed compensation package, which commonly includes:

  • General compensation for the spinal cord injury sustained
  • Financial loss, including loss of earnings
  • The cost of specialist equipment such as wheelchairs, vehicles and specially adapted housing
  • A periodical payment order (PPO), giving an annual payment for life for day to day living expenses, future equipment needs and ongoing medical treatment.

How can the Hugh James team help?

Our specialist solicitors have many years of experience in working with victims of spinal injuries. We are members of the Spinal Injury Association (SIA) and accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). Hugh James is a top 100 UK law firm and our Personal Injury Team is top ranked in the legal guides. We have more than 20 years’ experience in spinal cord injury claims and can help you make a no win, no fee compensation claim, meaning you won’t need to pay us a penny if you lose. We offer:

  • Free advice and guidance, without obligation
  • no win, no fee
  • Financial advice
  • Benefits advice
  • And expert medical reports.

Case studies

Our client suffered serious injuries in a road accident when he was travelling as a front seat passenger in a van driven by the defendant.

The accident was wholly the fault of the defendant, but unfortunately our client was not wearing a seat belt. Had he done so his injuries would probably have been avoided. Liability was therefore apportioned by agreement at 76%:24% in favour of our client.

Our client is tetraplegic and requires 24 hour care with two carers for much of the time, particularly for transfers. The defendant raised issues regarding our client’s duty to obtain benefits available to him from the Local Authority to supplement his care. As a result of the Peters case such arguments were not pursued. The defendants also disputed the need for two carers on a full time basis and arguments arose in relation to the Working Time Directive.

The claim was settled at a round table meeting on terms that the defendant would pay our client periodical payments of £157,000 per annum and a lump sum of £500,000. These sums were in addition to interim payments totalling £878,000 (which had enabled to claimant to purchase a specially adapted property during the course of the claim).


Cari, no words can express how much we have appreciated all your help and hard work over the last few years. We are truly grateful. Thank you so much
Client testimonial

Ciaran McCabe “puts his clients first, and always aims to secure the best results for them,” according to impressed sources, who also highlight him as “effective and sensible with a fine grasp of the realities of litigation.” His practice encompasses an array of claims involving serious and catastrophic injuries.
Chambers UK

My first contact with Hugh James solicitors was in early 2008. The solicitor was Mr Andrew Harding. The claim was for an injury sustained whilst working on a farm. There was continuous contact whilst dealing with the case.

I was very satisfied with the case outcome. Advice was given on investing the compensation. I found all of the Hugh James personnel extremely efficient and cooperative and have no hesitation in recommending Mr Andrew Harding and colleagues to deal with high value personal injury claims.
Client testimonial – Mr J Groom

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