Overview

In most cases the damage caused by a spinal cord injury is irreversible and can have a catastrophic impact on you and your family. Our spinal injury compensation specialist solicitors can help you obtain the best possible care and treatment to help you regain your independence.

A spinal injury can happen in many different ways, whether during a road traffic accident, work place accident or because of a fall from height. Traumatic spinal injuries have life changing implications for an individual and their family. Quality care, treatment and rehabilitation are essential to ensure the continued health and well being of a spinally injured person.

If your injury or that of a family member was caused by an accident that was not your fault, or was only partially your fault, or you were criminally attacked, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.

To find out if you have a claim it is important to speak to a law firm that can prove real expertise and experience in this complex and specialist area. One that puts your interests first and can advise you how to proceed and get your life back on track. 

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.

 

Key contact

Andrew is a partner and head of the neurolaw team at Hugh James. He leads a multidisciplinary team representing only claimants and their families following traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, providing help and support with a heavy emphasis on rehabilitation.

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Your questions answered

Why choose us?
 

Hugh James has extensive experience in handling compensation claims for people who have suffered spinal cord injuries. Our team of specialist spinal injury solicitors provide expert advice and services to ensure that you receive the highest possible level of compensation. We will ensure that you get the best care, treatment and rehabilitation following a spinal cord injury.

We are members of the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and members of the Law Society. Our solicitors have been consistently ranked in the top tiers by the independent legal guides, Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, as leaders in the field of personal injury and specifically spinal cord litigation.

Our specialist team includes welfare benefits advisors and a qualified social worker to ensure that your case has the best possible chance of success. We offer free advice and guidance, without obligation and no win, no fee agreements.
Our specialist solicitors can advise you on the following:

  • the Hugh James Emergency Fund and how it can assist you and your family;
  • obtaining private rehabilitation;
  • your damages;
  • interim payments;
  • welfare benefits and emergency funding;
  • employment concerns;
  • charities that can assist you;
  • wills, trusts and power of attorney;
  • dealing with your mortgage, credit card and loan providers following a spinal cord injury;
  • investigating any potential insurance cover that may benefit you;
  • social services and local authority funding for care and equipment; and
  • human and disability rights.
What is the claims process?
 

We understand that making a compensation claim following a spinal injury can be difficult and confusing. That is why our team is dedicated to ensuring that the process is as simple as possible, providing regular updates about your case along the way.

When you contact us about making a claim, we will set up a free, no obligation consultation wherever in the country is convenient for you. If you decide that you would like to proceed, we will discuss the different options available to fund your claim.

When we have all of the information that we need from you, we will start gathering evidence to support your case. You will need to be examined by a medical expert who can advise us on the impact of your spinal injury and tell us what sort of treatment you will need to make the best recovery possible.

Compensation will only be payable if liability is accepted by the defendant(s) or if a court finds in your favour. Once this has happened we will be able to finalise the collection of all of the evidence to allow us to correctly value your claim.

We can then open negotiations with the defendant(s) to bring about a settlement.

Are there funding options?
 

Before any claim starts, we will discuss a variety of funding options which are suitable for your case, including a conditional fee agreement often referred to as a no win, no fee agreement. This means that if your case is successful we would recover our fees for acting for you from the defendant. We will arrange an insurance policy for you which would pay the defendant’s legal costs in the event that your case is unsuccessful.

How is compensation calculated?
 

We will look at the compensation for your injury as well as the financial losses that you have and will face as a result of the accident. Compensation is made up of general and special damages.

GENERAL DAMAGES

General damages are to compensate you for the injury itself; the pain and suffering that you have gone through and that you continue to go through. They also take into account what you would have been able to do had it not been for the accident.
In order to accurately inform you of the levels of damages that you may be awarded, we will arrange for medico-legal reports from various leading specialists. They will examine you and have access to your medical records and be able to provide an accurate diagnosis and prognosis within their report. Once this evidence is in place we will be able to notify you as to how much we think that your claim is going to be worth.

SPECIAL DAMAGES

Special damages are to compensate you for any past or future losses that have incurred or will incur as a direct result of the accident which caused your injuries.

Past losses include:

  • private medical treatment and rehabilitation;
  • prescription charges/medication;
  • the purchase of aids and appliances;
  • loss of earnings;
  • travel expenses;
  • care costs;
  • personal belongings and clothing damaged in the accident; and
  • housing adaptions.

Future losses can include:

  • future loss of earnings;
  • loss of pension;
  • accommodation costs;
  • future private medical treatment and rehabilitation;
  • aids and appliances.

This list is not exhaustive and we will consider very thoroughly and include all items that you may need to make a claim for in the future.

We suggest that you start to keep a list of things that you have had to pay for since, and as a direct result of the accident. We will need to prove the financial losses and documentary evidence such as wage slips, receipts and invoices will be very important in proving your special damages claim. In addition it may also be sensible to keep a log or brief diary of problems that you encounter.

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We simply can’t thank you enough from our first meeting to our success at trial, both you and your team were always available to answer all our questions and provide us with the highest quality advice.

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Andrew Harding is described as “extremely fair – he considers all angles before making a decision.” Sources add that “he stands out because of his skill as a litigator and his in-depth knowledge and experience of claims of the utmost severity.”

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Andrew Harding is considered “very efficient and professionally competent” by his clients.

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Catastrophic/neurological injury matters are led by ‘absolute expert’ Andrew Harding, who is also an ‘excellent’ Deputy

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Can I once again say how appreciative I am of all the hard work you and all your team at Hugh James put in on my behalf. I have no doubt that without your perseverance and attention to detail we would not have achieved anything near the outcome.

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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.

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We couldn’t have had a better solicitor. So knowledgeable and efficient, yet the most kind, caring and understanding friend all rolled into one, at a time when few people could really understand what my injury had done to me.

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The ‘outstanding’ Cari Sowden-Taylor has a ‘lovely manner with clients'.

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Ciaran McCabe has strong expertise in assisting both children and adults with severe injury claims. He often handles cases arising from RTAs and workplace accidents, especially concerning brain and spinal cord injuries. Sources indicate that “he goes the extra mile to make sure clients are satisfied with the outcome of any settlement, and is very conscientious in terms of the overall result.

Chambers and Partners UK

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I was delighted with the service which you provided me with, I would not hesitate to recommend you to others. You explained the most complex issues in a straightforward manner and negotiated an outstanding settlement for us.

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The 'excellent and responsive' Kate Coles is also recommended.

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