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How Much Spinal Injury Compensation Could I Claim?

One of the most important parts of your body is the spine and if that gets damaged or injured then it could lead to partial or complete impairment. Your spinal cord comprises several nerves and tissues which are connected from the base of your brain down the length of your back. These are protected by the vertebrae which makes up the spine.

According to the Back-Up Trust, there is an estimated 50,000 people in the UK living with a spinal cord injury. In addition, over 2,500 people are newly injured each year. Spinal injuries affect a large number of people in the UK.  If you have suffered a serious back injury or a spinal injury that was a result of medical negligence, then you could be entitled to compensation.

At BTTJ Medical Negligence, we have specialist spinal injury solicitors that can offer expert advice and support during this difficult time. We can help you investigate the cause of the accident and help you seek the compensation that you need. To help you understand more about spinal injuries and how much a spinal injury claim could be worth, we have provided more information below.

 

Common Spinal Injuries

In most cases, spinal injuries can be categorised into two groups; partial spinal injury and complete spinal injury, with complete spinal injury being more serious. It’s important that you know this information before you make a spinal injury claim.

Partial Spinal Injury – These types of spinal injuries involve damage that is done to the sensory pathways in the spinal cord. Damage to this area can lead to difficulties with movement and coordination.  One of the most common types of partial injury is anterior cord syndrome.

Complete Spinal Injury – Injury of this type may result in varied paralysis of your body from the neck down. Paralysis typically affects your bowels and your legs. This type of injury is also one of the most severe and it typically receives the maximum amount of compensation for a claim.

 

What can I claim after an accident causing a spinal injury? 

The compensation you may be awarded for your spinal injury claim depends on the extent of the injury.  In addition to pursuing a claim for the injury itself, it is possible to pursue a claim for out of pocket expenses both past and future.  It is possible to claim for a range of costs relating to your injury, to include but not limited to:-.

Loss of Earnings – if you have been off work or are unable to return to work as a result of your injury

Rehabilitation Costs – The costs of rehabilitation can be a significant long-term expense for a victim of a back injury. These costs may include regularly scheduled visits to a physiotherapist and more.

Unavailable Treatment on the NHS – Necessary visits to private clinics or foreign health specialists in the event of unavailable treatment from the NHS. The costs of visiting private clinics could be compensated.

Home Care – In the event that you are unable to fully care for yourself, you may need to hire care in your home. This cost can be compensated if your injury has affected your independence.

Modifying or Buying a New Home – If you have sustained a long-term back injury, then you may need to adapt or modify your home to make it a suitable living environment. These costs could be claimed in the case.

 

Severities of Spinal Injuries

There are different severities of spinal injuries which affect the amount of compensation that can be claimed. The table below is not a definitive list of compensation amounts, but they are average guidelines for what you could expect for the severity of the back injury.

Severity of InjuryDescription of InjuryPotential Compensation Amount
Minor Back InjuryAn injury that does not require surgery. This could be a strained muscle or a slipped disk.Up to £10,970
Moderate Back Injury An injury that does not require surgery. This could be a strained muscle or a slipped disk.Up to £34,000
Severe Back InjuryAn injury resulting in partial paralysis or a permanent organ failure.Up to £141,150
Paraplegic ParalysisInjury that leads to paralysis of the legs or paralysis from the waist down.Up to £249,270
Quadriplegic ParalysisInjury resulting in paralysis of the body or paralysis from the neck down.Up to £354,260

Note – It is possible to also claim for out of pocket expenses as referred to above.

 

 

Contact BTTJ Medical Negligence for Spinal Injury Claims

We understand how upsetting it can be to talk about what has happened and how overwhelming the consequences of clinical negligence are. At BTTJ Medical Negligence, we have a team of legal professionals and medical negligence specialists who are exceptionally experienced at handling these types of cases. All advice and information are treated with total confidentiality, compassion, and care.

If you have suffered from negligence and you would like to discuss spinal injury claims, then please get in touch with us to see how we can help.

You can call us on 0800 032 2474 or you can send us an email here.

Similar to other medical negligence claims, head and brain injuries can vary greatly in terms of severity. As a result, the amount of compensation that you could receive varies too. It’s unlikely that an online compensation calculator can adequately value your claim.

If you have suffered a brain injury in the last three years that was caused by someone else’s negligence, then you should get in touch with our experienced medical negligence solicitors. Our team are legal professionals with medical knowledge and they can let you know if you have a valid case for brain injury compensation. We can talk you through the whole process.

To help you understand more about brain injury compensation, we have listed the different severities of brain injuries below.

 

Different Severities of Brain Injury

The figures below are taken from the government published Judicial College Guidelines, which are simply lump sums to illustrate the pain, suffering and loss of amenity you have suffered. However, these figures provide a guideline as to what compensation you  may receive. The figures below are not definitive but they serve as a rough guideline as to what may be expected in various cases.

Severity of InjuryInjury DescriptionPotential Compensation Amount
Very Severe Brain Damage Serious brain damage that has a significant effect on the senses and severe physical limitation. The need for full-time care. The court will consider the degree of understanding the victim has, their life expectancy, and the extent of physical limitation.£247,280 – £354,260
Moderately Severe Brain DamageCases of severe physical or cognitive disability which leave the victim substantially dependent on others and need constant care or other medical requirements. The court will consider the victim’s life expectancy, degree of understanding, degree of dependence on others, the extent of their physical limitations, their ability to communicate, and behavioural abnormalities.£183,150 – £235,790
Moderate Brain Damage (Upper Tier)Moderate to severe damage to intellect and/or changes in personality. An effect on their sight, speech, and other senses, and a serious risk of epilepsy.£131,620 – £192,090
Moderate Brain Damage (Middle Tier)Moderate to modest damage to intellect. The possibility of the victim returning to employment is either greatly reduced or completely removed. Possible risk of epilepsy.£79,530 – £131,620
Moderate Brain Damage (Lower Tier) Concentration and memory are badly affected, and there is a lower risk of epilepsy. There is a reduction in the ability to work, but have very limited dependency on others.£37,760 – £79,530
Less Severe Brain Damage A good recovery has been made with a return to normal social and work life. There may be potential for on-going impairments such as poor concentration, memory loss or mood problems. For the upper end of this bracket, there may be a small risk of epilepsy. The court will consider any permanent disabilities or the chance of permanent disabilities, the severity of the initial injury, any changes in personality, and any depression.£13,430 – £37,760
Minor Brain or Head Injury Cases of minimal brain damage or non-existent. The court will consider the severity of the initial injury, time of recovery, any on-going symptoms, and the presence of headaches.£1,940 – £11,200

 

Contact BTTJ Medical Negligence for Brain Injury Claims

We understand how upsetting it can be to talk about what has happened and how overwhelming the consequences of negligence are. At BTTJ, we have a team of legal professionals and medical negligence specialists who are exceptionally experienced at handling these types of cases. All advice and information are treated with total confidentiality, compassion, and care.

If you have suffered due to medical negligence and you would like to discuss pursuing a claim for brain injury compensation, then please get in touch with us to see how we can help.

You can call us on 0800 032 2474 or you can send us an email here.