Potter Rees Dolan has a dedicated team of personal injury lawyers who have a wealth of experience in successfully handling spinal cord injury cases. We are authorised members of the Spinal Injury Association’s (SIA) personal injury solicitors list and comply with their code of conduct. Our aim is to provide the highest level of care and make the claim process as stress-free as possible for you and your family.
If you or a loved one have suffered from a spinal cord injury, contact Potter Rees Dolan today. We can provide you with free initial advice and will help you make a claim for the injuries you suffered to gain the compensation you deserve.
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What is the spinal cord?
The spinal cord is part of the central nervous system. It acts like a telephone cable, carrying messages of movement and sensation between the brain and the rest of the body. The spinal cord is enclosed in the vertebrae that make up the spinal column. The consequences of spinal cord injury, whether damage or disease to the spinal cord, can range from loss of sensation in parts of the body right through to full paralysis.
What is a spinal cord injury?
On average, three people a day in the UK sustain a spinal cord injury which leaves them with some degree of permanent paralysis. The paralysis that can result from a spinal cord injury affects not only the individual but also their families and friends.
If you have suffered due to a spinal cord injury, you will know the devastating effect it can have on your life. Spinal injuries are complex and can affect motor, sensory and autonomic functions on a temporary or permanent basis.
A spinal cord injury usually occurs when a sudden blow to the back fractures your spine, or dislocates the vertebrae within it. When the spine or vertebrae are damaged often, so are the ‘axons’, which carry signals to your brain and the rest of your body.
The difference between tetraplegia, quadriplegia and paraplegia
- Tetraplegia, also known as quadriplegia, is the name for the loss of feeling and movement in the upper and lower limbs, torso and incontinence
- Paraplegia is the name for the loss of feeling and movement from the waist downwards, in the legs and incontinence
Time limits on personal injury claims
For personal injury cases, including spinal cord injuries, there is a three-year time limit to make a claim. This deadline starts from the date that your injuries occurred, rather than the date of the accident. For fatal cases, this time limit starts from the date of death.
However, in some cases, this deadline will be waived. For example, the three-year deadline is only applicable to those aged 18 or above, while there is sometimes no time limit for those who are being treated under the Mental Health Act 2007.
How to start your claim
Most claims start with a free initial discussion with our experts to understand more about your accident and what you could be entitled to. Call us on 0800 027 2557 or complete our online enquiry form.
When working on a spinal injury case, we will:
- talk to you in depth to understand your injuries, how they occurred and how they affect your life
- work closely with medical professionals in order to gain a better understanding of the extent of your injuries
- help you arrange rehabilitation and care as soon as possible
- investigate the cost of your future care, equipment and accommodation needs
- calculate your loss of future earnings
- work out your welfare benefit entitlement