A recent economic modelling analysis (McDaid et al. l, 2019) unveiled that over 1,200 people suffer from a spinal cord injury in the UK every year. The devastating outcomes following such a serious injury can be life-altering for the victim and their families.
What are the leading causes of spinal injuries?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the leading, often preventable causes of spinal injuries are the following:
Beyond this, people suffering from a spinal injury are five times more likely to die prematurely.
Types of spinal injuries
Most spinal injuries involve trauma to the spinal column, although the number of non-traumatic injuries is increasing. There are two main types of spinal injury: a complete or a partial spinal cord injury.
With a complete spinal cord injury (CSCI), the spinal cord is permanently and irreversibly damaged. A partial or incomplete SCI may result in a temporary disruption, in which case the spinal cord may be injured for a limited time. That means information transmitted to the brain via the spinal cord could return in future.
Parts of the body where spinal injuries frequently occur are
- the neck (cervical),
- the chest (thoracic),
- the lumbar,
- the lower back (lumbosacral)
- and thoracolumbar (NHS.uk).
Injuries can occur to one or several of these areas, raising the severity of the damage and lowering the chances of recovery.
How much compensation can I claim for my spinal injury?
The level of compensation will vary based on the type and severity of your injury. However, severe cases may be awarded up to £320,000, whilst moderate cases can be granted up to £240,000. You may also be eligible for compensation covering any rehabilitation treatment, loss of earnings, medical expenses, travel expenses and general damages.
How long do I have to make my spinal injury claim?
Rest assured that we understand the devastating impact a spinal injury can have on the victims themselves and their families. Our team of personal injury solicitors holds itself accountable to the highest standards of confidentiality and professionalism when it comes to guiding you through the claims process. Our team will work hard for you to achieve the highest compensation possible for your case.
You have three years from the date of the accident (or when you first became aware of your injury) to make a claim. You can also claim on behalf of a relative who has sadly passed away due to a preventable spinal injury.