Spinal cord injury claims
Claims for compensation for spinal injuries caused by medical negligence are often more
complex than other claims for compensation. Your injury may have left you paralysed or
severely incapacitated, causing the loss of independence, jobs and relationships, and forcing you to rely upon your loved ones for care. You may also be experiencing other complications such as pain, impaired bladder and/or bowel function, and loss of sexual sensation.
At Fletchers Solicitors, we understand the pain and suffering that can be caused by spinal cord injury. Our team of dedicated medical negligence solicitors will take the stress out of the claims process, working on your behalf to secure the compensation you deserve. We have over 200 years’ combined experience dealing with spinal cord injuries arising from medical negligence, so you can rest assured we’ll bring the best legal minds to your case.
What is a spinal cord injury claim?
At Fletchers Solicitors, we have dealt with a significant number of spinal cord injuries arising from medical mistakes. These have arisen from:
- Incorrect care of patients with neck and back injuries
- Incorrect administration of epidurals
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of spinal conditions such as back and neck fractures and Cauda Equine Syndrome
- Spinal surgery
Our specialised team understand that you may be facing uncertainty during this tough time.
Rest assured, we always do our best to ensure the claims process is as easy for you as
possible. As part of your claim, we may seek the costs of rehabilitation, treatment, equipment and housing modifications.
In straightforward cases, Fletchers may also seek interim payments from the other side if they are willing to accept liability for the damage. You may be entitled to early payments for care and home modifications, potentially preventing the progression of your injury to an even more serious, irreversible injury.
Different types of spinal cord injury claims
Spinal injuries resulting from medical negligence include:
- Cauda Equina Syndrome
- Reduced mobility
Some of these conditions may have caused you to lose your mobility and become dependent on a wheelchair or other walking aid. Loss of independence is catastrophic.
At Fletchers Solicitors, our dedicated team of legal advisors can help you secure compensation for your spinal cord injury, so you can rebuild your life. We understand the importance of supporting your recovery. Our specialist medical negligence advisors will collect all of the relevant evidence needed and help you achieve the maximum possible amount of compensation.
Is there a time limit on making a spinal cord injury claim?
A claim for negligence must be made within three years of the date (“date of knowledge”) on which the affected person became aware (or ought reasonably to have become aware) that he or she suffered a personal injury as a result of the health professional’s acts or omissions.
The date of knowledge is not the date on which the injury occurred unless you knew or ought to have known about it at that time. Sometimes people do find out that a mistake has been made straight away, but it can actually be a matter of months, even years, before he or she realises something has gone wrong.
If you or the person the mistake happened to is, or was under the age of 18 at the time the
incident occurred, then the time limit is three years from the date of their 18th birthday (i.e. their 21st birthday).
If the affected person does not have the mental capacity to recognise the mistake, there can be no time limit, unless the person regains capacity.