Spinal cord injury claims
Fletchers have been specialists in serious injury cases since we started in 1987. However, when one of our own serious injury solicitors, Ed Fletcher (pictured above), had a motorbike accident in 1999 that severed his spinal cord and left him a paraplegic wheelchair user, the way we dealt with spinal injury cases changed forever.
Ed was already a young lawyer dealing with serious motorcycle accident cases. When Ed returned to work after his accident, he decided to dedicate the rest of his working life to fighting for those who have suffered similar, life-changing injuries themselves. Ed understood completely the devastation caused by spinal injury, as well as the needs that people with spinal injury would have when it comes to things like care, transport, living arrangements and work. Above all, he knew how the right help and support can make all the difference.
Today, Ed is CEO of Fletchers and his passion for helping people who’ve experienced spinal injury is now shared by every serious injury solicitor in our firm. Our team has over 30 years’ experience dealing with spinal cord injuries, so you can rest assured we’ll bring the best legal minds to your case – all of whom religiously follow Ed’s unique passion and philosophy.
What is a spinal cord injury claim?
If you have suffered a spinal injury that was someone else’s fault, such as through a car accident or an accident at work, or due to a mistake from a medical professional, then you could be entitled to make a spinal injury compensation claim.
Due to the life-changing impact of spinal injuries, compensation claims can help to cover a variety of lifestyle costs and adaptations that have been required since the accident occurred. This could be compensation for loss of earnings if your injury has prevented you from working, costs to travel to and from appointments, or financial aid to make adaptations to your home to facilitate your new lifestyle. Compensation can also cover the pain and suffering that has been experienced by you and your loved ones as a result of the accident.
At Fletchers Solicitors, we understand the pain and suffering that can be caused by spinal injury. Especially because of Ed’s background, our experienced lawyers pride themselves on taking on tricky cases that other law firms will not and will work closely with you to take the stress out of the legal process.
Our dedicated team have won national awards and have fought to win landmark cases that have helped shape serious injury law within the UK. Not only will we bring the best legal minds to your case, but we’ll also work with our network of like-minded specialists to build your case – such as medical experts, rehab advisors and housing and vehicle adaptation companies. Our solicitors fight to make sure that you or your loved one can live the best, most comfortable and most active life possible long after the case has concluded. It’s about making sure you have the right care, equipment, house, vehicle and everything that is available to help you move on with life after injury. As our client Iain says: “Fletchers knew exactly what I needed before even I did” (you can view his story HERE)
Different types of spinal injury compensation claims:
Our specialist spinal injury team have helped hundreds of people who have suffered serious life-changing spinal injuries as a result of an accident, including:
- Motorbike / Quad bike accidents
- Accidents at work
- Road traffic accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Shallow water diving accidents
- Sporting accidents
At Fletchers Solicitors, we have also 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
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. Our 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 most cases, Fletchers may also seek interim payments from the other side if they are willing to accept liability for the case. 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.
The different types of Spinal injuries that our serious injury team specialises in includes:
- 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 can be catastrophic, but a successful compensation claim can mean that you can often live very independently again. At Fletchers, our Serious Injury team can help you secure compensation for your spinal cord injury, so you can rebuild your life. We understand the importance of supporting your recovery. We 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 accident, or for Medical Negligence, 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.