Spinal Injury Compensation Claims
An accident resulting in a spinal injury can be devastating. The effects of your injury may be long term and will likely involve a long process of psychological and physical readjustment. The financial and emotional impact upon you and your family can be huge.
Claiming compensation can seem like an additional source of stress at an already difficult time. However, it’s often the only way to get the help and support you need to deal with the consequences of your injury. The damages available for a spinal injury are often substantial, so a successful claim can make a huge difference to your financial situation and the quality of care you’re able to access.
How our spinal injury solicitors can help
Our personal injury solicitors are highly experienced in pursuing spinal injury compensation for a wide range of clients. Our lawyers have achieved successful outcomes for even the most complex and challenging claims. We offer no win, no fee deals, so there is no financial barrier to getting the expert legal advice and support you need to start a spinal injury claim.
Our spinal injury solicitors work with clients all over the UK from our six offices spread across Bristol and the surrounding area in Bedminster, Bishopston, Clifton, Kingswood, Queen Square and Thornbury.
So, if you’ve suffered injury to your spine as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, speak to our specialist personal injury solicitors about making a spinal injury compensation claim today.
Arrange a free consultation with our spinal injury solicitors
We offer a no win, no fee initial consultation with a member of our personal injury team to talk about your options, including how best to fund your claim.
Our expertise with spinal injury compensation claims
We act for clients throughout the UK on a wide range of personal injury compensation claims, including all types of back injuries and spinal injuries.
Our experience includes back and spinal injuries related to:
Our spinal injury solicitors are Business Members of the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and are listed in their guide to choosing a specialist Personal Injury Solicitor. Our personal injury team is also included in the Headway Head Injury Solicitors Directory.
We are recognised as leading personal injury lawyers by the top client guides to the legal profession; Chambers and Partners UK and the Legal 500. We have achieved band 3 ranking by Chambers and Partners UK and tier 3 ranking for the South West by Legal 500.
Our spinal injury claims service
Start a spinal injury compensation claim
To start a claim, simply book a no win, no fee initial consultation with our team and we will be happy to discuss your claim and talk you through how the claims process works in more detail. We will also explain the various options for funding your claim, including using a conditional fee agreement (commonly called a ‘no win, no fee deal’) where appropriate.
Establishing whether you have grounds for a claim
The first step in the claims process is determining whether you have grounds for compensation. We will need to prove that your spinal injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or deliberate action. This will usually rely on various types of evidence, depending on the circumstances. Evidence can potentially include witness statements, CCTV footage, health and safety logs, and medical records.
Valuing your claim
Working out how much compensation you may be entitled to is critical to any claim. In general, damages for a spinal injury will fall into two main categories:
General damages: To cover any non-financial losses due to your injuries e.g. your pain and suffering, changes to your lifestyle etc.
Special damages: To cover any specific costs you have incurred due to your injury e.g. paying for treatment, lost income etc.
Out-of-court settlements for spinal injuries
Almost all of the personal injury claims we deal with are resolved with an out-of-court settlement. This means the defendant voluntarily agrees to pay compensation without the need for you to attend a court hearing.
This means you can typically get fair compensation for your injuries much faster and with lower legal fees, while allowing you to avoid the stress and uncertainty of court proceedings.
Court proceedings for spinal injury compensation
In the unlikely event that court action is required, we can ensure your case is prepared effectively and that you have the very best representation for your hearing. Our team will also be with you every step of the way to provide the emotional support you need.
Access to support and rehabilitation for spinal injuries
Our spinal injury solicitors are sensitive to those who have suffered serious injury and know just how important it is to get you immediate expert rehabilitation. From the start, we’ll involve a specialist so that you’re given access to the ongoing therapy you need to make the fullest possible recovery from your accident.
To help you adjust to life with a spinal injury, we’ll refer you to organisations and experts outside the legal process. They can advise you on specialist equipment and will offer professional support to help you regain your independence and lead as normal a life as possible.
Managing spinal injury compensation
Our support doesn’t end at the point of securing compensation for you. We can also assist you with effectively managing the money you receive. Our goal is to make sure you get the most from your compensation and that your needs can continue to be met long-term.
Barcan+Kirby’s personal injury lawyers cannot advise you with regard to investment of your spinal injury compensation, and so it’s important to obtain proper independent financial advice. We can, however, put you in touch with an independent financial advisor who can advise you on the various options. This can include placing your compensation into a personal injury trust, which allows you to use your compensation to meet your needs, while making sure it does not affect your entitlement to means-tested benefits.
Funding your spinal injury claim
There are various options for funding a spinal injury claim and we will be happy to advise you on which is best suited to your circumstances.
No win, no fee spinal injury claims
The most common approach for funding a claim is to use a conditional fee agreement (CFA). This is often referred to as a ‘no win, no fee’ deal. When using a CFA to fund your claim, there is no upfront cost to you. You’ll only be liable for our legal fees (and any unrecoverable expenses in some cases) if your claim is successful.
Trade union funding for workplace spinal injury claims
If your injury happened at work and you are a member of a trade union, you may be able to access trade union funding to cover your legal costs. This is something we can discuss with you and is worth consulting your trade union about.
Legal expenses insurance
This type of cover is frequently offered as an optional extra with home insurance and car insurance policies. It can potentially be used to cover some or all of your legal fees where available.
Find out more about funding your claim.
Spinal injury claims FAQs
In most cases, you will have three years from the time the injury occurred to make a claim. However, there are various circumstances that may mean you have longer to claim, including:
If you only become aware of the injury later – The three-year time limit will normally be counted from the date when you became aware of the injury (known as the ‘date of knowledge’).
If the injured party was under 18 when the injury occurred – Their parents/guardian will have until the child turns 18 to bring a claim on their behalf. Once the injured party turns 18, they can bring their own claim, if necessary, up until their 21st birthday.
If the injured party lacks the mental capacity to claim – There is no time limit for someone else to claim on their behalf. If they later regain mental capacity (e.g. they wake from a coma) their three-year time limit will be counted from the date when they regained capacity.
Yes, if you are the parent or guardian of someone under 18 who has suffered a spinal injury, you can pursue a claim on their behalf. Similarly, if you need to make a claim for someone who lacks the mental capacity to claim (e.g. due to brain damage or learning difficulties) we can guide you through the process of making a claim on their behalf.
If you have already started a claim with another firm and are unhappy with the way they have handled your case, it is straightforward to transfer your case to our specialist personal injury claims team. We will be happy to talk you through the process and give you all the support you need for a successful claim going forward.
Start a spinal injury compensation claim today
Spinal injury can have a devastating impact and we’re only too familiar with the challenges faced by those who have suffered serious spinal injury.
Our spinal injury solicitors work with clients across the UK from our offices in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. In some cases, we can also visit you at home or in hospital if you are unable to travel.