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Have you suffered a spinal injury that is affecting your life?

Spinal injuries can be caused in a number of ways. The most common cause of traumatic spinal cord injury is a broken neck or back (causing damage to the bones of the spine that surround the spinal cord). This often results in damage to the nerves of the spinal cord inside the spinal column. This is known as spinal cord injury.

Traumatic spinal cord injury may be caused by:


What are the effects of spinal injury?

Depending on the severity and exact location of the injury to the neck or the spine, the effects of a traumatic spinal cord injury can be wide ranging and have serious consequences for the individual.

Spinal injuries are classified as either complete or incomplete. An incomplete injury means that the ability of the spinal cord to carry messages to the brain is not totally lost, which will result in retaining some nerve functionality below the injury.

An incomplete injury will vary enormously from person to person and will be entirely dependent on the way the spinal cord has been damaged. A complete injury is indicated by a loss of sensation and movement below the level of injury.

In the UK 2-3 people every day become paralysed as a result of spinal cord injury. That is over 700 people each year adding to the 40,000 people living with a disability due to their condition.

The figures for incomplete injuries may indeed be much higher as they don’t take into account those people who have been treated by general hospitals instead of a specialist spinal injury unit. Today advances in medical knowledge and patient management at the scene of an injury mean more people will survive a spinal cord injury. Those surviving spinal cord injuries are likely to have loss of movement and sensation, which will impact upon day to day life.


Some of the effects of spinal injury are listed below

  • Loss of movement.
  • Loss of sensation.
  • Loss of bowel and/or bladder control.
  • Exaggerated reflex actions or spasms.
  • Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity and fertility.
  • Pain or intense stinging sensation.

For more information on the types of spinal injury, please see our infographic.


Care Navigators

TLW’s Care Navigators assist our clients and their families to understand some of the many different choices and challenges that will present themselves following a serious injury. Care Navigators are there to provide support and guidance to clients and their families during the process of recovering from a serious injury.

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In June 2017 TLW Solicitors was given the title of Employer of the Year at the Northern Law Awards. This underlines the firm’s commitment to staff and their wellbeing.

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Lexcel is the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and excellence in client care. This accreditation is an independent verification of TLW’s credentials and demonstrates our commitment to the provision of quality legal services.


Spinal Injury Compensation

If you were involved in an accident or incident that wasn’t your fault, and which led to a spinal injury, you may be entitled to claim spinal injury compensation. Living with a spinal injury may mean you need to access finances and pay for care or rehabilitation, property adaptations or compensation for any potential loss of earnings.

TLW’s personal injury solicitors have been working with clients who have had life changing injuries for over 15 years, contact us today to discuss your options. We will arrange an appointment to visit you to discuss your potential case in detail with you.

For more information and support please follow this link to the Spinal Injuries Association website: www.spinal.co.uk

FAQ's

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What is involved in the rehabilitation process following a spinal injury?

Our spinal injury solicitors understand that each person’s traumatic spinal cord injury is different, meaning people have a variety of unique and complex rehabilitation needs. We will press for the release of funding at the earliest opportunity from the representatives of those responsible for your spinal injury so that your rehabilitation needs can be assessed and met.

As part of this we may instruct specialist Case Managers to assess your needs and organise and implement the care and spinal cord injury rehab necessary to ensure the best level of care is being provided to allow for the greatest degree of recovery possible.

We accept that obtaining funding from the representatives of those responsible for your spinal injury can occasionally take time, especially if the accident circumstances are complicated and responsibility is contested. As such, we have our very own specialist care/rehabilitation navigators who will work alongside you and your spinal injury solicitor to ensure you are receiving the right care, rehabilitation and support at the right time.

Question 2 of 2
How will my future needs be taken care of after my spinal injury compensation claim has settled?

One of the main elements of your spinal cord injury claim is to ensure you ultimately receive the right level of financial compensation to ensure your associated future needs are met. Detailed assessment of your future needs will be undertaken throughout the lifetime of your spinal injury compensation claim with appropriate expert advice being sought.

Following this a detailed schedule will be produced dealing with, amongst other things your future needs in relation to: spinal injury rehab; care, adaptations to your home; aids and equipment; and vehicle requirements. Negotiations with the representatives of those responsible for your injury will follow and an award of compensation will either be agreed between the parties, or ordered by the Court.

The amount of spinal injury compensation will be paid as either a lump sum or a periodical payment. A lump sum, is just that, you will receive all of your compensation at the conclusion of your claim, whereas a periodical payment means a certain percentage of the overall award is kept back with regular payments for life being released to you, much like a salary.

The type of award depends upon individual circumstances and at TLW Solicitors we aim to ensure you receive the best professional advice available to ensure your spinal injury compensation is protected and capable of looking after your future needs.

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