Paralysis injury claim
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Our specialist solicitors are knowledgeable and experienced in supporting people with paralysis injury claims. We work with individuals and families to secure the compensation they need to move forward with their lives and cope with the new challenges they face.
Our team of specialist spinal injury solicitors help clients paralysed by negligent medical treatment and those whose injury was the result of an accident caused by someone else.
Speak to us today to find out more about the law surrounding paralysis negligence.
Valid paralysis claims
A valid paralysis claim can arise whenever someone else was wholly or partially to blame for the illness or injury that led to paralysis.
Our specialist team has worked on numerous complex cases involving paralysis and understands the multitude of difficulties it can cause for people – both immediately and in the long term.
We work hard to understand the specific circumstances of each person who approaches us to ensure we provide tailored help and support. Our extensive experience means we can provide help and advice on the types of support, care, rehabilitation and equipment available to live a life that may be hugely changed, but is still as fulfilling and comfortable as possible. We seek to gain compensation that covers the cost of all the adaptations, equipment and care you’ll need.
Paralysis claims we have dealt with include the full range of mobility issues, including:
- facial paralysis (often a symptom of stroke or brain damage)
- the paralysis of one arm or leg (monoplegia)
- paralysis of one side of the body (hemiplegia)
- paralysis of both legs (paraplegia)
- paralysis that affects both arms and legs (known both as quadriplegia and tetraplegia)
- permanent and temporary paralysis.
Our experts deal with all the circumstances in which paralysis may arise, including:
We secured £400,000 in damages for our client Stephanie*, who had a major stroke when she was not referred to a specialist unit having suffered a mini stroke after giving birth
£400,000 for mum in stroke paralysis compensation claim
We secured £400,000 in damages for our client Stephanie*, who had a major stroke when she was not referred to a specialist unit having suffered a mini stroke after giving birth.
Doctors failed to spot the signs when Stephanie suffered a transient ischaemic attack (mini-stroke or ‘TIA’) following labour, which should have been picked up and led to a referral to a specialist unit.
Instead, Stephanie was not treated for the TIA and went on to suffer a major stroke, which left her unconscious and locked in (paralysed and unable to communicate) for several weeks.
Later, Stephanie had ongoing partial paralysis which affected her ability to walk and talk and meant she struggled to look after her new baby and young child.
The compensation we secured for Stephanie allowed her and her family to put their lives back together, buy a suitable house, pay for care when needed and meet the costs arising from her disability.
*name has been changed.
How much is a claim for paralysis worth?
As with all compensation claims, paralysis claim amounts will vary greatly depending on factors including the severity of the injury, to what extent someone else was to blame and the age of the injured party. The amount of any loss of earnings and costs of related expenses – e.g. the purchase of wheelchairs, mobility vehicles or house adaptations – are also different in each case.
A solicitor needs to consider all these aspects and create a detailed case, with costings, to build a paralysis claim that addresses all the current and future needs a person may face. Dealing with a specialist solicitor allows a client to be assured that all aspects are being considered and the latest developments in care and equipment are being included in their claim.
Claims are made up of two parts – special damages and general damages. Special damages are intended to cover the personally-tailored costs an individual may face as a result of being paralysed, such as loss of earnings. A specialist solicitor will maximise this element by considering things you may not have thought of.
General damages often represent the smaller portion of a claim. General damages are awarded according to standard guidelines and are intended to compensate for the pain and suffering caused by an injury.
In the case of paralysis, general damage amounts set out by Judicial College Guidelines (which form only part of a total compensation claim) for tetraplegia are £304,630 to £379,100. For paraplegia, the guideline general damage amounts are between £205,580 and £266,740. We would expect the total claim to be for more than those amounts.
In cases where someone suffers paralysis and later dies, a family member may be able to make a claim or proceed with an ongoing claim.
We are more than happy to provide initial, free informal guidance on whether you have a paralysis compensation claim. Do get in touch.
No win no fee paralysis injury compensation claims
If you or a loved one has suffered a paralysis injury due to someone else’s negligence, we may be able to help with a compensation claim on a no win no fee basis.
Our team can talk you through ways to pursue a claim without being exposed to financial risk in relation to legal fees or other associated costs.
As well as popular no win no fee arrangements there are other options involving insurance policies to ensure you do not have to pay costs out of your own pocket.
In many cases it is possible to get legal costs covered by the person you are making a claim against (or their insurance company). We discuss the options for funding a claim with our clients to ensure they retain the maximum amount of compensation possible in any paralysis personal injury claims.
Paralysis spinal injury compensation
Spinal injuries are one form of injury often associated with paralysis, including paraplegia and tetraplegia.
Our expert solicitors are well versed in supporting people who have suffered paralysis due to spinal damage to make successful compensation claims.
Paralysis spinal injury compensation claims may need to take account of complex long terms needs and impacts including potential temporary or permanent loss of bladder and/or bowel control and sexual function.
These claims may take a long period to resolve – but this can be unavoidable, as evidence needs to be gathered to understand and demonstrate long-term need. Where possible, we will always seek to secure interim compensation payments to help in the short term before the claim is settled in full. We will always ensure you are fully supported and informed throughout a claim.
Compensation for paralysis - Frequently asked questions
Who We Work With
We work closely with and are delighted to support the work done by the Spinal Injuries Association, an organisation that helps those who have been affected by any kind of spinal injuries.