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If you or a loved one has been paralysed after an injury caused by someone else, then you have a legitimate case to make a compensation claim. Whether it resulted from an accident or the negligence of a third party we will get you the compensation and justice you deserve.
Paralysis is the loss of use of certain areas or sides of your body. It can be permanent or temporary, and mobility may be affected in any part of your body. If an injury has been sustained to the vertebra, all movement from the neck down may be lost, or an injury to the lower spine could result in paraplegia.
The consequences of a serious injury resulting in paralysis are traumatic and life-changing both for the injured person and their family and close friends. Many will suffer from psychological issues, such as depression, anxiety and loss of motivation after being paralysed. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is also common among those who sustain paralysis unexpectedly. In claims involving paralysis, proper legal support is invaluable to ensuring the best possible future comfort and security is provided to the injured person.
If you wish to talk to a member of our team about making a claim, you can call Smith Jones on our free advice helpline on 0800 195 95 90 to talk to one of our expert team. Alternatively, if you would prefer to leave your details online, then you can submit your enquiry here and we will call you back to discuss your options. We are available all day, every day and are ready to deal with your claim in a confidential and professional manner.
|INJURY TYPE||COMPENSATION AMOUNT GUIDELINE|
|Paraplegia||£192,090.00 – £249,270.00|
|Quadraplegia||£284,610.00 – £354,260.00|
|Tetraplegia||£284,610.00 – £354,260.00|
Smith Jones has a high success rate for personal injury cases and our team will always inform and advise you accordingly. We go that extra mile to maximise client settlement amounts – In cases that have been brought before a ‘Stage 3’ hearing, our team have secured an average 84% higher settlement than the defendant’s final offer.
- We evaluate your case and begin proceeding on a No Win No Fee basis.
- We recover your loss of earnings.
- We Always Aim to get the Maximum Compensation.
- Over 30 years Experience
- We have Over a 90% Success Rate.
Our legal team specialises in dealing with accident and personal injury claims only. We have been providing legal services in the UK since 1988 and are accredited through the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, as well as The Law Society and, are regulated and authorised by the SRA.
Different Types of Paralysis
Paralysis can vary in severity depending on the damage done to the spinal cord and or brain after an injury. These classifications of paralysis are:
- Localised Paralysis – this is where paralysis tends to affect a certain part of the body such as hands, face, arms etc.
- Generalised Paralysis – where it tends to affect a larger portion of the body rather than a single limb.
- Monoplegia – an arm or a leg is paralysed
- Hemiplegia – paralysis of an arm and a leg on the same side
- Paraplegia – lower body paralysis including both legs & can sometimes include the pelvis region
- Tetraplegia – both of the arms and both the of legs are left paralysed
Treatment & Coping With The Consequences
Permanent paralysis is managed with a variety of treatments. There are therapies and equipment that can reduce the dependence on a caregiver. Experts are continually innovating in this field and finding new ways to improve the day-to-day lives of individuals suffering from paralysis. Wheelchairs and mobility devices are available to help paralysis patients adjust and adapt to their circumstances, however, this kind of medical equipment is very expensive. A successful claim for compensation would ultimately provide funding for superior mobility equipment to be acquired.
In most situations, someone who’s paralysed will require full-time help to assist them with daily tasks such as eating, bathing and communicating. There are some medications and therapies that can help.
Medication and injections
Muscle spasms and stiffness are problems for people with paralysis. These symptoms can be alleviated with medication and injections. These may include Dantrolene, a muscle relaxant usually taken orally or Botulinum Toxin which is used for localised spasms and is injected. Results last up to three months.
Electric stimulators and ventilators
People with paralysis can often suffer breathing difficulties. To prevent breathing problems, a phrenic nerve stimulator can be used which sends electrical impulses to the phrenic nerve allowing the diaphragm to expand and contract. An alternative solution is to use a ventilator to control lung pressure. A negative pressure ventilator generates a vacuum around the lungs causing the chest to expand and draw in air.
An assistive vest can help if the muscles between the ribs and the abdomen have been paralysed and the patient is unable to cough to clear mucus from the lungs. If the lungs cannot be cleared infection could result.
Counselling is very important for people who have been left paralysed after an injury. Around twenty percent of people with spinal injuries experience clinical depression and may, therefore, need the appropriate counselling and medication.
Adjusting to life as a paralysed person is very difficult for the victim and their loved ones. Access to the equipment, medication, and therapy needed is vital and not having the financial stress of paying for this lessens the burden. Claiming financial compensation for an accident that wasn’t your fault can help with the medical care and attention needed.
Claiming Compensation For Paralysis
For all types of paralysis compensation claims, negligence must be proven for the claim to succeed. If an injury occurred at work, then you will need to prove that your employer failed to provide a safe and hazard free working environment. All employers must adhere to health and safety regulations together with any regulations specific to their industry.
There are time limits for all types of personal injury claims. An accident claim must be made within 3 years of the accident (unless the injured party was a child when the accident happened, at which point this time limitation would begin on their eighteenth birthday). It must also be the result of someone else’s negligence.
Our team of specialist personal injury solicitors will be able to help you with all aspects of your claim and recover the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. We will handle every aspect of your claim and will make sure you are informed of the progress at all times. We will arrange the medical experts, collate their reports and process the entire claim professionally so that you don’t have the stress of dealing with all this on top of your injuries.
Call us now to speak with a member of our expert team and find out if you can claim compensation today.
There are many different types of spinal injury that can be experienced during an accident. For more info on spinal injury claims, you can read more here.