Personal Injury Claims

 

Paralysis

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 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 paralysis. 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 9590 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.

 

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FAQ About Claiming for Paralysis:

HOW MUCH COMPENSATION FOR PARALYSIS?

 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

COPING WITH & TREATMENT FOR PARALYSIS

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, a person with paralysis 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.

 

Assistive vests

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.

 

Depression

Counselling is very important for people who have suffered paralysis. 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 personal 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. A 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.