Personal Injury Claims
Back & Neck Injury
If you have been affected by a neck, back or spinal injury, we are here to provide you with the assistance needed to make a claim. We understand that this may be an incredibly traumatic time for you, depending on the severity of your injuries, and for this reason we will take as much of the responsibility for your claim as possible so that you can focus on your recovery. From rehabilitation and care through to helping you obtain compensation for your injuries – you are in the best possible hands when you choose our expert team to represent you.
Neck and Back injuries can arise from a wide range of accidents. Whether your injuries were caused by an accident on the road, at work or a slip, trip or fall, neck and back injuries can be extremely complex and the impact they can have on your home and work life can be life-changing.
Every injury is different. A wide range of conditions with varying severities and recovery periods can be associated with an injury to the neck or back; ranging from minor whiplash following a road traffic accident, to spinal injuries of the utmost severity.
We understand that an injury of this nature will have a large impact on your family life. Serious injuries and those affecting the spine in particular can require prolonged recovery and rehabilitation periods. We understand that your injuries may have debilitating effects and so our team will work with you and your family to provide the support that you need.
A claim for compensation can help you gain financial security for you and your family not only for your immediate needs following an accident, but for any future care which may be required. In addition to financial recompense, pursuing a claim can enable you to access specialist medical assistance and rehabilitation, specialist equipment to aid with mobility and any modifications which may be required to make your home life easier.
If you wish to talk to us about a neck, back or spinal injury claim, call our free advice helpline now on 0800 195 95 90 to talk to a member of our expert legal team. Our team are here to advise you of your options with the utmost care and sensitivity and have the experience required to answer any questions and concerns you may have.
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FAQ About Back & Neck Injuries
INJURIES TO THE NECK
Whiplash is an injury that affects your neck’s soft tissue. If your head moves abruptly and unexpectedly, it can strain the soft tissue, which can lead to whiplash. Whiplash is an injury most commonly associated with car and other road vehicle accidents, although it can happen as a result of other types of accidents.
Whiplash does not always manifest itself immediately. After an accident, you may appear to be fine and uninjured, only beginning to suffer pains and strains within 24-48 hours after the accident. You may find that in this period post-accident you develop pain to the neck and back.
Vertebral fractures are a common injury to the neck following an accident. They can be caused either by a work accident or where something made your neck move abruptly (most commonly seen in road traffic accidents). However, it could be caused by any type of accident. Vertebrae fractures are often extremely serious and can have life-changing implications.
INJURIES TO THE BACK
Pulls, Sprains, and Strains
Back injuries often occur when you least expect them, for example, when carrying out everyday tasks.
Pulls, sprains, and strains occur as a result of a muscle being torn or over-stretched, often leading to acute back pain and difficulties standing or moving.
Lumbar Spine Trauma
Lower back pain, or lumbar spine trauma, is one of the most common injuries (although not the only one) to the lower back. As well as feeling very uncomfortable it can also be incredibly painful.
There are four main types of lumbar spine injuries:
- Fractures – bone cracks or breaks
- Hernias – spinal disc movement or damage
- Sprains – supporting ligaments tear or damage
- Strains – damage to the muscles
Some injuries cause damage to the spinal cord, which can lead to life-long discomfort, phantom pains or nerve injuries. As you may know, your spinal cord is a collection of important nerve fibres that travel along your spine and connect your brain to virtually every part of your body. Therefore, damage to the tissue can result in various serious conditions and symptoms such as incontinence, loss of sensation, and even paralysis.
Brachial Plexus injuries
The Brachial Plexus is a series of spinal nerves that are located between your shoulder blades. If these are damaged, you can suffer from an injury known as Brachial Neuritis, or Parsonage-Turner Syndrome. This nerve damage can result in tingling or numbness, along with hand and arm pains.
HOW WE CAN ASSIST YOU
Established in 1988, we have dealt with many unfortunate cases of back and spinal injury. From our experiences with past clients, we understand how back and spinal injuries can affect the everyday lives of the injured person and those closest to them.
We are here to provide you with the assistance needed to make a claim for a back or spinal injury. Using a compassionate and dedicated approach, our specialist team of personal injury solicitors will fight tirelessly to ensure you are fully compensated for the injuries and losses you have suffered as a result of your accident.
We are able to assist you with your claim, whether your case involves a clear-cut claim for damages, or a complex claim that requires future care and rehabilitation arrangements. Back and spinal injuries are incredibly serious in nature, and adjusting to life after suffering such an injury may require dedicated support. It is for this reason that with every back and spinal case, we will work to ensure the injured person is not only fully compensated for any injuries sustained, but also for any other unexpected expenditure arising as a result of the accident and of course, any on-going support, care and rehabilitation needed now or in the future.
WHAT CAN BE CLAIMED FOR?
These types of claim are complex, when representing a client with such serious injuries we will always bear in mind how the accident has affected your everyday life, career, relationships and the lives of those around you.
Examples of what can be claimed for, include:
- The physical injuries suffered and the lasting effects of these
- Loss of earnings due to being unable to work, or work at a limited capacity
- Unexpected expenses incurred as a result of the injuries
- The costs for future care and rehabilitation
- Mobility aids and home modifications
RELIEF FROM FINANCIAL STRAIN
We also understand that money may be a real worry whilst pursuing a claim. Where possible, we can give you relief from financial strain by arranging for interim payments to be made to cover the costs of everyday expenses, special equipment and aids.
Most of our back and spinal injury compensation claims are funded through a no win, no fee agreement. Also known as a conditional fee agreement, a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement protects you from financial risk just in case your claim is unsuccessful.¹³
If you wish to talk to us about a back injury claim or spinal injury claim, call our free advice helpline now on 0800 195 95 90 to talk to a member of our expert legal team. Our team are here to advise you of your options with the utmost care and sensitivity and have the experience required to answer any questions and concerns you may have.
COMPENSATION FOR NECK AND BACK INJURIES
Many of our clients ask us how much compensation they could be entitled to at the start of their enquiry. There are many factors to consider when settling a compensation claim as each is unique and neck, back and spinal injuries can be particularly complex.
Whilst we may be able to give you a general idea of how much you could expect to receive based on our experience, we would need to know all the facts of the case, the full extent of your injuries from a specialist medical report and have details of any losses you have suffered as a result of the accident to be able to value your claim properly.
Compensation is generally made up of two aspects, General damages and Special damages.
General damages are the sum awarded for your injuries (pain and suffering) whereas special damages take into account the direct impact of the accident on for example, your financial situation. If you have been unable to work for any period of time, you may be awarded a sum for your ‘loss of earnings’. If you are unable to return to work after your accident, your settlement will be calculated based on your current and future needs.
Special damages also take into account other losses as a direct result of the accident such as any travel or medical expenses. As part of your claim, we can help you access specialist rehabilitation to ensure you make the best recovery possible.
Our legal team specialise in personal injury claims and are highly experienced in maximising client settlements to ensure you are fully compensated for your injuries, so you can rest assured, we will fight on your behalf. Read more about upper body injuries
AFTERCARE AND REHABILITATION
By making a personal injury claim through Smith Jones Solicitors, you can rely on our highly qualified and specialist team to work hard for you.
In our many years recovering compensation for serious injuries, we have witnessed how rehabilitation can make a life-changing difference to the recovery and long-term wellbeing of those who have suffered a serious injury or illness. If you are in need of rehabilitation following a serious injury, our experts will work with various case management teams and long-term care providers to secure your ongoing care, both now and in the future.
We always take the time to understand the individual needs of our clients. Our dedicated lawyers will do everything they can to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve and access the rehabilitation and support that you are entitled to.