Spinal Injury Claim

Spinal Injury Claim

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Suffering a spinal injury can be a big event that changes your life immediately. The physical, emotional and financial fallout can be overwhelming. If you're here, chances are you're looking for answers and possibly considering a spinal injury claim. You've come to the right place.

We're here to offer you clear, expert guidance every step of the way. At Switalskis, we've got a strong track record of helping people like you navigate the process of spinal injury compensation. With empathy at the core of what we do, we aim to simplify the complexities of spinal injury law and offer you expertise you can trust.

If you're looking for a spinal injury solicitor who understands not just the law but the impact an injury has on you and your loved ones, get in touch with Switalskis today. We'll guide you through, champion your rights and help you to secure the compensation you need to adapt and move forward.

To speak to a spinal injury solicitor, call us today on 0800 138 0458 or get in touch via the website .

To get started, give us a call today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch with us through our website to find out more about how we can help.

How Switalskis can help

If you're facing the tough aftermath of a spinal injury, you might be wondering how to get your life back on track. That's where we come in. We're experts in spinal injury claims, and we genuinely care about helping you get the support you need.

Making a spinal injury claim can seem daunting, but we'll explain each step so you know exactly what's going on.

While we can't provide an estimate for how much compensation you might receive, we can definitely help you understand what types of costs and losses could be included in your spinal injury compensation claim. Whether it's medical expenses or adjustments to your home, we've got you covered.

Our commitment to you doesn't end with securing compensation. We're interested in your long-term wellbeing and can connect you with healthcare professionals and support services, helping you adapt to life post-injury.

Read what our clients had to say about the help they received from Switalskis

How do spinal injuries happen?

There are many ways that spinal injuries can happen. If your injuries are a result of an accident or fall, it may be that a person or organisation was fully or partly responsible for your injuries. In this case, you may be able to claim compensation from them.

If, on the other hand, your spinal injury came about as a result of medical or hospital treatment, our medical negligence team can advise whether or not you can claim compensation.

Making a spinal injury claim

Navigating the legal landscape after suffering a spinal injury can be overwhelming. At Switalskis, our dedicated spinal injury solicitors are here to guide you through the process, offering clear and straightforward advice at every turn. We are skilled in achieving substantial spinal injury compensation, offering you the best chance at a brighter future.

Step 1: Initial consultation

The first step in making your spinal injury claim is to arrange an initial consultation with one of our spinal injury lawyers. During this meeting, we'll evaluate the strength of your case, discuss the nature of the incident that led to your spinal injury and gather essential details.

Step 2: Rehabilitation

The next step is about maximising your recovery. We recognise that your life has been turned upside down and we can use the legal claim to help you access the best possible private rehabilitation and treatment available. This may not always be possible, particularly if fault for the accident is denied - in those cases, we would help guide you to access appropriate support through statutory or charitable organisations.

Step 3: Gathering evidence

Our expert spinal injury solicitors will thoroughly investigate, gathering all necessary medical evidence, witness accounts and other supporting documentation. This meticulous approach helps to build a strong case for securing your spinal injury compensation.

Step 4: Determining liability

Identifying the responsible party is important in any spinal injury claim. Whether it's an employer, medical practitioner or another person, our spinal injury lawyers will rigorously establish liability.

Step 5: Valuation of the claim

We employ forensic accountants and medical experts to calculate not just immediate losses, but also future care costs, adjustments to your home and loss of earnings, giving you a realistic estimate of your spinal injury compensation amounts.

Step 6: Negotiation and settlement

Once we’ve built your case, our spinal injury solicitors will enter into negotiations with the opposing side. We’re skilled in achieving out-of-court settlements but are prepared to go to trial if necessary to make sure you receive fair spinal cord injury compensation amounts.

Step 7: Compensation payout

Upon the successful conclusion of your spinal injury claim, you will be awarded your spinal injury compensation. Your compensation can help cover medical expenses, rehabilitation, loss of income, and adapting your living environment.

How much compensation for a spinal injury?

One of the most pressing questions clients have when pursuing a spinal injury claim is how much spinal injury compensation they can expect to receive. It's a question that understandably carries a lot of weight, given the life-changing impact a spinal injury can have. 

Several factors come into play when determining the amount of compensation you may be entitled to. These include:

  • Severity of the injury: the more severe the injury, the higher the potential compensation.
  • Medical expenses: this includes ongoing and future medical treatment.
  • Loss of earnings: if you've had to take time off work or can't return to work, this will be considered.
  • Quality of life: the impact of the injury on your daily activities, hobbies and social life.
  • Psychological impact: the emotional toll, such as pain and suffering, can also be factored in.

What evidence do I need for a successful spinal injury claim?

Collecting the right evidence is a vital part of making a successful spinal injury claim. As dedicated spinal injury solicitors, Switalskis can guide you through the complexities of building a strong case. Here are some key types of evidence that will strengthen your claim:

Medical records

Obtain comprehensive medical records documenting the extent and severity of your spinal injury. This will likely include hospital reports, X-rays, scans, and any treatment or medication prescribed. Your medical records serve as the backbone of your claim, corroborating your spinal injury and its implications.

Witness statements

If possible, collect statements from anyone who witnessed the accident or incident that caused your spinal injury. Their testimony can prove invaluable in establishing liability. Not only that, witness statements from loved ones and those who know you can provide valuable insight into how the accident affected you and how you have changed since your injury.

Expert opinion

In many cases, Switalskis will consult with medical experts to provide professional opinions on your spinal injury. Their reports can outline the expected course of your injury, ongoing care needs, and any future complications, as these insights add weight to your claim.

Police reports (if applicable)

If your injury involved a criminal act, traffic accident, or other incidents requiring police involvement, secure a copy of the police report. It could be key information to proving negligence or fault. Our team will seek to obtain this on your behalf.

Photos and videos

Visual evidence of the accident scene, as well as the injury itself, can provide compelling support for your claim. Make sure to take photographs or videos as soon as possible to maintain the integrity of this evidence.

Employment records

If your spinal injury has led to time off work, or even job loss, your employment records can validate claims for lost earnings and future loss of income.

Financial documents

Maintain a record of all expenses related to your injury, including medical bills, travel expenses to medical appointments, and costs for any home adaptations. This will form the basis for claiming out-of-pocket expenses.

Personal diary

Keep a personal diary detailing your day-to-day life following the spinal injury. This can help substantiate claims for emotional suffering and reduced quality of life, which are often important aspects of spinal injury compensation.

Switalskis can offer you tailored advice on what specific evidence will most benefit your individual claim. As spinal injury law specialists, we aim to make sure that every piece of evidence is meticulously compiled, enabling us to champion your rights effectively.

For more guidance on evidence collection or any other aspect of your spinal injury claim, don't hesitate to contact Switalskis.

Funding a spinal injury claim

Understanding the financial aspects of pursuing a spinal injury claim can be daunting. At Switalskis, we offer a range of flexible funding options to alleviate your concerns and make sure you can secure the spinal injury compensation you're entitled to. Below, we break down the various funding options available to you:

  • No win, no fee agreements: one of the most popular options among our clients is our 'no win, no fee' arrangement. In essence, this means you won't have to pay any legal fees unless we successfully secure compensation for your spinal injury. This means that financial constraints don't deter you from seeking the justice you deserve.
  • Legal Aid: in certain circumstances, Legal Aid might be available to fund your spinal injury claim. Our spinal injury solicitors will guide you through the qualification process and help you understand whether this option is suitable for your specific case.
  • Legal expenses insurance: some people have legal expenses insurance, often as part of their home or car insurance policies. This could potentially cover the costs of making a spinal injury claim. Our spinal injury lawyers can assist you in checking your existing policies to determine if this funding option applies to you.

When can I make a compensation claim for spinal injuries?

In most cases, claims need to be made within three years from when you either suffered the injuries, or from when you first discovered them. In the case of spinal injuries, it is likely that you will be aware of your injuries immediately. If you’re claiming on behalf of a child, you have three years from their 18th birthday to make a claim.

We strongly recommend that you get advice as early as possible and we can advise on the best time to start the claims process based on your circumstances.

Our spinal injury claim specialists

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Mark HollinghurstDirector and Solicitor
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Ewan BainSenior Associate Solicitor
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To get started, give us a call today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch with us through our website to find out more about how we can help.

Types of spinal injuries

Understanding the nature and extent of spinal injuries is important for both medical and legal reasons. Different types of spinal injuries may need distinct legal approaches when pursuing compensation claims. At Switalskis, we have specialist spinal injury solicitors who are experts in this complex area of law, making sure that you receive tailored advice and appropriate spinal injury compensation.

Cervical spinal injuries

These injuries happen in the neck area and are the most severe of spinal injuries. They can lead to quadriplegia, affecting both arms and legs. The impact of cervical spinal injuries is often life-altering, requiring comprehensive medical care and legal support.

Thoracic spinal injuries

The region of the spine is located in the upper and mid-back area. Injuries here often affect the torso and legs and can result in varying degrees of paraplegia. Our spinal injury lawyers are adept at calculating all aspects of your loss and future needs in these cases.

Lumbar spinal injuries

The lumbar spine refers to the lower back region. While lumbar injuries are generally less severe than cervical or injuries, they can still have a significant impact on your life, affecting mobility and potentially leading to chronic pain.

Sacral spinal injuries

happen at the bottom of the spinal column and typically impact the hips and legs. Such injuries may cause problems with bowel and bladder function, sexual dysfunction, and leg weakness.

Complete vs incomplete spinal injuries

  • Complete: a complete spinal cord injury results in total loss of sensation and function below the level of injury.
  • Incomplete: in incomplete injuries, some degree of sensation and function remains, and there may be potential for partial recovery.

Secondary complications

The physical trauma of a spinal injury is often just the tip of the iceberg. Many people suffer secondary complications such as respiratory issues, or trauma, which also need to be considered in a spinal injury claim.

At Switalskis, we take a holistic approach when representing you in your spinal injury compensation claim, looking at all of the relevant details at once. Our spinal injury lawyers will work closely with medical professionals to understand the full extent of your injuries and how they will affect your future, making sure you get the comprehensive spinal injury compensation you deserve.

Why Switalskis?

Navigating the complex landscape of a spinal injury claim can be overwhelming, but you don't have to go through it alone. At Switalskis, we offer more than just legal representation; we offer a partnership built on trust, empathy and expertise.

Clarity in complexity

Our team breaks down complexities into language you can understand. We aim to offer clear, concise advice at every stage of your spinal injury claim, making sure you're well-informed and confident in the choices you make.

Empathy at every step

We understand that a spinal injury has a profound impact not just on you but on your loved ones as well. That's why our spinal cord injury lawyers offer compassionate guidance throughout your journey. We take the time to understand your unique needs, fears and hopes, tailoring our services to offer you the most supportive experience possible.

Expertise you can trust

Our spinal injury solicitors have years of experience and specialised knowledge in spinal injury compensation. We stay up to date with the latest legal developments, using our expertise to secure the best possible outcome for your case.

Championing your rights

We’re committed to making sure that justice is served. Whether it's securing spinal injury compensation payouts or fighting for your rights in court, our team goes above and beyond to advocate for you. We take a no-nonsense approach to tackling the difficult questions and challenging the parties responsible for your injuries.

Find out how Switalskis can help you

If you have sustained a spinal injury through no fault of your own, reach out to our dedicated team of spinal injury solicitors today. Call us on 0800 138 0458 or get in touch via the website.

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