Spinal Accessory Nerve Damage Claims

If you have suffered spinal accessory nerve damage due to the negligence of medical professionals, you may be in a position to make a claim. Damage of this nature can be very serious and can have a significant impact on your day-to-day life. The expert solicitors are here to help you through the compensation process to help you secure an outcome that can make a real difference as you look to move on from the damage caused.

Getting in touch with our team could not be easier. Simply call us on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form and we will be able to discuss your potential spinal accessory nerve damage claim in more detail, providing guidance on what you can expect next.

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About Spinal Accessory Nerve Damage

Damage to the spine or spinal cord can be life-limiting, debilitating to a day-to-day routine and can impact almost every aspect of life, from a career to personal relationships.

There are 12 pairs of cranial nerves that lead directly from the brain to various parts of the head and neck. The Spinal Accessory Nerve is the 11th nerve pair and is responsible for movement in a variety of vital muscles, including the upper shoulders, head and neck.

Damage to these nerves can cause severe, long-term problems and if it can be shown that this damage was caused by the negligence of medical professionals, compensation could be an option.

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  • Failure to Explain Risks of Surgery Leads to Spinal Accessory Nerve Damage - £135,000

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Why Choose JMW?

At JMW, we are well versed in dealing with medical claims of this nature. Our solicitors thoroughly understand this area of law and can provide the support you need and the guidance you require to make a successful claim for compensation.

Our clinical negligence team is headed by leading solicitor Eddie Jones and is regarded as one of the best in the North West. Members of the team are members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors' panel and the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence.

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Get in touch with us today to discuss your potential spinal accessory nerve damage claim in more detail. Either call us for free on 0800 054 6512 or complete our online enquiry form, which will enable us to give you a call back and talk you through the next steps.


There are various symptoms of spinal accessory nerve damage, and these include:

  • Drooping of the shoulder
  • Localised shoulder and neck pain
  • Limitation in range of movements of arm and shoulder, including difficulty raising arm above the head
  • Increased risk of developing a frozen shoulder.

Surgical Intervention in the Neck Area

Damage to the spinal accessory nerve can be a result of certain vigorous athletic activities, but it more commonly occurs during surgical intervention in the neck area including:

  • Dissection of a tumour
  • Removal of lymph nodes
  • Insertion of cannula into carotid artery
  • Removal of clot from carotid artery (carotid endarterectomy)


Microsurgical reconstruction of a severed spinal accessory nerve is often successful if the interval between the trauma and the surgical revision is less than six months. Up to 12 months, a partial recovery can be achieved.

Physiotherapy can also be very beneficial considerably improving the range of arm and neck movements.

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