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|Tetraplegia or quadriplegia||£258,740 - £322,060|
|Paraplegia||£174,620 - £226,610|
|Temporary paraplegia||In the region of £39,330|
|Severe back injury with spinal cord damage||£72,260 - £128,320|
|Serious back injury causing significant permanent damage||£59,120 - £70,490|
|Back injury causing chronic permanent symptoms||£30,910 - £55,590|
|Back injury causing serious permanent symptoms||£22,130 - £30,910|
|Back injury causing permanent symptoms||£9,970 - £22,130|
|Back injury recovering in two-five years||£6,290 - £9,970|
|Back injury recovering in up to two years||£1,950 - £6,290|
An injury to your back or spinal cord can have extremely serious consequences. If you have sustained such an injury and it was not your fault, the experts at JMW can help you estimate how much your back or spinal injury compensation claim could be worth.
The figures above are estimates from JMW’s Compensation Calculator and will give you a rough estimate of how much compensation you’d be likely to receive for your claim, based on the Judicial College Injury Tables. This information can help you make a decision on whether to make a claim.
For a more accurate calculation of how much your case could be worth, or to begin the compensation claims process, get in touch with the expert solicitors at JMW today by calling 0800 054 6570, or by filling in our online enquiry form to request a call back. You can find out more about our personal injury claim services here.
What Should I Do Next?
In order to make a successful claim for a back or spinal injury, it is necessary to take the correct steps to ensure your case is handled properly.
The first and most essential action is to speak to a specialist personal injury solicitor as soon as possible, as this will give you an opportunity to discuss your specific case details and personal circumstances with a legal expert and receive expert legal advice on the next steps. Your legal team will also be able to provide a more comprehensive and accurate estimate of your potential compensation award, based on your circumstances.
Once you begin the compensation claims process, your solicitor will make contact with the party responsible for your injuries, before working to collect evidence to demonstrate why you are entitled to receive compensation. This will help to ensure you are able to claim the maximum amount of compensation available to you.
What Can Affect the Value of a Compensation Claim?
If you have suffered a back or spinal injury, the amount of compensation you can claim will depend on the severity of the injury itself, as well as the impact it has on your life, finances and ability to work.
For many people, back pain can be a debilitating condition that causes inconvenience, mobility issues and interference with day-to-day activities, making it impossible to participate in hobbies or perform certain kinds of work. In more serious cases, a spinal injury can leave a person unable to move or function on their own, meaning they will require long-term care - potentially for the rest of their lives.
These outcomes will have a significant impact on the person’s earning capabilities, and could leave them dependent on advanced medical treatment and rehabilitation services. All of these additional costs will need to be considered to calculate the total value of the claim, which is why it is important to speak to a solicitor to find out more.
How Can Compensation Help?
If you have suffered a back injury as a result of somebody else’s negligence, a financial payout can help you and your family by covering any expenses incurred as a result of your accident, while ensuring you have access to the best treatment and assistance possible.
This may include:
- Home adaptations
- Loss of earnings
- Professional care
- Injury management equipment
- Adapting or buying a vehicle
About Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
The effects of back injuries can range from an inconvenience to a severely debilitating condition, depending on the cause and circumstances. There are many ways in which a back injury can occur - some develop over time due to factors such as unsafe working conditions, while others are the immediate result of a traumatic accident.
Spinal cord injuries can be devastating, with a range of effects that can limit your movement and leave you without control of various body systems, depending on the area or extent of the injury. Typically, the full extent of an injury cannot be assessed until six to eight weeks post-injury, as short-term spinal shock often means the nervous system is unable to transmit signals, and some of this ability may return once the shock has subsided.
Below are some of the most common causes and types of back and spinal injury; if you have been affected by any of these, speak to JMW to investigate the possibility of making a compensation claim. You can also learn more by reading our guide to how the spine works.
The causes of back and spinal injuries
The cause of a back or spinal injury will usually have an effect on its severity:
- The most serious back injuries happen when the body is subjected to high levels of force - for example, as a result of a road traffic accident or a fall from height
- Moderate cases tend to include instances where there is a compression or crush fracture of the lumbar vertebrae, or when one of the bones in the spine moves out of place - also known as spondylolisthesis. These are also usually caused by a traumatic blow
- Less serious back injuries, such as strains, sprains and slipped discs, tend to come about as a result of unhealthy habits over a prolonged period, such as incorrect body positioning when lifting heavy objects in the workplace
Categories of spinal cord injury
Whilst no two spinal cord injuries are the same, they can all be categorised as either complete or incomplete spinal cord injuries.
An incomplete spinal cord injury indicates that the spinal cord has only been partially damaged, and that it is possible that some motor and sensory function may remain below the level of the injury. There are four classifications:
- Anterior cord syndrome, where the front of the spinal cord is damaged
- Central cord syndrome, where the central portion of the cord is damaged
- Posterior cord syndrome, where the back of the spinal cord is damaged
- Brown-Sequard syndrome, where one side of the spinal cord is damaged
Complete spinal cord injury causes a total loss of function below the site of the injury. Again, there are several types:
- Tetraplegia, also known as quadriplegia, which results in the partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso
- Paraplegia, which results in a partial or total loss of function only in the lower extremities, including the legs
- Hemiplegia, which results in paralysis of one side of the body
- Cauda equina syndrome, which disrupts motor and sensory functions in the lower extremities and bladder
Effects of back injuries
The potential effects of a back injury include:
- Bladder and bowel problems
- Difficulty with sexual function
- Persistent or recurring pain
- Reduced mobility or paralysis
Although the majority of sufferers of back injuries recover over a set period of time, more severe injuries may lead to permanent complications.
JMW has years of experience of helping people with back and spinal injuries to claim the compensation they deserve. Find out more by having a look at some of our case studies:
- Back Injury Caused by Heavy Lifting Without Manual Handling Training - £9,500
- Soft Tissue Injuries to Back, Shoulder and Leg Following Accident Disembarking a Plane - £3,900
- Lumbar Spine Injury Suffered While Driving a Forklift Truck at Work - £45,000
- Injury Arising From "Cupping" Therapy Technique - £2,000
- Neck and Back Problems and Anxiety Following Rear End Collision
- Injury in a Storeroom Due to Lack of Training - £9,500
Talk to Us
To find out how much compensation you could be entitled to for a back or spinal injury, speak to JMW Solicitors today. Our team will provide you with a clearer idea of how much you are eligible for and help you start your claim.