Following a spinal cord injury, the chances of a full recovery are usually
pretty slim, and some form of paralysis may remain which affects a persons
quality of life.
It is a fact of today’s economy, that being disabled does not come
cheap, and equipment required to improve the quality of life for someone
with a spinal cord injury is usually specialised and therefore expensive.
Also, some form of care and specialist accommodation may also be required
which may need funding by the person affected.
One way of helping to pay for all the specialist equipment and care,
is by securing funds in the form of compensation if another party was
to blame for the accident or conditions leading to paralysis.
Do I have a case ?
Even if you think you may of had some reason to be blamed for your spinal
injury, you should still contact a lawyer to see if any compensation can
be recovered. Specialist lawyers will know the legal situation of a case,
and will have expert knowledge of conditions which will allow a case to
do I need a Spinal Injuries lawyer ?
A specialist lawyer in spinal injuries will have expert advice at his
disposal in order to put your case for compensation before a court of
law. Also, the lawyer you choose should have past experience in spinal
In cases where the time before settlement is expected to be years away,
a specialist lawyer will be able to arrange an interim payment in order
to pay for equipment, care and accommodation. The interim payment is then
deducted from the final settlement upon completion of the case.
Questions you should ask a lawyer
How many cases involving a Spinal Cord Injury has the lawyer looking
after your case handled ?
How many cases involving a spinal injury have gone to court in the
last 5 years ?
How many of those cases were successful ?
What is the biggest claim the lawyer has settled ?
Has the lawyer completed specialist training for personal injury law
Who does the firm use to write medical reports, are they medical professionals
qualified in spinal cord injuries?
Who does the firm use to write reports on future home adaptions, adaptive
technology and adapted vehicles?
How quickly can an interim payment be arranged to pay for specialist
care, accommodation or equipment?
Has the lawyer attended any courses run by accredited spinal cord
Make sure you are happy with the answers your lawyer gives you. If you
are unhappy with the answers given, shop around for a lawyer you are happy
How do I pay for lawyer’s fees
These days there are a number of options available to you to cover the
cost of lawyer fees.
if your case goes to court and you win, or your case is settled out of
court, your fees will usually be paid by the party you are suing.
Another alternative for funding your case, is a no win no fee arrangement
with your lawyer. Your lawyer will make a risk assessment of your case,
and establish the likelihood of a win which will determine if this arrangement
is suitable for your case.
Remember, this money is to give you
a better quality of life following your injury, and can make a big difference
to your well-being, it may seem daunting at first, but compensation should
be considered by everyone who has suffered a spinal cord injury.