This guide will explore when you could make a paralysis injury claim and the steps you can take to seek compensation.
There are certain criteria that your claim must meet in order to be valid. To be eligible to make a personal injury claim:
- A third party must owe you a duty of care
- The duty of care needs to have been breached
- You must have suffered harm as a result.
These are the three criteria of negligence.
This guide will provide you with information about the personal injury claims process. We will explore the various places and ways you could injure yourself as a result of third party negligence.
Additionally, we will explore how much compensation you could be owed for a successful case.
Furthermore, we will examine the steps you can take to strengthen your case. For instance, gathering evidence and hiring a No Win No Fee solicitor.
If you would rather speak directly with an advisor from our team, you can. They can answer any queries you might have about your potential claim. To get in touch, you can:
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Paralysis is the loss of the ability to move and sometimes feel anything in parts or the majority of the body. It can occur in different parts of the body, for example, the face, hands and legs.
You must be able to prove that a duty of care has been breached and that you were injured as a result to be eligible to claim. If you are eligible, you could receive compensation for the way in which your injuries have affected your quality of life.
For advice on making a paralysis injury claim, do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team.
A duty of care is the responsibility a third party has to reasonably ensure the safety of individuals. A failure to adhere to their duty of care could constitute as negligence if it causes you harm as a result.
In the following sections, we will explore the situations in which you are owed a duty of care and how it can be breached.
Road Traffic Accidents
All road users have a duty of care to ensure their own safety as well as the safety of others when using the roads. This is set out by the Road Traffic Act 1988. Also, The Highway Code offers guidance and rules for different road users to follow.
If another road user fails to uphold this duty of care, it could lead to accidents such as:
- Another driver may be driving intoxicated and swerve into your lane, causing a head-on collision. As a result, you injure your back.
- Due to a lack of concentration by another driver, they fail to see you stopped at a red light. Consequently, the rear end you at a great speed and you sustain a spinal cord injury.
To learn more about when you could make a road traffic accident claim, get in touch with our team on the number above.
Accidents In A Public Place
As per the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, the party in control of a public place has the responsibility to ensure it is safe to use for its intended purpose.
If you sustain an injury due to the relevant party not upholding their duty of care, it could lead to you injuring yourself in an accident in a public place. Examples can include:
- You slip on a wet floor that hasn’t been cleared or properly signposted in supermarket aisle. As a result, you suffer a severe back injury in an accident in a shop.
- You may trip and fall on a piece of carpet that hasn’t been fitted properly in a gym. Subsequently, you injure your neck and shoulder severely.
Accidents In The Workplace
Employers have a duty of care to take reasonable steps to prevent their employees from experiencing harm in the workplace. This is as per The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
If an employer fails to uphold their duty of care, it could lead to different types of accidents at work, such as:
- You might fall off a ladder and suffer a back injury due to being provided with faulty equipment.
- You may injure yourself carrying a heavy object after not being given the proper manual handling training.
Please note, not all accidents at work, on the road or in a public place will form the basis of a valid paralysis injury claim. You must prove that you were harmed due to third party negligence. Call us for more information.
One of the steps you can take to strengthen your paralysis injury claim is to acquire as much evidence as possible. Examples of this can include:
- The contact details of witnesses
- CCTV footage
- Photographs of your injury and the scene
- Fill out the accident at work book, if applicable
- Police report, if applicable
- Medical records, such as hospital or doctor reports
Additionally, you may find it beneficial to seek legal advice. Our team can provide free legal advice about your potential claim. They may also be able to assign a solicitor from our panel to represent your case.
For more information about the evidence needed for a personal injury claim, get in touch on the number above.
The settlement you could receive if your paralysis injury claim is won may consist of up to two heads of claim. Firstly, you may be awarded general damages for any pain and suffering, both physically and mentally, you are subject to as a result of your injuries.
We have compiled a table of guideline compensation amounts from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document is often used by solicitors and other legal professionals to aid them when they value your injuries.
Although, these amounts are not guaranteed as each personal injury claim is unique. As such, the settlement you receive could differ from what’s listed in the table.
|Injuries Involving Paralysis||£324,600 to £403,990||(a) Tetraplegia: Several factors will be considered when valuing the award given such as life expectancy and awareness of disability.|
|Injuries Involving Paralysis||£219,070 to £284,260||(b) Paraplegia: Several factors are considered when valuing the award, such as the presence of pain and the psychological impact.|
|Injuries Involving Paralysis||£49,340||(c) Shorter durations of paralysis, such as where death occurs for unrelated reasons within a short period.|
|Brain Damage||£219,070 to £282,010||(b) Moderately Severe: The person has a very serious disability and needs constant professional care. The disability can be physical, such as the paralysis of limbs.|
|Back Injury||£91,090 to £160,980||(a) Severe (i) Damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots that lead to several issues such as incomplete paralysis.|
|Neck Injury||In the region of|
|(a) Severe (i) A neck injury that is associated with paraplegia that's incomplete.|
|Shoulder Injury||£19,200 to £48,030||Cases in this bracket are often linked with neck injuries and involve damage to the brachial plexus. The person will have a significant disability.|
Special Damages In A Spinal Injury Claim
You could also be awarded special damages for any financial losses incurred due to your injuries. For example, your disabilities might require you to make home adaptations. This head of claim may cover these expenses. It could also reimburse you for:
- Travel costs
- Care costs
- Loss of earnings
It is important to keep a record of all your losses if you wish to be compensated for them. This can include bank statements, invoices or receipts.
If you would like a more in depth analysis of how much compensation you could be entitled to, please speak with an advisor.
You may wish to be represented by one of our No Win No Fee solicitors. Typically they cover claimants using a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
This means that you will not have to pay any fees for their services upfront, whilst your paralysis injury claim is ongoing, or if your claim fails.
If your case is successful will you pay a success fee to your solicitor. This is legally capped to ensure you get the majority of your compensation.
To find out more about making a personal injury claim using a No Win No Fee agreement, please get in touch with a member of our team.
Contact Us For Free To See If You Can Make A Spinal Injury Claim Today
As previously stated, our team of advisors are on call 24/7 to offer you free legal advice about your potential paralysis injury claim. If, after a consultation, they find you have an eligible claim, they may connect you with one of the personal injury claim solicitors from our panel.
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We have also included some of our own guides relative to personal injury claims:
- Compensation claims against the council for personal injury
- What are the average MIB claim amounts?
- Could I make factory accident claims for compensation?
Thank you for reading our guide on how to make a paralysis injury claim. If you need any other information, please get in touch using the details provided.
Writer Beck Patcher
Editor Meg McDonald