Spinal Injury Claims
Spinal injuries can be extremely debilitating and have a significant effect on your quality of life. When patients are misdiagnosed, mistreated or there is an unacceptable delay in diagnosis it can lead to an acceleration of an existing injury or perhaps the creation of an additional injury.
At P.A.Duffy and Co our team of experienced solicitors understand the pain and stress that cases of medical negligence can cause, particularly with serious spinal injuries. We offer expert advice and representation and can help you to make a claim for compensation. Our solicitors will negotiate a settlement on your behalf that will take into account the pain and suffering you have incurred, as well as damages for any financial loss you have incurred.
Types of Spinal Injury Negligence
The consequences of negligence in spinal injury cases can be life changing. It is vital that doctors and medical professionals consider carefully the risks of a particular course of treatment and obtain informed consent from patients. Spinal Injury claims most commonly arise in relation to the following:
Undiagnosed fractures of the neck and back
Mistakes when handling patients with neck or back injuries
Misdiagnosis of Cauda Equine Syndrome
Errors during spinal surgery
Failure to obtain informed consent
How do I make a claim spinal injuries compensation?
If you have suffered a spinal injury and you believe that this was as a result of negligence on the part of a doctor, midwife or other healthcare practitioner, you are advised to speak to a solicitor as soon as possible.
If you ask us to represent you, we will start by taking details of the event and assess what has happened and who is responsible. We will put together evidence in support of your claim and contact the relevant health trust to advise them of the claim.
We will ask our medical experts to carry out examinations and write a report about the injuries you have suffered. This will form the basis of your case.
If the other side admits liability, we will negotiate with them to agree on the amount of compensation to be paid to you. Where they deny liability or the amount of compensation offered is not sufficient, your case will go to court. We will ensure that you have our support throughout and that you are represented by an expert spinal injuries advocate.
What will I receive compensation for in a spinal injuries claim and how much will I receive?
In a spinal injuries claim, the compensation you may receive can vary widely depending on various factors, including the severity of your injury, the circumstances surrounding the injury, and the laws and regulations in your jurisdiction. Compensation typically aims to cover various losses and expenses associated with the injury.
Here are some common elements of compensation you may receive in a spinal injuries claim:
Medical Expenses - this can include compensation for medical bills, surgeries, hospital stays, rehabilitation, medication, assistive devices, and ongoing medical care.
Rehabilitation and Therapy Costs - compensation may include the cost of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and rehabilitation services.
Pain and Suffering - compensation for the physical pain and emotional suffering caused by your spinal injury.
Lost Wages - if your injury has caused you to miss work or has impacted your ability to earn a living, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages.
Home Modifications - if your home needs to be modified to accommodate your disability, such as wheelchair ramps or bathroom modifications, you may receive compensation for these costs.
Caregiver Expenses - if you require ongoing assistance with daily tasks due to your spinal injury, compensation may cover the cost of hiring a caregiver.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life - compensation may be awarded for the loss of enjoyment of activities and hobbies that you can no longer participate in due to your injury.
How can I finance a spinal injuries compensation claim?
We know that funding a spinal injury compensation claim might be a worry, so we offer a range of options. These include:
Legal expenses cover
After the Event insurance (ATE insurance)
What is the time limit for bringing a spinal injuries compensation claim?
For an adult, there is a three-year time limit for bringing a medical negligence claim in the UK and a two-year time limit for the Republic of Ireland. This is known as the limitation period. It runs either from the date of the negligent incident or the date that you became aware of the injury you suffered.
In the case of a child, the three-year (UK) and two-year (ROI) time limit runs from the date of their 18th birthday.
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