Understanding paralysis compensation claims
Paralysis can occur at any stage of life. This can be a serious injury from a road traffic accident, or because of negligent medical care.
As spinal injury law specialists, we want you to know that we can not only support you in making paralysis compensation claims, but also in the wider impact of paralysis, including how the effect on those close to you.
We are passionate advocates that there can be a positive life after paralysis, and we are here to support you every step of the way.
Accidents that can cause paralysis
From our extensive experience, we know that accidents account for a lot of injuries leading to paralysis claims here in the UK.
Such claims can include:
- Road traffic accidents: where you may have been involved in a collision with a third-party vehicle that wasn’t your fault.
- Work related accidents: you may have fallen from a hefty height or not received the correct access to health and safety.
- Sports-related injuries: Any impact on your spine through sport can also lead to paralysis.
The severity of accidents leading to paralysis varies too:
- Paraplegia: the partial or complete loss of use of the legs
- Quadriplegia: the partial or full loss of the use of all four limbs
- Tetraplegia: the inability to voluntarily move the upper and lower parts of the body
- To being wheelchair reliant, but not dependent
Furthermore, core senses such as touch and temperature may be lost. You may also experience complications down the line in relation to your general mobility.
To help you understand your eligibility for paralysis compensation caused by an accident, it would be worth considering the chain of causation, from the accident itself to where you are today.
When did this happen? Is there evidence to show your paralysis was a result of the actions of a third party? If you’re not sure, don’t worry – our experienced team can help.
Paralysis caused by medical negligence
In some cases, paralysis can be a result of medical negligence.
This may be through a surgical error or misdiagnosis. If so, there is a duty of care that medical professionals must abide by, and must be held accountable for.
It is our understanding that liability connected to a medical negligence case can be harder to establish. If your claim is in relation to a car accident, there are likely to be witnesses to this, or camera footage of reckless driving leading up to the incident.
Whereas with a case brought against a medical professional or trust, defendants will want to establish that negligence occurred and that it was this negligence specifically that caused a worsening of your condition.
Regardless, if you do want to bring forward a paralysis claim for medical negligence, we’re here to hear your story.
What difference can paralysis compensation make?
Compensation for paralysis goes way beyond the final settlement you receive. With Fletchers representing your case, you’ll not only have open access to our dedicated team, but we will push hard to ensure you receive the necessary adaptations or support you need.
The compensation package can cover:
- Medical costs and bills
- Care costs
- Even adaptations to your home
How soon after paralysis can a claim be made?
A claim for paralysis can be made if:
- The paralysis has taken place in the last three years, based on the date the injury occurred
- This time restriction applies to those age 18 or older
- If you’re making a paralysis compensation claim on behalf of someone else, you may start the process on their behalf they are under the age of 18 – the three-year time restriction does not start until their 18th birthday
There may be some exceptions to the three-year rule, so it is important to get in touch with us if you believe you have a claim for compensation.
How much compensation can I receive from a claim for paralysis?
In truth, the figure will vary, and we don’t want to provide any unrealistic expectations around paralysis compensation claims.
What we can say, as paralysis claim experts, is that any final settlement you receive with include options for a brighter future.
A Fletchers settlement can mean the difference between a wheelchair made specific to you and your frame, and not one an NHS wheelchair.
So, you may receive X amount for the value of your injuries, but the total settlement amount may result in a care package, so those close to you don’t have to stop working to care for you.
What different types of paralysis claims do Fletchers take on?
We take on a range of claims connected to paralysis injuries, including:
- Road traffic accidents and serious injuries
- Medical negligence
- Degenerative spinal injuries that are misdiagnosed
- Paralysis because of a stroke
Fletchers are specialists in paralysis compensation claims
At Fletchers, we not only take on claims relating to road traffic accidents and medical negligence, but we endeavour to support our customers with everything they need for the future.
The reality is, if you are in a position where you feel a claim for paralysis is valid, you are likely to feel dependant on loved ones for help and support, sometimes for a few months, or in some cases indefinitely.
Partners or parents may start to think about adaptations, such as changing their own circumstances or career aspirations to accommodate this.
In all cases, the impact on you and your family will be huge. We want to reassure you that choosing Fletchers as your chosen paralysis injury solicitor is a positive step forward for your future.
We’ll fight to ensure you receive the compensation that you deserve, and we’ll talk to you and your family about additional support, such as pathways to rehabilitation and accessing key services.