Have you suffered from a serious back or spinal injury following an accident that was not your fault?
As most people know, the back and the spinal cord are extremely delicate and in the event of an accident it’s the reason why patients should only be moved under the supervision of trained experts. This is because the spinal cord is the vital communication link between the brain and the body. Any damage to this cord can render the brain incapable of communicating with various parts of the body, leading to problems with movement (paralysis), sensation (inability to feel hot or cold) and in some cases incontinence. Obviously all of these scenarios are devastating and life-changing for a once able-bodied and independent person. If you, or your loved one has been the victim of such a devastating injury, either as the result of an accident caused by someone else’s carelessness, or surgical malpractice, then call one of our expert injury lawyers today. Sheldon Davidson are recognised as the go-to experts in the field of back & spinal injury compensation claims across Greater Manchester and we have many years of experience and a track record of success with such cases. The first step is an impartial and honest consultation, after which one of our expert lawyers will be able to advise whether you do in fact have a solid case and if so, what the next steps would be. The initial consultation is free, so there is absolutely nothing to lose in picking up the phone and talking to us today.
Spinal cord Injury
The spinal cord performs a vital role, by connecting the brain with the rest of the body. Together the brain and the spinal cord make up the bodies central nervous system, which makes all voluntary and involuntary functions possible. Functions that able bodied people take for granted like breathing and walking. The spinal cord is well protected by vertebrae (the spine), but in a serious accident, or during surgery, the spinal cord can become damaged and this can have devastating effects. The higher up the spinal cord the damage occurs, the more of the bodily functions are impacted. Although advances in modern medicine means that people who sustain such injuries are being helped to recover in ways that would not have been possible in previous years, the effects of such injuries can still be severely life-limiting and therefore life-changing for victims and their families. Simple everyday sensory functions like speech, touch, temperature control, blood pressure control, sexual function, breathing and swallowing can be affected by spinal cord injuries and can mean that the person needs on-going medical care and support by professionals and / or family members. If diagnosed with a serious spinal cord injury then it is likely to be either:
- Paraplegia: where movement and regular bodily and sensory function is substantially impeded from the waist down.
- Tetraplegia: where partial or total sensory and motor loss of the four limbs (arms and legs) and torso.
Spinal injuries also carry the risk of the victim developing further health issues, which can sometimes be life-threatening. These can include:
- Respiratory complications
- Pressure ulcers, or bed sores which can become infected
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Chronic Pain
- Urinary Tract Infection
In addition to the physical impact, many victims of spinal cord injury also and unsurprisingly develop mental health issues. There are, for example many recorded cases of clinical depression amongst victims, not least because of the negative and life-changing impact on the life they once knew and the loss of independence they are forced to endure daily.
How most spinal injuries occur
More men than women suffer spinal injuries and statistics indicate a ratio of 2:1. This may be due to the types of activities that commonly lead to spinal cord injuries.
- Road Traffic Accidents
- Accidents at work
- Falls from height
- Sporting Injuries
- Surgical Malpractice
What is considered in valuing a spinal injury compensation claim?
As with any claim for financial compensation, the final value will be considerate of the impact on the victim’s life and that of close family members before and after the injury occurred. So, things that will be for consideration include:
- Medical costs
- On-going care in the home by professionals or family members / friends
- Loss of earnings (to include the victim and family members who provide care)
- Modifications to the home / transport to enable maximum independence for the victim
- Mobility aids such as wheelchair, ceiling hoists and any sensory equipment required
The Sheldon Davidson approach
As mentioned already Sheldon Davidson are the go-to legal experts in Greater Manchester for serious back injury claims and serious spinal injuries.
Our lawyers have a wealth of experience and a proven track record in securing financial compensation for claimants. On top of that we pride ourselves on our supportive and compassionate approach and it is for this approach that we receive huge positive feedback from previous claimants. We believe that this is what sets us apart from other injury lawyers in Greater Manchester and across the UK, since we strive to make, what can often be deemed a cold and complex process, as smooth and pain free for the victim as possible. We consider it our job to use our expertise and legal knowledge to act as your voice in the court. We stand in your corner and fight for justice to be done. So, if you are still on the fence about whether to pursue a claim for compensation or not, let us assure you that with Sheldon Davidson you are not just in good hands, but the best hands. Pick up the phone and have that initial conversation with one of our lawyers today. We are confident that you will be glad you did. We will provide a clear answer as to whether there is a case to be answered and whether you have a chance of winning financial compensation. Just to have definitive answers to these questions alone would be better than guessing
right? If you decide then to select Sheldon Davidson to act on your behalf we will do so on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis, such is our confidence in being able to secure the financial compensation you and your family deserve.