Spinal Cord Injury Claims

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Spinal Cord Claims

If a spinal cord injury has been negligently caused, or misdiagnosed or negligently treated, you may be able to make a compensation claim.

What is a spinal cord injury?

Your spinal cord is a structure which contains nerves, tissue and fluid, extending from your brain to your lower back. An injury to your spinal cord can be catastrophic and can cause permanent damage including paralysis, loss of bladder or bowel control, and can affect sexual function.

What causes a spinal cord injury?

The spinal cord can be damaged through trauma or wear and tear of your back. However, sometimes, a spinal cord injury can be caused by medical negligence, such as through negligent surgery or due to a delayed diagnosis of a back or neck fracture, or a delayed diagnosis of discitis (an infection of the discs of your spine).

Examples of the types of cases that we can assist with

If a spinal cord injury has been caused or worsened due to medical negligence, then we may be able to assist you. The types of spinal cord injury cases which we can assist with includes:-

  • Delayed diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome
  • Delayed diagnosis of discitis
  • Failure to diagnose fractures of the back or neck
  • Surgical errors leading to avoidable injury
  • Facet joint injection errors
  • Errors in giving epidural anaesthesia injections

Can you make a compensation claim?

If you believe you have suffered as a result of negligence surrounding a spinal cord injury, you may be eligible to claim compensation.

Due to the complex medical and legal issues involved, it is essential that you talk to a specialist clinical negligence solicitor. A specialist will understand all the implications of a spinal cord injury. This means that they can maximise your compensation if you succeed in your claim. You can contact us by calling 01244 354688, or by filling in our contact form. We are happy to offer free, confidential, and professional advice on potential clinical negligence claims.

It is important to contact us as soon as possible. This is because there are strict time limits in place for making a claim for compensation. Once contacted, our solicitors will be able to advise you specifically on the facts of your own case. We even have an in-house dual-qualified doctor/solicitor who can assist in assessing whether or not you may have suffered from clinical negligence.

Why choose us?

Why choose Oliver & Co Medical Negligence team? – Read our guide.

You can direct dial our Clinical Negligence Department on 01244 354688 or fill in our contact us form.

Case studies:

Every year, we help lots of clients just like you to claim the compensation they deserve. Below is a case study, which is an example of how we have helped a client claim compensation for a delayed diagnosis of discitis in the past. Please be aware that the compensation amounts depend on the client’s individual situation and experiences. To see how much your claim could be worth please contact us directly.

Case Study 1: £475,000 in Compensation

Delayed Diagnosis:
  • Our client underwent surgery to their spine for a bulging disc but was expected to make a full recovery with no long-term symptoms. Unfortunately, they developed an infection of their spine, discitis, and there was a delay in diagnosing and treating this infection.
  • Usually, the prognosis following early diagnosis and treatment of discitis is a full, or almost full, recovery in terms of pain and mobility.
  • As a result of the delay in diagnosing and treating the infection, our client suffered a prolonged period of severe pain and disability during the delay in diagnosis and also suffered a poor outcome.
  • Our client suffered from a painful, debilitating spine as well as neuropathic pain and bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction. They were limited in their abilities to sit/ stand/ walk and to undertake day to day tasks of daily living. They also suffered from anxiety and depression.
How we helped:
  • Our client brought a claim for a delay in diagnosing and treating discitis resulting in avoidable pain and suffering and a poor outcome in terms of pain and function.
  • Liability was admitted by the Defendant at an early stage, but they disputed the extent of our client’s injuries caused by the delay.
  • We obtained expert evidence from a Consultant Neurosurgeon, Consultant Urologist, Consultant Pain expert, Care expert and Consultant Psychiatrist to assess our client’s needs in detail to ensure they received the treatment recommendations and help that they needed.
  • The Defendant entered negotiations and we were delighted to agree a figure of £475,000 for our client.
  • This compensation will enable our client to receive the treatment that they need, including a personalised bespoke pain management programme, as well as care and assistance, aids and adaptations and psychological help.

How can we help you?

Our team is headed by a dual-qualified doctor and solicitor, so we benefit from in-house medical knowledge. Our team of specialist clinical negligence solicitors would be happy to help. We can quickly and efficiently assess any areas of potential negligence for a wide range of claims.

We have experience in dealing with a wide variety of spinal cord injury claims.

We have also developed brilliant working relationships with experts in many different fields (including Neurosurgery, Urology and Care and Occupational Therapy) who we know to be approachable and reliable in assisting us with spinal cord injury compensation claims which allows us to ensure we get great expert advice for our clients.

Want to have a free and confidential chat in relation to a potential spinal cord injury claim? Give our team of specialist clinical negligence solicitors a call on 01244 354688.

For free advice from our Medical Negligence solicitors, please call us direct on 01244 354688

Linda Schermer-Jones

Head of the Clinical Negligence Department, Associate Director & Medical Negligence Solicitor

Kerry Goulden

Associate Director & Medical Negligence Solicitor

Liz Fry

Associate Director & Medical Negligence Solicitor

Emma Woodrow

Clinical Negligence Legal Adviser