Your life can be turned upside down overnight when you suddenly have to deal with a spinal cord injury. Damage to any part of the spinal cord following an accident can often cause permanent changes in strength, sensation and other related body functions below the site of the injury.
If you have suffered from a serious spinal injury that was not your fault, Brian Barr Solicitors can help. Let us take away the worry for you when it comes to compensation so you have one less thing to deal with. We work with spinal injury patients, and their families, to ensure you get the compensation you deserve to help with rehabilitation and support services, allowing you to plan for your future.
Our personal injury lawyers specialise in helping clients who have suffered a spinal injury, whether this is due to an accident that wasn’t their fault, or medical negligence. Either way, we understand the changes you are going to have to make in your life going forward.
Compensation will cover Loss of earnings – including both losses for time off work during recovery and rehabilitation and future losses – as well as rehabilitation and care costs, and adjustments that may need to be made to your home or other areas to allow you to live as independently as possible.
Brian Barr Solicitors are proud to support Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research in their 10th anniversary year. Since 2013, the charity has funded close to £1 million towards vital research into spinal cord injury and its associated health complications, to improve the quality of life for those living with SCI in the UK.
This year, we are backing their special anniversary fundraising drive to raise a further £100,000 in 2023 which will go towards funding a further decade of research.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal injury, through no fault of your own, then you may be eligible to make a claim, and have grounds for compensation. Following a serious accident, your life, and that of your family, is likely to be in turmoil. It is hard to think about the future when you are just getting through each day at a time. However, time matters when it comes to personal injury claims and the sooner you speak to experts the sooner your claim can be evaluated.
Brian Barr Solicitors have years of experience supporting individuals in England and Wales, and across the UK, with personal injury claims such as Spinal Injury Claims. As specialists in this area, we know how difficult it can be and the adjustments you are going to have to make in your life going forward. You can start the process by simply calling us. Although there are exceptions, generally you must start your claim and issue court proceedings within three years of you first being aware that you have suffered an injury.
We will offer you peace of mind throughout the whole process, explaining how it works and what is involved. Every case is unique so once our specialist solicitors have considered your case and your individual circumstances, we will advise you of a plan going forward. We will keep you informed all of the way through the process and explain things without using legal jargon.
It is likely that you will have to see further medical experts and undergo in-depth assessments so that we can prove your case and ensure that we get you the highest award. These specialist cases can sometimes take months or even years to conclude, and just like with your rehabilitation, we will take this one step at a time, building you the best case possible.
You may be entitled to claim for compensation for your spinal injury if this was caused by an accident that was not your fault, or negligence caused by another party. Each case is different, and damages will vary depending on your pain and suffering, psychological trauma, expected medical costs as well as any financial losses (such as current and future income).
When assessing your claim, damages can be claimed for:
As experts in this area, Brian Barr Solicitors will ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. With over 60 years’ of combined experience in this area, our team have secured clients six and seven figure settlements for their injury.
Spinal injuries may arise from many types of accidents, with some of the most common examples being:
In addition, spinal injuries can be caused by various other incidents including assault, military incidents and other accidents.
If you find yourself in this situation with a spinal injury, then claiming compensation may be the last thing on your mind as you come to terms with your injury. However, compensation will allow you to get financial support for your care and rehabilitation going forward, giving you one less thing to worry about.
Claimants involved in spinal injury compensation claims may look to changing solicitors for a variety of reasons. However, some of the most common causes we have experienced include:
Whether you are just starting your claim or are close to settlement, if you’re unhappy with the progress being made on your spinal injury claim, you are entitled to transfer your case over to Brian Barr.
We often find that clients move solicitors and come to Brian Barr to help with their claim as their current solicitors are not a specialist firm whose expertise is serious injury litigation. If your solicitors are not experts in this area then your claim could be misunderstood and undervalued.
We regularly have cases transferred to us because of our specialist knowledge in various areas of personal injury law, and we will handle everything for you, so please get in touch and let us help you get the ball rolling and the outcome you require to provide the best quality of life possible.
The spinal cord is a vital organ allowing your brain and body to communicate with each other. It’s made up of lots of nerves that run through the backbone and help control the body’s muscles, enabling a person to move their body, feel pressure and control vital functions such as their breathing, bladder and bowels.
Vertebrae surround and protect your spinal cord as any damage or injury to your spinal cord can affect your movement and function. But unfortunately it cannot always be protected.
There are an estimated 50,000 people in the UK living with a spinal cord injury (SCI) and each year approximately 2,500 people are newly injured. A spinal cord injury is when the cells and nerves that send and receive signals from the brain to and from the rest of the body are damaged.
Depending on what part of the spine is damaged, a patient will feel varying levels of loss of movement and feeling.
A complete spinal cord injury causes permanent damage and can result in either:
Brian Barr Solicitors have represented those suffering from a (SCI) in their complex compensation claims and have been successful in obtaining six and seven figure sums of damages in respect of claims with complex injuries.
Brian Barr Solicitors makes funding your compensation claim simple and stress-free. Brian Barr Solicitors specialise in assisting claimants throughout England and Wales with personal injury and insurance claims and we will offer you peace of mind throughout the whole process. You are likely to be able to fund your claim through a legal expenses cover if you have one. Otherwise, we can often offer support through our No Win No Fee scheme.
If you have Legal Expenses Insurance, as long as you comply with the terms of your policy you won’t need to worry about dealing with any legal costs. However, often your insurers will tell you that to take advantage of the policy you will have to use one of their panel solicitors. Two exceptions may apply to specific circumstances:
If you have no suitable legal expenses insurance, we can often act for you under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), often called a ‘no win no fee’ arrangement. It all depends on whether you have a good chance of winning and as experts in this area we should be able to gauge that very quickly. You would then pay a proportion of your damages to us if you win, and absolutely nothing if you lose.