Paralysis can result in the loss of use one, two or all four limbs. It could also mean the partial or total loss of use on one or both sides of the body. The ramifications of this are tremendous, both for the paralysed person and for their families. If you or a loved one have been left paralysed in an accident that was caused by somebody else’s negligence or mistake, you may have a legal right to make a paralysis compensation claim.
Accidents That Can Cause Paralysis Compensation Claims
Many types of accident can unfortunately cause paralysis but you can only file a paralysis compensation claim for accidents that were caused because of somebody else’s negligence.
Some of the more common causes of such accidents resulting in paralysis compensation claims include but are not limited to:
- Road traffic accidents – this could be an accident involving a careless driver, or an accident caused because of bad roads.
- Work related accidents – this may be a fall from height such as from a roof or scaffolding, being hit by an object falling from height or generally working in a precarious work environment without the proper personal protective equipment.
- Slips, trips and falls – these could be because of wet flooring in a public place, broken pavement tiles, liquid spills in a supermarket or torn carpeting in a department store.
- Sports injuries – this may be construed as negligence if the player did not receive adequate training, was not given the proper safety gear, or if another participant caused the injury through deliberate disregard of the rules for example.
How Can Compensation Help?
Compensation for paralysis may not be able to turn back the clock and undo the damage but it can help ease the financial burden for the paralysed person and their family. Compensation can cover the cost of potential extensive medical treatment that may involve multiple invasive procedures to try to help regain at least partial if not complete mobility. In addition to the surgeries itself, there are the additional costs of diagnostic tests, medication and hospital stay.
When you get home, you may need someone to care for you round the clock if you are completely paralysed. Even when there is a family member caring for the paralysed individual, it costs in terms of affecting their ability to take up a regular job and earn an income. If you are partially paralysed, you may still need to purchase some sort of mobility device and possibly make changes to your environment to help you move around more easily.
Compounding all of these expenses is the loss of income. Depending on the extent of the paralysis, you may not be able to go back to work temporarily or permanently. This loss of steady income can be a huge blow.
All of this is not even taking into consideration the loss of quality of life and the inability to pursue hobbies or regular activities that you might have participated in before the accident. The money awarded to you in a successful paralysis compensation claim can cover these related expenses and should make things a little bit easier for you and your family.
How Much Compensation For Paralysis?
There is no blanket compensation awarded for paralysis. The amount you will receive will depend on your unique circumstances. However, current guidelines advise that the amount of compensation for injuries involving paralysis fall into the following brackets:
- Tetraplegia/Quadriplegia – £276,940 to £344,640.
- Paraplegia – £186,890 to £242,490.
There are of course other injuries that result in paralysis such as a back injury causing temporary paralysis. For these type of paralysis injuries compensation will differ. If you would like a better idea of how much compensation you may be due specifically then please contact us to speak with a personal injury solicitor.
In general, compensation may be awarded for all of these factors:
- Pain and suffering.
- Actual medical expenses including hospital stay, diagnostic tests, specialist’s fees, cost of surgical procedures and cost of medicines.
- Projected medical expenses for long-term or lifelong treatment protocols including physiotherapy and counselling.
- Cost of traveling to and from medical check-ups and follow up treatments.
- Cost of full-time or part-time home care.
- Cost of structural changes to your home or vehicle.
- Cost of mobility devices required to promote greater independence.
- Loss of income including present and future earnings as well as loss of promotions and other perks.
The best way to ensure that your legal rights are protected and your claim is for the maximum compensation, is by having a personal injury solicitor handle the paralysis injury claim for you.
Personal injury solicitors are experts in compensation claims and understand how the legal system works. They also stay updated on precedents and latest court rulings so they know how much you ought to be awarded by way of compensation.
No Win No Fee Paralysis Compensation Claims
Personal injury solicitors who deal with paralysis compensation claims understand the emotional and financial consequences of being paralysed and will pull out all the stops to ensure that your legal rights are protected. Most solicitors offer a free of cost, no-obligation telephone consultation, during which they will hear your account of what has happened. If you have a strong case of negligence, they will offer to fund your paralysis injury claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
A No Win No Fee agreement works strongly in your favour as it means the solicitor will bear all costs pertaining to your claim while it is in progress. This includes medical expert’s fees and any costs of physiotherapy directly related to the injury. You only pay an agreed percentage from the compensation awarded if your claim is successful, and in our case you pay absolutely nothing if the claim is unsuccessful.
If you would like to discuss a paralysis compensation claim with a personal injury solicitor then please contact us today to arrange a time convenient to you.