Spine Injury Lawyers - Accident Compensation
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that travels from the brain along the vertebrae of the neck and back to the body's extremities and is used to transmit electrical impulses which control movement by stimulating muscles. The spinal cord is completely encased by the vertebrae which provide it with substantial protection however physical trauma to the skull, neck or back can cause the cord to become ruptured or severely damaged which prevents, restricts or reduces the transmission of electrical nerve impulses thereby resulting in loss of feeling or response. The most common causes of spine injury are as a result of car, sports and work accidents with a substantial number being as a result of falls. It is also possible to break the vertebrae in the neck without causing any injury to the spinal cord and any spine injury can be either complete where there is no sensation or movement below the level of the injury or can be incomplete where there is some sensation or movement below the level of the injury. Most severe injuries are classified as either 'tetraplegic' or 'quadriplegic' which is where there is paralysis of four limbs or 'paraplegic' which is paralysis of two limbs. Generally, the higher the injury the more the body will be affected, and in extreme cases complete quadriplegia may occur. If you need advice at no cost on an accident compensation claim please contact our spine injury lawyers.
The sums awarded for damages in a compensation claim instigated by spine injury lawyers generally fall into two main categories being those where items of loss can be calculated accurately known as 'special damages' and those items where a strict mathematical calculation is not possible which require a degree of assessment and are known as 'general damages'. These two categories are used by judges and lawyers to simplify the calculation of the damages award and they usually attract different rates of interest. Overall the items that are covered in most spine injury accident compensation claim settlements include the following :-
- pain and suffering including long term consequences of the physical damage
- loss of wages both up to the date of settlement and projected into the future
- compensation for loss of promotion or other job opportunities
- loss of a congenial job due to disability or continuing illness
- disadvantage in the labor market due to disability caused by the accident
- inability to carry out day to day tasks or hobbies
- loss of the enjoyment of current lifestyle or anticipated lifestyle
- out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the illness or continuing disability
- expenses for physical care both short and long term
- interest on losses from date of the accident or date of filing proceedings
Spine Injury Lawyers
Spine injury lawyers need to be familiar with the difficult and complex physical and emotional problems that are often associated with severe injuries. Our spine injury lawyers offer expertise that is second to none. All of our lawyers deal exclusively in claims involving physical injury. If you have suffered spine injuries and would like to talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer without obligation then just call the helpline or email our offices or complete and send the contact form and a lawyer who deals exclusively in accident claims will phone you with advice at no cost and information on how best to preserve your legal rights to compensation for your injuries.