Accident At Work Paralysis Injury Compensation – How Much Can I Claim?
Have you suffered a paralysis injury work accident? We have a team of medical expert negligence and personal injury solicitors who can represent you in your paralysis injury compensation claim on a no win no fee basis.
There are approximately 1,000 people paralysed by a spinal cord injury in the UK and Ireland every year. Most of those affected by a paralysis injury work accident are adults and around 80% of those affected are male. Currently, approximately 50,000 people are believed to be living with paralysis in the United Kingdom and Ireland. This statistic just displays those who have gone to a spinal cord injury medical centre and do not include people who were treated in a general hospital after suffering paralysis.
The average economic cost to the UK is estimated to be £1 billion per annum, depending on the severity of the paralysis. 79% of people who have discharged from spinal cord injury medical centres are able to go home. 20% of these patients leave the spinal cord injury centre clinically depressed as there is currently no cure for paralysis caused by a spinal cord injury.
Work-related accidents are one of the leading causes of paralysis at work. There are different types of workplace accidents, across many professions and industries that can cause paralysis. These include vehicle accidents, slips, trips and falls, machinery accidents, burns caused by fires and explosions, being stuck or caught between heavy objects or machinery, and workplace violence, among others. Paralysis from falls, especially falls from a significant height, account for over 40% of paralysis injury work accidents. This includes falling down the stairs and falling from scaffolding on building sites.
The government introduced the working of heights regulations 2005 to enforce strict procedures put in place by employers to attempt to reduce the risk of a paralysis injury work accident. It is important for the injured employee to seek compensation so they can receive their rightful benefits through the worker’s compensation system. The financial support you may well be entitled to might help with the costs that paralysis can demand in your everyday life. Legal Expert can help you with this. With our experienced professionals on your side, you will be able to claim what is rightfully yours. Give us a call today for your free consultation.
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- Getting Compensation for Paralysis Caused By an Accident
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Paralysis can be a permanent or temporary life altering injury that may have a significant affect on your life. It can mean the loss of use of one or both sides of your body. Your mobility may be affected in your arms, fingers, legs or toes. A serious injury to the spine could cause paraplegia and damage to the vertebrae could mean the loss of movement from the neck down.
Work-related paralysis is the type of paralysis resulting from a serious injury at the workplace. Accidents in the work environment include falling from a faulty ladder or being crushed. The most common causes of paralysis include head injuries (often suffered through a blow to the head or a fall), and spinal cord injuries caused by a misdiagnosis of a medical condition, surgical errors, and stroke.
Many people who have suffered paralysis due to an accident in their workplace are afraid to claim against their employer. This is especially so if they have a sudden temporary paralysis and there is the possibility of it being cured, leading to a full recovery. However, you do not have to worry that it will affect future working prospects because, should your employer dismiss you because of your accident or claim, you could pursue a compensation claim for unfair dismissal. Employers have a responsibility to make sure that the workplace is safe and healthy and if they fail to do so and an injury occurs as a result, compensation may be sought. If you have suffered paralysis due to an accident because of somebody else’s negligence, such as a faulty equipment or medical negligence, there is a chance that you are entitled to claim compensation.
- You may find some useful information about paralysis on the NHS website.
Personal injuries that cause paralysis can happen in any type of workplace. Occupations that are most susceptible to spinal cord and brain injuries include construction workers, heavy machinery operators, drivers, furniture movers, mechanics and day labourers. A compensation claim for paralysis after a workplace accident can occur as a result of a severe accident or a simple fall. If the injury and accident were due to the negligence or carelessness of someone else there is a strong possibility the compensation claim would be successful.
For a previously fully mobile person, becoming paralysed can be hard to deal with and in most cases, it may mean living without the independence you previously enjoyed. You may require assistance with tasks that were simple to handle before. The inability to control your bladder and bowels, or sexual function can be difficult issues to cope with.
Complications associated with paralyses such as respiratory and cardiovascular functions, loss of muscle mass, and recurrent skin infections can be life-changing and life-threatening. In most cases, the emotional upheaval and trauma due to paralysis can have a huge effect on the mental health of a previously healthy individual. It is not uncommon for paralysis patients to go through the stages of grief for the life they enjoyed before the accident.
The severity of injuries caused varies running from partial or full loss of use of the legs (paraplegia) to the partial or full loss of use of all four limbs (quadriplegia). Lesser spinal injuries may result in a cervical herniated disk which can cause paralysis symptoms such as persistent pain in the neck, arms, shoulders, and legs. The pain is ongoing and can be severe or dull depending on the injury sustained. Workers compensation could help pay for your medical treatment, assistive and mobility tools, personal and home health care, lost wages, and home modifications such a wheelchair ramp and wide doors.
We place a huge amount of trust in medical professionals when we need advice or treatment as part of workplace injury. Unfortunately, medical negligence or incompetence on the part of the surgeon or another medical practitioner may sometimes occur during clinical procedures and as a result, we may suffer unnecessary pain. This may be because of improper medication, inaction, misdiagnosis or surgical errors, all which can be causes of paralysis in the arms and legs.
If you’ve been left paralysed because of medical negligence of a practitioner you might be able to begin a claim for compensation. This could cover medical bills and home adaptations to make life easier, in addition to easing the pain and suffering you have been caused. It’s important to note that there is a medical negligence claims time limit, usually set at 3 years after an accident. Don’t hesitate to call us to find out if your claim meets the requirements for compensation.
Workers who are paralysed as a result of workplace injuries such as trips, slips or falls are unfortunately not always awarded the compensation they are entitled to. These types of accidents are quite prevalent in workplaces where the surface is wet or slippery and can be one of the more upsetting type of paralysis claims. The most serious of these kinds of accidents can be fatal. Such accidents often lead to back injuries, head injuries, fractures and in more serious cases paralysis of the affected nerve.
Slips and trips mostly occur when the surface area is still wet and slippery. In workplaces, they might be down to to negligence if the accident was caused by a wet floor that hasn’t been correctly cleaned or dried. Required safety procedures such as appropriate signs indicating wet surfaces should be provided. A company or business might be liable for any injuries because of accidents that occurred as result of failing to apply the necessary safety procedures. Tripping on wires and work equipment that are simply left lying about is also common and may cause a paralysis injury work accident that will mean you cannot return to work for a long time.
Slips, trips and falls at workplaces can happen for a number of other reasons. You could fall because of something like a faulty ladder, trip over uneven paving slabs, trip down a poorly maintained staircase or trip over boxes or litter. It’s recommended to record any useful information if you slip, trip or fall as these claims are often not so easy to prove. If the accident and injuries were because of factors out of your control you will have a good chance of claiming compensation for damages incurred.
- Read what the HSE advise you do after falling at work here.
If you have been injured in an accident at your place of work then your employer may be liable under the Health and Safety at Work Act. The legislation sets out the basic requirements which employers should follow so as to ensure your workplace environment is both safe for everybody and healthy. Your employer should carry out regular and detailed risk assessments designed to keep you safe such as working at height, working with equipment and operating a forklift truck.
A Paralysis injury work accident may threaten the livelihood of the affected employee. Living with work-related paralysis presents significant physical challenges such as heavy financial burdens. Depending on the cause of the injury or accident, paralysis can be temporary or permanent.
There are several ways your employer could fail in upholding the highest levels of safety. They may fail to address the problems found in a risk assessment or maybe they failed to conduct a risk assessment entirely. They might have failed to give you the correct training or they may have provided you with faulty equipment. In these cases proving negligence is relatively straightforward.
The amount of compensation awarded for paralysis caused by an accident at your workplace entirely depends on your own unique accident and injuries. You would need to take into account any time off work you needed as a resulted of your injuries, and paralysis treatment expenses you have incurred as a direct result of the accident including home or vehicle modifications and other factors.
When it comes to the level of compensation you will receive for your paralysis after a workplace injury, it is essential to understand that awards differ in accordance with the severity of your accident. The compensation you receive can be for your future care, rehabilitation expenses, and in some cases your travel and accommodation needs. The different types of compensation claims you are entitled to after paralysis after a workplace injury may include:
This part of your claim covers the suffering and pain you have had to endure as a direct result of the paralysis.
You can claim compensation for the cost of hiring care in your home while undergoing analysis cure if your back injuries have left you unable of caring for yourself.
House modification claims as a consequence of a paralysis injury work accident may include widening doorways, especially should you require a manual wheelchair. You might need to claim compensation for redoing your driveway or walkway with pavement if you have gravel as wheelchair casters can get stuck in this. You can also claim compensation for moving around kitchen appliances to ensure easier access. For instance, you may want to move the cupboard from beneath the kitchen sink to fit your wheelchair under while cooking. You can claim expenses for replacing your carpet with tiles or wood to make it easier for your wheelchair to roll over.
Similarly to your home, you may need to modify your vehicle after your paralysis. The compensation claim can cover modification costs or enable you to purchase a modified vehicle.
For back injury victims, rehabilitation costs can be long term. This includes visits to a physiotherapist and access to treatment not available on the NHS such as visits to a private practice or visits to foreign specialists where such visits are deemed necessary.
Travel expenses and Medical expenses
You can include the cost of treatment, both initial and on-going, along with transport cost required for getting to your appointments.
Loss of earnings
If you are unable to work due to your paralysis then you may claim for loss of earnings.
We have put together this compensation table to help give you an idea of how much compensation you may be able to claim after your accident:
Type Of Injury Severity Potential Compensation Description Of Injury Back Injury Moderate £9,500 - £29,475 Injuries can include muscle and ligament disturbance as well as compression of the lumber vertebrae. Back Injury Severe £29,475 - £122,350 Injuries range from fractured discs to damaged spinal cords and roots. Head Injury Minor £1675 - £9,700 There will be only mild head trauma that will heal quickly. No brain damage would have occurred. Head Injury Moderate £32,725 - £166,500 Senses, speech or memory will be impaired. Leg Injury Moderate £21,100 - £29,800 Function of the will be limited, long-term. Leg Injury Severe £73,150 - £103,250 There will be a need for complicated procedures such as bone grafting. Shoulder Injury Morderate £6,000 - £9,700 Shoulder movement will be limited for around two years. Shoulder Injury Serious £9,700 - £14,600 There will be shoulder and neck pain, as well as limited movement. Shoulder Injury Severe £14,600 - £36,500 There will likely be significant damage to the brachial plexus, causing disability.
- Please do call us for a more specific claim amount which will be tailored to your injuries and circumstances.
No win no fee compensation claims are agreements between a complainant and a solicitor that guarantee they will not pay any fees until they win their compensation. Our no win no fee paralysis injury agreement ensures that even the least well-off patients can begin a claim without paying any legal fees upfront so they can receive compensation for paralysis after a workplace accident. If you would like to know more about our no win, no fee agreement, our experienced team will be more than happy to explain the details to you. Call us today for more information.
We understand that paralysis can alter your life dramatically and we are here to support you along the way. We have many years of experience in the industry and an exceptional reputation. We have launched numerous cases of paralysis injury work accident claims so you can be confident that you are in safe hands. Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you would like to start a claim for paralysis compensation for an injury that has left you paralysed or if you have suffered paralysis due to a missed or delayed diagnosis or through a surgical error.
Our dedicated team of solicitors will help you during this worrying time and we will ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to. Whether you or your loved ones have been dealt the blow of workplace paralysis, get in touch with us today for more information on our services and find out what we can do for you.
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