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How much compensation can I claim for a accident causing paralysis?

By Olivia Jones. Last Updated 1st February 2021. Welcome to our guide on paralysis accident claims. If you or someone you love has been paralysed, we can help you to get the compensation you deserve. We recognise that this can be an extremely distressing period in anyone’s life, and that’s why we are here to support you along the way. We have many years of experience in the industry and we have launched numerous cases for paralysis compensation. You can be confident that you are in safe hands.

Find out more about claiming for accidents causing paralysis below. Alternatively, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our specialists 0800 073 8804.

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A guide to accident claims for paralysis injury

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Paralysis accident claims

Paralysis is a life-changing condition, which can have a huge impact on your future, as well as your family’s future. If you have been paralysed due to an accident that was not your fault, there is an extremely high chance that you will be entitled to compensation and this is definitely something that you should pursue.

If you have suffered from temporary paralysis or you are currently suffering from permanent paralysis, we can help you to get the compensation you deserve. We can also help family members that are claiming on behalf of a loved one that cannot make paralysis accident claims for themselves.

All you need to do is give us a call to discuss compensation for paralysis further. However, before you do that, why not take a look at the compensation guide we have put together below? You will find out everything you need to know about these types of claims, including information on paralysis define and the various types, prevention of paralysis, disabled benefits, compensation amounts, and how to launch a successful claim.

What is paralysis?

Paralysis is a term that is used to describe the loss of muscle function. Often, there is also sensory loss in the affected area. Paralysis occurs when the central nervous system is damaged, particularly, the spinal cord. You may have heard of the term paraplegia, which is lower half paralysis. Quadriplegia is paralysis where both legs and arms are affected.

Statistics about paralysis

Recent research by UK charities offering support to victims of spinal injuries suggests that 2,400 people are diagnosed with a spinal cord injury every year. Here are some more facts and figures for the UK:

  • 35 people sustain a spinal cord injury each week
  • 2429 new patients were referred to specialist centres in 2018 alone
  • 50,000 people are currently living with a spinal cord injury

If you have been paralysed due to an incident that was not your fault, you may be able to make a claim. To learn more about paralysis accident claims, please continue reading.

What to do if you are involved in an accident causing paralysis injury?

If you have had a paralysis attack and it was not your fault, it is important to launch a compensation claim so that you can get a payout to help you with your future. Unfortunately, some people that are paralysed are incapable of claiming themselves, and so you will be able to claim on the behalf of someone that is disabled.

The best thing to do is give us a call and we will be with you every step of the way throughout the claim process. It is also important to try and gather as much evidence as possible, although we know that this is not always easy in certain cases.

One thing you should do is jot down as much information as you can about the accident itself and how it happened. If anyone witnessed the incident, you should get his or her contact details, as this will help to strengthen your case. It is also important to get the contact information of the person or organisation responsible for the accident if you can. These steps could ease the paralysis accident claims process.

How to begin a paralysis claim

We aim to make the process of claiming as easy as possible. We recognise that you are going through a sheer nightmare at the moment, which is why we always seek to secure compensation in the most efficient and stress-free manner. To make such a claim, all you need to do is give us a call and we will conduct a free consultancy session.

During this session, you will be able to ask us any questions you have about paralysis accident claims. Not only will we be happy to advise you on claiming, but also if we have information that can assist you with anything from acquiring a disabled badge to a disabled bus pass, we will be only too happy to help. Not only will you get the chance to ask us questions during this process, but we will ask you a number of questions too. There is nothing to worry about. We simply need to find out the facts of the case so that we can advise you in the best possible manner.

Paralysis accident at work claims

There are a number of paralysis causes, but if you have been injured due to an accident in the workplace, we’re her to help with anything paralysis accident claims related. All employers have a legal responsibility to make sure that the working environment is a safe and healthy one. If they fail to do this, and an injury occurs as a consequence, compensation must be sought.

There are many different ways an employer may have failed in their duty to uphold the highest standards of health and safety. Maybe they failed to address findings in a risk assessment? Perhaps they didn’t carry out a risk assessment at all? Or, did they fail to provide you with the required training for your job? They may have even used equipment when they knew it was faulty. The list is endless. If you are unsure as to whether you have the basis to claim, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

A lot of people are worried about making a claim against an employer, especially if they have temporary paralysis and there is the possibility of a paralysis cure and full recovery. This is something you don’t need to fret about. All employers are required to have insurance in place by law, and so it’s not something that is going to come directly from their back pocket. Also, if you are worried that it will impact future working prospects, don’t be. Your employer would only land himself or herself in deeper water, as you would have grounds for unfair dismissal as well.

For information on paralysis accident claims involving car accidents, please see the next section.

Have You Suffered Paralysis After Car Accident?

If you have suffered from a paralysis injury after a car accident or road traffic accident as a driver or passenger you could claim compensation on a No Win No Fee basis contact us today for free legal advice and we can give you the best support and information you need.

Paralysis slip trip or fall claims

Slip, trip, and fall claims can be some of the most distressing types of paralysis claims. You can end up with a disability simply because you tripped over or slipped on something. It can be a difficult thing to accept. This is why it is imperative to get the compensation you deserve if the accident was not your fault.

Who will you be making a claim against? Well, this depends on where you fell, slipped, or tripped, and who was to blame. If you were in a store and they did not maintain the area properly, the business would be to blame. If you are walking down the street, it could be the council’s fault.

To discover more about paralysis accident claims, please read on or get in touch with our personal injury claims team.

I was paralysed due to medical negligence can I claim?

If you believe a medical mistake is the cause of your paralysis, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. You will be able to make a claim. We have an abundance of experience in securing medical negligence compensation for our clients, and so you can be sure you have the best chance of a successful claim when you work with us. Cauda equina syndrome is a common medical negligence spinal injury error.

No one expects to suffer complications when they seek medical treatment, which is why it can be extremely upsetting when something goes wrong. A lot of people also suffer mental side effects as well as physical effects. We can ensure you receive compensation for both.

For information on paralysis accident claims related to epidurals, please see the next section.

I was paralysed after having an epidural (childbirth) can I claim?

A lot of women choose to have an epidural during childbirth so that they cannot feel the pain. There are then others that have no choice but to have an epidural because of medical reasons. No matter what has happened, if you have ended up with paralysis from the waist down because of the epidural, there is a chance you will be eligible for compensation. Please do not hesitate to give us a call for further details.

I was paralysed while on holiday abroad can I claim?

We often get asked whether people can make paralysis accident claims relating to incidents abroad or on holiday. If you have been injured abroad and it was not your fault, you can make a claim. These claims can sometimes be complicated, as it depends on where you were injured. If you were on an excursion or under the responsibility of the travel firm you booked with, the claim will usually be launched against them. However, we will be able to advise you better once we know the ins and outs of your claim.

I suffered Bell’s palsy following surgery can I claim compensation?

The disabled definition for Bell’s Palsy is as follows: This is a condition that causes temporary paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of the face. In other words, it is a facial paralysis. If you have suffered from this condition and you believe it is due to medical negligence, please get in contact to begin the process of making a claim for compensation.

Injury causing paralysis in a public place claims

We have made many public place claims over the years. This is an area that we have plenty of experience in it. If you have been paralysed because of an accident that happened in a public place, there is a very high chance that you will be able to get compensation for the incident.

Types of paralysis injury

There are a variety of different paralysis injuries that become the focus of paralysis accident claims. People with paraplegia will require the use of a paralysis wheelchair, but they will usually be able to lead a relatively independent life. Sadly, those with quadriplegia will need a great deal of help from carers and a lot of support, as all four limbs are paralysed. Aside from paraplegia and quadriplegia, there are other classifications of paralysis:

  • Hemiplegia – This is when one arm and one leg on both sides of the body are paralysed.
  • Monoplegia – This is when one limb is paralysed.
  • Generalised paralysis – This refers to paralysis that impacts larger areas of the body.
  • Localised paralysis – This is the opposite from the above. It refers to paralysis that impacts a specific body part, such as the arm or the foot.

What can be claimed for after an accident causing paralysis?

If you have been injured in an accident and suffered any type of paralysis as a consequence, whether it is paralysis neck down, paralysis legs and arms, or Bell’s palsy, you could make paralysis accident claims. These claims could yield compensation for the following:

  • General damages – This is compensation for your pain and suffering. It will depend on your paralysis symptoms and the treatment of paralysis you have to undergo.
  • Special damages – This is compensation for any accident or injury-related costs that you incurred and had to pay out of pocked for. They could include the following:
  • Care costs – If you have required any help around the house, the person who has cared for you can file a care claim.
  • Travel expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Disability aids
  • Wheelchair
  • Loss of earnings
  • A modified or disabled car
  • House modifications. This includes:
  • Widening doorways – This is especially important if you have a manual wheelchair. You don’t want to keep banging your knuckles on the frame of the door.
  • Replacing your carpet with tile or wood – This will make it easier for your wheelchair to roll over.
  • Disabled toilet
  • Restructuring kitchen appliances – This will ensure access is easier. For example, you may want to remove the cabinet under the sink so that your wheelchair can roll under and you can use it as an independent cooking range. Basically, any modifications or disabled aids for the kitchen can be claimed for.
  • Redoing your driveway or walkway with pavement – This is advisable if you have loose gravel, as wheelchair casters can get stuck in this.
  • Stairlift
  • Hospital bed
  • Wheelchair accessible sink
  • Commode chair
  • Handgrips in the bathroom
  • Roll-in shower installation
  • Mobile ramp or ramp

The most common causes of paralysis

The most common causes of paralysis and, in turn, paralysis accident claims, include:

  • Strokes
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries, which often result due to falls, accidents during sports, accidents at work, and motor vehicle accidents

There are also some less common causes, including cancer and multiple sclerosis.

How much compensation will I get after an accident causing paralysis?

If you have looked for compensation amounts for paralysis accident claims online, you may have come across a compensation calculator. It is important to stress that any amount shown to you by one of these calculators is a mere estimate. It is impossible to provide an accurate payout for any personal injury victim, no matter the type of claim. This is because every case is different and there are so many variables involved.

However, what we can do is give you the average payout amounts for different types of paralysis, which you will see in the table below. If you cannot find the type of injury you are experiencing, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will provide further insight.

Reason for compensationTypical compensation amountComments
Mental anguish£4,380Fear of death and expectation of end of life.
Quadriplegia £304,630 to £379,100At the top end of the bracket, there is a significant impact on the person’s ability to communicate and their senses. There will also be physical pain. Such cases tend to involve significant brain damage.
Paraplegia£205,580 to £266,740The level of award is determined by life expectancy and age, depression, the degree of independence, and the extent and presence of pain.
Severe back injuries (i)£85,470 to £151,070Severe back injuries that involve incomplete paralysis, as well as significantly impaired sexual, bowel, and bladder function.
Severe back injuries (ii)£69,600 to £82,980Includes nerve root damage and loss of sensation that results from it. Causes significantly impaired mobility.
Severe back injuries (iii)£36,390 to £65,440Includes disc leisons, fractures or soft tissue injuries, leaving residual disability.
Severe neck injuriesIn the region of £139,210Incomplete paraplegia or spastic quadriparesis, resulting in little to no movement in the neck.
Severe brain damage£264,650 to £379,100Cases involving quadriplegic cerebral palsy, as well as significant physical difficulties. Includes 'locked-in' syndrome.
Moderately severe brain damage£205,580 to £264,650Serious disability, requiring substantial dependence on others for constant care. Includes limb paralysis.
Less severe psychiatric damage generally£1,440 to £5,500Affecting sleep and day-to-day life.
Moderately severe post-traumatic stress disorder£21,730 to £56,180Professional help required to make any progress or recovery.

No Win No Fee paralysis claims

One of the best things about using our service for paralysis accident claims is the fact that we operate on a No Win No Fee basis. This means you are only going to need to pay legal fees if your case is successful, meaning you will have the compensation to cover the cost. This guarantees you will never be out of pocket, no matter the outcome.

The other option is to go for a solicitor that charges by the hour. By doing this, there is always the chance that you will have a huge legal bill to pay yet no compensation at the end of it all. This is the last thing we want to happen to you, which is why we work to a No Win No Fee structure. Also, solicitors who charge by the hour are inclined to take on any old case simply to get paid. After all, the outcome of the case does not impact them. When you work with us, you can be sure that we won’t mess you around or waste your time. We only take on cases that we believe have a genuine chance of success.

Why choose us as your claims service for a paralysis claim?

There are many reasons why you should choose us as your claim service for paralysis accident claims. Not only do we have over 30 years of experience in the industry, but also we always treat our customers with the upmost dignity and respect. We have an exceptional reputation, and we genuinely believe that this is because we care – and we deliver results too!

However, we do appreciate how much of a torturous time you are going through at the moment. We know that paralysis can change a person’s life completely, and we are there to be helpful, never a hindrance. We will work quietly in the background to secure you the maximum amount of compensation possible. We won’t cause you any added stress; we operate efficiently at all times.

If, by chance, you do need our help, we will always be available. We can answer queries about the case, or anything else you may need assistance with. Maybe you require a disabled person railcard? Perhaps you want to know about the Disability Discrimination Act because you feel you have been discriminated against? If we can help, we will!

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you want to make paralysis accident claims for injuries leaving you paralysed, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

The number you need is 0800 073 8804, and you will speak to a friendly and experienced member of our team, who will happily assist in any manner possible.

Useful links

Thank you for reading our guide to paralysis accident claims. In this section, you can find more links and resources you may find useful.

NHS Paralysis – Causes

This link takes you to the NHS page for paralysis. It provides information on the different causes of paralysis, including strokes and head injuries.

Carers and disability benefits

This government web link explains about the disability benefits you could be entitled to for more information click the link.

Citizens Advice Benefits for people who are sick or disabled

This link takes you to the citizen’s advice page, where you will find information on disability living allowance for children, the rights of disabled passengers, and much more. You can alter the search term to suit your requirements.

Back Injury Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

If you have suffered from a back injury contact u for free legal advice and find out the back injury compensation amounts you can claim.

Spinal Injury Claims – Find Out How To Claim Compensation?

If you have suffered from a paralysis spinal cord injury that has caused paralysis contact our experts today for free legal advice.

Brain Injury Claims – Find Out How To Claim

If you or a family member has suffered from a paralysis brain injury contact us today for free advice.

Paralysis Accident Claims FAQ

How much compensation do you get for medical negligence UK?

There is no average payout for paralysis accident claims. However, by calling our team of specialist advisors today, they can give you a free assessment of your case and tell you how much you could be entitled to. Unlike personal injury compensation calculators, this assessment takes into consideration the unique features of your situation that distinguish your accident from the rest.

Has anyone recovered from paralysis?

Currently, there are no recorded cases of people recovering from paralysis. At best, abilities that specialists believed to be lost upon injury can be partially regained through medical trials. With this in mind, paralysis accident claims are especially crucial to bringing victims the compensation that they deserve.

How long after an injury can you claim compensation?

Personal injury claim time limits are typically 3 years from the accident (or the date that you realised you suffered as a result of it). However, exceptions apply. For example, if the claimant is under 18, a litigation friend can claim on their behalf until they turn 18, by which time, the time limit comes into effect and they can claim themselves.

Can I sue for loss of income?

Under special damages, you could be able to claim for any loss of income that your accident caused you to suffer.

How do you prove loss of income?

To prove any type of special damage claims, you’ll need to retain proof of payment wherever possible. In the case of loss of income, this could be proven by retaining wage slips, bank statements and the like.

What is a good settlement offer?

If you choose to work with our panel of personal injury lawyers at Legal Expert, they can navigate the claims process for you. This way, you can rest assured that your case is in safe hands and our team is doing everything within their power to win you the most compensation that you deserve.

Can you sue for emotional distress after car accident?

As part of a personal injury claim, you could be compensated for any emotional distress that you suffered as a result of your accident under general damages. This payout category covers both physical and psychological injuries, whereas special damages covers financial losses.

How do I maximize my car accident settlement?

As mentioned above, if you choose to work with Legal Expert, you can rest assured that your case is in safe hands and our team is doing everything within their power to win you the most compensation that you deserve. You’ll be sent for a medical assessment to prove your suffering, have any witnesses contacted for statements and much more in order to achieve the payout that you deserve.

Thank you for reading our guide to paralysis accident claims.

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