Spinal Cord Injury Solicitors
Spinal cord injuries can be extremely debilitating with the potential to affect every aspect of a person’s life. Often they are caused by accidents, but occasionally they arise as a result of a negligent delay in diagnosis and/or treatment by medical staff of a condition affecting the spinal cord, such as Cauda Equina Syndrome or a spinal cord tumour.
If you believe you have been left with a spinal cord injury due to medical negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation. This can often be a substantial amount that can make a significant difference to your life, including helping you to improve your welfare and allowing you to live more independently.
Jobling Gowler’s specialist clinical negligence solicitors understand the extreme sensitivity needed to deal with spinal injury negligence claims. Our team of specialist solicitors have successfully investigated and pursued many claims resulting in significant compensation for clients to help them rebuild their lives.
Our team have particular experience with cauda equina syndrome claims, having successfully pursued a number of claims related to this type of acquired spinal injury. We recently achieving a seven-figure settlement for a client living with cauda equina syndrome due to medical negligence.
For more information about cauda equina syndrome, please take a look at our recent blog on the dangers signs of cauda equina syndrome.
We can support you every step of the way with making a medical negligence compensation claim in relation to a spinal injury, helping to make the whole process as straightforward as possible while minimising the disruption to your life.
Our spinal injury negligence lawyers are exceptionally skilled in alternative dispute resolution, meaning we can often resolve claims outside of a court hearing, saving you time, money and stress. No matter how complex your claim, we will find the best strategy to deliver a fair result for you.
For an initial free consultation about making a birth injury claims, please contact one of our specialist clinical negligence solicitors.
How to pursue spinal injury compensation
If you believe you may have a case to claim compensation for an acquired spinal injury due to medical negligence, the first step is to speak to a member of our team. Will then talk through the details of your case with you and advise you on whether we believe your claim has a realistic prospect of success.
Once you agree to work with us, we will begin gathering evidence to build your case. This will typically include medical records as well as evidence for witnesses and independent medical experts.
Once we have a clear picture of what negligence occurred and how this impacted your health, we will contact the NHS Trust or other healthcare provider you hold responsible for the medical negligence that caused your spinal injury. In doing so, we will set out the details of your claim and the amount of compensation you are seeking to resolve the matter.
The defendant will then have up to four months to respond. At this point they should either accept responsibility and offer a settlement or deny responsibility.
You will then need to decide whether to accept the defendant’s response, including any offer of settlement, or take further action. We will advise you on whether we think any settlement offered is fair and your options for proceedings where we believe this is appropriate.
Where necessary, we will issue court proceedings against the defendant. You will then be assigned a hearing date, which will typically be around 18 months in the future. It is important to note, however, that cases that reach this point will most often be resolved with an out of court settlement before any hearing takes place, allowing you to get a result faster and without the need to appear in court.
We will pursue a variety of options to achieve a pre-trial settlement, including negotiation and alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration. If a pre-trial settlement cannot be agreed, however, we will ensure you have the best possible representation in court so you have the strongest chance of a fair outcome.
Funding your spinal injury claim
We offer a number of different options for covering the cost of a spinal injury claim and will work with you to find an option that suits your circumstances. This includes legal expenses insurance (often offered alongside home insurance policies, as well as with some bank accounts and credit cards) and third-party funding (e.g. trade union funding).
We represent many of our acquired spinal injury claims clients using conditional fee agreements (sometimes referred to as ‘no win, no fee spinal injury claims’). This allows you to start a claim without having to make a contribution towards your legal fees or expenses at the outset, with these costs only being payable if your claim is successful and we secure compensation for you.
To find out more about your options for covering the cost of a spinal injury claim, please get in touch.
Why choose our specialist spinal injury solicitors?
Jobling Gowler’s clinical negligence solicitors have helped a wide range of clients over the years to secure compensation for acquired spinal injuries. We have an exceptional track record of success with spinal injury claims, achieving favourable results under even the most complicated and challenging of circumstances.
We are accredited by the Law Society for Clinical Negligence and Personal Injuries, reflecting the strength of our expertise in these areas. We have also achieved the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation in recognition of the excellence of our practice management and client care.
Take a look at the individual profiles of our specialist team to find out more about our medical negligence lawyers’ experience and expertise.
Contact us today about a spinal injury claim
If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal injury due to medical negligence, please contact one of our specialist clinical negligence solicitors today to arrange an initial free consultation.