Living with a Spinal Cord Injury
Between 1,000 and 1,200 people, each year sustains a spinal cord injury, and most of these people will require a wheelchair for the rest of their lives. This change means adapting physically, mentally, and emotionally, and it can be a difficult and long process.
Whilst there is nothing that anyone can do to take this pain away, there are ways in which Aspire Law can help you.
The majority of spinal cord injuries are caused by falls (41.7%) or road traffic accidents (36.8%), and if the accident that caused your injury was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
What difference will that make?
You are right in thinking that financial compensation will not make up for the loss of movement and sensation that you are now living with, but herer at Aspire Law we don’t only aim to help you financially. A successful claim can not only compensate you for loss of past and future earnings, but it can help you to fund any adaptations you may need to make to your home, and help with rehabilitation, care and support packages, and changes to your transport needs.
Of course, all these things will be different, depending on the injury you have suffered. The spinal cord is incredibly complex, and your injury is usually measured in two different ways: the completeness, and the level.
Completeness refers to the ‘width’ of the injury – if it is complete, this means that there is sufficient damage across the width of the spinal cord as to result in no sensation or muscle control below the injury; if the injury is incomplete this means that there can be some sensation and/or muscle control below the level of the injury.
The level of the injury refers to the ‘height’ of the injury. Generally, the higher up the spine, the more severe the injury.
Offering a second opinion
It’s possible that you have already spoken to a solicitor about your claim and been turned away, or you are unhappy with the service that they are providing. Aspire Law are always happy to offer an unbiased second opinion – particularly if you have suffered as a result of clinical negligence, which some solicitors may be inexperienced with, or reluctant to handle. Clinical negligence does not just mean that your injury was caused by a treatment or operation; it can also apply if you were mistreated in the immediate aftermath of your injury.
If you would like to speak to a spinal cord injury specialist, get in touch with a member of the Aspire Law team today.