Compensation for Spinal Cord Injury - following a car accident
Road Traffic Accidents, The Facts:
Every year in the UK approximately 1,200 lives are affected by spinal cord injury (SCI). In total car accidents account for around 40% of the UK’s spinal cord injuries; meaning that every day, on our roads at least one person will sustain a SCI. Annually there are over 450 cases.
The reported road casualties in Great Britain for the year ending June 2016 recorded 24,620 people being killed or seriously injured (KSI). This figure reveals a 3% increase in KSI cases on the UK’s roads when compared to the previous year.
Common Causes of Road Traffic Accidents
Driving Under the Influence of Drink or Drugs
Provisional estimates show that between 240 and 340 people were killed in drink/drug drive accidents in 2015. This means that - going by the above figures - of the total KSI road traffic accidents, approximately 17% were due to drivers driving under the influence.
According to governmental statistics, there were 185,010 casualties of all severities - including spinal cord injury - in the year ending June 2016. This means that out of these accidents, 37,002 were caused by fatigue.
Carelessness accounts for 51% of all car and traffic accidents. That means in 2015/16 94,355 accidents were caused by driver error.
In recent years smartphone usage has seen a marked increase. For example, almost 8,000 drivers were caught using a mobile phone during a week-long campaign by police in November 2015. (BBC article.)
Spinal Cord Injury and Car Accidents: Your Compensation Claim
If you or someone you know sustains a spinal cord injury as the result of a road traffic accident, you should speak with a lawyer as close to the event as possible. Vital evidence can be lost if matters are delayed, which could reduce the prospects of succeeding in any claim you may have.
Even if you think you were to blame or partly at fault you should speak with a lawyer and seek advice. Accidents where seatbelts have not been worn or where the driver is unknown (a hit and run for example), or is uninsured are still worth investigating as the law dictates compensation despite these difficulties.
At Aspire Law we have dealt with many cases of untraced/uninsured drivers and claims where there have been difficult arguments over seatbelt usage and causation. These aspects require specialist technical knowledge and skill to navigate the process and address the issues with a view to reducing any impact they may have and maximise your damages.
At Aspire Law we know that adjusting to life with a disability and paralysis that is associated with spinal injury is expensive. One way to address these added living costs is to secure a compensation payment.
Following a successful claim, the damages will enable you to pay for assistance and equipment, which can run into many tens of thousand of pounds each year. Appropriately adapted accommodation is likely to cost many hundreds of thousands of pounds, which your compensation claim can meet the cost of.
Your compensation claim will ensure that you and your family are able to maintain as normal a level of independence as possible and a good standard of living is preserved.
Spinal Cord Injury Compensation: Choosing Your Solicitor
Choosing your solicitor can be difficult and overwhelming. At Aspire Law we streamline this process to make choosing your spinal cord injury law firm as simple as possible. We understand what you are going through as we are specialists in dealing with SCI claims – it’s what we do, nothing else.
Aspire Law work closely with Aspire charity, where 50% of our profits are shared. This means that, even beyond the courtroom, we are dedicated to helping people move on and conquer life post-injury.
These reinvested profits go towards offering practical help to people living with spinal cord injuries, helping them to regain as independent a life as possible via funding, on-going support and help with housing.
If you require further information about selecting a solicitor, the spinal injury compensation claim process, the value of a second opinion or whether you are unsure if you have a case at all, please get in touch today. We’d love to help - even if that means just having a chat.
Aspire law offer a fair and genuine legal service. We always begin by discussing you, your case and your life before and after your spinal injury causing a car accident. This is because we understand the intricacies and incredibly personal nature of your injury.
If you want to find out more, please contact us to hear how we can how we can help you secure a successful compensation for your spinal cord injury.