Paralysis claims

Suffering an accident that results in paralysis can be life-changing for you, your family and those close to you.

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Every year, about 2,000 people in the UK suffer traumatic spinal cord injury leading to permanent paralysis.

If you've had an accident that wasn't your fault you may be able to claim compensation, which may just ease the financial pressure of the adjustments you will need to make.  

First4Lawyers have years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims. Our specialist advisers are here to guide you through the process and the options available to you.

What is paralysis?

Paralysis or partial paralysis can be defined as the loss of ability to move all or part of the body. It can include loss of voluntary muscle function and a lack of sensation (such as touch or temperature). It can also affect other bodily functions.

There are four main types of paralysis:

  • Monoplegia – one limb is paralysed
  • Hemiplegia – the arm and leg on one side of the body is paralysed
  • Paraplegia – paralysis to both legs and sometimes the pelvis
  • Tetraplegia (or quadriplegia) – both legs and arms are paralysed

The biggest causes of paralysis are:

  • Falls from a height, such as scaffolding or roofing on a building site
  • Head injuries from car or motorcycle accident
  • Accidents at work
  • Slips and trips
  • Sports injuries
  • Medical negligence and misdiagnosis

Why make a claim for paralysis compensation?

While you will be thinking about recovery and rehabilitation, there is also the longer-term future to consider. It’s a future that will likely require many adjustments and costs, and the simple truth is compensation can help ease the financial pressure when finding funds for:

  • Ongoing medical costs and treatments
  • Physical therapies, such as physiotherapy
  • Nursing care
  • Home alterations
  • Adaptations to vehicles
  • Power chairs, wheelchairs and mobility aids

While you are dealing with the physical and psychological impact of your paralysis, there is also the loss of income and future earnings to take into consideration. A successful claim could help give you the security you need.

If you are claiming against an employer, and feel reluctant in doing so, you might be interested to know that employers have to have insurance against this kind of thing happening.  Taking actions will make sure that workplace is a safe environment for others in the future.

More about making a claim

How the claim process works


Get in touch

You can contact us 24/7 online or by phone, or use our callback form to request a callback at a time convenient to you


Discuss your situation

One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case


Manage your claim

Our specialist No Win No Fee* solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

How can First4Lawyers help?

We can help take the stress out of what is a complex subject. We have solicitors who are experts in the area of paralysis claims, who can handle the process for you, while you concentrate on recovery.

We offer No Win No Fee* services, so you don’t have to find any money upfront. And if your case is not successful, you don’t pay a penny.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25% of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this but it will never be more. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

First4Lawyers are an award winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

Our initial consultation with you is free and you are under no obligation to go ahead with anything unless you want to.

How much compensation will I receive for a paralysis claim?

‘General damages’ are calculated using Judicial College Guidelines, but there are other things to take into consideration, known as ‘special damages’. This looks at the costs of things like home adjustments, loss of earnings, nursing care, travel and future earnings.

The general damage ranges for paraplegia and tetraplegia are currently:

  • Paraplegia - £192,050 to £249,270
  • Tetraplegia / quadriplegia - £284,610 to £354,260

Is there a time limit for making a claim for paralysis?

Generally speaking your accident will need to have happened in the last three years, but there are cases where you may have longer than three years to make a claim. These are cases where the person injured has had their mental capacity affected and are unable to make decisions, or if the claimant is a child, the three-year period doesn’t start until their 18th birthday.

Our advisers will be able to take you through the options, based on your individual circumstances so just call us for a free initial chat, or request a callback at the top of the screen.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

You can enquire about a compensation claim using our online claim form or by requesting a callback at the top of the screen. We will get in touch at a time that suits you to talk you through your options and our No Win No Fee* service.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

How long will a claim take?

The length of time it will take to make your claim depends on your individual circumstances.

Every case is different, so it’s very difficult to say at the early stages how long the process will be from start to finish.

Once your solicitor has completed their initial investigations into your case, they will be in a better position to advise you on how long the process is likely to take.

To give you a very general idea:

  • For a personal injury claim like minor whiplash, for example, the process could be completed in about six months. But in more complex cases, such as claims involving a trip, slip or fall, it could take over a year to be settled. The process could also be longer if the defendant disputes your claim.

  • Claiming for a work accident could be between six and nine months. But if the injury is more severe, or there are legal complexities, it could take longer.

  • Medical negligence cases tend to take longer as they can be complex with multiple factors and evidence.  A rough estimate would be 18-26 months.

You can contact one of our advisors to discuss your situation.

More about making a claim

Can I make a claim online?

Yes, you can start your claim online or by calling us on the number at the top of the screen.

After entering a few details into our simple form, one of our advisors will call you back to discuss your claim.

When completing the form, just give a brief description of your accident, including details on what happened and when, if you were injured in the accident and what your injuries were. This helps us to understand the nature of your accident, so that we will be able to advise you on the most appropriate next steps for you.

We’ll also need a few contact details, including your full name, telephone number and an alternative telephone number (in case we’re unable to reach you). You can also include your email address, if you’d prefer us to email you with further details.

Let us know what time it’s best for us to call you back. We know it’s not always convenient for you to talk, so we'll call at that scheduled time when you'll be expecting us.

Making a claim online will help to save you time and will ensure that you receive a phone call back from us as soon as possible. During the call, we will ask you a few questions about your accident and advise you if you’re eligible to make a claim, and if so, what you can do next.

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How do I know whether I have a claim?

That's what we're here for! 

If you’ve had an accident and you’re not sure if you’re eligible to claim, then call us through the number at the top of the screen and speak to one of our specialist advisors.

We will give you free advice regarding your case and advise you on the potential of your claim, without obligation.

We believe in working honestly and with integrity – we don’t believe in raising expectations and we don’t encourage false claims.

To be eligible to make a compensation claim, there are three key conditions that your case will need to meet:

  • Your accident must have taken place during the last three years. Please note: different rules apply to industrial disease, medical negligence and criminal injury claims, or if you were under 18 when the accident happened.  We will advise accordingly in each of these cases.
  • There must be a person or organisation who is at fault for your accident.
  • Your injuries will have required medical treatment.

If you have any questions, or are unsure if your case meets these requirements, give us a call or complete our online claim form and we'll be in touch shortly.

Can I be compensated for losses as well as my injury?

Yes, you may be entitled to compensation for losses other than your personal injury.

A personal injury claim is split into two parts: general damages and special damages.

  • General damages are paid for the pain and suffering and emotional distress from your physical injury.
  • Special damages relate to damaged belongings or financial losses resulting from the injury.


Will I have to attend a medical?

Yes, you’ll need to have a medical examination to make a personal injury claim.

It's to provide proof that your injury was caused by the accident and to allow your solicitors to value your claim.

Can I claim if I've been injured by a physical assault?

Yes. If you’ve been injured in a violent crime you have every right to make a claim for compensation, even if the attacker is unknown or found not guilty.

This is done through the government-backed Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Incidents resulting in your injury will need to have been reported to the police and meet certain criteria set out by the CICA.

We can guide you through this process and explain the criteria set out by the CICA, so you can feel better prepared before you contact them.

Can I claim if my accident happened while I was abroad?

Yes, you can still claim if you had an accident while abroad.  But it can be more complex due to varying laws in other countries.

Accidents abroad are very common and can happen to anyone. Some of the most common accidents can include things such as suffering food poisoning from the hotel restaurant, slipping on a wet floor in a hotel or tripping over on a poorly-maintained footpath.

Other scenarios you may be able to claim compensation for include: sport-related accidents from using damaged, faulty or poorly-maintained equipment, sustaining an injury during an arranged excursion and road traffic accidents (including accidents when travelling as a passenger in a car, coach or taxi).

Those who booked their trip with a travel agent or as part of a package holiday are more likely to be able to claim against the travel company once returning to the UK, as opposed to the services used abroad (such as a hotel or restaurant).

At First4Lawyers, we work with solicitors who are experienced in making claims for accidents that have happened abroad, for people who were either on holiday or travelling on a business trip. Contact us for a no-obligation chat.


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