Spinal injury claims

We're here to help you claim compensation if your spinal injury occurred through no fault of your own.


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Spinal damage and paralysis is something none of us want to contemplate, but in the UK and Ireland, three people a day are told they will never walk again.

Types of spinal injury

Spinal injuries can be caused in a number of ways, including:

  • Car accident
  • Motorcycle accident
  • Accident at work
  • Construction accident, such as a fall from height
  • Sports injury
  • Medical negligence, such as an operation that went wrong
  • Physical violence

Spinal cord injuries are often referred to in one of two ways: 'complete' spinal cord injury, which is defined as complete loss of function below the point of injury, or 'incomplete', which is where there is some sensation, feeling or movement.

Damage to the cervical spinal cord tends to be the most serious, resulting in varying degrees of paralysis. It can affect mobility, motor control and sensation, as well as the function of bladder, bowel and kidneys.

Why should I make a spinal injury claim?

A life-changing injury like spinal cord damage is a lot to come to terms with, both physically and psychologically. You and your loved ones will have to find ways to adapt to your needs, and make sure your recovery is as comprehensive and positive as possible.

If the injury was not your fault, you have the right to make a claim for damages against those at fault. Making a compensation claim can make a big difference when it comes to finding funds for medical treatment and ongoing rehabilitation needs. You may need alterations to your home and vehicle, to enable you to stay mobile and independent. And there is always the loss of earnings and income to consider too.

Claiming for a spinal injury may just remove some of the financial pressure and give you breathing space while you take the time to rest and recuperate.

Find out more about making a claim.

How can First4Lawyers help?

Putting together a claim can be a daunting prospect, and we understand that. We are here to listen to your situation, advise you of the options and then guide you through the process of your spinal injury compensation claim.

Our expert team have many years’ experience and will listen to your case with sympathy and understanding. We offer a No Win No Fee service, so you don't have to fund any upfront costs – and your initial chat with us is absolutely free.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Our No Win No Fee solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This could be up to 25% but it won't be more than that, except in cases of road traffic accidents. Changing laws mean our solicitors will now take a payment of 30% of the final compensation amount plus VAT for all road traffic accident claims.

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

How much compensation could I receive for a spinal injury?

The amount of claim compensation is calculated on the severity of your spinal injury, any permanent disability or impairment and factors including:

  • The pain and suffering you have been through
  • The severity of the damage to your back or spine
  • Time taken off work
  • Loss of income and future earnings
  • Any long-term effects on your everyday life
  • Alteration and equipment that may be required to improve your quality of life.

Judicial College Guidelines 'general damages' awards for severe back injury can range from £34,000 to £141,150, but it very much depends on your individual case. 

Is there a time limit for making a spinal injury claim?

Most personal injury claims should be started within three years of the accident or injury, but there are some exceptions. For example, children are able to make a claim up until their 21st birthday. Meanwhile, if you are claiming on behalf of someone who is mentally incapable of making decisions, then there is no time limit.

Our specialist advisers can talk you through it in a clear, no-jargon manner, based on your individual circumstances.

I think I have a claim – what should I do?

If you think you have a spinal injury claim, just get in touch to find out how we can help you. Give us a call, request a call back at a convenient time or start your claim online.

You are under no obligation to go ahead with anything – it's all up to you.


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