According to the Spinal Injuries Association, 1000 people every year in the UK sustain a spinal cord injury (1). Not only can these injuries be forever life-changing, but accessing the support that you need can be an overwhelming task. If you’re considering whether to seek advice from a spinal injury lawyer, here our Head of Serious & Catastrophic Injury, Quentin Underhill, lists 4 of the most important reasons you should do so:
Because your spinal injury was caused by someone else
This may seem obvious, but it’s a really important first step to understanding if spinal injury lawyers may be able to help you. If your spinal injury was caused in an accident that was not your fault, you should seek advice from spinal injury lawyers.
Experienced spinal injury lawyers will have worked with a wide range of clients that have suffered spinal injuries as a result of road traffic accidents, clinical negligence, accidents at work, accidents in public places or attacks and assaults – and they will be able to assist you on whether you have a claim or not.
Because your spinal injury occurred recently
When it comes to spinal injury claims, time is of the essence. As set out in the Limitation Act 1980, if you have suffered a spinal injury in an accident, you must make a claim within three years from either the date of the accident, or from the date that it has been determined that your spinal injury was caused directly or indirectly due to the accident (also known as the ‘Date of Knowledge’).
If you have suffered a spinal injury due to an accident and you’re within that time frame, you might want to consider seeking advice from a spinal injury lawyer to better understand if you have a claim or not. Due to their experience of dealing with similar cases, they will also be able to help you identify and gather evidence to determine whether your claim is still within this limitation period.
Because you have suffered severe spinal injuries that require medical attention and care
Recovery from spinal injuries can be extremely difficult – they require time, specialism and can become extremely costly. If you have suffered a severe spinal injury that requires specialist medical attention, rehabilitation and potentially life-long care, you should seek advice from a spinal injury lawyer.
Experienced spinal injury lawyers will be able to assess your needs and ensure you receive the support that you require. At Birchall Blackburn Law, our spinal injury lawyers have a combined experience of over 100 years and have secured a number of services for their clients over the years to help them with their recovery, including; interim payments to cover any losses when work has been affected, direct contact with trusted spinal specialists to deliver tailored rehabilitation to you, as well as access to organisations such as Spinal Injuries Association that can offer emotional and practical advice and support. We also offer services on a no win, no fee basis – to give you peace of mind that you will never be out of pocket during what can be a difficult time.
Many of these services can be extremely costly and difficult to arrange without a spinal injury lawyer. Experienced spinal injury lawyers have these immediate resources to help their most vulnerable clients; so if your spinal injury is serious, ensuring you receive these services that you are entitled to could be vital to your recovery.
Because no spinal injury is the same
Injuries to the spine and spinal cord are all different and can vary significantly – from minor damage that may heal over time, to severe, life-changing injuries that may result in constant care for the rest of your life. The causes of spinal injuries can also be varied and even accidents that may seem similar on paper can vary widely in the details.
Because every spinal injury is different, it’s important that you access expert advice from spinal injury lawyers that have extensive experience in dealing with a wide variety of them. What may have worked for another may not work for you, and it’s really important that no assumptions are made of your own case off the basis of others.
If you have suffered a spinal injury, don’t hesitate to call our specialised team that are always here to help on 0800 614 722. For further information on how we can advise you with your spinal injury claim, you can also take a look here.
- SIA Strategic Plan 2017-2022, page 5: https://www.spinal.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/SIA-Strategy-Fulfilled-Lives.pdf