If a spinal injury has left you unable to work or enjoy the things you once used to, the dedicated personal injury lawyers at Pickering & Butters are ready to help with a caring, professional service.
Working closely with you to help get you back on your feet as quickly as possible, you’ll find we go all out to understand how the injury has changed things for you. Our core focus is on helping you return to normal, and if that means arranging care or rehabilitative treatment through our close contact network, that’s what we’ll do.
If your injury wasn’t your fault, that could mean that you are able to claim compensation for your suffering, for anxiety and for your financial losses.
You no doubt have lots of questions, such as what you can claim for, how much you can claim, who you will claim against, and how the process works. Perhaps you are worried about claiming because the driver of the vehicle is someone you know? Whatever you need to know, we are here to answer all your questions and put your mind at rest.
Free initial interview for your spinal injury claim
Why not take advantage of our free initial interview? We can see you either at our offices or visit you at home or in hospital at a time to suit you. We can talk through what happened, discuss the likely outcome of your claim and let you know whether you have a good chance of success.
Remember, in many cases your right to make a claim may be subject to a strict time cut-off, so it is never too early to act. Call today and let us put your mind at rest.
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Spinal injury compensation claims – key things to know
How do you know if you are owed spinal injury compensation?
In order to be owed compensation for a spinal injury, you need to be able to show that someone else is responsible for the injury. This will usually be because they are guilty of negligence e.g. an employer who failed to provide a safe working environment, though it is also possible to claim where the injury was caused by deliberate action e.g. a criminal assault.
Even if you are held to be partially responsible for your injury, you may still be able to claim if you can show someone else was at least partially at fault.
How long do you have to make a spinal injury compensation claim?
In most cases, you will have three years to claim spinal injury compensation. This time limit will be counted from the date when you first knew about the injury and that it may have been caused due to someone else’s negligence. This is referred to as the ‘date of knowledge’.
In some cases, you may have longer to claim e.g. if the claimant was under 18 at the time of their injury, then the three year time limit only kicks in once they turn 18, giving a final deadline of their 18th birthday.
Time limits for spinal injury claims can be complicated to understand, so it is always worth speaking to our team to make sure you do not miss out on the chance to claim.
How much compensation can you get for a spinal injury?
This will depend on the extent of the injury and its impact on your life, but generally you can claim for:
- Specific financial costs arising from your injury e.g. paying for medical treatment and care support, lost income due to having to take time off work
- The non-financial impact of a spinal injury e.g. pain and suffering, and not being able to carry out activities you previously could (known as ‘loss of amenity’)
The amount of compensation can also be impacted by the level of liability the defendant is considered to have. If it is decided that they are, for example, only 50% responsible for your injuries, then you would only be able to claim the equivalent amount of the total compensation that would have been available if they were wholly responsible.
How does a no win, no fee spinal injury claim work?
No win, no fee is a term commonly used to refer to a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’. It means that you will pay no legal fees upfront to start a claim with any fees only being due if and when your solicitor wins compensation for you.
With many spinal injury claims, the defendant will cover some or all of your legal fees if your claim succeeds, meaning there may be no fees or reduced fees to pay even if you do win compensation.
Alternatives to no win, no fee for funding a spinal injury claim include legal expenses insure and trade union funding (if the injury happened at work and you are a trade union member).
Why choose Pickering & Butters for your spinal injury compensation claim?
Our Litigation and Personal Injury team is headed by James Wallbank, who has over 15 years’ experience working within our firm and extensive experience with spinal injury claims.
James is supported by Managing Partner, Jan Boulter, who has over 20 years’ experience handling personal injury compensation claims.
We aim to provide a high quality, personal service for all types of personal injury claims and can offer clients:
- A friendly, sensitive approach – we know how difficult it can be to make the decision to pursue compensation, so work hard to make our clients completely comfortable
- Honest advice about your chances for success – we will never suggest moving forward with a claim unless we believe there is a realistic prospect of securing compensation
- A clear indication of how much compensation may be available – so you can make an informed decision about moving forward
- No legal jargon – we will always explain everything you need to know and answer your questions in plain English
- The best chance of getting maximum compensation without court proceedings – drawing on our years of experience and strong alternative dispute resolution skills, we are able to resolve most claims without the need for a court hearing
- A free initial interview – where you can tell us all about your claim and we can provide initial advice with no obligation to go ahead unless you are completely happy to do so
- A range of flexible funding options including no win no fee – this helps to ensure our legal services are available to everyone while removing the financial risk from making a claim