We understand the many challenges created by a serious back or spinal injury. Suffering a spinal injury can have an enormous impact on your mobility, physical capabilities, mental well-being and much more.
If you’ve sustained a back or spinal injury you could be entitled to back injury compensation that helps to alleviate the impact on your quality of life.
There are several situations that lead to back and spine injuries in Northern Ireland. They include:
Road Traffic Accidents – Whether travelling in a car, on a bike or by foot, the high speed collisions of road traffic accidents often result in serious back injuries.
Accidents at Work – Falls from height, lifting heavy objects and other workplace accidents can cause serious damage to the back and spine.
Medical Negligence – The back and spine can be damaged due to botched surgery, misdiagnosis and other types of medical negligence.
Slips, Trips and Falls – Sudden and unexpected slips, trips and falls due to obstructions, spillages or uneven surfaces can inflict back and spinal injuries.
Sports Accidents – Collisions and falls while playing sport can lead to significant spinal and back injuries.
Criminal Assaults – Violent attacks can cause serious back injuries directly and also through resulting trips and falls.
Serious Back & Spinal Injuries
Serious back and spine injuries cover a wide range of different injuries, each with their own symptoms.
Serious back injuries are usually those that involve damage to bones or soft tissue in the spine, but not the spinal cord itself. This includes things like sprains and strains, herniated or bulging discs, and fractured vertebrae.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries involve damage to the spinal cord, disrupting communication between the brain and body. This can be a complete spinal cord injury, which causes permanent damage and results in paraplegia or tetraplegia. Alternatively, it might be an incomplete spinal cord injury, which is partial damage of the spinal cord and leads to a wider variety of outcomes.
Types of spinal cord injuries are defined by the area of the spine that has been damaged. Injuries can be sustained to the cervical, thoracic, lumbar or sacral sections of the spine.
Who Can Make A Back Or Spinal Injury Claim?
Anyone who has suffered a back or spinal injury in an accident that was someone else’s fault is eligible to make a claim.
Claiming for Yourself – If your injury was caused by someone else’s actions or negligence you can make a back or spinal injury claim.
Claiming on Behalf of Someone Else – If your loved one is aged under 18 or unable to make a claim due to the severity of their injury or another disability, you can claim on their behalf.
Back & Spinal Injury Claim Process
We’ve made our back and spinal injury claim process smooth and straightforward. Let us handle everything so you can focus on your recovery and rehabilitation.
Step 1: Contact Reid Black The vital first step is to get in touch so that our specialist back and spine injury solicitors can give free initial legal advice on your claim.
Step 2: Rehabilitation Assessment If you proceed with your claim, we’ll arrange a rehabilitation assessment. We want to fully understand the most effective rehab programme for your injury so that we can factor this into your claim.
Step 3: Gathering Information We’ll then gather as much evidence as possible to support your claim. This could include medical reports, rehabilitation reports, police reports, as well as evidence from the location of your accident.
Step 4: Medical Assessment Next, we’ll arrange for you to be assessed by an independent medical professional. We want to be certain of the extent of your injuries, make sure nothing has been overlooked and build a picture of the long-term impact of your injuries.
Step 5: Compensation Negotiations With all that evidence collated, we’ll negotiate with the at-fault party or their insurer to secure the maximum compensation payout you deserve based on your spine of back injury and its impact on your life.
Step 6: Compensation Payout We will continue to help you to ensure your compensation is paid promptly and the money is available to help you to live your life.
You usually have three years from the date of your accident to make back and spinal injury claims in Northern Ireland.
Extensions may be granted in exceptional circumstances, such as if your injuries stopped you from claiming during the usual time limits. We’d always suggest you get in touch with us as soon as possible to start your claim.
Back & Spinal Injury Compensation
It’s important to secure the back and spinal injury compensation you deserve to help with your medical care, rehabilitation costs, travel expenses, and other adjustments to your home and living arrangements.
You will be entitled to general damages, which is compensation for your back or spinal injury and its impact on your life. You may also receive special damages, which is compensation for the financial hardship you’ve endured because of your injury. This will include some of the expenses we’ve mentioned and loss of earnings.
The amount of compensation awarded to you will depend on the seriousness of your injury.
Back Injury Compensation Amounts
Back injury compensation amounts start at less than £1,000 for minor back injuries, such as soft tissue damage, from which you’ll be fully recovered within three months. Compensation payouts can be more than £160,000 for the most serious back injuries.
Spinal Injury Compensation Amounts
Spinal cord injury compensation usually starts at £30,000 for moderate spinal injury cases but can be up to £320,000 in the most severe spinal injury cases.
Why Choose Reid Black?
We’re experienced personal injury solicitors with a strong record of successfully pursuing back and spinal injury claims in Northern Ireland. Back and spine injuries can have a profound impact on your life. We understand that and we want to help you to secure compensation that minimises the disruption.
Our Specialist Back & Spinal Injury Claim Solicitors
Our Specialist Back & Spinal Injury Claim Solicitors
Peter Lynch 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Peter Lynch of Reid Black Solicitors is one of Northern Ireland’s Leading Road Traffic Accident Experts.
He will act for you solely and does not accept referrals from insurers or Accident Management companies thus ensuring we have your interests first.
Have an initial no-cost chat about any Road Traffic Accident to see if you have a case.
He acts in Car Accidents, Cycling & Motorbike Accidents and Pedestrian Accident Claims.
Peter will be able to Fast track your claim to get you the compensation you deserve.
Libby Smyth 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Libby Smyth is one Northern Ireland’s leading Road Traffic Accident and Personal Injury Solicitors.
She will handle your Road Traffic Accident Claim effectively and efficiently, keeping your best interests as her prime concern.
Specialist in all types of personal injury claims, with a focus on Road Traffic Injury Claims.
Libby can expedite your injury claim to ensure you get your compensation as fast as possible.
If you’ve been injured as a result of a Road Traffic Accident, contact Libby today for free initial chat to see if you’re eligible for a claim.
Eilis McQuillan 14 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Elis McQuillan has extensive experience dealing with Road Traffic Accident Claims in Northern Ireland.
She will prioritise your interest’s first and act solely on your behalf.
Specialist in all types of Road Traffic Accident Claims and Litigation, including Car Accidents, Cycling Accidents and Motorbike Accidents.
Ellis can Fast Track your Road Traffic Accident Claim, so you get your compensation as soon as possible.
Contact Ellis today for a free initial consultation to determine if you’re entitled to a Road Traffic Accident Claim.
Minor back or spinal injury claims can be settled in just a few months. If liability is disputed or you suffered a severe injury, your claim could take a lot longer. In that case, we can secure an interim compensation payment so that you don’t suffer any financial hardship in the meantime.
If you suffered a back or spine injury and somebody else was at fault, you will be eligible to receive compensation. Depending on the complexity of the claim and the seriousness of your injuries it could take anything from six months to several years for the final compensation amount to be agreed.
Evidence to support your back or spinal injury claim might include medical records, rehabilitation notes, police reports, CCTV footage, eyewitness accounts and any other information that documents your injury.
We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your spinal injury claim. After that, we’ll be able to discuss our fees and payment options. You’ll always know our fees before starting a claim — and we never take a percentage of the compensation you’re awarded.
No, we settle the vast majority of back and spine injury claims without going to court. But we always keep the option of taking a claim to court on the table in case the other party refuses to accept liability or won’t offer a suitable amount of compensation.
Start Your Back or Spinal Injury Compensation Claim
Getting the compensation that’s rightfully yours following a back or spine injury starts with a simple conversation. Get in touch for a free initial consultation on your claim.
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