Suffering a spinal cord injury can be a life-changing event, impacting on almost every aspect of your life. If the accident was not your fault, then financial compensation is often necessary to ensure you receive the help and support you may need in order to live a long and happy life, whether that is adapting your home, arranging rehabilitation, helping to get you mobile or even getting some help with the garden.
Although the spinal cord is well protected, the spinal cord can be damaged, usually by a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine. Sudden trauma may be sustained in a road traffic accident, a fall or an accident at work. Damage to the cord can vary from minor, by way of bruising to serious damage by way of partial or complete tears of the cord, each of which will impact on you in different ways.
If your spinal cord is damaged, but not severed completely then it may be that you have a partial loss of feeling and movement below the level of the injury. However, if the cord is severed completely then the sections below the injury will stop receiving the important messages past by the spinal nerves, disconnecting the brain, resulting in a complete loss of sensation and function.
Whatever level of spinal injury that you sustain, Poole Alcock’s specialist personal injury solicitors can assist you to claim appropriate compensation from any negligent party involved in your accident.
Because these injuries are often serious, it is essential that you have the help and support of an expert team to help you with your spinal injury claim. Our personal injury department is an APIL Accredited Practice and our specialist solicitors include members of the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme and APIL Senior Litigators.
In addition to the aid provided by our specialist solicitors, we will engage the services of specialist experts to assist us with dealing with your spinal injury claim. These experts will often include, spinal surgeons (to prepare a medical report detailing your injuries), barristers, occupational therapists, rehabilitation experts and care providers.
Court proceedings must normally be commenced within 3 years of the date of your accident. If court proceedings are not commenced within the 3 year period then your claim will be out of time. Although a court does have the discretion to allow court proceedings to be commenced and to continue after the 3 year period has expired this must not, and cannot, be relied on.
The 3 year period is different if, for example, the person injured was under 18 years of age at the time of their injury. In this case the 3 year period does not commence until their 18th birthday.
If your claim has reasonable prospects of success then we will be happy to act for you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis. We will make enquiries to ensure ‘No Win, No Fee’ is appropriate to you. We will be happy to discuss other funding options with you.
If you have been involved in an accident which was not your fault, and suffered a spinal injury, then please contact us immediately. We will be happy to help and provide free initial advice.
There is no obligation to make a claim – you decide whether or not you wish to go ahead.
Poole Alcock’s personal injury department is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and our expert solicitors include members of the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme and APIL Senior Litigators.
Many thanks to Georgina Coppenhall for her prompt and efficient service.
Poole Alcock were the first solicitors I contacted when I was looking around and Anna Burns was the first person I spoke to. As soon as I had that initial contact with Anna I knew I had made th right choice. Anna’s calm, reassuring manner instantly put me at ease and she was just amazing throughout ther whole process. Anna met my late father on two occasions and dad was very impressed by her professionalism and friendly nature and it took a lot to impress dad!
Thank you Anna for everything you did for us!
Mrs Coppenhall handled our request professionally. Efficient with no unnecessary disruption to ourselves with an excellent result. Thank you!
5 Star service. I would highly reccommend Anna Burns.
Thank you for your hard work in reaching a settlement in the claim following the death of my late husband. The final sum far exceeded what I’d imagined it would be.
Again my thanks.
I should like to thank you for your excellent service throughout the progress of my claim; you have been very personable and professional. More specifically, you very quickly got to grips with the detail of my accident, which allowed you to form a very accurate opinion of the eventual outcome. I appreciated not only your advice, but also your willingness to be guided by my objectives. The fact that the defendant made an offer so quickly, and at a level you had intimated to be a reasonable expectation at the outset, is testament to your expertise. Finally, your pleasant manner made the whole process painless and even enjoyable!
A very big thank you and my appreciation and best wishes for all your hard work and dedication in my case for compensation.
Poole Alcock were my first choice of solicitors and throughout my claim from start to finish Anna Burns was so supportive to me. She showed me a great deal of empathy due to the nature of my claim. I feel we built an excellent professional relationship and Anna was always available to speak to if I needed to ask any questions. On the rare occasions that I could not reach Anna, all of the supporting staff at Poole Alcock were equally supportive and helpful. The claim ran as smooth and as stress free as it possibly could and I was always well informed of any changes or upcoming appointments. I would highly recommend Poole Alcock.
Thank you for everything Anna. I literally could not have got through all of this without you and all your support.
Many thanks for all your help the past few months in finally settling my case. Your help and support has been much appreciated and I’m so glad it is now at an end.
I would like to thank you most sincerely for the way you have sensitively handled every aspect of my case, particularly in light of the difficulty I encountered for the first few months.
5 Star service. I would highly reccommend Anna Burns.
My late husband was really happy with the service you provided and I would like to thank you for making it easier for me after he passed away.
Thank you Andrew thanks for all your hard work and the team we really appreciate it.
I just want to thank you sincerely for the excellent manner in which you dealt with my recent personal injury claim and to say and to say how surprised and pleased I was with the result.
Thank you again for your help and kindness.
For all your kindness to us over the past 3 years (nearly) and we are very grateful for the settlement. Take care and thanks once again.
I just wanted to say many thanks for everything you have done for Peter when he was alive.
And your kindness when Peter passed away.
Many Thanks for everything
It really does seem such a long time ago, that I first came to see you….its been such a long road!
Thank you just doesn’t seem enough for everything you have done and for the way you have treated me.
I thank you for always believing in me and for the empathic professional way that that you have dealt with everything. I always felt safe and had confidence in that everything you did was in my best interests.
It was like sharing all my worries except that for me, I didn’t have half the share because you took more than that guiding me through this whole process and for that I will be eternally grateful. Without a doubt I would recommend anyone in a similar position to come to you.