Paralysis Injury Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

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There are many reasons as to how or why someone may become paralysed, but if you become paralysed and it was because of someone else’s actions or negligence, then you should seriously consider making a paralysis injury compensation claim. Becoming paralysed will undoubtedly have huge implications on the victim’s life and also on the lives of their loved ones too. Trying to cope with and coming to terms with being paralysed is extremely distressing by itself without the added worry of the financial strain that will most likely become apparent also.

Legal Helpline is an experienced personal injury claims firm that have successfully dealt with numerous claims for compensation for paralysis and can help you to get the compensation you deserve for the pain and suffering you have endured.

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A guide to claiming compensation for paralysis

Making a compensation for paralysis claim can be a complex process and we have put together this guide to give some insight and guidance into what is involved.

Paralysis injury claim

Paralysis injury claim

There are different types of paralysis and they can be permanent or temporary, and may occur due to a number of different reasons such as suffering from a stroke, head injury, or spinal cord injury for example and so on, and these are explored in the guide. Also in the guide we discuss details such as your eligibility for making paralysis accident compensation claims, what you can claim for, how to start your claim, and using our paralysis compensation  claims calculator, we have also included a compensation table that shows the average payout amounts so that you can get an idea of what may be possible.

The amount of compensation will largely depend upon the type and the severity of your paralysis injury and the other aspects included in your claim that will be unique to your individual case.

Have a read through the guide and call us at Legal Helpline on 0161 696 9685 for further assistance.

What does paralysis mean?

The term ‘paralysis’ is used when there is a loss of function of the muscles. Sometimes there is also a loss of sensory use in the affected area too. Paralysis is the result of the central nervous system or spinal cord is damaged. When the lower half of the body is paralysed, the term ‘paraplegia’ is used, whereas if both the lower body such as the legs, and parts of the upper body such as the arms are paralysed, the term ‘quadriplegia’ is used.

Paralysis statistics

Although there are many reasons for which someone may become paralysed, the largest cause of stroke according to statistics is from having a stroke. Research shows that worldwide, at least one in 50 people will suffer with some form of paralysis.

If you have been involved in an accident or incident that wasn’t your fault and been left paralysed, you may be able to make a paralysis injury claim.

Injuries commonly seen in paralysis compensation claims

Paralysis can be either localised where a specific body part or area is affected such as the face or a foot for example. Or, paralysis may be generalised where larger areas of the body are affected.

There are four main types of paralysis:

  • Monoplegia – This is where one limb is affected.
  • Hemiplegia – This term is used when both one arm and one leg, both situated on the same side of the body, are affected.
  • Paraplegia – When both of the legs are paralysed and sometimes also other areas of the lower body such as the pelvis.
  • Quadriplegia – When both of the arms and the legs are paralysed.

People who have paraplegia, although will need the aid of a specialised wheelchair, can often live a fairly independent life in comparison to those who have quadriplegia who will need lots of help and support from carers just to do everyday things that we take for granted such as going to the toilet, or washing and dressing etc.

There are many reasons why someone may become paralysed such as a having amedical issue or being involved in an accident for example. The most common reasons for paralysis to occur are:

  • Suffering from a stroke.
  • Sustaining a head injury.
  • Sustaining a spinal cord injuries commonly caused by falling from a height, sporting accidents, accidents whilst at work and road traffic accidents.

Some of the less common causes are multiple sclerosis and cancer.

Slips and falls compensation for paralysis

Ending up paralysed simply due to slipping or falling over does unfortunately happen and can be deeply distressing and very hard to accept, especially if it was due to someone else’s negligence. In cases like this, we believe it is crucial that you speak to a personal injury solicitor about making a paralysis injury claim.

Once you have spoken to a personal injury lawyer and all the facts have been discussed, you can then establish who was to blame. If you slipped and fell in a shop due to poor health and safety standards, then it would be the business owner to blame, or if you fell after tripping over on an uneven paving slab on a public path, then the council may be liable. Give Legal Helpline a call and they will be able to help you determine whose responsibility it is to pay you compensation for your injury.

Accident at work compensation for paralysis

All employers have a legal and moral obligation to provide a safe working environment for their staff. The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 sets out the regulations employers are expected to follow which will include things like carrying out risk assessments, having adequate health and safety policies and procedures in place and providing sufficient training to employees to ensure they are followed. It is a legal requirement that employers follow these guidelines and if they are negligent in their duty of care, then they can be held responsible for any accidents causing injury that may happen as a result.

There are many ways in which an employer may have been negligent in their duty of care to provide a safe environment for their employees, such as, failing to sufficiently train their staff for the tasks they are set, failing to regularly maintain equipment and machinery or tending to any sort of maintenance issues, having insufficient health and safety procedures in place, the list in endless. If you have had an accident whilst at work that wasn’t your fault and has resulted in you becoming paralysed, then you may be able to claim for paralysis accident compensation from your employer if they are found to have been negligent in their responsibilities to you, their employee.

Unfortunately, many people who suffer an injury whilst at work, especially if they go on to make a full recovery,  worry that if they sue their employer then they may lose their job or damage their chances of any sort of promotion, and so put off making a compensation claim. However, this is really nothing to worry about. All employers are legally required to have insurance that will cover any claim brought against them and would find themselves in a lot of trouble if they penalised an employee for rightfully suing them for damages.

If you have been injured at work and it wasn’t your fault, then you have every right to make a compensation claim against your employer, after all, why should they get away with causing you pain, suffering and financial pressures? Contact Legal Helpline today and we can give you more clarity on your rights as an employee and whether you have a legitimate reason to make a compensation for paralysis claim.

Medical negligence compensation claims for paralysis

No-one receiving medical treatment expects to have dire complications that leave them paralysed. Becoming injured through medical negligence can be extremely distressing and often the victim will suffer with mental side effects as well as the physical side effects they have been left with. Legal Helpline have dealt with many, many medical negligence compensation claims cases over the years and so have heaps of experience and can help you to get the maximum compensation amount you deserve.

There are a numerous ways in which someone could become paralysed after receiving some sort of medical treatment, a couple of examples are:

  • Paraylsis due to an epidural in childbirth:

Epidurals during childbirth are very common. Some mothers choose to have an epidural procedure as they can no longer cope with the pain, particularly if the labour has been going on for a long time. Other mothers need an epidural due to medical reasons, either pre-planned or as an emergency. Regardless of the reason you needed an epidural, if you have been left paralysed from the waist down since the procedure, then you may be entitled to compensation.

  • Bell’s Palsy:

Bell’s Palsy is a condition where there is a temporary paralysis or muscle weakness on one side of the face. If you have suffered a facial paralysis such as Bell’s Palsy, and you believe it was the result of medical negligence, you may be able to make a paralysis injury claim.

For any suspected medical negligence injuries, don’t hesitate to contact us at Legal Helpline for help and advice on making a personal injury claim.

Public place compensation for paralysis

If you have sustained an injury and become paralysed in an accident or incident in a public place that wasn’t your fault, there is a high chance that you will be eligible to make a compensation for paralysis claim. Get in touch with us at Legal Helpline for further help and advice.

Paralysis caused by accidents abroad

Compensation claims for injuries abroad caused by an accident that wasn’t your fault, can often be a little more complex as liability first needs to be established and this isn’t always necessarily as straight forward as we’d like. For example, depending on where and how the accident happened, liability may fall with the travel company that your holiday was booked with, or the responsibility could lie with persons independent of the travel company such as a local restaurant owner or a coach company if you had booked a privately organised excursion for example.

Legal Helpline has successfully dealt with lots of compensation claims for accidents abroad and by using us as your claims firm, you can be assured that with our experience and expertise, your claim has a high chance of being successful.

What can I do to strengthen a claim for paralysis compensation?

Sustaining an injury that leaves you paralysed will have an enormous impact on your life and could leave you financially vulnerable and so it is really important that you claim for compensation if it wasn’t your fault. If a loved one has been paralysed and is unable to make a claim themselves, you can do this on their behalf.

In order to make a successful claim, liability needs to be proven and so any evidence that you can gather will help to strengthen your case. Any photos or footage, such as CCTV footage, of where the incident causing injury took place or of it actually happening will be a great help. Acquiring a copy of your medical record stating your injury and treatment details is a good idea also. If there are any witnesses, try to get their contact details so that a witness statement may be taken at a later date if needed. Also be sure to get the contact details of those you feel are responsible for your injury.

Depending on your circumstances, it may be understandably hard for you to gather any evidence at all, so try to at least make a note of any details you remember. Give Legal Helpline a call for help and advice and if you’d like us to act on your behalf, we can set about working behind the scenes gathering all the evidence we can to prove who is responsible for your injury.

Starting a paralysis injury claim

Starting your claim is really simple, just call Legal Helpline and a member of our team will offer you a free consultancy session where you can discuss the nature of your claim with an experienced personal injury solicitor. During this session, you can ask any questions, or voice any worries and concerns about making a paralysis injury compensation claim. Our solicitor will also use this time to gather all the details surrounding your case from you so that we can give you expert informed advice. As well as giving legal advice, if you need help or information for anything else relating to your injury such as acquiring a disabled badge for example, we’d be happy to be of assistance.

Following the consultation, if you’d like us to represent you in making your claim, then just let us know and we can then set about getting you the compensation you deserve.

What can I claim compensation for?

There are many things to consider and include when claiming for compensation for paralysis. Being paralysed will affect all areas of your life and apart from the physical aspect of your injury and any mental trauma, any costs you have incurred in direct relation to your injury should be included in your claim as well. Things to include are:

  • General Damages – These relate to your actual injury itself and the pain and suffering you have endured. Mental trauma will also be included in this section.
  • Medical Expenses – Any costs incurred as a direct result of your injury should be included.
  • Travel Expenses – Include any travel costs such as travel to hospital appointments etc. Also though, if you have needed any vehicle adaptions to be made then you can include these costs too. Purchase of a specialised disabled car can also be included.
  • Care Claim – If you have needed help around the home, the person caring for you can file a claim too.
  • Loss of Income – Any income lost or future potential income needs to be accounted for.
  • Household modifications:
  • Widening doorways.
  • Installing disabled bathroom facilities.
  • Replacing carpet flooring to vinyl, tile or wood or flooring that is easier for wheelchair use.
  • Kitchen alterations that need doing to make it usable by a wheelchair bound or disabled person.
  • Installing a stair lift.
  • Redoing driveway or pathways to make more wheelchair accessible. Also installing ramps rather than steps.
  • Wheelchair
  • Disability aids
  • Hospital style bed
  • Commode

How much compensation can be claimed for paralysis?

One of the first questions we are asked is ‘how much compensation can I get?’ Although we’d love to give an exact answer here and now, it’s simply impossible to do as there are so many variables that affect the final amount awarded and each and every case is unique. However, we can give an idea of the range of compensation that may be awarded depending on the injury, its severity.

Reason for CompensationAverage Amount AwardedComments
Mental AnguishUp to £4,100For the fear of death and the expectation of loss of life.
Loss of Benefits£5,000 - £500,000This will depend on the claimant’s current paygrade.
Loss of Earnings£10,000 - £400,000This will depend on the claimant’s current paygrade, how much they have already lost and how much they would potentially earn in the future.
Severe Neck Injuries associated with paralysis.Up to £130,060Neck injuries resulting in paralysis. The higher amount will be awarded to the most severe injury.
Severe Back Injuries associated with paralysis.£79,890 - £141,150Back injuries resulting in paralysis. The higher amount will be awarded to the most severe injury.
Quadriplegia£284,610 - £354,260The top end of the payment bracket will be awarded to those whose senses are also affected and significant brain damage has also occurred. On-going physical pain.
Paraplegia£192,090 - £249,270The amount awarded will be dependent on the severity, the level of pain experienced, life expectancy and level of independence.
Pain and Suffering£1,000 - £225,000The level of pain and suffering endured will influence the amount awarded.
Psychological Damage – Moderate-Severe.£5,130 - £101,470The award will depend on the level of anxiety and depression felt, ability to cope with life, the effect on the relationship with relatives, vulnerability and future prognosis.

As mentioned, every case will be different and unique in the factors which determine the final amount awarded.

No Win No Fee paralysis injury claims

Legal Helpline work on a No Win No Fee basis which we feel is one of the best features of our service. This simply means that if your case is unsuccessful, you are not expected to pay any fees at all. If we win however, then our fee will be paid as a small percentage of your awarded amount when it is paid out, therefore, not having any negative effects on your current finances. With no win no fee, there is no gamble. Also, the fact that our payment solely relies on us winning your case for you also guarantees that we will not dither about and will do our absolute best to get the highest amount of compensation we can for you as quickly as we can.

Why should I start a paralysis compensation claim with Legal Helpline?

Legal Helpline offer a professional service tailored to get the best outcome for our clients. We have been working in the personal injury claims industry for many years and have built up an exceptional standard of expertise and experience that often sees us winning the maximum amount of compensation for the majority of our clients.

We are a reliable, friendly and caring team that understand the trauma many of our clients are experiencing is very distressing for them and so work hard on their behalf as quickly and as efficiently as we can to get them the compensation they deserve so that they can move on with their lives.

We are always happy to answer any questions in relation to making a compensation claim and keep our clients informed of the progress of their claim every step of the way. We treat our client’s with care and compassion and strive to get them the best result possible.

Call Legal Helpline today about a paralysis compensation claim

Call Legal Helpline on 0161 696 9685 for a free, no obligation chat regarding making a claim for compensation for paralysis.  A member of our team will be happy to help and give any appropriate advice necessary.

Helpful resources and links

Road accident claims

How to claim compensation if you have suffered paralysis from a road traffic accident.

Accident at work claim

How to claim compensation if you have suffered paralysis because of an accident at work.

NHS

This NHS website contains lots of helpful information regarding paralysis.

H&S Executive

Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) explanation on the legislation of the Health and Safety at Work ect Act 1974.

Stroke.Org

The Stroke Association’s website that offers information on stroke related paralysis.