“I suffered further damage to my spine during surgery in hospital.”
Injuries to the spine and spinal cord result in some of the most devastating injuries.
The spinal cord is covered in 33 protective vertebrae joined together by ligaments and muscles which keep the vertebrae aligned and working together.
The spinal cord inside the vertebrae transmits messages from the brain to different parts of the body, which responds to the brain signals telling the body what to do.
The spine is S-shaped and there are three distinct sections of vertebrae which determine which part of the body will be affected by an injury to that area of the spine.
The eight vertebrae at the top of the spine – which connects the spinal cord to the brain – form the cervical curve. The middle section of 12 vertebrae is called the thoracic curve – and the lower section of the spine consisting of five vertebrae is called the lumbar curve. The sacral area of the spine has five vertebrae and leads to the coccyx, which can also suffer injury.
Damage to the spine might involve the spinal cord being severed in an accident like a road traffic accident – or as a result of criminal activity, such as a gunshot or knife wound.
The spine can also be damaged in sports (including negligent training or coaching), work accidents, school accidents and as a result of negligent surgery.
Patients may need a long period of rehabilitation following spinal injury – or if the spine is accompanied by brain injury, 24/7 care might be needed.
It is vital that spinal injury patients are correctly diagnosed and receive appropriate medical care as soon as they suffer injury – including any care given by complementary healthcare practitioners, such as osteopaths and chiropractors.
Duncan Lewis clinical negligence solicitors can advise spinal injury patients on how to make no win no fee claims if their spinal injury was the result of negligence – including claims relating to:
Claims against complementary spinal care practitioners include:
Patients who have suffered further injury as a result of negligent spinal injury treatment can make a no win no fee claim for up to three years from the date of injury or diagnosis of injury.
Children who suffer injury as a result of spinal injury negligence can make a compensation claim up to the age of 21.
In cases where a patient has suffered catastrophic or life changing injuries as a result of spinal injury negligence, Duncan Lewis clinical negligence solicitors can advise on how to make a no win no fee Serious Injuries Claim.
Duncan Lewis can also advise bereaved families whose loved one has died as a result of spinal injuries caused by medical negligence on how to make a no win no fee Fatal Injuries Claim.
For spinal injury claims relating to an accident or incident which was the fault of another party, Duncan Lewis can also advise on making no win no fee personal injury claims for spinal injuries compensation.
Duncan Lewis clinical negligence solicitors are a leading no win no fee law firm and can advise NHS patients and private patients who have suffered injury as a result of negligent spinal injuries treatment on how to make a compensation claim.
Because of the limitation period for making spinal injury negligence claims, Duncan Lewis clinical negligence solicitors advise patients to get in touch as soon as possible to discuss making a claim.
In cases where a patient has suffered serious or catastrophic injury as a result of negligent spinal injury care, the Duncan Lewis clinical negligence team can put patients in touch with agencies who can advise on rehabilitation, adaptations to the home and benefits.
Duncan Lewis can also advise the parents or guardian of a child who has suffered injury as a result of negligent spinal injury treatment on how to make a no win no fee compensation claim before the child is 21 by acting as their Litigation Friend.
For expert legal advice on no win no fee Spinal Injury Claims, call Duncan Lewis Clinical Negligence Solicitors on 020 7923 4020