Paralysis injury compensation - financial support


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By Oliviah Rix-Taylor

on Tuesday 18 September 2018


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If an accident has left you or a loved one paralysed, there is a strong chance that you are due compensation. Accident Line Direct are here to help you through the complexities of the procedure and to use our expertise to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible.

Types of Paralysis

Paralysis is the loss of muscle function and the ability to utilise certain muscles. It includes a loss of feeling in the limb affected, making it unable to sense touch or changes in temperature. Paralysis can be temporary or permanent.

There are four main types of paralysis, each defined by the level of which it affects the body:

  • Monoplegia – affecting only one limb. Monoplegia is often the result of damage to a part of the brain which is used for controlling movement and usually affects an arm.

  • Hemiplegia – affecting half the body. Hemiplegia is common with stroke victims and affects either the left or right side of the body, rendering the arm and leg of the side inert. Thankfully, hemiplegia due to stroke is often temporary. Accident-related hemiplegia is rarer and is more often permanent.

  • Paraplegia – affecting the lower body. Paraplegia is usually the result of a spinal cord injury in the lower back. It can come in different levels, with some victims still able to feel but not move their limbs.

  • Quadriplegia – affecting the entire body. Quadriplegia is severe paralysis caused by an injury to the spinal cord in the neck, preventing nerve signals from travelling along the spine at all. Full paralysis occurs due to the location of the damage – the communication from the brain unable to make it to either arms or legs. Like paraplegia, it is possible for victims of quadriplegia to retain some sensation in their limbs.

Other types of paralysis include facial paralysis where nerve damage prevents movement and feeling in the face. This form of paralysis can occur due to a skull trauma.

The Need for Compensation

Paralysis is a life-affecting condition which will require a great number of adjustments and a high level of care. Travel needs will change, with specialist vehicles likely and accommodation requirements becomes more in-depth.

Treatment and rehabilitation also come with a cost. Though much is available through the NHS, you may have need for additional private, or even overseas, consultancy.

There is no need for the victim to shoulder all these additional financial responsibilities alone. Compensation is available to allow you to go on with your life in as much a normal manner as possible, doing what it can to ease the substantial difficulties that come with this major change in your life.

Counselling

It is easy to become focussed on the physical results of a major accident, but often it is the emotional and mental damage which can dominate for the victim. If you have become paralysed as the result of an accident, it is very likely that counselling should be considered.

Compensation awards are often seen as financial settlements for dealing with physical needs and making up for a loss of working income. Getting the best counselling, however, is also something that is taken into account and should be made a central part of any relevant claim.

Paralysis Injury Compensation Amounts

Due to the serious nature of a paralysis injury, the compensation payouts can be quite high, running into the hundreds of thousands of pounds. Guidelines for paralysis injury compensation amounts are:

Severity Compensation
Paraplegia leading to death within 2 years of the accident£39,330
Paraplegia£174,620 to £226,610
Tetraplegia / quadraplegia£258,740 to £322,060

Determining Fault in a Paralysis Injury Claim

When paralysis occurs during an accident it is often easy to understand who is at fault. An accident where work machinery was insufficiently secured and fell on a victim, for example, comes under the safety procedure of the business. An injury sustained in a car crash will also highlight a responsible party without too much difficulty.

Due to the significant financial nature of a paralysis compensation claim, however, insurance companies and businesses will do their best to avoid, or in the very least mitigate their responsibility.

When determining fault in a paralysis injury claim, it is imperative to have as much evidence as possible and supporting documents are essential, including all medical records and assessments.

Medical Negligence and Paralysis

Determining fault due to medical negligence is a difficult task as many factors must be looked at and analysed to prove responsibility. Medical experts will be called in by both parties to objectively assess the situation and try to prove (or disprove) negligence.

If you are paralysed and believe it is due to medical negligence, call Accident Line Direct today. We will make sure your claim is passed to one of our specialist team to give it the level of attention it requires to maximise success.

Expertise with Compassion

Handling complicated legal compensation cases requires a high level of professionalism and understanding. Not only must our staff and solicitors deal with the legal complexities of the case, but they are also here to understand about the individual needs of the claimant.

At Accident Line Direct, we have empathic staff and top-quality legal advisors who will take your case and handle it with the delicate professional touch it requires. We will work to ensure you are awarded the maximum possible amount, and work with you to bring your situation to a satisfying close.

We work on a No Win No Fee basis because we believed that everyone should have the right to professional legal representation without worrying about the financial aspect of doing so. By charging you nothing until the case is over – no hidden fees or surprises, we allow you to concentrate on your recovery and rehabilitation while we focus on getting you the compensation you deserve. 

Our solicitors will gather together all the relevant paperwork from you and build it into a winning case to ensure your future is made as easy as possible.

If you are victim of a spinal-cord injury or brain injury accident that has led to paralysis, call our team today, or fill in our contact form to have us call you back at a time that is most convenient for you.

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