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Spinal injury claims

This page is for people who have suffered spinal injuries after experiencing a back injury at work, in public, a road traffic collision or other type of accident. If your spinal injuries were a result of medical negligence, visit our medical negligence spinal injuries page. 
Spinal injuries can change your life. In the UK a spinal cord injury paralyses someone every four hours.  In less severe cases, it can still cause serious complications such as loss of movement and a disconnection between the brain and the body, leading to disabilities. 
Back injuries suffered at work or in any type of accident can lead to a few common symptoms and conditions:
  • Difficulty walking
  • Problems with bladder control
  • Loss of movement in your arms or legs
  • A constant numbness or tingling sensation in your hands and feet
  • Back or neck pain
  • Unnatural positioning of the head

If you have experienced spinal injuries as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, Leigh Day could help you bring a spinal injury claim. 
Ready to talk? Contact our specialist team about your back injury claim. Call 020 7650 1200 or  

What causes spinal injuries? 

Spinal injuries are sometimes caused by physical impact to your body that results in damage to the back or neck, which can be life changing. 
Some of the main causes of spinal injuries can include:
The consequences of a spinal injury can vary, depending on the severity of your accident. But, it can change the way you or a loved one live your life forever. 
If your injuries are the fault of someone else, you might have a compensation claim. This could be due to someone in the workplace who failed to follow health and safety guidance or down to another road user’s actions. To secure successful compensation, you need to prove that another party is liable and establish fault.

Making a spinal injury claim 

To start your spinal, back or neck injury compensation claim, first contact us for a free consultation. A specialist lawyer from our team will discuss the circumstances of your injuries, advise on whether you have a claim and inform you of the best next steps. 
This might include gathering evidence to support your back injury claim. Often the evidence you may need can include:
  • Medical records and documents related to any treatment you received. 
  • Financial statements and documents.
  • Witness statements from the site of the incident.
  • CCTV or camera phone footage from scene of the incident.
  • Police/HSE reports and plans from where the incident occurred.
You can also make a claim on behalf of a loved one who is incapacitated or has passed away. Our specialist solicitors will be able to advise you on how to proceed with their claim. 

Time limits for spinal injury claims

When making a claim, there’s usually a three-year time limit from the date of the incident for you to issue your claim at court.  
Exceptions to this include if the claimant is under 18 or if they lack capacity to litigate themselves. 
If you think you may have a claim, it is usually best to act fast, as obtaining evidence can be harder as time goes on. Our spinal injury solicitors will be happy to discuss your case as soon as you are ready. 

Interim payments for spinal injury claims 

Interim payments can be awarded while your claim is ongoing. These can be secured if it is established that the defendant will likely be deemed responsible for your spinal injury (subject to a number of conditions being met).
Interim payments are an advance on the final compensation amount you will receive. They can be used to fund the essentials related to your recovery, such as:
  • Cost of rehabilitation
  • Specialist treatment
  • Physiotherapy
  • Aids and equipment
  • Adapted accommodation
These payments allow you to access these essentials during your rehabilitation, before your final compensation is secured. 

Spinal injury compensation

The amount of compensation you could receive can vary depending on the severity of your health problems. It is designed to improve your quality of life and maximise your rehabilitation after suffering life-changing injuries. 
Spinal injury compensation can be used to cover:
  • Loss of earnings – including both losses for time off work during recovery and rehabilitation and future losses. This could be for the rest of your working life if your injuries prevent you returning to work or only in a limited capacity. 
  • Rehabilitation – this could be treatments such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychology.
  • Care – support to help with daily living, personal care, completing domestic tasks you struggle with or can no longer do and getting out in the community.
  • Home improvements – property adaptations (such as installing ramps, hoists and door widening) or moving house to accommodate your new needs. 
  • Medication and treatment costs – private surgery, rehabilitation and other specialist treatments.
  • Travel expenses – the costs of fuel, taxis and parking to attend hospital, therapy and other medical appointments related to your injury. 
  • Pain and suffering – the physical and emotional toll, including a reduced ability to enjoy and get involved in pastimes and hobbies.
  • Funeral costs – if a loved one passes away due to a spinal injury.

Working with the Spinal Injuries Association

Leigh Day is proud to be part of the Spinal Injuries Association’s (SIA) trusted partner network, covering the London region.  We have been a supporter of the SIA for over 20 years, helping people with a spinal cord injury to achieve financial security and rebuild their lives.  
The SIA is the leading national user-led spinal cord injuries charity. Their belief is that everyone has a right to live a fulfilled life and that means the life that they choose, a life that has the same opportunities as everyone else. 
Their purpose is to be in partnership with the spinal cord injured community to create quality and equality of life by campaigning, educating and supporting.
  • one-to-one support
  • practical help and advice
  • encouragement and a listening ear
They also support family members and friends, allowing them to talk through the impact of a spinal cord injury with someone who understands and who can signpost them to sources of help and information.
Their support isn’t confined to hospital. They support SIA members at home or in their local environment, to help smooth the transition back into the community.

Why choose Leigh Day? 

At Leigh Day, we have more than 30 years’ experience bringing spinal injury claims and successfully securing compensation for our clients. We have expert solicitors across the UK who specialise in claims for people who have experienced spinal cord or back injuries, such as at work or in a road traffic collision  that wasn’t their fault. 

“Grant Incles was careful to explain points of law and the process, which I wasn't familiar with. With incredible attention to detail, he was very quick to move my case forward and to secure outcomes which were always in my best interest.” – Legal 500. 

Grant Incles is a partner and a specialist in back injury claims at Leigh Day. He is well versed in successfully securing back injury compensation for his clients – having worked in many forms of personal injury litigation since 1999.

Grant joined Leigh Day in 2016, leading the cycling and sports injury team in London. He has a long history of supporting people who have suffered life-changing spinal injuries and a specialist interest in defending cyclists and vulnerable road users.

Ready to talk? To begin your claim call Leigh Day 020 7650 1200 or


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