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Claim for Paralysis

What is Paralysis?

Paralysis defined means the loss of ability to use certain muscles; this could lead to loss of feeling or loss of function to part or all of the body. The nerves and spinal cord are extremely fragile, and we use them to control the muscles. If either nerves or cord is damaged, it can result in paralysis.

Losing the ability to move part of the body can be life changing for both victim and family. Adjustments may be needed to the home as well as round the clock support and care.

What Are the Main Causes of Paralysis?

  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Motor Neurone disease
  • Head injury
  • Lyme disease

How Can Medical Negligence Cause Paralysis?

Unfortunately, paralysis due to medical negligence does occur. This can be due to:
  • Operation mistakes that led to paralysis after surgery
  • Failure to remove a spinal tumour
  • Failure to immobilise a trauma patient
  • Misdiagnosis of a stroke
  • Anaesthesia errors
  • Inaction
If any of these circumstances have happened to you, or a family member, you could claim for compensation.

You can also make a paralysis injury claim if you’ve had an injury at work, a fall claim or part of a car crash compensation claim that wasn’t your fault.

Successful claims for paralysis can help with costs of adapting your home, the costs of care and support, and any other expenses incurred. The court will take into consideration the distress caused by the paralysis and the life changing impact it has on you and family.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim for Paralysis?

The amount of paralysis compensation received varies greatly, depending on the severity of the case.

As a guide the general damages court guidelines does offer some approximations:
  • Tetraplegia or quadriplegia: Approx £276,000 - £344,000
  • Paraplegia: Approx £186,000 - £242,000
  • Temporary paraplegia: Approx £42,000
We assess every paralysis claim individually, taking the specific details into account. This means your compensation amount will be unique and appropriate to your circumstances.

The amount of monetary compensation must also account for things like lost wages, lost amenities, and the price of ongoing care, rehabilitation, and support. Read more in our brochure, personal injury compensation explained.

How Much Does It Cost to Make a Paralysis Injury Claim?

Our paralysis solicitors work on a no-win, no-fee basis. Your individual circumstances and past experiences will be discussed with you by our personal injury and medical malpractice experts to decide whether you have a strong enough case to pursue a paralysis injury claim.

If you think you may have been the victim of carelessness, there is nothing to lose by getting in touch with a specialist paralysis injury claims solicitor. If your case was successful, there would be fees associated, but we make sure you are aware of everything before you start this road with us.

How to Make a Paralysis Injury Claim?

Contact us, free of charge. Thanks to our ‘no win no fee’ policy, you will have nothing to lose by giving us a call or message. This arrangement means that if your case is unsuccessful, and you have cooperated fully during the process, you won’t have to pay a penny for your legal representation.

Our paralysis injury solicitors can assess your case over the phone for free and determine whether the claim is likely to be successful.

If the paralysis was caused by clinical negligence, we will collect information about the treatment you received to allow the best possible understanding of the quality of care and how it has affected your life.

Your paralysis solicitor will consider the circumstances surrounding your case and whether it has reasonable prospects of success.

We, as your knowledgeable medical negligence solicitors, must establish the following to prevail:

The medical professionals who treated you gave you subpar care that fell short of what was reasonably expected (legally referred to as a "breach of duty"); because of that subpar care, you have been injured, suffering paralysis and loss of amenities like financial loss (legally referred to as proving "causation").

If we think your case has a good chance of succeeding, we will be able to provide you advice on the best course of action to take and the financial options you may have.

Once your paralysis claim has been accepted, we will begin the next stage of your case by obtaining relevant documentation and medical records relating to the care you received, as well as a detailed statement.

We will request copies of medical records and GP notes from the hospitals. Once received, our specialist team will thoroughly review them to identify the specific incidences of substandard treatment that resulted in injury or loss, and the potential defendants and disciplines involved.

The defendant will get a Letter of Claim stating your claims in accordance with the expert medical evidence when you have secured supporting medical proof that satisfies the required legal standards.

The defendant will have approximately four months to reflect on your paralysis claim, gather their own proof, and confirm their position regarding liability, i.e., acknowledge, deny, or ask us for evidence.

Before attempting to negotiate the claims value, the parties will work together to determine the amount of any harm or causality if the defendant admits liability and acknowledges that a breach of duty has occurred.
Following negations with the defendant, Mr X was offered £250,000 gross of the interim payments of £52,009 to settle the claim. Mr X accepted this offer and was very thankful for our assistance with his claim.
Absolutely amazing service, I had an accident back in 2016 and they fought tooth and nail to get me the treatment and pay out that I deserved, my case handler Amy kept me informed throughout the entire process. I would definitely recommend Howells to anyone.
From start to finish my daughter’s medical negligence claim was handled brilliantly. Communication was excellent and her case was handled sensitively and professionally, with a successful outcome at the end.
Excellent service as always, Highly recommended wouldn't use anybody else , always on hand to help and advice . Thank you!!!!!

Paul Gander
Sue dealt with my personal injury claim with professionalism at all times. She kept both myself and my son fully informed throughout the process and always responded to queries quickly and efficiently. I would have no hesitation in using this firm again.

Stuart Marks
I recently used Howells' for a claim. After an initial telephone conversation, Amy (our assigned representative) went through the process of our potential claim. She outlined time frames and the strength of our case. We ended up receiving compensation above our expectations. I was thoroughly impressed the team from Howells and would have no hesitation in recommending them to others. They handled the whole process in a manner which inspired confidence, knowing that we were in good hands.

Simon Marks
Howells have been fantastic when dealing with my claim and i would recommend them to anyone. I would like to thank Sue for her outstanding service and patience throughout my case. You were great and I cannot thank you enough for the end result. Also thank you to Glendora and Amy for all your help. 5* service all round

Gavin Herbert
Life changing issues affected our daughter due to a misdiagnosis and then catalogue of errors. We are so grateful to Sue and the team and the lovely Glendora! Thank you so much for all your hard work, perseverance and pure doggedness. Hopefully this has saved another family from having to go through this! Amazing service from such nice people! Enjoy the hamper!

Case Study: Paralysis After Spinal Surgery

D v Cardiff & Vale University Health Board

This claim included allegations for unnecessary surgery, as well as a failure to properly consent for that surgery.

The claimant had been diagnosed with a spinal cell tumour. The first surgery failed to remove the complete tumour. It was alleged that second surgery to remove the remnant surgery was unnecessary at that time and the claimant was not made fully-aware of alternatives to surgery. The claimant was paralysed following the second surgery.

Damages exceeded £1,000,000.00.

Discover If You Could Have a Claim

If you have suffered paralysis after surgery or an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Find out more about claims for paralysis by discussing your case with one of our trained medical negligence solicitors. Get in touch today.
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Meet the Key Individuals

Sue Edwards
Sue Edwards

Head of Medical
Negligence and Personal
Injury Department
Cardiff Office

Thomas Stride
Thomas Stride

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence
Cardiff Office

Robert Jones
Robert Jones
Chartered Legal Executive (Fellow)

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence
Cardiff Office

Amy Downey
Amy Downey
Legal Assistant

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence

Glendora Hendrickson
Glendora Hendrickson
Personal Assistant

Personal Injury and
Medical Negligence
Cardiff Office

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