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Spinal injuries can have a devastating effect upon the individual suffering the personal injury and their family and friends.
It is important that the personal injury solicitor representing your interests is experienced in spinal cord injuries, as they need to be handled in a very different way to back injuries. There is a much better prognosis for a full recovery with an injury to your back than there is to your spine. It is quite possible for an individual to suffer a broken back, ruptured discs, spinal stenosis or trapped nerves and yet providing the spinal cord remains intact and the vertebrae not damaged, a full recovery without paralysis, loss of mobility, function and feeling can be achieved.
Spinal injuries of whatever severity can dramatically change a person’s day to day life. It is therefore very important that the personal injury solicitor when advising on the personal injury claim ensures that all areas of potential expense are investigated and where appropriate claimed.
The areas which should be considered in a spinal injury include:-
- Pain, suffering and loss of amenity
- Medical treatment costs
- Future medical treatment costs
- Care provided commercially
- Care provided by loved ones
- Future care provision
- Rehabilitation costs
- Loss of income
- Future loss of income
- Disadvantage on the labour market
- Mobility requirements in terms of a motor vehicle and wheelchair where appropriate
- Adaptations to the home
- Acquisitions of suitable properties to live in and where appropriate to adapt.
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