RHL Solicitors’s specialist medical negligence team has expertise in claims involving spinal cord injury.

Just this week, the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) published its Annual Report ‘What Matters’ which addresses the main concerns of people living in the UK with spinal cord injuries.

The SIA asked its members to share their opinions and experiences about their concerns and the obstacles they feel prevent them from leading a fulfilled life.

The key findings of the survey focus on physical and mental health concerns, as well as the barriers they face in their day-to-day life. You can read more about the work of the important work of the SIA and download a copy of the What Matters report here.

What is a spinal cord Injury?

A spinal cord injury occurs when the bundle of nerves sheathed inside the spinal column is damaged, causing loss of mobility and/or loss of function or loss of sensation. This damage can occur for a variety of different reasons including violence, injury (for example a car accident or fall), disease, or medical condition, but also as the result of medical negligence.

Spinal cord injuries are categorised as ‘complete’ or ‘incomplete’. A complete injury means that there is no function or sensation below the point of injury. If an injury is incomplete, there may be some function or sensation, but it will be less than before the injury was sustained.

Types of spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injuries can be divided into 4 different categories, depending on which level the spinal nerves are damaged:

  1. Cervical (neck)
  2. Thoracic (upper back)
  3. Lumbar (lower back)
  4. Sacral (around the coccyx)

Cervical injuries can cause loss of function and paralysis from the neck downwards. This is known as tetraplegia or quadriplegia.

Thoracic injuries usually affect the chest and the legs, but not the arms, causing paraplegia.

Injuries at the lumbar and sacral levels usually affect function in the hips, legs and/or feet.

Spinal cord injuries caused by medical negligence

As specialist clinical negligence lawyers, we are acting for individuals who have suffered spinal cord injury arising as a result of:

  • A delay in diagnosis and treatment of Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Substandard spinal surgery
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Missed neck or back fractures
  • Mismanagement of neck and back fractures
  • Avoidable spinal stroke
  • Delay in diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions including bone disease

RHL Solicitors’s experienced solicitors act for the victims of medical negligence, conducting thorough and rigorous clinical negligence investigations with the intention of establishing liability and recovering compensation, particularly if you are now unable to work due to the avoidable injury sustained.

The expert reports we disclose to the Defendant during the claim process can help to make a difference to future care. We understand that no one would wish to begin the long and emotional journey of claiming damages against the medical profession without good cause. However, it’s crucial to ensure you get the expert legal advice and support you need. If you or your loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury which you believe to be attributable to medical negligence, contact our expert clinical negligence team who will be more than happy to discuss the matter further.