Spinal Injury Claims

Medical Negligence Spinal Cord Injury Claims

Osbornes Law specialises in helping people who have suffered a spinal cord injury arising from medical negligence. Read on to find out if you can make a medical negligence spinal cord injury claim. You will learn more about lawyers, our experience and how we can help you.

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  • “Osbornes, is described as having ‘superb judgement and a medical knowledge that is second to none.”

  • “Her level of detail in dealing with cases is forensic.”

Justice after a spinal cord injury

Osbornes is a longtime supporter and partner to the SIA, the Spinal Injuries Association. The SIA are advocates for exceptional care and quality of life improvements for people living with spinal cord injuries.

If you have suffered a spinal injury as a result of an accident that is not related to medical care, you can find out more about how we can help here

Expert medical negligence spinal injury lawyers

When you choose Osbornes Law to represent you, you will receive the best legal advice, which takes into account your present and future needs. Our medical negligence lawyers act exclusively for individuals who have suffered an injury following medical negligence. 

Leading the department is Stephanie Prior who is a former Registered General Nurse and has 23 years of experience as a solicitor, specialising in medical negligence claims. Stephanie is on the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel and an approved lawyer of the AvMA Clinical Negligence Panel.

Stephanie and her team will explain the medical negligence claims process to you and your family, including the NHS complaints procedure. Because of her medical background, Stephanie is able to expertly analyse your medical records and identify any negligent medical treatment you may have received. She will then be able to advise you on whether you can bring a claim for medical negligence

As medical negligence claims can take a long time to settle, a priority for us is to ensure you receive a financial award before your claim has settled. These early payments can help you pay for therapies or cover lost earnings while your claim continues. Our lawyers will secure you the best support and rehabilitation as you adjust to your new situation, we will also connect you with a community of people who are living with a spinal injury.

For expert advice or to start your medical negligence spinal injury claim, please call our specialist solicitors today.

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    Spinal Cord Injury Claim FAQs

    What classifies as a spinal injury?

    A spinal injury might involve the bones of the spine or damage to the spinal cord, which disrupts signals between the brain and the rest of the body. The most serious injuries occur when the spinal cord is damaged. Within a medical setting, injuries can occur through tearing, severing, stretching, increased pressure, or loss of blood flow. The result is partial or complete paralysis in some cases.

    How do I know if medical negligence caused my spinal injury?

    Medical negligence happens when the care you receive falls below the professional standard of a competent medical practitioner. Many actions and inactions may fall within this definition. The main ways in which medical negligence can lead to a spinal injury include:

    • Failing the diagnose an injury
    • Failing to perform the proper scans and tests, for example, an MRI to investigate a suspected disc prolapse
    • Ambulance crew ‘manhandling’, where suspected spine injuries are not properly immobilised 
    • Surgical and treatment errors
    • Failing to inform the patient of all the risks associated with treatment

    These events are not mutually exclusive and spinal injuries can often be caused or worsened by a series of medical events. Proving what caused the injury is often the most complex part of a medical negligence spinal injuries claim. It requires experience, skill and knowledge from a specialised team that has your best interests at heart

    What are the time limits for making a medical negligence spinal injuries claim?

    The time limit for bringing a medical negligence claim is three years. The time limit begins on: 

    • The date you were injured; or
    • The date when you realised that your injury potentially was caused by medical negligence.

    There are some important exceptions to the three-year rule. Where a child has been injured, the three-year limit does not start until the child’s 18th birthday. In other words, you have until the child is 21 years old to make a claim. 

    There are also special rules for people who have a mental disability. In this instance, the three-year period does not start until the disability ends. In most cases, this means there is no time limit at all.

    How much compensation will I receive for a medical negligence spinal injuries claim?

    The amount of compensation you could receive will depend on the seriousness of your spinal injury and the impact it has on your life. No two awards are exactly the same.

    We work hard to negotiate the maximum compensation and have a reputation for securing multi-million-pound compensation awards for our most seriously injured clients. You can put the compensation you receive towards the costs of:

    • Lost earnings
    • Ongoing treatment and therapy costs
    • Assistance with everyday tasks
    • Specialist equipment
    • Changes to your home
    • Travel expenses to therapy sessions
    • Financial support for your family

    Can I get help with costs before my medical negligence spinal injury case reaches a conclusion?

    With a serious spinal injury, you may have lost earnings or you may have to pay for rehabilitation, home adaptations or specialist equipment.  This can place an unreasonable burden on your family, beyond the challenges caused by the injury itself. 

    For serious spinal injury cases, we can usually arrange for interim payments to be made in advance of the final decision. This can help you get the right help going forward, including the rehabilitation you need.

    Interim payments are only available when the NHS or private medical provider has admitted they are to blame for your spinal injury. We can help prove liability and secure interim payments early in the case. Please contact us to establish your legal position today. 

    • “The team is very quick and efficient in responding."

      CHAMBERS UK 2023

    • "Obsbornes Law is always client-focused and works tirelessly to obtain the best outcomes for clients."

      CHAMBERS UK 2023

    • ‘They are ambitious for their clients and expect high standards from all who work with them.’

      Legal 500 2023

    • "Osbornes somehow combine the accessibility of a local firm, with the professional standards of a national or city outfit."

      Legal 500 2023

    • "Osbornes, is described as having ‘superb judgement and a medical knowledge that is second to none."

      Legal 500 2023

    • Stephanie has developed a particularly strong reputation for her handling of birth injury claims, as well as cases concerning surgical negligence and delays in surgery.

      Chambers UK

    • "An excellent firm which achieves fantastic outcomes for clients."

      Legal 500 2021

    • "Stephanie Prior takes on complex cases and gets excellent results. She has a background in medicine which serves her clients well and is a realistic but tough litigator."

      Legal 500 2021

    • "Stephanie Prior is hugely dedicated, adored by her clients, tenacious, efficient and extremely knowledgeable."

      Legal 500 2021

    • "Stephanie Prior is very good with troubled clients and is easily able to make them feel at ease."

      Legal 500 2021

    • "Stephanie shows sensitivity and deals with things in an understanding way."

      Chambers UK 2021

    • Osbornes provides a very intimate and personal client service which is increasingly rare in this sector.

      Legal 500 2020 - Clinical Negligence

    • The lawyers in the team are highly experienced and will drive cases very hard on behalf of their clients.

      Legal 500 2020 - Clinical Negligence

    • "Stephanie Prior has a realistic attitude to the complexities of the cases. She wins the trust of her clients and goes the extra mile to ensure they get the best outcomes."

      Legal 500 2020 - Stephanie Prior

    • "An exceptional outfit. They take on difficult cases, fight hard and win."

      Chambers UK

    • "Stephanie Prior... manages a varied caseload, including obstetric claims, child and adult brain injury cases and fatal and non-fatal spinal cord injury cases."

      Chambers UK

    • "Stephanie is experienced, knowledgeable of all aspects of clinical negligence work, and strategic in running cases."

      Chambers UK

    • "The team were extremely professional in putting my needs first. There was a joined-up approach to catering for the client, and all lawyers involved were briefed and constructive."

      Chambers UK

    • Stephanie Prior is always very professional and kind. Highly recommended.

      Medical Negligence Client

    • Quite simply excellent, with a highly competent and well-rounded team. They understand complex medical litigation and have been our lifesavers, and we will always owe them our immense gratitude.

      Medical Negligence Client

    Why choose Osbornes Law? 

    All medical negligence claims are complex, and suffering a life-changing spinal injury from a medical system that is supposed to take care of you is devastating. We have built our reputation on being compassionate, thorough, knowledgeable and very supportive. We will treat you and your family with dignity and respect.

    Here’s why spinal-injured clients work with us: 

    • Unique medical experience and knowledge of the NHS
    • A reputation for exceptional success, winning six-figure payouts in medical negligence claims
    • Approved Lawyers of AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents)
    • Approved lawyers for the Spinal Injuries Association
    • Members of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel
    • Consistently rated top tier by The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for our reputation as both medical negligence and spinal injury specialists

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