A Guide To Lumbar Spine Injury Compensation Claims

Are you looking to find out if you can receive compensation for a lumbar spine injury that wasn’t your fault? Perhaps this was as a result of a slip and trip on premises owned by the council, or a car accident on a public road.

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Whatever the case, our advisors are here to help you. They can offer you free legal advice with no obligation to proceed with the services of our panel of lawyers. They are also available 24 hours a day — so they are ready when you are.

If you have sustained a lumbar spine injury and would like to find out more about starting a claim, read this article, or get in touch by:

  • Calling us on 0800 408 7825
  • Talking to us via live chat, which you can use at the bottom of this page
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  1. What Is A Lumbar Spinal Injury?
  2. Signs And Symptoms Of A Lumbar Spine Injury
  3. Causes Of Lumbar Spinal Injuries
  4. Types Of Spinal Cord Injury
  5. What Happens If You Damage The Lumbar Spine?
  6. Lumbar Spine Injury Compensation Calculator
  7. Contact A No Win No Fee Lumbar Spine Injury Compensation Solicitor
  8. Related Spinal Injury Claim Articles

What Is A Lumbar Spinal Injury?

A lumbar spinal injury is any injury affecting the lower part of the spine known as the lumbar. The lumbar is made up of five discs that protect the spinal cord, which facilitates communication between the body and the brain. As such, an injury to this part of the body has the potential to be very severe.

If you have suffered this type of injury and are looking to receive lumbar spine injury compensation, you must first be aware of liability and negligence. Liability essentially means “who was at fault?” For someone to be at fault in a personal injury claim, they must be found liable for negligence. This means they failed to take proper care of something or someone and it caused the injury.

Duty Of Care

A legal responsibility to take care of people to a reasonable extent is called a duty of care. This is defined in different contexts but is largely similar in terms of taking measures to protect people’s health and safety. 

People that control premises have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of visitors is protected and, as such, that accidents are prevented. They can do this by practising responsible housekeeping, for example. This duty of care is underlined in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957

For workplace injuries, an employer’s duty of care is defined by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They should take reasonably practicable measures to ensure your safety and wellbeing at work. 

The Road Safety Act 1988 as well as The Highway Code set this out for road users. They have a duty to use the roads with standard care and skill. Drivers can look after other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians by using their mirrors and obeying the speed limit, for example. 

Failure to fulfil a duty of care is considered a breach. If another party’s breached duty of care means that you have been injured, you may be eligible to claim. To find out more, speak to our advisors today for more advice and guidance.

Signs And Symptoms Of A Lumbar Spine Injury

It may not be immediately clear to us that we have suffered a lumbar spine injury. As such, it is always wise to seek medical attention if we suffer any injury, but particularly one involving trauma to the lower back. 

In general, trauma to the lumbar spine can cause:

  • Paraplegia 
  • Loss of function of the bowel and bladder
  • Inability to walk unaided. For example, you may need a wheelchair or crutches. 

Less common is the appearance of cysts which can put extra pressure on the nerves around the spine, which can cause sensations of pain.

This is what can happen generally. However, as there are 5 discs, the severity of your injury can differ. 

In severe L1 disc injuries, you would expect to see paraplegia and loss of bodily functions. The L1 is the top-most disc in the lumbar spine.

The next disc is the L2, which marks the end of the spinal cord. At this level, you may see paraplegia as well as a feeling of numbness and a reduced ability to flex the hip.

The L3, L4, and L5 discs do not contain any section of the spinal cord. As such, any damage here could have less severe implications for the rest of the body. Any injuries here could see less flexibility in the legs, numbness, weakness, and the inability to bend the feet. However, this could be less severe the lower down the spine the injury happened.

If you have been involved in any situation resulting in the above injuries, speak to our advisors today to find out how much lumbar spine injury compensation you could be entitled to.

Causes Of Lumbar Spinal Injuries

As mentioned, a lumbar spine injury could happen in a variety of situations. You may sustain an injury to the lumbar discs through:

  • A road traffic accident
  • A manual handling incident
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • A heavy load falling on you from a height.

We recognise that this list is not absolute and you could have sustained your injury in more complex circumstances. We are here to help no matter the details of your case. To find out more, speak to an advisor today for free legal advice.

Types Of Spinal Cord Injury

Not only might you have to deal with lumbar disc injuries, but there can also be related spinal cord injuries. Lumbar discs protect the spinal cord, which means that injury to the discs can also cause injury to the cord. Such injuries include:

  • Anterior cord syndrome — this is where blood flow to the front side of the spinal cord is reduced.
  • Central cord syndrome — this is where we would see the middle of the spinal cord sustaining an injury.
  • Posterior cord syndrome — alternatively, this is where the rear of the cord is damaged. 
  • Brown-Sequard syndrome — where only one side of the cord sustains damage.

These classifications of spinal injury are important, as you may still have function below the lowest point you were injured. If you need to know more about your injury, however, please speak to a doctor. This article does not constitute or replace medical advice.

If you want to learn more about compensation for your lumbar spine injury, we can help. Get in touch with an advisor today who can connect you with a solicitor from our panel. This may prove instrumental in your case. 

What Happens If You Damage The Lumbar Spine?

Damage to the lumbar spine could cause a wide range of issues, as mentioned above. However, generally, some of the issues you could experience include:

  • Loss of bladder and bowel function
  • Loss of sexual function
  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Loss of mobility

In the most serious of cases, there may be paraplegia.

If you believe you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, don’t delay. Speak to a medical professional now to understand those injuries. If those injuries were not your fault, speak to an advisor to see how much compensation for a lumbar spine injury you could receive.

Lumbar Spine Injury Compensation Calculator

You may now be wondering how much compensation for a lumbar spine injury you could receive. Below, we have provided a table with example compensation figures based on those found in the Judicial College Guidelines. These are based on compensation claims that have been seen in court. 

While this is a useful beginning point, these figures may not be fully accurate to your own case. For more information, speak to an advisor.

InjuryNature of incidentPossible compensation
ParaplegiaThe amount of compensation you could receive depends on your age, life expectancy, and any level of mental illness and impact on sexual dysfunction£205,580 - £266,740
Back Injuries: Severe (i) Where you may expect to see an incomplete paralysis as well as impaired bladder and bowel function as a result to damage to the spinal cord or nerve roots.£85,470 - £151,070
Back Injuries: Moderate (i)A less severe back injury where there has been compression or a crush of the vertebrae in the lumbar region, leading to a continuous sensation of pain or numbness as well as a reduction in mobility.£26,050 - £36,390
Back Injuries: Moderate (ii)Not as severe as the above bracket but can still involve damage to ligaments and muscles, which can exacerbate prolapsed discs.£11,730 - £26,050
Back Injuries: Minor (i)A back injury that can involve less serious disc prolapses. Compensation will be altered depending on the severity of the condition and injury.£7,410 - £11,730
Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips: Severe (i)Where there has been an injury to the pelvis affecting the lower back and ultimately resulting in spinal fusion surgery.£73,580 - £122,860

The above compensation table relates to what is known as general damages. This refers to compensation for injuries that are mental, emotional, or physical. 

There is another head of claim called special damages. This involves financial losses you may have incurred as a result of your injuries, such as lost wages or house renovations to accommodate your injury. Remember to hold onto payslips and receipts to support your claim.

To find out what general and special damages you could receive, speak to an advisor today. 

Contact A No Win No Fee Lumbar Spine Injury Compensation Solicitor

If you are interested in receiving compensation for your lumbar spine injury but are concerned about affording legal fees, No Win No Fee may be the right move for you. If you choose to be represented by a solicitor under No Win No Fee, you pay your solicitor no fees upfront, while your case is ongoing, or in the event of a loss.

In the event of a successful claim, you pay a success fee to your solicitor. This is a small percentage of the compensation.

An important note is that you are not legally obligated to use the services of a solicitor in your claim. You can start a claim on your own. However, doing so through a solicitor may make the claims process easier and could increase what you receive in compensation. 

To find out more, you can speak to our advisors today. They offer free legal advice (with zero obligation for you to proceed with our services) on a 24-hour basis. If you’re awake, they’re here to help. Get in touch by: 

  • Calling us on 0800 408 7825
  • Talking to us via live chat, which you can use at the bottom of this page
  • Contacting us through the website

Related Spinal Injury Claim Articles

Car Accident Back Injury Compensation Case Study Guide

Herniated Disc Personal Injury Guide

Broken Back & Slipped Disc Compensation Case Study Guide

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) — A UK Government guide explaining SSP and how to receive it if you cannot work.

Back pain — An NHS guide detailing back pain and what to do if you are experiencing it.

Slipped disc — An NHS guide on slipped and herniated discs. This may affect the lumbar region. 

Thank you for reading our guide to claiming lumbar spine injury compensation.

Article by EC 

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