Paralysis Injury Claim: Calculate the amounts of compensation you can claim for quadriplegia / tetraplegia and paraplegia
Discover what the different types of paralysis are called, see average payouts of how much compensation you can claim for pain and suffering for quadriplegia / tetraplegia and paraplegia, find out the financial losses (including lost income and nursing care) that can be claimed in addition to awards for pain and suffering in a paralysis injury claim.
What are the different types of paralysis injury claim you can have as a result of an accident or illness?
There are primarily two types of paralysis that can be caused in an accident and the name depends on number of limbs which are paralysed.
Quadriplegia / Tetraplegia Injury Claim
Both “quad” and “tetra” refer to the number four. Both quadriplegia and tetraplegia refer to the paralysis of all four limbs (both arms and legs). This can be a total loss of function or impaired function.
You will likely also experience loss of function of the trunk, bowel, bladder and sexual function.
Typically this type of paralysis is caused by damage to the cervical spinal cord as high up as the neck or alternatively can be due to brain injury or disease of the spinal cord.
Paraplegia Injury Claim
This type of paralysis refers to loss of function or impairment of function in the lower part of your body, including both legs.
It can be caused by injury to the spinal cord in your lumbar spine / lower back or damage to the spinal cord due to illness.
How much compensation can you claim in your paralysis injury claim?
The amounts of compensation that you can claim in 2019 for your pain and suffering for the different types of paralysis are as follows:
Quadriplegia / Tetraplegia average compensation amounts
The amount of compensation for quadriplegia and tetraplegia depends upon whether you experience physical pain; whether you have the power of speech, sight and hearing; lack of awareness; greatly reduced life expectancy; degree of independence, your age. The amount of compensation you can claim would be calculated between: £284,000 – £354,000
Paraplegia compensation payouts
The amount of compensation you can recover for paraplegia depends on: the risk of increasing paralysis, psychological effect / depression, loss of sexual function, presence and degree of pain, loss of independence, reduction in life expectancy and your age. Your average payout will be calculated between: £192,000 – £250,000
What are the financial losses that can be claimed in addition to pain and suffering for paralysis?
The financial losses you can claim are special to you and as such are known as special damages. These include lost income (both past and future lost income), medical expenses, nursing care expenses, expense to modify your home to accommodate your disability, rehabilitation expenses.
When an accident involves paralysis – it is very likely that the compensation you receive for financial losses and expenses will far exceed those for your pain and suffering. This is especially the case when a there is significant lost income and nursing care expenses.
Summary of paralysis injury compensation claim amounts
In this web article you have seen the amounts of compensation you can claim for pain and suffering for the two main types of paralysis injury claim (tetraplegia / quadriplegia and paraplegia), together with the other financial losses that can form part of your final compensation payout.
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