Every eight hours someone in the UK is told that they will never walk again due to spinal cord damage. The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is the leading national, user-led charity for people with spinal cord injuries. Through the deeply personal experience of its users, the SIA is in a position to understand the needs of those living with such a life-changing injury and to provide key services in sharing information and experiences. The SIA also campaigns for change in healthcare provision and legislation to ensure those injured can lead a full and active life.
The Barlow Robbins Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice team have long experience in advising clients with spinal cord damage, be that caused by road traffic accidents, accidents at work, illness, sporting accidents or when surgery has gone wrong. Where such injury is caused by the fault of others there may be a very sizeable claim for compensation to help fund a new home, carers and equipment such as wheelchairs and to provide long-term financial support for the significant rehabilitation treatment which is likely to be required. Sadly, the costs of coping with such injuries can be enormous. Where the injured person is a child or lacks capacity to manage their own affairs, complex legal and long-term arrangements may need to be structured to safeguard compensation payments, involving not just our specialist injury lawyers but also those from our Asset & Wealth Protection team.
We have worked with the SIA for some years in looking after those who have the misfortune to suffer serious spinal injuries. We are delighted therefore that in recognition of our expertise in this area and of our service to such clients the SIA have appointed Barlow Robbins as a Gold Corporate Partner, a role in which Barlow Robbins now has a significant opportunity to contribute to the continued provision and development by the SIA of crucial support to those living with a spinal injury.
As a practical manifestation of our engagement with the SIA, Barlow Robbins will also be the spotlight contributor during the month of August on the SIA blog, which provides articles and insights on spinal cord injury and the journey from accident to compensation and indeed rehabilitation. Our partnership reflects our respect for this fantastic charity and we are looking forward to August when we will have the chance to showcase our commitment and expertise to spinal injury work.
Readers can follow our journey and find out our latest news by visiting the SIA’s blog at: siaaskus.blogspot.co.uk and follow our #Spinalinjuryjourney on Twitter.