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1 Spinal Injuries INJURY & NEGLIGENCE SPECIALISTS

2 Injury & Negligence My solicitors looked after me. They were reliable, friendly, always kept in touch and always made me feel valued. Joseph Burns (Manchester)

3 WELCOME TO PANNONE PART OF SLATER & GORDON Like any fit and active 16 year old Joseph was considering his future when he became paraplegic. This was obviously completely life changing, not just for Joseph, but also for the rest of his family. As part of his claim, we were able to secure a series of interim payments which enabled Joseph to employ a case manager and buddies to assist his everyday independence. It also allowed him to buy a bungalow which was specially adapted for his and his family s needs. My solicitors looked after me. They were reliable, friendly, always kept in touch and always made me feel valued. I had no reason not to have confidence in the work they did for me and would definitely recommend them. Joseph Burns Manchester 03

4 Injury & Negligence TYPES OF SPINAL INJURY We focus on getting the compensation and the independent expert advice that allows our clients to continue their rehabilitation and to purchase care, accommodation, aids and equipment which enables them to live their lives to the full. We have clients all over the country and we are able to visit families in their homes. We feel that it is important to speak to our clients face to face so you feel comfortable with your solicitor and so your solicitor gets to know you and can better understand your individual needs. Spinal Injury can arise from trauma, as a result of an accident, as a result of a medical condition or as a result of medical treatment or surgery. Claims for compensation may arise in many circumstances, some of the most common being: As a result of trauma due to road traffic accidents, whether completely or partly the fault of another, whether in England, Wales or another country Accidents at work where there may have been inadequate health and safety procedures, inadequate supervision, training or equipment, poorly maintained equipment or unsafe systems of work Tripping / slipping accidents which may be the fault of the owner or occupier of a property or land if it is defective and dangerous to visitors Leisure time accidents such as when swimming, diving, playing rugby or other sporting past time

5 A criminal assault Failure to diagnose and promptly treat infection such as a spinal abscess Delays in diagnosis or poor treatment of a medical condition such as a tumour, a prolapsed disc or cauda equina During surgery, e.g. where surgery has been performed at the wrong level, inappropriately or to a poor standard Injury caused by spinal anaesthesia WHAT ADVICE IS AVAILABLE? Our large and experienced team of lawyers including partners, skilled solicitors and qualified nurses means that we have in-depth knowledge and understanding about these complex claims. We ensure that claims are investigated thoroughly and promptly. We have access to the best independent medical experts and barristers and we will ensure the best possible outcome in your claim. We will take time to explain the law and listen to what you want to achieve for the future. The advice available to you from us includes not only advice in relation to a claim for compensation but also advice on your community care and disability rights, employment rights, property adaptation, lifetime planning and family law. 05

6 Injury & Negligence Jennifer Maloney, Local Practice Development Leader & Serious Injury Specialist MAKING A CLAIM Jennifer Maloney, Local Practice Development Leader and Serious Injury Specialist, explains what is involved with making a claim. We know from years of experience how an injury can change your life and affect your family. We are here to support you. Our specialist solicitors will fight to prove your case and to get you the best possible result. Talk to us Call us for a free, no obligation consultation with one of our team which includes a qualified nurse and a midwife. We can discuss what has happened to you or your loved one and how we can help. Funding a case We understand that the cost of legal advice can be a worry, but if you do have a claim there are a number of options available to fund your case including no win, no fee and in some cases legal aid. For more information on funding options, please ask for our funding booklet.

7 My priorities are to ensure that my clients get the best possible service and the best possible outcome. Jennifer Maloney, Local Practice Development Leader Investigation For your case to succeed, we have to prove that your injury or condition was the fault of another person. We will work with you to gather the evidence to support your claim. This will include taking witness statements, obtaining relevant documents including medical records and instructing independent experts to report. Support during your case We are specialist solicitors who are classed as leaders in our field of law and we are here to provide you with support and guidance throughout your case. In some cases, where we have proved the defendant was at fault, we can obtain financial assistance for you in the form of an interim payment of compensation. Interim payments can help with the cost of private medical treatment such as surgery or counselling and in some cases the money can pay for rehabilitation, adapted accommodation, equipment and professional care. 07

8 Injury & Negligence Medical cases We have expertise in advising families on other health issues, such as obtaining access to medical treatment for your condition; the withdrawal of life support; care in the community and claims under the Human Rights Act. We have taken cases to the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice. We strive to help our clients achieve justice and we are not afraid to push legal boundaries. Time limits You must make your claim within 3 years of the date you suffered your injury. If you leave it longer than this, you may lose the right to make a claim. Different time limits may apply if your injury occurred abroad. The time limits for children do not run until they reach 18 years of age. In cases where a person may lack mental capacity, there is no time limit to bring a claim. From the moment my solicitor came to visit me, I knew they were different to other law firms. They have always been there for me since. Jenny Ramsey (Warrington) (pictured front cover)

9 QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE As a specialist firm, we understand the range of problems you may face as you begin your recovery and rehabilitation. Below are some of the issues you may be concerned about which we will address with you using our knowledge, 20 years experience of spinal cord injury claims and relying on experts in spinal cord injuries: How will my injury affect me and my family? How will my injury affect my work and earning ability? What special types of ongoing personal care will I require and who will provide this? How will my injury affect my hobbies and activities and what special requirements will I have in order to carry on doing what I enjoy? What types of modification will I need to my accommodation? What type of specialist equipment will I need? What kind of ongoing medical treatment or therapies will I need to complete my recovery? What will my transport and vehicle needs be now and in the long term? How will my injuries affect my ability to enjoy future holidays? How can I maximise my opportunity for rehabilitation? Who will pay for my future needs? Will I be entitled to state benefit funding? Where can I access practical help and support in day to day living? 09

10 Jamie Rhind, Spinal Injuries Association Their knowledge and experience are remarkable; they have a vast understanding and their negotiating skills are excellent. Quote from Chambers (Independent Legal Guide) We work closely with charities such as the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) for whom we have been a fundraiser and supporter for over 10 years. We were proud to co-develop and sponsor the pioneering conference with SIA pictured here. For additional help and support, please contact the Spinal Injuries Association on or go to

11 CONTACT US Highest quality advice (ranked in top tier by leading independent legal guides Chambers and Legal 500) Free no obligation consultation Experienced specialist solicitors and principal lawyers who are Leaders in their field Range of funding options including no win, no fee National UK coverage and home visits For more information, or to discuss your claim, please do not hesitate to contact us on freephone Pannone part of Slater & Gordon have offices nationwide. To find your local office visit For further information, please go to:

12 For more information, or to discuss your claim, please contact us on or Slater & Gordon (UK) LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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