40,000 People in the UK are Living with SCI

If you have a new spinal cord injury, you are probably wondering how the injury will affect your life. While spinal cord injuries can cause a lot of pain and suffering, it may be reassuring to know that you are certainly not alone.

Recent reports have shown that around 1,200 people become paralysed by spinal cord injuries in the UK each year, with around 40,000 people currently living with the injury.

It is estimated that every 8 hours someone suffers from spinal cord injury, and the vast majority will become full time wheelchair users for the rest of their lives.

Spinal cord injury can affect people of all ages, genders and backgrounds, however it primarily occurs in young adults, with the highest rates of injury in those aged between 16 and 35. Historically men outnumber the amount of women living with spinal cord injury, with approximately 80% of those affected being male.

Research has shown that there is an increasing incidence in spinal cord injury in the older generation, as more over 50’s than ever are now also becoming spinally injured, for whom rehabilitation can be more difficult.

Spinal cord injuries are most commonly caused by road traffic accidents, falls, and sporting/recreational accidents.

Aside from the physical impact, spinal cord injuries can have a significant psychological impact on the person with the injury and their family.

Research by spinal cord charity Aspire, has revealed that around 20% of people discharged from hospital with a spinal cord injury will go into a care home, because they do not have housing in the community that meets their needs. Regardless of age, living in a care home can have a devastating impact on the lives of spinal cord injured people.

Lives are put at risk by unsuitable care and facilities, and by suicidal feelings due to poor quality of life. Depression and anxiety are not uncommon in those affected by spinal cord injury with many people feeling that the things most important to them in life may never be the same.

If you are one of the 40,000 people in the UK living with a spinal cord injury, and you believe the injury was the fault of another then you may be able to claim compensation for your pain and suffering.

The Serious Injury team at Express Solicitors have many years of experience dealing with all kinds of claims involving injuries to the neck and spine and have had many successful cases.

Our team of highly skilled solicitors are 100% dedicated to getting you the compensation you deserve, so please give us a call today on 0161 904 4660 to discuss your claim free of charge.

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