Personal Injury Solicitors | Medical Negligence Claims

Spinal Injury Compensation

Scrivenger Seabrook Solicitors specialise in the conduct of serious injury claims, including injuries caused to the spine in accidents such as road traffic collisions or falls.

When pursuing spinal injury claims we will seek to obtain medical evidence from experts in order to diagnose the nature and extent of any injury. The spine has a complex anatomy and modern scanning techniques may be used to establish the cause of any spinal symptoms. The process aims to show that the symptoms are attributable to an injury as there are other naturally occurring processes such as degeneration which also occur. In cases of serious and immediate injury the cause may be obvious.

The spine is made up of vertebrae which are stacked on top of one another. These are small bones that can become fractured by an accident, diseased or degenerate. The vertebrae create a canal that protects the spinal cord within it. The spinal cord extends from the skull to the lumbar spine (lower back). Nerves branch out from the spinal cord through openings in the vertebrae and carry messages between the brain and muscles. Sometimes symptoms may be caused by nerve root irritation. The other parts of the spine are the cervical spine (neck) and thoracic spine (the middle back).

The spinal cord ends in the lower back and continues as nerve roots. This bundle of nerve roots is called the cauda equina. They leave the spinal canal through openings in the vertebrae called foramen. Cauda equina syndrome is caused by compression of the nerves. This condition is a medical emergency and failure to diagnose in a timely manner can give rise to a claim for clinical negligence.

Muscles and ligaments provide support and stability for the spine and upper body. These soft tissue structures are also therefore very important and can suffer injury in the event of an accident.

Intervertebral discs sit in between the vertebrae. They are flat and round and act as “shock absorbers”. If a disc has “prolapsed” or slipped (possibly as a result of an accident) this can cause symptoms of sciatica.

In cases of spinal injury rehabilitation may assist in aiding recovery. A multi-disciplinary approach is often taken by rehabilitation providers such as Papworth Trust to provide vocational and psychological support if required as well as standard conservative treatment options such as physiotherapy.

Rehabilitation costs may be capable of being obtained by way of interim payment by the compensating insurance company or other organisation.

To initiate an expert assessment of a potential spinal injury compensation case, simply get in touch.

“Proven experts particularly in high value compensation cases and severe injury claims”

YOUR TEAM OF EXPERT CLAIM SOLICITORS

  • Vicki Seabrook
    Vicki Seabrook
    Solicitor
  • Marc Folgate
    Marc Folgate
    Solicitor
  • Sarah Newcombe
    Sarah Newcombe
    Solicitor
  • Helen Hillson
    Helen Hillson
    Solicitor

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Vicki Seabrook
Solicitor

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Vicki was admitted as a solicitor in 1979. She was a legal adviser to the Royal College of Nursing and gained experience as a clinical negligence lawyer with a number of firms before founding Scrivenger Seabrook in 1989 and becoming Managing Director when the firm was incorporated in 2010. Vicki and her dedicated legal team are involved in a wide variety of clinical negligence claims. She specialises in dealing with high value complex cases and has been widely acknowledged by the Legal 500 and Chambers directory as a leader in her field. Vicki recently succeeded in securing a settlement for a child with severe brain damage worth in excess of £8 million.

‘The UK needs expert niche firms like this’, say clients of Scrivenger Seabrook Limited, which ‘goes the extra mile’. The ‘tenacious, realistic and sensitive’ Vicki Seabrook, who is ‘in a class of her own’, secured damages exceeding £1m in a case involving a GP’s maladministration of drugs.”

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Marc Folgate
Solicitor

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Marc joined the practice in 2001 having specialised in personal injury litigation at firms in Northamptonshire and Peterborough. He has been involved in a £2.1 million assessment of damages case in the High Court and has taken a disputed liability case to the Court of Appeal. He now undertakes mainly personal injury litigation for Claimants and also some clinical negligence work. He has a particular specialism in higher value claims such as those involving brain or spinal injury.
Marc is a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel and has regularly featured on BBC local radio discussions about compensation and liability topics as well as making an appearance on Look East.

“Scrivenger Seabrook Limited ‘consistently punches above its weight, and has a high level of client care’. The ‘particularly adept’ Marc Folgate has ‘insight, intelligence and an impressive client base, and is comfortable running high-pressure and high-value cases – defendants have to think twice before taking him on’. Among many highlights, the team settled a £550,000 catastrophic claim involving regional pain syndrome.”

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Sarah Newcombe
Solicitor

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Sarah is a highly experienced clinical negligence lawyer. She worked as a staff nurse for a number of years before studying law and it was natural for her to enter the field of clinical negligence litigation on being admitted as a solicitor in 1991. Sarah trained and worked with a large firm of solicitors in London before joining Scrivenger Seabrook in 1998. Sarah works exclusively in the field of clinical negligence. Her knowledge of medicine is considerable and she has the added advantage as a lawyer of having practical experience of NHS and private hospital practice.
Sarah deals with a very wide range of clinical negligence claims including Fatal Accidents Act claims, cosmetic surgery, dental claims, orthopaedic surgery and high value claims involving children with birth asphyxia.

“At Scrivenger Seabrook Limited, Sarah Newcombe is ‘always professional, honest, patient and supportive’. Highlights included a £450,000 settlement for negligent foot surgery.”

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Helen Hillson
Solicitor

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Helen is a specialist clinical negligence lawyer. Helen trained at Scrivenger Seabrook Solicitors and qualified as a solicitor in 1999. Helen continued to work within the practice and specialises in clinical negligence litigation. She has a particular expertise in claims of high value and fatality cases such as those concerning delays in diagnosis of cancer.
Helen has recently succeeded in a claim on behalf of a child with severe brain injury, securing a settlement in excess of £4 million.

“accomplished and tactically astute”

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