Nerve Injury Claims

Your nervous system is vital for movement, feeling, regulating the function of your organs and a number of other important bodily functions, meaning any damage to your nerves can have profound, life-changing consequences.

If you or a loved one have suffered a nerve injury as the result of medical negligence, whether during surgery, at birth or under any other circumstances, claiming compensation can be essential to allow you the best possible quality of life.

Wolferstans’ medical negligence solicitors have particular experience with nerve injury claims, having won substantial damages for a number of clients over the years. We deal with even the most complex and contentious nerve injury claims, meaning no matter how difficult your situation, we can offer the expertise you need.

We will provide a clear, honest assessment of your claim’s strength at the outset, as well as an estimate of how much compensation you may be able to secure. That way you can make a properly informed decision about how to proceed.

While some people are put off by the thought of court action, it is important to understand that most claims are settled out of court. With our expertise in non-confrontational dispute resolution, we can typically resolve nerve injury claims faster and at lower expense while allowing you to avoid the stress and uncertainty of a court hearing.

We offer a free initial no obligation consultation during which we will be able to tell you if you have a claim worth investigating further.

To arrange your consultation please contact the new client team on 01752 648898.

Our nerve injury compensation claims service

We work with clients throughout England and Wales on a wide range of compensation claims for nerve damage due to medical negligence, including those related to:

  • Birth injuries such as Erb’s palsy
  • Nerve damage during surgery, including back, hip and knee surgery
  • Injury to the spinal cord during an epidural
  • Mismanagement of diabetes and other medical conditions leading to nerve damage
  • Nerve damage due to medication that was prescribed negligently
  • Nerve damage due to negligence when taking blood or giving injections

Read about some of the cases we have successfully pursued in relation to nerve injury claims.

How nerve injury claims work

Our clinical negligence lawyers provide expert guidance for every stage of the claims process, helping to make it as simple and straightforward as possible to secure compensation for nerve damage.

A typical nerve injury claim will involve:

  • Building your case e.g. applying for medical records, collecting witness evidence and consulting independent medical experts.
  • Contacting the relevant healthcare provider with the details of your claim.
  • Ensuring the defendant responds to your claim in a timely fashion.
  • Assessing the defendant’s response and advising you of your options.
  • Negotiating with the defendant and/or using alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as mediation or independent evaluation, to secure a suitable settlement.
  • Submitting your claim to the relevant court and representing you at a court hearing where required to resolve the matter.

Find out more about the process of making a clinical negligence claim.

Funding a nerve damage compensation claim

As long as our team believe you have strong grounds for a successful claim, we will help you find a way to fund it that matches your financial circumstances.

Most claimants work with us using a conditional fee agreement. Also known as ‘no win, no fee’ this allows you to start a claim without needing to pay anything upfront towards your legal fees and expenses.

With a no win, no fee nerve injury claim, you will only contribute towards these costs if we succeed in securing compensation for you. Where this occurs, the costs you pay will be based on a pre-agreed percentage of the damages won, meaning you will have transparency over the likely costs and will always keep the majority of your compensation.

Another option is to use legal expenses insurance to cover the cost of claiming compensation for nerve damage. This is often offered alongside home insurance policies, as well as with some bank accounts and credit cards, so may be worth considering if available.

To discuss your options for covering the cost of a nerve injury claim, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Find out more about funding a medical negligence claim.

Our expertise in nerve injury compensation claims

We have strong experience with nerve injury claims, including those related to birth injuries such as Erb’s palsy. This means we know exactly what to look for when investigating your claim so we can help you build the strongest possible case.

Our track record includes securing substantial compensation for our clients under even the most difficult circumstances, making us the reliable choice for all types of nerve injury claims.

Wolferstans is accredited by the Law Society for Clinical Negligence, recognising our particular expertise in this area. We are also Lexcel accredited by the Law Society for excellence in legal practice management and client care.

Various members of our medical negligence team are also on the Law Society and AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) Specialist Clinical Negligence Panels and have been accredited by APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) as Clinical Negligence Specialists and Brain Injury Specialists.

Find out more about our medical negligence claims team.

Read our client testimonials.

Common questions about nerve injury claims

When making a claim for nerve damage you suffered due to medical negligence, you will normally have 3 years to bring a claim. This may be counted from the time the negligence occurred or the date you became aware of it, depending on the situation.

If you are making a claim for someone else, however, there are different time limits that may apply. It is therefore always worth speaking to a member of our team, no matter how long ago the negligence occurred.

Alternative time limits for nerve injury claims can include:

  • When making a claim for someone under 18 – You will have until their 18th birthday to bring a claim. If this is not done, they can bring their own claim once they turn 18, having until their 21st birthday to do so.
  • When making a claim for someone without the mental capacity to do so themselves – There is no time limit for someone else to bring a claim for them.

This will be determined by the level of injury you or your loved one have sustained and the impact this has had and is expected to have on your life.

You can generally claim two different types of damages for nerve injuries to cover different types of costs:

Special damages – For specific financial losses incurred up to the date of settlement. This can include things such as the cost of paying for private treatment, buying special equipment and replacing lost earnings due to having to take time off work.

General damages – For non-financial losses (such as pain, suffering and changes to your lifestyle), plus expected future financial losses (such as paying for ongoing care).

Most nerve damage compensation claims are settled out of court, either through negotiation or alternative dispute resolution before court proceedings are initiated or with a pre-trial settlement after court proceedings have formally begun.

This approach usually allows for a faster resolution, because you do not have to wait for a court date or risk a lengthy appeals process, and is typically much less expensive, because you avoid the need to pay court fees and other associated costs.

However, if court action is required to achieve a fair outcome, please be assured we have the necessary expertise and experience to provide the best possible representation. This includes established relationships with a number of specialist barristers and other relevant experts

Further information about nerve injury claims

For more information about nerve damage compensation claims and all types of medical negligence claims, please take a look at our news, blogs and our series of helpful leaflets covering specific issues.

Start a nerve injury claim with us today

To arrange a free initial no obligation consultation and find out more about starting a nerve injury compensation claim:

To arrange your consultation please contact the new client team on 01752 648898