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Spinal Injury

Spinal Injury

Hay & Kilner is one of the leading Law Firms in the North East of England.  We understand that the needs of spinally injured clients are complex, and we have over 80 years’ experience in handling the most substantial and complex claims involving spinal injury.

Regardless of how you came by your spinal injury, whether it be medical negligence, a road traffic accident or injury at work, if someone was to blame we can assist you in getting the compensation you need to get your life back on track.  Where liability is admitted, we can assist in obtaining interim payments which can help to put rehabilitation programs in place to optimise your recovery.

Together, with our dedicated partners in spinal injury, we can assist you not just through the legal process but throughout your rehabilitation journey.  We work with some of the best organisations who specialise in spinal injury recovery allowing us to provide you with a collaborative team approach.

Where to begin?

If you are concerned that your spinal injury has been a result of an accident that was not your fault or the negligence of another please contact one of our specialist spinal injuries team.  We would be happy to provide you with a free initial discussion and, if we consider that you have a claim, we will undertake some initial investigations on your behalf.  We can offer home visits, remote visits through video conferencing, hospital visits or meetings at one of our offices. We will discuss the issues surrounding your accident and advise you how we may be able to assist you.  We can offer No Win No Fee Agreements in appropriate circumstances and, should you already have legal expenses insurance that may cover you for a claim, we can work on behalf of your insurers.  We represent clients throughout the North East and beyond.

How long will my claim take?

We will write to the potential Defendant and invite early admissions of liability.  If the Defendant accepts that your spinal injury was a result of its negligence, we will obtain interim payments to assist you with your rehabilitation and any ongoing expenses you may require.  We can put you in touch with trusted partners to assist with a variety of issues that may arise such as benefits, care packages, psychological support and employment issues.

If liability is not admitted, we will work tirelessly with our independent liability and medical experts and will progress your claim as quickly as possible to achieve resolution.

How much compensation could I receive?

Compensation for spinal injury victims can vary with their own personal circumstances.  We undertake extensive investigations into the losses you have suffered with a view to maximising your compensation.  In addition to compensation for your pain and suffering as a result of your injury we will also look into any past expenses or losses you have incurred such as loss of earnings, medication costs and additional care you may have received from family members or professionals.  Together, with our team of experts, we will forensically analyse the cost of your current and future needs to optimise your recovery and prognosis.  This may include adapted properties or vehicles, professional care and assistance including rehabilitation and psychological support together with aids and equipment in an attempt to minimise the impact of your spinal injury upon your day-to-day activities.

Our specialist team

We are one of the leading law firms in the North East for spinal injury claims and our team have over 80 years’ experience in representing clients in the most complex of cases.  We are a highly recommended and respected team and the majority of our clients have been recommended to us by their own friends and family or other solicitors who recognise our expertise in this area.

Our team pride itself, not only on our legal expertise, but our client care and we assure you that your case will be dealt with the utmost compassion and understanding. We strive to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family.  We are also members of specialist organisations including the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, Action Against Medical Accidents (AVMA), The Spinal Injuries Association and Headway.  We are one of the few law firms to have both Law Society Accredited and AvMA Accredited specialist solicitors.

Should you wish to discuss a potential claim with us please feel free to contact one of the specialists in our spinal injuries team by completing an enquiry form below or contacting us on 0191 232 8345.




  • "Very methodical and skilled in their work & Very thorough in the way that they research and prepare cases."

    - Chambers & Partners

  • "One of the most experienced and professional Clinical Negligence firms in the North East."

    - The Legal 500

  • "Hay & Kilner has a great team of very capable Clinical Negligence lawyers who have a friendly and compassionate relationship with their clients."

    - The Legal 500

  • "Clients think the world of them."

    - The Legal 500

  • "The Clinical Negligence Team at Hay & Kilner was recommended to me because of their excellent reputation handling claims. In light of my own experience with the team, I can confirm how well deserved that reputation is."

    - Client of our Clinical Negligence Team

  • "Lauren Hall & Helen Morland handled every aspect of my claim with care, thoughtfulness and great efficiency. They were able to allay any concerns I had by clearly explaining the processes involved. Helen secured a settlement for me which surpassed my hopes and I cannot thank her and Lauren enough."

    - Client of our Clinical Negligence Team

  • "Hay & Kilner has an excellent grasp of clinical negligence law and an excellent manner with clients."

    - The Legal 500

  • "It's unquestionably one of the major players in the region."

    - Chambers & Partners