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Spinal Injury

Clinical Negligence

At Hay & Kilner, we have one of the leading Clinical Negligence teams in the North East & Cumbria, dedicated to helping victims of spinal cord injury.

If the spinal cord is damaged as a result of clinical negligence, the result can be partial or complete paralysis. This can have a devastating effect on the life of the patient, not to mention their family. Spinal injuries and spinal cord injuries are very serious and can have a life-changing effect on the patient. Two of the most common causes of clinical negligence claims in this area are complications of medical treatment or surgery and misdiagnosis or delayed treatment of a spinal injury.

Here are some examples of the spinal injury claims we have settled:

Failure to diagnose a spinal tumour

We recently settled a claim for a young client who suffered serious neurological spinal damage and has been left wheelchair bound after an operation to remove a spinal tumour. Liability has been admitted and our client has received interim damages in the sum of £640,000 to fund new accommodation. It is anticipated that the claim will settle in excess of £5 million.

Our client suffered continuous back pain over a 5 year period and was referred for physiotherapy. The physiotherapist made an incorrect diagnosis of mechanical back pain. Our client was referred back to the care of her GP but continued to complain of severe back pain. Liability has been admitted by the physiotherapist and GP for failing to notice that our client was under 20 years of age and had persistent low back pain. She should have been urgently referred to a spinal specialist for investigation. Had this been done the tumour would have been diagnosed at an earlier stage and removed and treated without nerve damage.

Spinal nerve damage during an operation

We recently settled a claim for £250,000 for a client who suffered irreversible spinal nerve damage during an operation. It was alleged that during surgery the surgeon damaged our client’s spinal nerve roots by entering the interspinal space with an instrument. Our client was left with permanent disabling symptoms.



  • "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