Spinal Injury

We specialist in cases where our clients have suffered a spinal injury, through accident, trauma, or neglect.

These injuries are a life changing condition, and we understand you need our full support and dedication in claiming your compensation and moving forward with life.

We have acted for many clients who have been seriously injured in catastrophic road traffic accidents, falling from heights including factory and foundry roofs, and suffered serious crushing injuries in factories and warehouses.

We also act for clients who have Cauda Equina Syndrome, due to the failure of medical experts to diagnosis the condition early enough.

If you are considering pursuing a claim for compensation for a spinal injury, there are many things that you need to consider:

1)These types of claims are complicated and are very different from most other personal injury cases. 

A specialist spinal injury solicitor understands these complexities and in particular, will have experience of how such an injury might affect your life in the future. 

We are also able to identify and recommend the best and most experienced medical and other experts who can prepare reports to assist you with your claim.



2) In our experience, we find that these claims take on average around 4 years to conclude but in severe cases this can be much longer.

There are dangers in trying to settle such claims too early. It is essential that you have detailed evidence on how your injury will shape your future and what your future needs will be. Failing to do this is likely to lead to the under-settlement of your claim.

We ensure that the necessary reports are obtained from leading experts. Where liability is accepted, we also ask the Defendant to make interim payments to you so that you do not suffer financial hardship during your claim and so that you can cover the cost of aids and equipment.

How We Can Help You

At Nicholson Jones Sutton Solicitors, we know that a spinal injury changes your life. We want to help you to get your life back on track and to ensure that you are provided for in the future. At the earliest possible stage, we will seek to put in place case management and rehabilitation which will ensure your identified needs are dealt with. The goal is to help you to return to independent living and when you are first discharged from hospital this is a massive challenge.

Our assistance extends to:

• Contact with local social services to check the extent of care and therapy being provided and to secure an increase where necessary.
• Checking the adequacy of your accommodation and considering whether adaptations should be sought.
• Considering whether we could find you further assistance through charities or support networks.
• Reviewing benefits to ensure you are receiving all social security payments that you are entitled to.
• Arranging expert help with setting up a personal injury trust which would safeguard your benefits when you receive interim payments or your final compensation settlement.

With the assistance of the very best experts in their fields, we will do all we can to help you to:

  • Regain or maximise your independence and, if possible, return to work
  • Develop coping mechanisms
  • Overcome social issues or enhance self-confidence
  • Meet any other goals that you or your family set 

We will also of course, secure fair and just compensation for you which will ensure you are provided for in the future.  Where appropriate, this might be a lump sum together with index-linked annual payments for a set period, or for life.


At NJS Solicitors, you are our priority, and a qualified spinal injury lawyer will deal with your claim throughout.


Our team has decades of combined experience in dealing with Serious Injury Claims. 

Our Nicholson Jones Sutton Serious Injury Specialists are sympathetic, understanding, and can help you get the outcome you deserve.

If you would like to discuss an issue, please get in touch to arrange a free no obligation consultation. We’re available by email or phone.


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Leanne Henton

Litigation Manager

Leanne studied the Bar Vocational Course at the BPP Law School in Leeds, and graduated with Very Competent, before cross-qualifying as a Solicitor in 2013.

She joined the firm in 2009 as a Personal Injury Fee Earner, dealing with various matters including Road Traffic Accidents, Employment and Public Liability, and Medical Negligence.

Leanne progressed onto a Litigation Team Manager role in 2015, managing a team of RTA Personal Injury Fee Earners, and further on to Litigation Manager in 2020, working closely with the Directors to ensure the success of the Personal Injury Department.

Leanne has been heavily involved in the development and expansion of the EL/PL Department, as well as the Medical, Dental and Cosmetic Negligence Department.

In her personal life Leanne enjoys holidaying and days out with her young family.

Richard Shillcock


After qualifying as a solicitor in 2002, Richard gained experience working in several firms in the north west of England.

Throughout his 25 year career in the law, Richard has covered the gamut of Personal Injury work. Described as being ‘terrier like’ in his approach to litigation, Richard still loves the thrill of the fight despite his ever advancing years.

Outside of work, Richard lives on the Wirral with his wife and two children. When he isn’t busy helping with homework or coaching his daughter’s football team, Richard enjoys baking and watching his beloved Liverpool FC.

Nichola Johnson

Personal Injury Solicitor

Nichola joined the company around 2009 whilst studying a Law Degree, having already obtained a degree in Forensic Science and Criminology Degree.

With the support of NJS Nichola completed her training contract and qualified in 2014 as a solicitor. Whilst She has vast experience in all aspects of RTA litigation She also has diversified and now also deal with employers liability claims, occupiers liability claims and public liability matters.

Whilst once a keen horse rider, more recently in her spare time her ventures involve building projects and enjoying family time with her two young children.

Rachel Hughes

EL/PL Litigation Executive

Rachel completed a Batchelor of Education at the Manchester Metropolitan University before undertaking a change in career in 2004.

Since then, Rachel has been dealing with litigated personal injury matters. She has a vast knowledge of the claims process and in her previous role dealt with a varied caseload of Road Traffic Accidents, Employment and Public Liability matters.

Since joining the firm in 2022, Rachel has added Medical, Dental and Cosmetic Negligence claims to her expertise.

In her spare time, Rachel is an avid Manchester City supporter and enjoys holidays and long dog walks with her family.

Joanne Scrivens

EL/PL Litigation Executive

Joanne has worked in law since leaving School and joined the company in 2020.

Joanne is a Senior Litigation Executive with over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of RTA litigation and also has diversified and now also deals with employers liability claims, occupiers liability claims and public liability matters.

In her spare time she enjoys making memories with her family and friends.

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