Spinal Injuries

We are a firm of Solicitors who assist with helping people who have sustained spinal cord injuries. One of the partners in the firm, Ralph McMahon, has acted on behalf of people with such injuries and for Spinal Injuries Ireland since 1993.

At McMahon Goldrick Solicitors, we listen to our clients and provide them with the support and advice that they require. Our extensive experience of acting for those with spinal cord injuries allows us to guide our

clients through the litigation process while they and their families adjust to this life changing injury.

A panel of nationally recognised experts in the areas of nursing care, aids and equipment and extensions/alterations to homes assist us in preparing our client’s claims.

Step by step, we will be there to help and advise you.

Why Instruct a Spinal Injury Solicitor?

i) Experience both in terms of processing the claim and also quantifying the claim
(ii) Investigating the claim. Intense early investigation can be the difference between the winning or losing of a case.
(iii) Ensuring that the claim is brought within the correct time periods

We appreciate fully that the demands of those with spinal injuries differ from those who are less severely injured. Our solicitors handle smaller case-loads than the majority of law firms thus promoting a pro-active and client focused approach.

We visit our clients at the offices of Spinal Injuries Ireland in Dun Laoghaire to discuss any concerns of a legal nature that they may have.

Making a Claim

Cases involving spinal cord injuries are complex and require a solicitor’s skill and understanding to guide you through the process of litigation.

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to remember that often, compensation is available in situations where it would seem that there is no case for example, where a person is involved in a hit and run road traffic accident or the victim of a violent assault whether or not the assailant has been apprehended.

If you bring a claim and are successful, you will be awarded compensation. Compensation is awarded under a number of different headings which include damages for your pain and suffering, for your financial losses from the date of the accident (e.g loss of earnings, medical expenses), and your ongoing expenses into the future.

Damages for future losses are the most complicated and require the input of various experts. Such losses can include loss of earnings into the future, ongoing nursing care, the cost of special aids and equipment including their maintenance and replacement in the future.

If you are unsure whether or not you can bring a claim for compensation, seeking advice from a solicitor will, at the very least, reassure you about your legal rights. It is worth taking legal advice before you decide whether or not to pursue a claim.

If you need to talk to us about any aspect of Spinal Injuries, contact jessica.goldrick@rmcm.ie or ralph.mcmahon@rmcm.ie


‘Dear Ralph, Just a short note to thank you so much for all the excellent advice you gave me with regards to my Dad. I had absolutely no idea even how to begin sorting out the problem. I have taken all your advice on board and things are in a better place now. Thanks again Ralph.’

‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ralph and Jessica for taking on my case and giving me an outcome that has given me back part of my life that was once lost in my mind. For this I will forever be indebted to both of you. The words ‘thank you’ does not come close to expressing how grateful I am. Thank you both very much.’

‘Hi Jessica and Ralph…the day of negotiations in the High Court was yet another major turning point in our son’s life. Looking back now we recognise that day as the day his future was secured… you and your staff have not only made a huge impact on his life , you have made an impact on our entire extended family’s lives. As a family, we will be for ever grateful for the care and attention you paid to his case.’

‘Hi Jessica, we would like to thank you most sincerely for everything over the last number of years and for the eventual outcome today. There couldn’t have been anyone better in my son’s corner and you have patiently listened while I went off on the odd rant and got it all off my chest. You have been solicitor and counsellor rolled into one. Again, thank you..’

‘Dear Jessica and Ralph, On behalf of myself and my entire family , we would like to take this opportunity to thank you sincerely for all that you have done with regards the case and its successful outcome. From the moment we contacted you we felt that we were working with the right people. We really appreciated how quickly you started on the case, how you initially came to see us and the visits to establish a relationship with our Mum. Your professionalism, attention to detail and conduct throughout the entire process impressed us very much and through great communication we always knew what was going on and what was to happen next. Once again a huge thank you for everything and for making a difficult process manageable and we wish you both well for the future. ‘

‘Dear Jessica and Ralph, just a short note of thanks for all the great work both of you have done for me in my case. From the first phone call I made to Ralph and then dealing with Jessica, the both of you have made things clear and precise from the start of the case and dealing with nearly everything in a way that I had to worry very little about the case and that is something I appreciate very much. Just a final thanks to you Jessica, the settlement that I received was far beyond what I expected and you did everything in your power to make sure I got the best outcome.’

‘Hi, thanks for everything. I am really happy that this is finished. This might be a new start for us. I will definitely let you know what is happening with us. This is the strangest year in my life and we wish you and Jessica a Merry Christmas and happy New Year. See you soon.’

‘Many thanks for your help and support in the last few years leading up to the case. Words can’t express our appreciation for all that you have done for us.’

Support and Outreach / Rehabilitation

The purpose of rehabilitation is to consider each person’s situation individually and then help them through the various therapies and strategies, to maximise their potential. In the case of a spinal injury, this involves physical, educational and vocational rehabilitation.

The typical route for a person who has sustained a serious spine injury is admission to the National Spinal Unit in the Mater Hospital in Dublin before being admitted to the National Rehabilitational Hospital. Specialist rehabilitation services such as those offered at the NRH in Dun Laoghaire can offer vital treatment to aid the process of improvement following a spinal injury. Unfortunately, the demand for the service exceeds the number of places available. Following treatment at the NRH, many people are discharged home.

Support and Outreach

Those who sustain a spinal cord injury have particular difficulties following discharge with housing, interpersonal relationships, employment, transport and with having their personal needs met. Usually when people are discharged home from hospital the reality of their disability becomes apparent. Transition to their community can be extremely daunting and it is not uncommon for people to experience depression and feelings of isolation.
Spinal Injuries Ireland (SII) is a national organisation that was founded in 1993 to help those who sustained a spinal cord injury. Their offices are situated on Rochestown Avenue, Dún Laoghaire. SII deal with both the emotional and practical issues of the individual who has sustained such a spinal injury.

Spinal Injuries Ireland has an outreach programme to assist those who are returning to their community after sustaining a spinal injury. The aim of the programme is to make support and information accessible to everyone. The programme can assist people with guidance and information in the areas of education, employment and recreation as well as adjusting to life with a spinal injury.

The organisation works for change through understanding, education and consensus to achieve their goal of true social inclusion for those with a disability. Contact with all SII clients who have recently returned to the community is renewed within a six to eight week period following discharge from the NRH. For more information, visit Spinal Injury Ireland’s website www.siarl.org

If you need to talk to us about any aspect of Spinal Injuries, contact jessica.goldrick@rmcm.ie or ralph.mcmahon@rmcm.ie

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