Serious injuries can have significant and long-term consequences on your quality of life as well as affecting the loved ones around you. Depending on the extent of the injuries, yourself and your family members may be severely impacted by the long term consequences of a life changing injury.
Serious injuries are already incredibly traumatising; however, when you find out that the accident was due to someone else’s negligence and could have been avoided, it can worsen the emotional pain you have already been put through.
If you have suffered an injury that was caused by an accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible to make a serious injury claim.
What is a serious injury?
A serious injury is one which could be described as “catastrophic.” They usually take a long time to recover from or cause permanent and life changing injuries. Serious injury claims often arise as the result of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Types of serious injuries may include:
· Loss of a limb or multiple limbs
· Loss of a sense, such as vision or hearing
· Severe burns or lacerations
· Birth injuries
· Paraplegia/ Quadriplegia
· Organ damage
Those who suffer a serious injury are usually left with long term pain and suffering as well as ongoing medical treatment. Psychological injuries, such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD can also often arise as the result of a serious accident.
What are some common causes of serious injuries?
There are many different causes of serious injuries that lead to compensation claims. Some of the most common serious injury claims we deal with include:
Accidents at work – Serious injuries are more prevalent in workplaces such as factories or construction sites; however, they can occur in almost any workplace. Common accidents include being struck on the head by a falling object or getting hands or fingers stuck in machines.
Medical negligence – Serious injuries can occur due to medical negligence. This can include delays in treatment, misdiagnosis and surgical errors, which can cause severe injuries.
Accidents in public places – People can also sustain serious injuries in public places on the street or on private premises. These types of accidents commonly include slips, trips and falls due to negligence.
Road traffic accidents – Road traffic accidents can result in serious injuries due to the amount of force involved in a collision. These types of accidents can lead to brain injuries, spinal injuries and the requirement for amputation. Cyclists and Motorcyclists are more likely to suffer from these injuries due to the lack of protection; however, it can happen in any vehicle.
If you have sustained a serious injury in an accident listed above, as well as others, contact our personal injury solicitors today to determine your eligibility.
What can be recovered in serious injury claims?
There are a variety of losses that can be recovered in an injury compensation claim following an accident that was not your fault. Below are just a few examples:
Loss of income – If you were required to take time off work due to your injuries, you should be able to recover your loss of earnings for the full period of time you were unable to work.
Pain and suffering – The law considers the fact that there is a certain amount of trauma and pain that can be associated with accidents. Therefore, it has made a provision for injured persons to obtain compensation for the same.
Loss of amenity – You may be able to claim an amount of compensation for your loss of amenity. This refers to instances when your injuries have prevented you from participating in activities that you had previously taken part in and enjoyed.
A loss of enjoyment can directly affect your life and can lead to long term effects such as mental health issues like frustration and depression. There is a provision in the law that covers any loss of amenity resulting from an accident.
Other financial losses – Other financial losses which were directly caused by the accident, such as medical care and treatment costs and travel costs, can also be recovered as part of a personal injury claim.
There is no maximum amount that you can be awarded for serious injury claims. The amount of financial compensation you receive will be based on the severity of the ongoing disability and losses due to negligence. A negligence claim is considered on a case-by-case basis as each claim has a unique set of circumstances.
In certain cases, it can be difficult for the sufferer of a serious injury to pursue a claim for compensation themselves. Therefore, a litigation friend (often a close family member) will be able to pursue to them on their behalf.
How is serious injury compensation calculated?
Compensation for all personal injury claims is split into general damages and special damages.
General Damages – This refers to the amount of compensation you receive for your pain, suffering and loss of amenity.
To calculate this amount, we look at previous cases which are similar to yours, together with guidelines that are issued to Judges who decide the outcome of such claims if they go to Court. Your case will be valued on the basis of your injuries as described by suitably qualified medical professionals.
Special Damages – These are any direct financial losses that you may have suffered as a result of your injuries. Typically, these may include loss of earnings up to the settlement, loss of earnings in the future, medical costs, travel costs or the costs of care provided to you.
It is difficult to estimate the amount of compensation you will receive for your injuries without knowing the full extent of your injuries. There are, however, compensation calculators online that can be used to estimate how much you may be able to receive from your claim.
Can I receive financial assistance before my serious injury case concludes?
When you are suffering as a result of a serious injury, it can put you at financial risk if you are unable to work, or you may be forced to pay for treatment. Therefore, interim payments are available in order to relieve some of the financial burdens that you may be faced with.
Interim payments are payments that can be made prior to a final settlement for costs such as rehabilitation and private medical care.
For more information regarding interim payments, please contact Wildwood Legal to get in touch with one of our personal injury solicitors.
How much do serious injury claims cost?
We will always be 100% transparent about what our charges are, and if we take on your case, we will almost always do so on Conditional Fee Agreements (also known as a no win, no fee basis).
This means that if you do not win your case, you do not pay us any fees at all. If we win the case, we take a small percentage of your compensation, which we will agree with you beforehand, to cover our costs.
We will never ask you to sign anything until you are completely happy with what it is that we are proposing.
Time limit for making a claim
The general rule on time limits for making a serious injury claim is that you have three years from the date of the injury to have either settled your claim or started court proceedings once the accident has happened.
The three-year deadline begins on the date that the accident occurred or from the date on which you realised that your injuries were associated with your accident due to negligence.
If you suffered a serious injury as a child, you will have until your 21st birthday to complete your claim for compensation.
How can Wildwood Legal help with serious injury claims?
At Wildwood Legal, we know that the consequences of negligence can be devastating. If you have suffered from this, you need to seek legal advice – That’s where we come in.
We see all too often the significant effect that a serious injury can have on people’s lives. We can help on the financial side to get you on the road to recovery and help you to maximise the amount of compensation you receive.
Our core strength is in personal injury claims. We are experienced in helping you with any negligence claims that you may want to make. We aim to give you not only quality aid but flexibility and clarity as we know that these qualities are just as important.
Our law firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority; therefore, we provide everything that is needed to meet their high standards meaning that we are a trusted law firm. We offer services to individuals located in England and Wales.
Our ultimate aim is to obtain a great outcome for your case and for you to feel able to recommend us to others at the end of your claim.
We value the opinion of our clients, and we will always listen to you and take on board what you say. To make an enquiry, get in contact with us either email us firstname.lastname@example.org or call us 01423 209 046 We have registered offices in Harrogate and London
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