How to Claim Compensation for a Serious Injury
If it can be proven that your serious injury is a direct result of the negligence of another person, such as the driver of another vehicle, or an organisation such as your employer or an NHS Hospital Trust, then you may be entitled to compensation.
Our Serious Injury Solicitors can investigate the circumstances of your accident and how the injury has affected your life, both in terms of your quality of life and your financial situation. In serious injury claims we always work to secure a compensation settlement that helps you live as independently as possible and puts you back in the position you would have been in had the accident not taken place, at least as much as possible.
What is Classed as Serious Injury?
Serious injuries are those which have life-changing effects, impacting on a person’s ability to live independently and carry out daily tasks and leisure activities. A person with a serious injury will often require professional care, special home adaptations and extensive rehabilitation, aids and equipment.
Serious injury claims may involve:
- Amputation or loss of a limb
- Brain damage
- Broken bones
- Loss of eyesight
- Clinical or medical negligence
- Internal injuries
- Severe damage to a leg or foot
- Severe burns
If you’ve suffered a serious injury and it wasn’t your fault, you will be able claim compensation from the person who was responsible and this will include claims for loss of earnings, the cost of any care, therapy, rehabilitation and treatment you may have had due to your injuries and any other financial expenditure, such as medical fees, adapting you home and the cost of care and rehabilitation.
You can also claim for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity you’ve experienced as a result of your injury.
These claims can be complex and require experienced Solicitors so it’s best to consult a specialist Serious Injury Solicitor who deals with life changing injuries, or you could risk under-settling for a lower amount than you’re entitled to. For more information see Life Changing Injuries Compensation Explained.
In all cases compensation will ensure that you can have private healthcare and rehabilitation support that is essential to ensure you can you recover your quality of life following a serious injury, and cope with new financial pressures if you’re unable to go to work.
Time Limit on Serious Injury Claims
You have 3 years in which make a serious injury claim. The 3-year period runs from the date you had your accident or, in certain circumstances, 3 years from when you first became aware of your injuries.
If you are a close relative considering making a claim for life changing injury claim on behalf of a loved one who has died, then a time limit of 3 years from the date of their death usually applies. If you’re claiming compensation on behalf of a child, you must start the claim within 3 years of the date they reach the age of 18.
If we can take on your case, our specialist Serious Injury Solicitors will work to make the claims process as straightforward for you as possible. With that in mind, we’ll speak to you in plain English rather than complicated legal jargon.
We can also visit you in your own home or hospital (in England or Wales), push for you to receive interim payments (if applicable) before your case concludes and appoint a case manager to organise your care regime.
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