I've hurt myself in an accident but not broken anything, can I still claim compensation?
Just because your injuries are not visible, like in the case of a broken bone, it does not mean you cannot make a personal injury claim
. Personal injury claims for these types of injuries are the most common and are referred to as "soft tissue" injuries
Just like a personal injury claim where you have broken bones, you still have 3 years from the date of the injury
to bring your personal injury claim.
What is a soft tissue injury?
A soft tissue injury
is one that affects your muscles and joints. This could mean as a result of your accident you are suffering pain caused by a sprain, strain, dislocation or bruising.
A soft tissue injury can be caused by a slip trip or fall, an accident at work or a road traffic accident. Whiplash is one of the most common soft tissue injuries.
Soft tissue injuries are usually identified through an x-ray or scan
taken at the hospital after your injury. Although these injuries are not visible they can be extremely painful and can cause you loss of movement in your everyday life
. For example, if you are a postman and you suffered a twisted ankle this will prevent you from carrying out your role. This could potentially lead to a loss of earnings
and a hard time getting back to your original job role.
What if my injury happened at work?
If your injury happened at work, for example sitting at a desk and your chair collapsed, you will be able to hold your employer to account
for not providing you with safe equipment.
Your employer will be responsible for compensating you if they were responsible for causing the injury. Many employers will help you get back to work and reduce the number of duties
you will have to do whilst recovering from your accident.
How much compensation will I receive?
Compensation for an injury where you have not suffered any broken bones can vary significantly. In most cases the level of compensation you receive will depend on the evidence you provide to support your injuries
. This is why it is vital that when you suffer from your injuries you go straight to your GP or the hospital
to get a proper diagnosis and to have some kind of record of your injuries.
Your compensation should reimburse you for any loss of earnings you suffered
as a result of your accident and any other expenses such as prescriptions and trips to the hospital.
It is crucial to seek out a solicitor that is well practiced in personal injury claims and especially soft tissue claims
. Their role will be vital in helping you to collect the evidence of your soft tissue injury and obtaining the correct level of compensation