Serious Injuries

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Catastrophic and serious injuries

Catastrophic injuries are defined as any serious injury that results in permanent disability, long-term medical problems or shortened-life expectancy.

If you have or member of your family have been involved in an accident that was not your fault and have suffered serious injuries you may be able to claim compensation. Have a chat with our specialist Serious Injury Team to find out where you stand today.

Catastrophic, Serious Personal Injury Compensation Claims

Key Information:

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What are the common causes of serious injury?

  • Building site accidents eg falls from ladders and scaffolding
  • Motorbike road traffic accidents
  • Accidents at work eg factories
  • Criminal injuries as a direct result of an assault eg head injuries or stabbings/knife wounds

Types of serious injury

Brain/head injuries:

Brain injuries appear in all shapes and sizes and are always very distressing for all concerned. If you have been unfortunate enough to have a head injury you will probably have lost consciousness at some point or received a concussion.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) result from physical trauma to the head causing brain damage. However, the damage is not only physical, but cognitive, emotional, and can affect social abilities.

Further information is available in our brain / head injury section.

Spinal cord injuries

Injuries to your spine are extremely serious and result in the loss of sensation and motor ability. Possible causes include bruising, loss of blood to the spinal cord, or pressure on the spinal cord.

The spinal cord is made up of nerves that carry nerve impulses to and from the brain to the rest of the body enabling movement. The spinal cord is protected by rings of bone which are called vertebra. These bones make up the spinal column eg back bones.


In certain instances amputation is deemed the only course of action to save your life. Amputees have to face the tragic effects of loss of limbs eg legs, arms and in rare cases, hands.

Dealing with the psychological trauma as well as the emotional discomfort can be a heavy burden to bear. It is also commonplace to experience "Phantom Limbs" eg where you can feel parts of your body that are longer there.


Imagine waking up and not being able to move, this is the reality that some victims of negligence have had to face. Paralysis is the loss of muscle function in an affected area.

There are many variants of paralysis, including stroke (weakness all over the body) hemiplegia (weakness on one side of the body) – these can be the result of brain/head injuries. Damage to the spinal cord can cause paraplegia (loss of motor/sensory function to the lower half of your body), or even quadriplegia (paralysis affecting all 4 limbs, but not always total paralysis or loss of function).

Severe burns

Burns can cause horrendous psychological and emotional distress to you and you need to concentrate all your strength on recovery. Burns are categorised into 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th degree, with 4th being the most severe.

Multiple fractures

Multiple fractures are the result of many bone fractures localised in one area. They are extremely painful and can often take a great deal of time to heal.

We can help

Our dedicated Team of Catastrophic/Serious Injury Lawyers want to help improve your quality of life and give you the financial support you need. Contact us now by calling 0808 129 3320 or use the online enquiry form and we will call you back.

Case Example

Postman suffers serious fracture to leg during accident

Client aged 58 was employed as a part time rural postman with Royal Mail in Lincoln. When exiting a sub postoffice/shop he caught his foot in a wire basket which had not been stored properly.

He fell onto the pavement fracturing his knee. Liability was agreed with the insurers who accepted that the sub postoffice shop had failed to provide our client with a safe passage to and from the shop contrary to the Occupier’s liability Act. The claimant underwent surgery and appeared to be making a recovery, however his knee subsequently locked whilst walking and he suffered a serious fracture to his leg. The sub postoffice/shop’s insurers refused to accept that the 2nd fracture was caused by the 1st injury.

A Judge at Lincoln County Court held that the 2nd more serious fracture was because the claimant’s knee locked and this was as a result of the original fracture to the knee. The client underwent an extremely painful and invasive Knee replacement operation which sadly failed such that he needed an above knee amputation. The claimant lost his job and is unlikely to work again.

Damages of £335,000 were recovered on behalf of the claimant who was a credit to represent.

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Melanie Burden | Partner, Head of Personal Injury | Simpson Millar LLP

Melanie Burden
Head of Personal Injury

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