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Serious Injury Compensation Claims

Serious injuries are normally much more damaging than moderate or minor personal injury cases, and as a result they have a much more lasting or devastating effect on the claimants quality of life.

A serious injury will affect the complainant for a great length of time and often cause permanent damage or disability.

Serious injuries usually have dramatic and life changing effects for both the complainant and often their families.

There is a lot to consider when making a serious injury compensation claim and so it is important you have a good idea of what is involved in making your claim, and how a serious injury claim differs from a regular personal injury claim. It is also important that you instruct a specialist serious injury solicitor. Such a solicitor will have the necessary skills and experience to deal with the complex issues and financial calculations involved in your case. For help at this stage call 01252354412 or fill out the online form at the top of this page.

On-going Care

Most serious injuries will have an effect on the long-term health of the complainant, which will mean they require on-going care and assistance. This will ensure they enjoy a reasonable quality of life despite the devastating impact of their injury.

It can be an exceptionally difficult task to work out what the exact on-going care requirements of a seriously injured person may be. This is because the requirements of the person may change throughout their lives. The person may gradually decline in terms of health or they may begin to recover slightly with the help of specialist medical care.

Your solicitor is best placed to estimate what a good value of compensation for on-going care will be, due to their years of experience. We can offer help and advice today - call 01252354412 or fill out the online form at the top of this page.

Disability

Unfortunately, in serious injury cases there is a greater chance that the injuries will lead to lasting or permanent disability. This can have a life-changing effect for the complainant: they may have to make changes to their home to accommodate their disability and make changes to their daily life. Home modifications such as installing access ramps, a chair lift or making bathroom modifications can cost a great deal of money and it is essential that your compensation claim takes into account these costs. For help at this stage call 01252354412 or fill out the online form at the top of this page.

The Length of Time a Serious Injury Claim can take

Due to the complex nature of a serious injury claim, the case may take several years to be resolved or before a settlement is reached. For help at this stage call 01252354412 or fill out the online form at the top of this page.

However, during this period of investigation and negotiation, the injured party will clearly require financial support to fund their care. Your solicitor may be able to arrange an interim payment with the defendant which will mean you are awarded a small amount of your damages before the claim is settled.

Gathering the evidence

Evidence is very important for your claim to succeed. Your solicitor must establish that the accident occurred, that it happened in the way you described and that it was responsible for causing your injury.

The evidence required to prove these points usually includes evidence from the scene of the accident, CCTV footage, accident book statements, safety and maintenance records and statements from eyewitnesses of the accident. The scene of the accident may also need to be examined so an expert can assess the evidence in-situ. For help and advice regarding your situation, call 01252354412 or fill out the online form at the top of this page.

Finding out who was at fault

In a number of serious injury claims, there is often a dispute over who was at fault for causing the accident and the degree to which the defendant was at fault.

In order to establish liability in any accident, careful investigation is required and a thorough examination of evidence presented. For help at this stage call 01252354412 or fill out the online form at the top of this page.

Assessing your injuries and connecting them to the accident

You must be examined by a doctor in order to properly assess your injuries and how they were sustained. The doctor carrying out the examination should be one with experience in diagnosing and treating injuries similar to the ones you have sustained.

This examination is essential to establish that your injuries were caused by the accident, what these injuries are and also create a long term prognosis.

It is also possible to make a claim where the accident caused an already existing condition or injury to worsen – this can also be established by medical examination.To discuss your circumstances today call 01252354412 or fill out the online form at the top of this page.

Calculating the value of your claim

Arguably the most important task your solicitor will carry out when making your serious injury compensation claim will be to calculate the value of your claim.

In most serious injury claims, these calculations will be very complex due to the uncertainty of future costs for your care requirements and including all the facets of compensation you are owed. For help at this stage call 01252354412 or fill out the online form at the top of this page.

The value of our claim will be calculated to include: 

  • Compensation for the actual injury, pain, suffering and on-going discomfort.
  • If your injuries mean you can no longer work, or have to take a less well paid or part-time position then your solicitors will calculate the disparity between what you could expect to have earned in your career if you had not been injured and what you may now be able to earn.
  • Any financial expenses that are necessary to make your life easier and to give you a reasonable quality of life whilst living with your injury.

Negotiating with insurers or going to court

Once all the evidence is obtained, liability is established and a value for your claim has been calculated, your solicitor will enter into negotiations with the insurance company who insures the person or company responsible for your accident.

In a large number of cases, the insurance company will agree a compensation amount and pay that amount in an out of court settlement.

However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, particularly when the claim is for a very large amount of money, the insurance company will dispute the claim. This could be relating to the liability or degree of liability of the person they have insured or the level of compensation or for what compensation is being sought. In this case it may be necessary for your solicitor to take court action to obtain the best possible amount of compensation for your serious injury. To get help regarding your situation today, call 01252354412 or fill out the online form at the top of this page.

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Monday, 20 November 2017

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