Are you suffering from a severe injury?
Experiencing any injury can be shocking, traumatic and upsetting, making almost all injuries feel severe.
Injuries suffered in some cases, can be considered to be very serious, leaving a lasting impact on, not just your life now but your future as well.
If you are unsure whether or not you have suffered a severe injury then the below may help, if at least one applies to your experiences then you may have suffered a life-changing injury:
- You are still undergoing treatment or the treatment you had was lengthy
- You have had to attend long repeated or ongoing hospital appointments due to your injury
- You have taken a significant amount of time off work
We know no amount of compensation can change what has happened and how you are feeling but it can help towards getting you back on track. As well as your injury, compensation can also help cover expenses such as:
- Loss and future loss of income
- Effects the injury has had on your work e.g. an impact on progression
- Employability, if your capacity has changed and you now have a lack of future job opportunities
- Costs for adaptations e.g. in your home or vehicle
- Care and/or support you have received, even if it was from a loved one
- Loss of amenity e.g. hobbies and activities that have been affected
Sometimes it is difficult to tell if your injury would be considered as a severe/serious injury. If you are unsure then our legally trained advisors are here to help.
We will ask about your experiences and provide you with the legal advice tailored to your case.
We can tell you in minutes if you are eligible to claim but if you’re not ready or have more questions, don’t worry, our free advice is on a no-obligation basis so no pressure will be put on you.
What are severe/serious injuries?
Suffering a severe/serious injury can be life-changing for you and your loved ones if you believe you have suffered a serious injury due to an accident that wasn’t your fault then contact us today. We can help by answering any questions you may have, listening to your experiences and providing you with tailored legal advice.
Everybody’s body reacts differently, there is no exception when it comes to suffering an injury from an accident, therefore, the impacts caused for each person will be different so there is no set list of what accidents are classed as serious. We can advise it is usually the case that you have been involved in a serious accident if you have suffered:
- Loss of limb or amputations
- Broken bone
- Paralysis permanent, temporary or partially
- Burn injury
- Back injury
- Spine injury
- Head and/or brain injury
- Loss of sight permanent, temporary or partially
- Multiple injuries
We speak with hundreds of people who have been a victim of someone else’s negligence and as a result sustained an injury, therefore, we know there are different types of serious injuries or complications that have not been listed above in the examples, so if you are suffering but it doesn’t match our examples then it doesn’t mean we cannot help you, get in touch with our legal advice team and find out how we can help you.
Providing your accident happened in the last 3 years and was not your fault then there is a chance we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Not sure you want to claim? You can still contact our legal advice team for free, we can provide no-obligation advice.
What do I need to do to make a serious injury claim?
A serious injury can leave you feeling
With our many years of specialist experience, we can help you claim the compensation you deserve. We don’t just consider your injury alone when dealing with your claim. We will look at all possible aspects and try to cover this when negotiating your settlement.
An accident is unexpected and therefore, the impacts of a serious injury can put a strain on many aspects of yours and your family’s lives, therefore, we feel you and your family should be able to receive financial and emotional support through such a traumatic time.
It is important to us that you know all your rights and options, that’s why when you contact our legal advice team we will ask you questions regarding your accident circumstances and your injury. However, important it is for us to understand your experiences we know that it may be difficult to speak about at this time, however, having the following information to hand may make the call a little quicker and easier:
- The date of the incident
- Any dates of medical advice/treatment/procedures received or approaching
- Details of time taken off work
- What pain you have suffered and/or are suffering
- Adaptations you have made to your home, vehicle, routines and daily life
As mentioned we know a serious injury can impact loved ones, therefore, our legal advice team will ask details regarding how your injury has affected them also. When your solicitor considers your compensation they can try to recover costs for your loved ones as well including:
- Time has taken off work to support and/or care for you
- Travel costs
We can provide you with the legal advice you need and inform you in the same call if you would be eligible to make a claim. Although all our advice is given on a free, no-obligation basis, if you decide you wish to make a claim then we can get everything set up for you today. At Direct Solicitors, you can have peace of mind knowing your claim is being dealt with by an experienced specialist solicitor with a proven success rate.
I cannot pay for my additional expenses caused by my accident, what help can I get?
Expenses from an unexpected accident can be the additional stress that no one needs at a time of recovery. If your recovery is being affected by financial pressure due to unexpected expenses such as travel, counselling, adaptations to your vehicle or home, then our specialist solicitors could help you.
In order to aid a quicker recovery, our specialist solicitor will work alongside medical specialists and case managers by evaluating your requirements they will be able to create a rehabilitation program.
Our solicitor will also if possible, agree upon an interim payment, based upon your immediate needs, to be made before the full and final compensation amount is paid. Therefore, allowing you to begin the changes you and your loved ones need in order to aid recovery and live as comfortably as possible.
To find out more about immediate needs and interim payments contact our legal advice team today on 08000 250 250.
What are the immediate needs?
Immediate needs are assessed and are based on how to make your life easier and lessen the financial impact of your injury including:
- Home and transport
When serious injuries are sustained it can take some time before you are able to drive again and in some cases even walk. Due to this, when assessing your immediate needs, the specialist will try to estimate the financial impact of travel to and from the hospital and on your daily life.
As well as assessing the travel aspect, the assessor will also consider any adaptations that may be required in your home to ensure accessibility due to your injuries after your accident e.g. fitting a bathroom and bedroom downstairs.
We feel it isn’t fair for you to have to wait until your compensation is paid before you can make these types of changes to aid your recovery, that’s why our solicitor will ensure they will do everything they can to try to get you everything you require to begin a smoother road to recovery.
- Rehabilitation, treatment and care
Your health is the number one priority and we want to ensure you recover as much as possible so you can begin to regain your life back. Therefore, it is important to assess the rehabilitation and care needs you will need in the time following your accident until you receive your compensation.
- Aids and equipment
It is important you can get around as freely as possible, so when assessing any aids or equipment you may need we will consider every part of your life and how it has been affected by the injury. Aids and equipment can include things like wheelchairs, mobility scooters, stair lifts
I want to make a claim on behalf of my loved one
If you are reading this on behalf of a loved one who has suffered a life-changing injury then our team can help.
If your loved one has become dependant on you or no longer has the capacity to make legal decisions for themselves as a result of their injuries then you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation on their behalf.
So if your loved one has suffered injuries due to an accident that happened in the last 3 years that wasn’t their fault then we could be able to help you, contact our legal advice team today on 08000 250 250 or request a call back. Our team can let you know if you are eligible to claim on behalf of your loved one and guide you through the process.