Serious injuries can have long-term effects on the sufferer that cause them to make significant changes to their lifestyle, which can also affect their close family and friends if care is required.
Commonly known serious injuries include:
- Sight damage
- Loss of limb/amputation
- Spine/back injury
- Hearing loss
- Brain/head injury
- Burns/skin damage
- Fractures/breaks to bones
- Injuries to internal organs
In majority of serious injury cases the sufferer will have been an in-patient and/or had regular treatment at hospital.
Most burn injuries have been recorded at home but they are also commonly known to have occurred in a work environment, in a restaurant or even in a road traffic accident.
There are four categories of burns, starting from the least serious, the categories are:
- First degree burns, this type of burn damages only the top layer of skin (epidermis)
- Second degree burns, when damage is caused to the first and second (dermis) layers of the skin
- Third degree burns, this type is more severe and causes damage to the first and second layers of the skin as well as the tissue beneath the skin which can also affect the nerves
- Fourth degree burns, this is the more serious of all the burn categories, as well as damaging all of the above said (first and second layers of skin, the tissue beneath the skin and nerves) it also affects underlying muscles and bones.
This type of injury can be extremely serious and lead to a complete loss of sensation, movement and feeling from the point of injury down, this is known as complete spinal cord injury. Spinal injuries can also be categorised as an incomplete spinal cord injury, this is when the sufferer still has some form of sensation, movement and/or feeling. If you’ve suffered from a Spinal Injury, please contact someone from our team today.
Head and Brain Injuries
An injury to the head and/or brain can be caused in various ways (e.g. road traffic accident, slip, trip or fall, accident at work or medical negligence) and depending on the damage caused can be life changing.
A brain and/or head injury is caused by an impact of blows and trauma to the head and can vary in severity including injuries such as:
- Brain damage
- Long-term or permanent disability
- Vision problems
- Changes to your personality
- Balance and coordination problems
- Debilitating headaches
A fatal injury is when the victim has died as a result of the injuries caused.
The loss of a love one is an emotionally difficult time, although money is the last thing anyone wants to think about at such a devastating time, the loss of a loved one can also be a financially difficult time as well.
Accidental death leaves the victims loved ones in an unexpected situation both emotionally and financially, we know it is hard to think about but claiming compensation for the loss of your loved one can help ease the associated costs and help plan for the future.
Claiming as a result of a fatal accident is to be done by the victim’s dependant under Fatal Accidents Act 1976 providing the accident is due to the negligence and/or wrongdoing of someone else. A “dependant” can be described as:
- A wife/husband/civil partner, either current or former
- A child/descendant, either biological, adopted or “step-child” (through marriage/civil partnership)
- A person who was living with the victim for a minimum of two years
- Parents or a person the victim treated as a parent
- Ascendants, e.g. grandparents
- Brothers/sisters, uncles/aunts and their children
Limb Amputation/Loss Claims
Many amputations across the UK are carried out due to road traffic accidents, workplace injuries, industrial injury/diseases and slightly less commonly, medical negligence.
There are different types of amputation, including:
- Arm amputation, either from the shoulder, in-between the shoulder and elbow or below the elbow
- Hand and finger/thumb amputation
- Leg amputation, either above, through or below the knee
- Foot or toe amputation
Chronic Pain Claims
A pain that lasts longer than a 12 week period and does not respond to the usual types of treatments is classed as a chronic pain. Long-term chronic pain is both physically and mentally challenging.
Mentally, chronic pain can cause the sufferer to feel depressed, anxious, have a gain or loss in appetite and/or feel fatigued amongst other symptoms. Physical conditions include:
Chronic pain syndrome
- Chronic fatigue (ME)
- Long-term injury sustained via a whiplash motion (neck, shoulders, and back area)
- Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS)
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
Ligament and Tendon Injury
Ligaments and tendons are fibrous connective tissues, ligaments are shorter than tendons and connect bone to bone to hold structures together and keep them stable. A tendon is longer than a ligament and connects muscles to bones (e.g. hamstring) or structures (e.g. eyeballs).
As well as being extremely painful and involving lengthy recovery times, serious injuries such as snapping, tearing or rupturing a ligament or tendon can sometimes cause mobility issue and/or long-term disability.
Separated into four types, paralysis or part paralysis is the loss of ability to move all or part of the body, it can also include, lack of sensation/s and/or a loss of muscle function. The four types of paralysis are:
- Monoplegia, which affects only one arm or leg
- Hemiplegia, which affects one arm and one leg on the same side of your body
- Paraplegia, which affects both of your legs
- Quadriplegia, or tetraplegia, which affects both of your arms and both of your legs
A serious injury could happen to anyone, anywhere at any phase of life and this could result in long-standing effects. Serious injuries can vary in nature, but most leave the sufferer with life-altering outcomes, lessening the quality of the victim’s life. Here at Direct Solicitors we understand any injury can be stressful and life-impacting that’s why we are on hand to help you. Contact our legal advice team today on 08000 250 250, our specialised solicitors have a wide range of experience and have helped thousands of clients settle their injury claims quickly and hassle-free. Contact us today to obtain a free no-obligation initial consultation.