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What to do after a faulty product injury?

When a product – whether new or old – causes you a personal injury, you might understandably be confused about how it was allowed to happen.

The UK was recently made aware of just how dangerous faulty products can be. When the new year began, Whirlpool began a nationwide recall of washing machines that had been found to be a fire risk.

This is a particularly worrying form of product fault as it can cause physical harm as well as potentially completely destroy a property and all possessions inside it.

So if you’ve been the victim of a faulty or defective product accident, what should you do?

Injuries after these accidents

As there are so many ways a product can malfunction, there are many ways you might be injured in such an accident.

The types of injury you might suffer include:

  • Electrical shocks or burns from defective electronic items
  • Rashes or scratches from fabrics, including furniture
  • Faulty prosthetics and hip replacements that break easily
  • Skin irritations or rashes from faulty cosmetics
  • Falls or other injuries from defective sporting equipment, such as treadmills
  • Injuries from defects in cars, such as faulty brakes
  • Illness caused by contaminated or poisoned food

Who is responsible?

In the majority of cases, the responsibility for a faulty product injury lies with the manufacturer. They are responsible for ensuring that every item they produce works effectively and safely. If they have not done so and a product is then found to cause harm to a person or to their property, this could show neglect on the part of the manufacturer.

If they do discover that one of their products has a fault, manufacturers are legally required to notify consumers of it, as well as recall any items that have been sold. Therefore, if a manufacturer does not issue a recall, despite being aware of an existing fault, they could be liable for any damage and harm caused.

In some cases, you may be required to prove that your item caused an injury. This is particularly true when something has only revealed itself to be faulty after six months or more. You will have to show that it was not misuse or accidental damage that caused the fault.

What to do

If you’ve been the victim of a defective item injury, you could find yourself out of pocket. This could be the result of damage caused to your other property, including clothing, as well as the medical treatment you may need. And in many cases, this can run up large bills, particularly if you need private or ongoing treatment to recover.

The Consumer Protection Act 1987 allows people who have suffered an injury as a result of a defective item to recover compensation. This can cover the suffering you experienced through sustaining an injury and any other losses you sustain, such as replacing or repairing damaged property.

This is why it is important to keep any receipts from purchases you make. This can help to form the evidence for any legal action you take against the manufacturer responsible. Keep any other documentation that comes with the product. This can help to prove that the manufacturer did not make you aware of any fault.

As soon as you discover the fault, it is important to report it to both the manufacturer and retailer. The length of time you have owned the product will dictate their course of action – whether that’s a refund or a replacement.

However, if they do not acknowledge your complaint or refuse to accept their liability, this could mean that it’s time to seek out the services of a qualified personal injury solicitor.

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How dangerous can an office accident really be?

When you think of an accident at work, you’re likely thinking of an environment such as a construction site or warehouse. And you’d be right to. These workplaces typically see a lot more accidents and injuries than the quiet and – often – dull office.

But it can’t be denied – offices see accidents too.

Common accidents

Offices typically lack the kind of machinery that is common in construction sites and warehouses. But that doesn’t mean there are no hazards. Indeed, the very work office employees carry out puts them at risk for certain injuries. Repetitive strain injury is commonly experienced by workers using computers, while bad posture can result in neck and back pain.

However, it’s slips, trips and falls that are the biggest threat to office workers. According to the USA’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these employees are up to 2.5 times more likely to suffer a serious injury from a fall than non-office workers.

The CDC pointed to tripping over open desks or drawers, cables, loose carpets or other objects in the employee’s path as specific trip hazards. Meanwhile, wet floors can lead to slips and using chairs rather than ladders can see falls resulting in significant injuries.

In addition, office workers can hurt themselves with poor manual lifting techniques. Offices feature a great deal of objects that often require lifting, from computer monitors to stacks of files. Employees can also bump into objects, like desks, cabinets and printers. They can also find themselves getting hit by objects falling from cabinets or hit the cabinet falling over.

Hidden hazards

Industrial disease is another potential threat to office workers. Those working in older offices may find that they’re surrounded by walls containing asbestos. Its use was only banned completely in 1999. A recent report found that 6 million tons of the carcinogen remain in roughly 1.5 million UK buildings.

This could mean that people working in these buildings are exposed to this toxic substance. The effects of exposure are most often deadly. However, those who develop mesothelioma, the cancer caused by asbestos, will not realise anything is wrong until many years – usually decades – later.

But once the disease has taken hold, death is usually rapid. This can leave patients with little time to organise their affairs and make arrangements for the end of their lives.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that there are more than 5,000 deaths per year in the UK caused by asbestos, with 2,526 of those due to mesothelioma. Inhalation of asbestos fibres can also cause lung cancer, pleural thickening and asbestosis.

Surprising

When people with differing opinions who might perhaps never have met outside of work are put together for the majority of the day, tensions are bound to emerge. It may be surprising to many, but violence is a legitimate threat in the workplace.

The HSE found that there 694,000 incidents of violence at work reported in 2017/18, with 330,000 of those taking the form of an assault. The most common injury suffered was bruising or a black eye, while scratches were also common.

This could have a more serious impact on mental and emotional health, however. People who have experienced violence at work could find it difficult to return without experiencing anxiety. This could result in a drop in productivity and more long-term problems.

Although offices seem like safer workplaces, there is no guarantee that workers will be protected from harm. It is up to employers to ensure that they do all they can to keep workers safe.

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How are the rules different when an accident happens abroad?

When you have an accident in the UK, you are typically entitled to justice – depending, of course, on the specific circumstances of the incident.

For example, if it occurred in the last three years and it was caused by someone else’s negligence, you could make a personal injury claim.

But how do the rules differ if the accident happened while you were abroad? And what can you do about it?

Common accidents abroad

In most cases, the sort of accident you might suffer depends entirely on what sort of trip you’re taking. For example, when you’re on a business trip, you are far more likely to be involved in a car accident than you are a sporting accident.

Meanwhile, you’re more likely to suffer an accident in a hotel – such as a slip, trip or fall – while on a holiday in the sun. This is when holiday illnesses are more likely to strike too. Hotels can be breeding grounds for bacteria and germs, particularly in communal areas where guests congregate.

Wherever you go in the world, you’ll come across negligent people. This means you’re no safer abroad than you are at home – and vice versa.

Package or independent holiday?

Whether you were on a package holiday – when accommodation and flights were booked together – or you were an independent traveller – when each part of your holiday was booked separately – will make a difference when it comes to your rights.

According to Citizens Advice, if you were on a package holiday, you are afforded protection through certain legal regulations. This means your holiday company can be held responsible for accidents suffered abroad. Holiday companies provide certain insurance that means you’re protected when something goes wrong.

Meanwhile, there is a great deal less protection for independent travellers. If you’ve booked separate accommodation and flights, you won’t have the same rights to compensation as those who have booked package holidays. Insurance plays a significant part for these travellers – offering a way of addressing certain problems.

Who to hold responsible

What all this means is that there are different rules around the way you can obtain justice – and compensation – after accidents in other countries. Just because you were an independent traveller, it doesn’t mean you’re unable to make a claim for an accident.

In many cases – much like in the UK – you’ll be able to claim against the organisation responsible for where you had your accident or the person directly responsible for it. For example, if you suffered a fall in a supermarket abroad, you could claim against the supermarket owner. And if you had a car accident, you could make a claim against the driver responsible.

And much like in the UK, evidence is important. You should ensure you take photos and video and get as many witness details as possible. You’ll also need to keep medical records to prove how you were affected. You may also have to extend your hotel stay as a result of your injuries, which can then have a financial impact. Keep any hotel bills to add to your injury claim as you may be able to recover what you spent on this additional stay.

Accidents abroad are particularly frustrating experiences. You’re somewhere unfamiliar, where you may not know the processes for dealing with this incident. This highlights the importance of establishing where you stand before you go abroad.

Making a claim is still possible after an accident abroad. You just have to know how to go about it.

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Your rights as a passenger in an accident

When you’re a passenger involved in a car accident, you might not be aware of the rules around claiming compensation. It may not be as clear as the process would be for a driver.

But the law is clear: if you’ve been hurt as a passenger in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you can make a claim for compensation.

From whiplash to a life-changing injury, you’re entitled to justice when you’re hurt in a car accident.

When can you take action?

If you’ve been a passenger on any form of public transport that has been involved in an accident, you could be able to make a claim for compensation. The same is also true if you were in a taxi or ride-sharing car. If someone drives for a living, they’re obligated to ensure the safety of their passengers. If they don’t, they can be held accountable.

You may have been hurt in an accident caused by a friend or family member. You could have been injured in an accident caused by a colleague while being driven for work.

Meanwhile, if your accident was caused by another car, you can also make a claim. You can do so even if the driver of the car you were in has made a claim of their own. You’re just as entitled to justice as they are. You may want to consider joining forces to pursue a claim together. This is going to be a good option if you’re related or see the driver regularly.

What if road conditions are to blame?

You may have been hurt in an accident that was caused by poor road conditions, such as potholes or cracks. When this is the case, you won’t claim against the driver of the car you were in as they are not actually responsible.

If your injury was caused by the condition of the roads you were being driven on, you can make a claim against the local authority responsible for the roads. They are required to keep the roads in a safe condition, so if they’ve neglected their duty, you can take action. This also means the council is then alerted to the problem. They’ll have the opportunity then to address the poor conditions and try to prevent this kind of accident happening to anyone else.

Should you act?

If you were in the car with a friend or family member, you might feel uneasy or anxious about going ahead with a claim. However, there are a number of factors to consider. Was the person behind the wheel driving irresponsibly? Were they under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Did they disregard your protests to slow down? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you might feel like you should hold them responsible for their actions.

Ultimately, the decision to pursue legal action lies with you. It will typically depend on the severity of your injuries, whether you suffer any financial loss as a result of the accident and how seriously your life may be affected after the injury.

When it comes to an injury after a car accident as a passenger, what you do is up to you.

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How dangerous is a fall from height?

Workplaces can be dangerous.

When it comes to accidents at work, there is an almost endless number of ways you can get injured. But there’s one type of accident in particular that can cause major injuries, from life-changing to fatalities.

A fall from height is the biggest killer in the workplace. In 2018/19, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that 40 people lost their lives at work after a fall from a height.

The World Health Organization has also found that falls are the second leading cause of accidental injury deaths globally.

The most dangerous industries

Falls from height are more common in certain industries. You’re far less likely to suffer such an accident if you work in an office than if you work on construction sites, for example. However, regardless of industry, you will likely find that a fall from height causes more damage than another type of accident.

The most dangerous industries in the UK in terms of fatalities is agriculture, forestry and fishing. This sector saw 32 deaths in 2018/19. Construction saw the second highest number of deaths, at 30, while manufacturing saw 26.

Since places of work involving heights are common within these industries, it is unsurprising that such a high number of fatalities was seen. It is expected that employees within these sectors will work on ladders, scaffolding, roofs, machinery, platforms and racking, among other heights.

Risk factors

If you work outside, the weather could then have an impact on the chances that you might suffer a fall. Workers are more likely to suffer a fall when it’s wet or icy than if it’s dry outside. So that makes it essential that employers whose workers spend the majority of their time outdoors ensure they have appropriate health and safety policies in place. If you’re worried about your company’s health and safety policies, it’s important to raise your concerns.

Are you more likely to have an injury than someone else? Your attitude may come into play here. You might find that you’re carrying out the same safety precautions and wearing the same gear than colleagues, but if you’re complacent about your safety, you might find that you’re more likely than your co-workers to fall.

The impact of distance

Distance is one of the key factors affecting how dangerous a fall from height will be. If you fall from a distance of just over a foot, you might sprain a wrist or suffer a cut. Falling from 48 feet – or four stories – however, could see your life end. According to reference book Trauma Anesthesia, that’s the median distance for a fall to be fatal. When that increases to seven stories in height, 90% of falls are fatal.

There have been reports of miraculous survivals, such as the flight attendant who survived a 33,333-foot fall when the plane she was in exploded. Vesna Vulović suffered temporary paralysis from the waist down, but the only lasting health issue she suffered from was a limp.

But stories like these are exceptionally rare. It is far more common that someone falling from a significant distance will suffer a catastrophic injury. Imperial College London professor of surgery Sean Hughes told the Guardian that the majority of people who fall from a height die after fracturing their spine at the top, therefore cutting right across the aorta.

Although most workplace accidents can be prevented, working at a height has its own risks. These can be negotiated, but there will always be danger associated with heights. It will always pay to abandon complacency and to take the situation seriously.

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Personal injury: how do I know I have a claim?

Personal injury claims cover a wide range of incidents, so how do you know whether you can make a claim for the injury you’ve suffered?

There are so many ways you could get injured – from falling down your stairs at home to being scalded by boiling water in a café. Knowing whether you can make a claim will typically come down to one question: was your injury caused by someone else’s negligence?

If someone is responsible for your accident, you can likely make a personal injury claim against them. This is also true if it’s an organisation or business.

Some of the most common personal injuries include:

Accident at work

Employers have a responsibility to ensure that a workplace is safe. If it has not taken this duty seriously and you have suffered the consequences – in the form of an accident and resulting injury – then you could have a claim.

Some workplaces are more dangerous than others. Someone working on a construction site with moving objects and vehicles and heavy machinery will be more at risk of a serious injury than someone in an office, where the biggest threat is trailing wires and the trip hazard they present.

Road traffic accident

Road traffic accidents are one of the most common types of accidents in the UK. In 2018, there were 160,597 casualties of all severities reported to police, according to the Department for Transport. However, it is likely this figure could be higher as not all injuries and accidents are reported to police.

These accidents are a potential threat to almost everyone. They can happen while driving your own vehicle, on public transport, in a taxi or even as a pedestrian. If you were hurt in an accident while on the roads, you could be able to make a claim against the person responsible.

Slip, trip or fall

Some of the most common accidents you could experience in public places are slips, trips or falls. These accidents could be caused by a range of hazards, including wet or icy surfaces where no signs have been put up or tripping on uneven paving stones.

You could also find yourself falling down public stairs that have not been properly maintained or in an area that lacks an adequate level of lighting. In each of these examples, someone has been responsible for fixing these problems but hasn’t. And this negligence means you will likely be able to make a claim for compensation.

Medical negligence

One of the more sensitive areas of personal injury claims includes the medical negligence field. This is when you have sought medical attention for an existing condition, but the treatment you received was substandard, causing your condition to worsen or a new health problem to develop.

This could have come about after treatment by both the NHS or a private practitioner. You may have suffered various forms of negligence, including misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, surgical errors, nerve injury or dental negligence, among other forms.

Industrial disease

Along the same legal lines as an accident at work, industrial disease can be caused by a company’s negligence. This is when you suffer an illness because of something you’ve had to do at work. It could happen if you haven’t been provided the necessary protective equipment or if you’d been exposed to harmful substances.

Mesothelioma is just one example of an industrial disease. Caused by asbestos exposure, it is an incurable cancer that can take 20 to 50 years for any symptoms to develop. You may also have suffered from industrial hearing loss, skin diseases or musculoskeletal problems.

Personal injuries

However you may have been injured, if it was the fault of someone else and it happened within the last three years, you could be able to make a claim. This could go a long way towards getting you back on your feet or making your life more comfortable.

You have the right to justice when you’ve been hurt because of someone else’s actions – or lack thereof.

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Why no win no fee?

In the majority of legal cases, clients will have to pay for their solicitor’s services upfront. However, with a no win no fee agreement, this isn’t the case.

With a conditional fee agreement – the formal arrangement between you and your lawyer – you will proceed on the basis that you won’t have to pay anything unless you win your case.

The history of no win no fee

Introduced in order to give more people the ability to take their cases to court, the no win no fee model has revolutionised the way UK courts hear personal injury claims. They were first introduced into law in 1995 in England and Wales to cover a range of civil court cases.

Speaking in 1998, when no win no fee was extended to cover all civil cases, except those heard in family courts, then parliamentary secretary Geoff Hoon said: “No-win no-fee conditional agreements will result in better access to justice. Access will be given to the many people who fall between those who are very rich or those who are so poor that they qualify for legal aid.”

He added that in the future, “the question of whether one gets one’s case to court will no longer depend on whether one can afford it, but on whether one’s case is a strong one”.

In 2000, the Access to Justice Act came into force, giving judges the ability to force the losing side in a no win no fee case to pay the additional costs. Legal aid for personal injury cases was also abolished, making no win no fee the best option for many people pursuing a claim.

Today, clients taking on a no win no fee agreement will pay for a legal insurance policy and eventually a success fee upon winning their claim. In most cases, this fee is 25%.

Why choose no win no fee?

When you’ve suffered from a personal injury – including medical negligence – you’ll have more important things to think about than how you’re going to fund your claim. Your recovery will likely be at the forefront of your mind. From treatment to whether you’ll get back to work soon, you’ll have plenty to think about.

If you had to proceed with a personal injury claim without the assurance of a no win no fee claim, the worry about funding it may distract you from the more pressing concern of getting your injuries treated. This, in turn, could put you off going ahead with a claim at all.

This means the no win no fee agreement opens up access to justice and means anyone who has suffered an injury is able to address what happened. It gives people the chance to make things right when they’ve gone so wrong that physical harm was sustained.

It shows that legally, no win no fee is a hugely important model. Giving someone with a valid claim the ability to pursue justice is something we need to protect.

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Knowing whether you have a claim

Making a claim is not as complicated as you may think. If you’re not sure whether you may have a personal injury or medical negligence claim, you may feel overwhelmed about potentially going forward with one.

This guide is intended to help you work out if you would be able to make a claim after suffering an injury or illness.

Type of injury

Personal injuries come in many different forms. However, the general rule is that if you have been injured in an accident that was the fault of another person or organisation, you may have a personal injury claim.

Some of the most common types of personal injury include:

  • Accident at work
  • Road traffic accident
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Faulty product injury
  • Accident abroad

However, if you’ve had an accident that doesn’t appear to fit into one of these categories, you may still have a claim. It is advisable to seek guidance on the issue.

Time limits

In the majority of cases, you will have a certain amount of time in which to bring a claim for compensation. This is generally three years. So if you have been injured in the last three years, you could be able to make a claim.

However, there are exceptions to the rule. For example, if the accident happened to a child, they have three years from their 18th birthday in which to make their claim. Meanwhile, if you are claiming on behalf of someone without the mental capacity to claim for themselves, it is unlikely that you will face any time limit.

Injury severity

In order to make a claim, your injury needs to be serious enough to require medical treatment. It is therefore important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. If your injury is serious enough to claim for, you will likely require a period of recovery. The sooner you can start getting back on your feet, the better.

As well as helping you to recover physically from your ordeal, medical attention will provide important evidence for your claim.

Evidence

To present a claim, you may need certain pieces of evidence. This will help to strengthen your case. Among the most important and persuasive pieces of evidence you can submit with your claim are police, workplace accident and medical reports.

These will support your claim that the injury caused you real problems and that the accident was caused by someone else. Your solicitor will also want to know about any witness statements you may have access to. These will help show who was responsible for the incident.

Compensation

The amount of compensation you receive after a successful claim will depend on a number of factors. These are based on the pain and suffering your injury has caused you to experience, as well as any costs you have incurred as a result of your injury.

If you have been forced to take time off work and therefore lost earnings, this will be taken into account when compensation is awarded. You could also be compensated for any damage sustained to your belongings.

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Can a workplace accident cause PTSD?

Having an accident at work can have lasting effects on a person. And not just physically.

When you suffer an injury in an accident at work, you may end up suffering the emotional and psychological consequences.

You might think a condition like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects only those in particularly high-stress roles, like the military. However, it can strike anyone after any significant distressing event.

Witnessing an accident

Accidents at work are most likely to affect those working in agricultural industries – including forestry and fishing. This is according to the Health and Safety Executive’s latest data. In 2018/19, 32 people in these industries were killed on the job.

Construction was the second most dangerous industry, with 30 deaths in this period, while manufacturing was third, with 26 people killed.

According to mental health charity Mind, witnessing a fatal accident can be a cause for PTSD. This means that workers in these industries are not only at greater risk of death in the course of their daily lives, but are also more likely to witness a colleague have a fatal accident.

This could lead to affected workers suffering significant levels of emotional trauma, affecting their work and personal lives.

PTSD after an accident

Suffering an accident yourself can also lead to mental trauma. Agriculture and construction were the two industries that saw the highest number of non-fatal injuries and work-related illness in 2017/18, according to the HSE’s most recent figures. Agriculture saw 3,690 per 100,000 workers hurt, while construction saw 2,620.

These workers could have suffered serious accidents, leaving them with significant injuries. Those who have suffered this kind of injury could find that they then experience further pain and suffering in the form of PTSD.

Some of the most serious types of accidents at work – and those typically more likely to cause a higher level of emotional suffering – involve being struck by a moving object or vehicle. Meanwhile, falls from height can cause serious injuries and affected 8% of employees who reported a workplace accident in 2017/18, according to the HSE.

Potentially the most upsetting type of accident a worker can suffer, however, is an act of violence. This could be caused by a colleague, customer or member of the public. Those in positions of authority can be particularly vulnerable to this kind of injury. For example, a survey commissioned by Channel 4’s Dispatches found that eight in 10 police officers were physically attacked and one-third suffered injuries last year.

Symptoms of PTSD

Mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness has highlighted some of the symptoms of PTSD, including:

  • Flashbacks or dreams about the event or accident
  • Avoiding situations that remind you of what happened
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Being unable to feel emotions
  • Poor concentration
  • Not enjoying activities any longer
  • Feeling on edge, being easily startled, as well as alert and anxious

The Royal College of Psychologists suggests that if you have experienced these symptoms for more than six weeks since the event, you should talk it over with your doctor.

There has been a general downward trend in rates of self-reported non-fatal workplace accidents in the last two decades. Since 2000/01, the estimated rate has dropped by around half, says the HSE’s statistics. Meanwhile, there has been an estimated decrease of 58% in employer-reported non-fatal injury since 1986/87.

However, although these accidents are becoming less likely to happen to workers – as health and safety practices become more robust across all industries – those that do happen can have huge impacts.

This is why it’s vital to seek out the right help when an incident like this affects you.

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The effect of serious personal injuries

Suffering a serious injury in an accident is one of the most upsetting experiences a person can go through. A serious injury can leave you scared and highly anxious about your future, particularly if you can no longer work or you’ve had to take a significant period of time off.

It is for this reason that personal injury claims can provide a lifeline to many. Without the assistance that such a claim can provide, victims of these accidents could find themselves in dire financial straits.

What makes an injury serious?

Serious injuries can take many forms. Also known as catastrophic injuries, serious injuries can be life-changing and extremely difficult to deal with after the event.

Road traffic accidents and falls from height are some of the more common ways you might suffer such an injury, but there are numerous ways it can occur. Whatever the cause, serious injuries can affect you, your loved ones and even your colleagues.

You have likely suffered a serious injury if you’ve experienced any of these:

  • Brain and head injury
  • Spine and back injury
  • Burns and skin damage
  • Sight or hearing loss or damage
  • Internal organ injury
  • Loss of limbs and amputation
  • Paralysis, including partial and temporary
  • Fractures and broken bones

Effects of serious injuries

After suffering a serious injury, you might be left with changed circumstances. This can relate to your emotional recovery, as well as your physical needs. As you may be left struggling to come to terms with what has happened to you, it’s important not to neglect the mental trauma you may have suffered.

You could need to take part in continuing treatment, such as physiotherapy or counselling, to help you deal with what happened. You might also need specialist equipment or modifications installed in your home to help you accomplish daily tasks, such as cooking or cleaning. You may find that you require a mobility aid or vehicle adaptation to help you get around.

After a serious injury, you may find that you can’t work anymore or that you have to take a long period off. This could leave you facing huge financial pressures, particularly if you’re the main breadwinner in your household.

What can I do after a serious injury?

After a serious injury, the first thing to focus on is your health. Your priority should be to get the right treatment. You need to give yourself the best chance of recovery.

You can then start to think about the justice you’re entitled to. If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you can make a claim against them for compensation. And you may well need this money to finance treatments to aid your recovery. As there is generally a three-year limit in which to make your claim, it will pay to start thinking about it sooner rather than later.

Compensation typically falls into two categories. General damages are calculated by the severity of your injury and the suffering you have gone through. The amount you may receive are based on Judicial College Guidelines, which has set out monetary bands for specific injuries.

Meanwhile, special damages take into account the costs you’ve incurred since your injury, including medical bills and travel to and from appointments. It also covers any losses you’ve suffered through time off work. In addition, special damages consider the impact of your injury on your quality of life, including ongoing costs and future loss of earnings.

In order to obtain the maximum amount of compensation to help you get through what may be a hugely difficult time, you need the right lawyer. A specialist personal injury solicitor will help you drive your claim forward, working to help you secure your future.

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