Serious injuries can result from a number different accidents, whether an accident at work, a road accident or perhaps a pedestrian accident. The types of injuries sustained can be wide ranging too. It is possible to recover completely from a serious injury, however it is more likely that you will suffer from the effects of your accident for the rest of your life.
Some types of serious injuries are:
The impact of this type of injury is wide and far reaching. Your recovery may take years and in addition you could need 24 hour medical care, home and vehicle adaptations or even have to move house. Your career may be stopped in its tracks and you may face the prospect of never working again.
In addition to a serious injury claims, you may have lost someone you love in a fatal accident. You will be trying to cope with your grief, whilst also attempting to understand how you will cope financially without your partner.
In either circumstance, whilst no amount of money will change your loss or stop you from being so terribly injured, it can help you to have some financial security and help you to plan for your future.
The law has specific legislation which relates to fatal accidents, called the Fatal Accident Act 1976. This makes provision for who can make a claim under the Act, how much compensation is paid and the many other considerations which must be made in these circumstances, such as pension provisions and loss of earnings.
In serious accident claims, the process is similar to normal personal injury claims, however there are many more points which will need to be taken into consideration, such as the financial costs of any future care requirements, the cost of aides, adaptations and specialist equipment needed now and for the remainder of your lifetime. In addition, future loss of earnings, bonuses, overtime and the future loss of pensions too.
This is just a small example of the items which should be considered in a serious accident claim.
Serious injury claim awards are usually made as a lump sum payment, with additional periodical payments made on a yearly basis, so there continues to be money available for your particular needs throughout your lifetime.
You will need to demonstrate that the accident would not have happened were it not for the negligence of the other party, whether that is another road user or your employer. You may have been partially responsible for your injuries but you will still be able to claim compensation, however a deduction will be made equivalent to your part in the accident.
If you have suffered serious injuries in an accident you will have 3 years from the date of your accident to make a claim however, in a fatal accident you will have 3 years from the date of death to make your compensation claim.
There are some variations to these rules though and it is really important to ensure that you protect your right to claim. We can give you the advice you need to protect your claim from being time barred and take steps to safeguard your claim from running out of time.
Choosing the right solicitor in a serious injury claim will make sure that you end up with the best possible settlement. This area of law is complex, with many different aspects to consider so a specialist in serious injury law is essential.
We have helped many people recover the compensation they deserve for their injuries and we can help you too.
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Romain Coleman Solicitors for Serious Injury Claims.