At Accident Advice Helpline, we understand that terminology surrounding making a claim for compensation can be somewhat confusing. As part of our service, we aim to make the claim process as straightforward and transparent as possible. That’s part of the reason we publish these handy blog articles, so that our clients may better understand the process behind making a claim. In this article we’ll be having a look at what constitutes a ‘serious injury’ in the claims realm.
A serious injury is defined as a personal injury which results in death; dismemberment; significant disfigurement; a fracture; a loss of a foetus, permanent loss of the use of a body organ; member, function or system; permanent consequential limitation of use of a body function or system or a medically determined injury of a permanent nature. For an injury to be considered a serious injury, it must prevent a person from performing their usual daily tasks for not less than 90 days in the 180 days following an accident.
Does a serious injury constitute more compensation?
An award of compensation is based on a number of factors; one of these factors is the severity of injuries. It is also expected as the result of a serious injury that you will be unable to work in a normal capacity for an extended period of time, incurring heavy financial losses. As a result, these factors will be taken into consideration when a claim for compensation is pursued and may result in a higher payout of compensation as recognition of the severity of your injuries and the financial loss that you suffered as the result of your accident.
Making a claim for compensation
If you’ve been injured as the result of an accident at work within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for work accident compensation. Contact us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information on how you could make a 100% no-win-no-fee* claim. You can talk in the strictest of confidence with one of our friendly, professional and highly trained advisors. The majority of claims are settled outside court, meaning many of our clients do not go through the daunting prospect of facing a current or previous employer in a court appearance.