If you have been involved in an accident that required extensive medical treatment, you may be asking yourself the question “What classes as a serious injury claim?” In fact, the term applies to a broad range of injuries, but they all share one defining factor: they have a devastating impact on your normal life.
Ongoing pain and medical treatment are common signs of a serious injury, along with long-term disability and significant alterations to your day-to-day life. Serious injury claims usual require employing the services of a specialist lawyer to process, which our team here at Accident Advice Helpline are able to provide.
Depending on your specific claim, it could be that you will have to attend court if the individual or organisation responsible does not accept liability. Common forms of serious injury include brain and spinal damage, amputations, and in extreme cases death.
Road traffic accidents and serious injury claims
Road traffic accidents are the most common reason for serious injury claims being made, according to UK government figures. Reckless or drunk drivers can cause a wide variety of serious injuries, including brain trauma, spinal damage and even death.
If any of these happen to you or a member of your family, Accident Advice Helpline are here to help. Our friendly advisors can quickly tell you if you have a valid claim and start the process to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Accidents at work or in a public place
Although road traffic accidents are the most common cause, accidents at work and in public places can also lead to serious injury. This can include non-permanent conditions that require long-term care, such as extensive physiotherapy or operations. Violations of health and safety regulations can lead to serious injury, such as a fall down a set of stairs.
In any situation where a proprietor or employer has breached health and safety protocols, whether it is due to missing signage, trip hazards or lack of safety equipment, you can make a claim. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have specialist solicitors on hand ready to provide you with advice on how best to proceed with your claim for serious injury.
The claims process
To begin the claims process, there are three basic questions to ask:
- Was the accident someone else’s fault?
- Did the accident result in the need for medical treatment that has a long-term impact on your day-to-day life?
- Did the accident happen in the last three years?
If the answer to all three is yes, it is likely that you have a valid claim and should seek assistance from our advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. By answering a few simple questions, we will be able to establish if you have a valid claim and refer your case to one of our specialist solicitors. They will do their utmost to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve. Claims can often be settled out of court; however, if liability is not admitted or the amount offered is not acceptable, it will have to go to court.
The claims process can be quite long and is likely to require one or more medical assessments, but do not let this put you off. The vast majority of cases are settled out of court. If your life has been devastated by a serious injury, Accident Advice Helpline are here to help you to obtain the compensation that you deserve. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to get started.
Date Published: October 16, 2013
Author: David Brown