Losing a body part in an accident that was not your fault can be a completely devastating and life-changing event, regardless of which body part it is. Not only can the impact upon you personally, giving you mobility and psychological issues, but it can also impact upon you financially too. Losing a body part could in turn mean you are unable to do your job, having to find another role that you can do, or becoming unemployed for a time. Furthermore, it could mean you have to make modifications to your home to live a normal life and undertake simple tasks, or maybe even have to move home entirely, for example to a house that is all on one level if you have serious mobility issues.
Accidents that can cause losing a body part
Although there are many different types of accident that can cause this type of injury, the most common are:
- Factory or construction injuries: those having to use machinery that crushes or cuts are at risk of being caught in the machine and severely injured. There are many documented cases of safety mechanisms failing or being deliberately deactivated, and then causing a worker to lose fingers, arms or even legs
- Other work related accidents: particularly for workers using dangerous equipment. This accident can be caused by equipment not working properly or not being well-maintained; by the company not ensuring workers have received the correct training on the machinery, or by workers not paying attention or behaving recklessly
- Road accidents: particularly where parts of the body have been crushed or badly damaged during the accident. Anyone involved in such an accident could sustain these types of injury, from vehicle drivers to pedestrians and cyclists
Compensation for losing a body part
In order to claim compensation for this type of injury you need to have been involved in an accident that was not your fault in the last three years. The level of compensation you may be awarded depends on the severity of your injury, for example losing a finger will most likely receive a lower compensation settlement than losing a leg might. Call our 24-hour free phone line now on 0800 689 0500 to begin your claim process. We are here to take all of your details and advise you on whether a successful claim is likely.
Date Published: August 19, 2015
Author: Rob Steen