Non-fatal injuries could basically describe any injuries that do not result in death. As such they cover a wide range of potential injuries, from cuts and scrapes to broken bones and more severe injuries such as crushing or head injuries. If you recover from your non-fatal injuries you might make a total recovery or you could be left with problems that stem from the injuries you suffered.
It is wise to always get medical attention if you suffer injuries in the workplace. The incident should certainly be recorded in the accident book and should also be attended to by the first aid person on-site. This alone can provide a record of what happened and what your injuries were. It might help if you are later to make a compensation claim for what occurred.
How long might it take to recover from your injuries?
This is impossible to say without knowing the exact extent of your injuries. For example you might find you are able to make a full recovery and return to work within a day or two. Other injuries may require longer off work while some people may be off work for months. It all depends on how many injuries the person suffers and how serious they are. Surviving them is one thing – finding a way to continue with your life can sometimes be quite another.
Accident Advice Helpline will consider things like this in cases where people have a good chance of winning some compensation. This will mean the evidence helps to prove whether or not compensation is possible, and if so, how much might be payable. Obviously the severity of the injuries will determine on a sliding scale what might be paid out.
Are non-fatal injuries not serious?
Not necessarily – the phrase really means these injuries are not fatal and therefore, will not kill you. However, they could leave you struggling to get back to the life you had before. Imagine breaking your leg so severely you need surgery to pin the bones together. You may be left with a limp that means you cannot walk great distances or be in a position to go back to work.
You may lose money through no fault of your own if your injury means you cannot work. If someone else caused you to suffer that injury, it is definitely worth seeing if you could claim compensation to help negate the financial problems you may suffer. Accident Advice Helpline is here to provide the assistance you need on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen