Accidents always occur when you least expect them. A serious injury could put you or your family in considerable financial trouble due to medical bills, counselling costs and lost wages as a result of the injury. However, personal injury claims can provide financial assistance when you need it most. Accidents can occur even when you are walking or jogging across a footbridge on a beautiful day. Loose bricks, protruding building materials and unsecured fixtures can cause serious injury to anyone crossing the bridge. If you have recently had an accident you need to read and understand the following footbridge injury advice, and then contact the free 24-hour helpline offered by Accident Advice Helpline to learn more about the claims process and whether you have a case.
Footbridge injury actions
As with any legal proceeding, there is a process that should be followed immediately after the accident. First, you need to inform the police if an injury has occurred. This will allow them to document the incident and get you the medical assistance you require. Once at the hospital, the staff will treat the wound and make notes about it. You should always seek medical help, even if the injury seems minor as it could become infected or get worse. In addition, if you contact Accident Advice Helpline to process a claim, you should have a medical report as proof of an injury. Additionally, you will want to take photographs of the scene and what specifically caused the injury. Finally, you should write an account of the incident when the details are still fresh in your mind. If witnesses were present on the footbridge where the accident occurred, note their names and addresses.
Footbridge injury compensation
When seeking compensation, the best option is to contact Accident Advice Helpline to begin the claims process by speaking with one of our highly trained advisers. They can determine if you have a case then connect you with a solicitor who specialises in these types of claims. Since there is a time limit of three years from the date of injury to file a claim, it is critical to start the process as soon as possible.
The amount of compensation that can be provided for an injury is determined by general or special damages. The first is paid as compensation for pain and suffering or the loss of future earnings due to the injury. The court decides exactly how much will be paid to the injured. Special damages are paid for a financial loss that was caused by the accident up to the hearing date. These can include damage to clothing, costs of care, medical expenses, travel costs or the costs of private treatment. If for some reason the court determines that you are partially at fault for the footbridge injury, the amount you are paid will be reduced.
In some instances, a footbridge injury can be traumatising and the injured may wish to seek counselling. Accident Advice Helpline can assist with getting compensation through one of our many expert solicitors who manage the case on a no win, no fee* basis, as you need to pay for medical and counselling bills to help you cope with your physical and mental injuries.
For more footbridge injury advice speak to one of our advisers today by calling 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: October 19, 2014
Author: David Brown