One of the reasons that people seek compensation for injuries they have sustained as a result of someone else’s negligence is that they end up having to pay some heavy costs for medical care. Even if there are no direct hospital bills, it may be that a physiotherapist or a chiropractor is required in order to help manage the damage done. Because of this, one of the main concerns that people have is whether or not the compensation they receive will include costs for medical care. This article details the different areas of compensation and the kinds of medical care that can be covered.
Accidents at work
Incidents that take place in a working environment can be quite substantial and they can also vary quite a bit depending on what the environment is. For instance, a PE teacher is going to incur different injuries than someone working on a building site. Some of the most common injuries that occur within the workplace include cuts and bruises that occur as a result of trips or falls, burns that can occur either from dealing with hot equipment (common within certain trades), and broken bones as a result of falls. Many of these injuries will be covered by the compensation, as well as other less common ones, such as exposure to hazardous substances (which can occur amongst those who deal with insulation, such as roofers or plumbers).
Accidents on the road
Another extremely common sort of claim is one which arises as a result of the negligence of other drivers whilst on the road. Quite often car accidents can lead to some extremely debilitating injuries, which can require ongoing treatment. Because of the nature of driving, motoring accidents will often impact the different areas of the spine, which can lead to issues with the back and the neck. With these areas of the body being so vital to movement, it can be extremely tricky to lead a normal life as a result of incurring them. Whiplash is a common injury, as is standard strong pain in the lower back. Almost all of the costs incurred as a result of these injuries will be covered by a compensation claim, as long as it can be proven that the third party was responsible. Dangerous driving is taken extremely seriously by both the courts and the police, so you can be sure the authorities will also be on your side.
Finally, there are other accidents that can occur in both your home and the outside world, medical care for many of which will be covered by a claim. Some common injuries include trips and falls as a result of inadequate flooring (e.g. uneven paving slabs, slippery tarmac); malfunctioning consumer products, leading to lacerations (e.g. faulty gardening equipment); and muscle injuries occurring due to poor fitness equipment. It is likely that as long as the responsible party can be confirmed and it can be proven that the issue was down to negligence, then any medical costs associated with your injuries will be covered.
Date Published: October 1, 2013
Author: David Brown