If you are unsure whether you have actually suffered a devastating personal injury, here at Accident Advice Helpline we can help you. In addition to taking our 30-second test to see whether you are likely to be able to make a claim, our friendly and professional advisors on the phone will be able to discuss your situation with you. This guide should also help you decide if you are a victim of a personal injury or not.
What is a devastating personal injury?
The term ‘serious personal injury’ is used by legal firms all over the world and takes in a wide range of damages, which can be to the body, the emotions or the mind. Most commonly, personal injury claims will be made in relation to road accidents, slips and trips, accidents at work, holiday accidents, and even accidents at home if they are caused by product defects or other issues that are someone else’s fault. A devastating personal injury could have an affect on the rest of your life.
The term can also be expanded to deal with types of medical and dental accidents or negligence cases, as well as industrial illnesses where exposure to certain chemicals or environments through the course of their work has led to the victim suffering an illness or disease. All these types of serious personal injury cases would be eligible for a compensation claim, and Accident Advice Helpline can put you in touch with the right solicitor for your situation to ensure you get the best representation possible.
In both Wales and England, the rules state that court proceedings must be started within three years of the date of your accident. There are some cases where this requirement can be changed, for example if you are suffering an industrial disease that has only shown symptoms several years after the fact, or if you were under 18 at the time of the accident.
As a general rule of thumb, you should get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible after the accident occurs in order for us to advise you on the best course of action, and for valuable evidence to be gathered whilst it is still fresh. Don’t let that put you off claiming if your accident happened a while ago though, as we often deal with cases going back two years or more, and are usually still able to help that person make a solid case for compensation and win the money they deserve.Open Claim Calculator
The amount of compensation your solicitor will be fighting for will be agreed before the case goes to court. In general, the types of devastating personal injury that attract the most compensation are the ones that result in the most long lasting and painful injuries. Broken bones, brain damage and severed limbs which cause long lasting pain and suffering would receive more compensation than minor bruises and abrasions.
On top of this, there is also additional compensation payable for ‘loss of amenity,’ as well as expenses. Loss of amenity occurs when a personal injury means the victim can no longer enjoy something they previously took part in regularly, such as a violin player injuring their wrist and missing a season of orchestral performances. Similarly, if your injury means you can no longer do a job you previously enjoyed, additional compensation can be awarded to reflect this.
If you want to discuss your accident in more detail then make sure you get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Our expert advisers can be reached on 0800 689 0500 now.