What kinds of injuries lead to compensation claims?
Every year, thousands of people successfully claim compensation through Accident Advice Helpline after they have been left injured through no fault of their own. Where do these accidents happen and what kinds of injuries can you claim compensation for? Accident Advice Helpline gives you the low-down.
Accidents at work
By law, employers are required to keep employees safe. If an employee is injured at work and it is not their fault, they are entitled to claim compensation. Due to the diverse nature of the working world, employees may suffer different kinds of injuries whilst at work, however the types of injuries which commonly occur across different industries are those resulting from use of machinery, or having to perform a repeated action over a long period of time. Examples of these include:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
- Tennis Elbow
- White Finger Vibration Claim
Road Traffic Accidents
It is not only drivers but all road users, e.g. passengers, cyclists, pedestrians, who have a right to make a road traffic accident claim if they have been injured in a road accident. These can occur as the result of the behaviour of other road users, or be caused by environmental factors such as a problem with the road.
Compensation following a car accident can help you recover the cost of loss of earnings if you have had to take time off work. The kinds of injuries commonly caused by road traffic accidents include:
- Whiplash – a soft tissue injury of the head and/or neck areas.
- Spinal cord injury – this may lead to partial or full paralysis.
- Head injury – this can be caused by a blow to the head or trauma as the brain hits the skull due to rapid acceleration or deceleration.
- Kidney damage – the result of a significant impact to this area of the body.
- Knee injury – usually a soft tissue injury, commonly ligament tears, caused by the knee hitting part of the interior of the car at speed.
- Back injury
Accidents in public places
You may be the victim of an accident in a public place. Slips occur when there is loss of traction between your foot and the floor, which can be caused by a slippery or wet surface. Trips are also common in public places and can happen where there are cracks in the pavement, unexpected changes in height of floor surfaces or in dimly-lit areas. Falls are also common incidents which occur in public places, often if adequate safety railings or barriers are not installed or have not been properly maintained.
The most common types of injuries resulting from slips, trips or falls include musculoskeletal (orthopaedic) injuries such as fractures, strains or dislocations, cuts and bruises.
What kinds of injuries are dealt with by Accident Advice Helpline?
You could be entitled to make a claim for any injury if it is affecting the quality of your life and it has been sustained as the result of an accident which took place in the last three years and was not your fault.
Try our 30-second calculator to see how much compensation you could receive, or call Accident Advice Helpline’s helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone.