Accidents do happen – and if they are as a result of another person’s actions or negligence, then you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injuries compensation. No matter what the location, injury type or circumstances surrounding your accident, if your accident was caused by another, you are entitled to be compensated for your injuries and the impact it has on your life.
Who is eligible for personal injuries compensation?
As well as someone else being to blame for your accident, it must have happened within the past three years and have required medical attention to be considered eligible for personal injuries compensation. You can check you are eligible to claim by using the Accident Advice Helpline’s 30 second tool: if you are entitled, this will also give you an idea of how much this compensation figure may be.
What accident types may be included?
Personal injuries and the accidents that cause them can vary greatly. These may include:
- A road traffic accident whereby you were the driver or passenger in a car, or perhaps a pedestrian or motorcyclist
- An accident at work which may include repetitive strain injury, vibration white finger or industrial deafness
- A slip, trip or fall, perhaps on a wet surface in a restaurant or on a broken piece of pavement
- Cases of medical negligence such as during surgery, or lack of proper care from your GP
The injury types resulting from these accidents could involve broken bones, muscular sprains or even disfigurement or brain injury. Ranging from mild to severe, the impact of personal injuries can be vast and this will play a part in your eventual personal injuries compensation amount. Those injuries that have a greater lasting impact on your life, in a severe and debilitating way will result in more compensation than those that cause minor short-term inconvenience.
Why make a claim for personal injuries compensation?
If you have been involved in an accident, you should not be expected to manage the outcome without assistance. Monetary compensation will help some way towards regaining your normal life following an accident, and whilst it cannot take away what has happened, it can lessen the financial burden and help to make your life more comfortable.
For those who will be affected on a long-term basis by their injuries – perhaps following a brain or spinal injury – then compensation can help to cover ongoing care costs or fund specialist equipment such as a wheelchair or modifications to the home. If injuries are minor, compensation will still help to cover medical expenses including medication bills, treatment costs, and loss of earnings due to an inability to work.
The process of making a claim may also trigger preventative measures to ensure that similar accidents do not happen again – perhaps by repairing a damaged section of pavement, or reviewing the actions of medical staff with resulting disciplinary proceedings as appropriate.
So don’t delay – if you have been involved in an accident, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today for friendly guidance throughout the claims process on a no win, no fee basis.
Date Published: 26th February 2013
Author: Sharon Parry