Many accidents result in injuries. There are so many types of injuries that they have to be categorised in some way. Medical staff can sometimes categorise injuries as serious and non-serious injuries. Others may call them internal or external injuries to indicate whether an area inside or outside the body has been hurt. Injuries can also be referred to as physical injuries involving a part of the body and psychological injuries, which are injuries that cause psychological, emotional or behavioural symptoms. Of course, there are life-threatening and non-life threatening injuries, and finally temporary and permanent injuries, where the injured person is expected to have some form of permanent disability.
Receive compensation for your injuries with our help
Where there has been an accident that was caused by another person, you can receive compensation for your injuries. These are injuries for which you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation. You can find out if your particular injuries are compensation injuries by calling Accident Advice Helpline on our 24/7 hotline. We have a team of highly trained professional advisers who are experts in spotting compensation injuries and advising you all about them.
They will ask you a few simple questions so that they can use the Accident Advice Helpline unique 30-second test, which has been specifically devised to spot compensation injuries. The information that has to be entered is simple:
- Were you injured?
- When did the accident happen?
- What part of you was injured?
- Was the accident your fault?
Anxiety and depression
Many types of injuries can be classed as compensation injuries, and that includes psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression. It is always a good idea to get some medical attention if you suspect that you have compensation injuries, as this will result in a medical record of your injuries being maintained.
Compensation injuries tend to be fairly recent injuries, because there are only three years in which you are able to make a claim. If your injuries were suffered more than three years ago, they will not be compensation injuries unless they were suffered as part of an industrial disease, in which case you can often have much longer to make a claim.
What are not compensation injuries?
You do not have a compensation injury if there was no one to blame for the accident in which you were hurt or you caused the accident yourself. However, it is important to be very careful about making this decision; it is always best to get some professional advice from Accident Advice Helpline about this.
Some accidents appear to be no one’s fault, then when an expert examines the circumstances of the accident, they can clearly see that someone was to blame. For example, if you fell off a ladder at work you may think that no one was to blame, but have a careful think about the accident and ask yourself:
- Were you told to use a ladder when another piece of equipment would have been more appropriate?
- Were you provided with the right type of ladder?
- Was the ladder in good condition?
- Were the ground conditions suitable for using a ladder?
- Were you trained in how to use the ladder correctly?
If the answer is ‘no,’ then you may be able to make a claim. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to start your claim.
Date Published: 11th September 2013
Author: Sharon Parry