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What Kinds of Personal Injuries Justify a Claim?

Personal injuries are what they describe: injuries that you sustain to yourself. These might be physical, but they can also be psychological.

If you suffer a personal injury, you can claim for the personal pain and suffering you experience, and also for expenses such as damaged clothing, travel costs, and certain help and equipment you have needed as a result of the injury.

Types of Personal Injuries

Personal injuries can vary, according to individual circumstances, but typical injuries include:

These injuries can occur as a result of vehicle accidents, equipment failure, work-related accidents, construction site incidents, medical malpractice and various forms of workplace negligence.

They can be slips or falls from walking on ice or tripping over hazards; a severe bite from a dog not on its leash; a chemical burn from spilled, hazardous materials.

Personal injuries may happen at work, in the home, while travelling or on holiday.

What Can You Claim For?

When it comes to personal injuries claims, you can claim for the pain and suffering you experience and compensation for your physical injuries. These injuries can include scarring, disfigurement and psychological injury.

How much you receive in compensation will depend on how severe your injuries are; whether your injury has resulted in long-term or permanent disability; and how much your injury has disrupted your life.

As well as claiming for pain and suffering, you can also claim for loss of earnings.

An accident may cause you to have to take time off work, and you can claim to recover any loss of earnings. Normally, this claim is based on your average take-home pay during the three month period before the accident.

You may also be able to claim for future loss of earnings, if, for example, you cannot return to your old job, or you find you must give up work because of an accident.

There are other expenses associated with personal injuries claims. These include damage to clothing or personal effects.

You might also claim for travel or prescription charges, if these are things you must pay following an accident.

If, following an accident, a family member has to look after you, you may be able to claim compensation for them, because they are providing services to you.

There can also be costs for nursing care and equipment following a serious injury, if, for example, you require a wheelchair.

Why Make a Personal Injuries Claim?

Sometimes people are scared off making a personal injury claim because they think the process will be too complex, drawn-out and will not be worth it.

Claiming is your right, under law, and, if you have experienced physical or mental discomfort, or a life-changing injury, then it is perfectly fair that you should be able to seek compensation for it.

Advice and Support for Personal Injury Claims

We can assist you with your personal injury claim, if you are eligible. Please contact us today for advice and support. Call 0800 002 9577, or complete our online contact form.

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What Is a Brain Injury?

The brain is the most vital organ. It acts as the command centre for the entire nervous system, receiving and sending signals throughout the body. Cognitive functions like language and visual processing also rely on input from the brain.

Any physical blow to the head can disrupt those functions, resulting in mild to severe physical or mental disabilities. In fact, brain injury is one of the leading causes of death and disability worldwide according to the International Brain Injury Association.

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury or TBI is defined as a sudden blow to the head from an external force. The extent of the damage depends on several factors including the type of injury sustained and the health of the individual.

The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is used to classify TBI according to its severity with 15 being normal and 3 reserved for those in a comatose state. A TBI can result in long-term problems on even basic cognitive functions, from getting ready in the morning to having a regular conversation.

Common causes of traumatic brain injury include:

  • Vehicle collisions
  • Physical assault
  • Sports injuries
  • Workplace injuries
  • Explosive blasts
  • Falls or accidents

Symptoms of brain injuries generally fall into four categories: Cognitive, perceptual, physical, and behavioural. Those with moderate to severe cases of TBI may exhibit the following:

  • Memory loss or concentration problems
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding others
  • Impaired decision-making ability
  • Changes in vision or sense of touch
  • Loss of fine motor skills
  • Extreme physical or mental fatigue
  • Problems with sleep
  • Increased aggressiveness

Injured individuals typically show improvement between six months to two years with rehabilitation. Each case is different though, as injuries typically damage a different part of the brain with varying degrees of force. For this reason determining the length of recovery is difficult.

Going through a serious injury can be a traumatic event especially when they occur in loved ones. If a loved one has sustained an injury from a third party, you may be able to make a claim. Contact Mark Reynolds personal injury solicitors today for more details.

 

Personal Injury Accident Claims

The Most Common causes of accidents and injuries in the workplace

Dependent on your job you will face a variety of dangers and hazards to different extents. If you work in an office for example, you are much less likely to be at risk of burns than you would working in a kitchen. However, there are a wide range of accidents and injuries that can occur across all occupations, the most basic being falling/tripping over which in 2008 accounted for 4 out of every 10 major injuries occurring in the workplace. Statistics from the same year also Personal Injury Solicitors Accident Claimsshowed that the other most common injuries were caused by lifting or carrying objects.

Because of these seemingly minor accidents, a total of 34 million work days were lost. Out of these 34 million, 6 million were due to injuries that happened within the workplace, whilst the remaining 28 million were lost to work related illnesses. That year a total of 229 people were killed at work which in total comes to only 0.8% per every 100,000 workers but is still a phenomenal amount of lives unnecessarily lost. In the long term the death rates have fallen but over the past 6 years the fatality figures have disturbingly remained the same.

As it stands, more than 2 million people feel that either their current place of work or previous work places have caused them to suffer from illness or have caused already existing illnesses too worsen over time.

Statistics show that overall currently the three most common types of accident and injuries in the workplace are:

  • Tripping/Slipping/Falling over
  • Electrical based incidents
  • Manually lifting/carrying items

As a result of this, the most common injuries were:

  • Neck Injuries
  • Back Injuries
  • Head Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Reoccurring Strain Injuries

Less common injuries and illnesses that have been recorded include:

  • Asthma (occupational)
  • Hearing problems/ Deafness
  • Dermatitis
  • Vibration White Finger

For a free, no obligation chat about the concerns you have about a personal injury occurrence please contact one of our accident claims specialists on 0800 002 9577 or complete our online enquiry form in the red box on the right or by clicking here.

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Personal Injury at Work

For the majority of the professional world, physical activity is unavoidable. Whether you work in an office, a factory, or in the service industry, our very livelihoods rely on our physical ability to get to and from work, as well as actually performing on the job. Aside from our professional lives, there’s little enjoyment to be had in this wide world, that doesn’t involve being physically involved. So it can be a real pain to have an injury conflict with your daily routine, let alone your financial situation. Especially when that personal injury is incurred as the result of someone else’s negligence.

Accidents occur every day, and most can be attributed to poor luck. The rest however, are often the result of someone else not doing there job properly, whether it’s a complete disregard for health and safety, or just wanton carelessness, it can be incredibly hard to deal with the consequences of someones else’s mistake, especially when their malpractice affects your ability to make a living, as well halting your life experience, either temporarily or permanently.

For these kind of accidents, as I’m sure the advertising industry has already informed you, there is an alternative to merely playing the ‘blame-game’ and dealing with the result, and if you are willing to pursue it, there is most likely reparations to be sought if the accident in question was truly no fault of your own.

Whilst it’s easy for others to say ‘let bygones be bygones’, we here at Mark Reynolds understand that you most likely had plans, dreams, and opportunities ahead of you prior to the incident, that may not be so easily attainable now. If this unfortunate scenario is something you can relate to, well then you may be entitled to compensation, and with our assistance, you can quickly put your life back on track, using the money awarded to you in order to catch up with your aspirations, or simply enjoy your life to the fullest.