What Is A Serious Injury Claim?

Serious injury claims also known as catastrophic injury claims, generally involve the brain and spine, fractures, amputations and burns. The term covers a wide range of injuries listed below:

  • Brain and serious head injuries  (Acquired brain injury and Traumatic brain injury)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Amputation or severe orthopaedic injuries 
  • Loss of sight or hearing
  • Severe burns and scalding
  • Life-Threatening And Fatal  Accident Claims
  • Multiple and Complex Injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Serious Injuries to Children

Serious injuries are not limited to the list above as also cases of serious injury are different. If you or your loved one has suffered from a serious injury due to negligence and carelessness on someone else’s part then you are eligible to make a claim for financial compensation. If you are unsure, please give Royce legal Solicitors a call and have a free consultation with one of our trained advisors.  

Serious injuries have grave repercussions on the injured person, their families and loved ones. They require constant care and also require certain additions of structures (like ramps for wheelchairs) to care for the person and ensure the quality of life and feasibility.  

Reasons for Serious Injury

Serious injuries are usually a cause of severe traumatic injury caused by serious accidents and/or medical negligence. Therefore, claims for serious injury are multi-sided and long-lasting impacts need to be factored into financial compensation to ensure long term care and requirements for the injured person are fully met. 

How Much Compensation Can Be Expected For A Serious Injury Claim?

All personal injury claims are unique and serious injury claims are no different. Circumstances, liabilities, acts of negligence and causes for every serious injury are different from person to person. Reasons for serious injury cannot be pinpointed, therefore, the exact amount of compensation cannot be estimated. However, compensations are based on but not limited to the following conditions: 

  • Medical costs
  • Cost of material losses during the accident (motorcycle, bike, car)
  • Cost of rehabilitation and physiotherapies
  • Costs of psychological care
  • Equipment costs inclusive of aids to enhance independent living (e.g.: wheelchairs)
  • Loss of earnings suffered by the victim include the potential loss of future projects and endeavours 
  • Loss of earnings suffered by family members who provide continuous care is also considered. 
  • General damages (pain and suffering endured by the victim and their family)

Time limits and individuals that can file for a Serious Injury Claim for Compensation?

Cases of serious injuries are most often filed by family members as the injured person themselves is unable to pursue it. For instance, if a child suffers a serious injury, their parents or legal guardians are under no prohibition to not file for a claim of compensation. 

For children, claims can be submitted for up to 3 years beyond the child turning 18 years of age. 

For adults, the claim must be brought within 3 years of the injury. Often, spouses, family members or dependents can file a claim on behalf of the injured person. 

Exceptional circumstances surrounding the three-year time limit are based on the mental capabilities of the injured person. The courts also consider the situation and assign time limits in accordance. If you are unsure, Royce legal solicitors are just a call away. Our experienced personal injury lawyer will ease your qualms in one consultation, free of charge!