Most specialist accident solicitors deal with catastrophic injury claims. A hallmark of the quality of injury compensation solicitors is to be a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts and have recognition from the Headway Charity and the Spinal Injury Association. Most solicitors provide legal advice for serious injury and fatal accident claims on a cost-free, obligation-free basis and any claims made should be processed on a No Win No Fee basis with no necessity to finance the claim in any way, nor pay expenses as it proceeds, and compensation should be paid in full without deductions.
Severe injury may have numerous causes and the victim is entitled to compensation if he or she is not to blame for their condition. Compensation is important, perhaps determining the quality of medical care and treatment and ultimately the quality of life of the victim. Catastrophic injury can be caused by :
Accidents involving construction work or farming
Injuries sustained from fire
Injuries incurred playing sports
Injuries involving defective machinery
Accidents at work
Injuries involving defective products
Wounds sustained from firearms
If you have incurred an accident from one of these categories, then compensation may be obtained for your losses, along with damages for future estimated losses. These may involve:
Costs for medical care and rehabilitation costs
Adaptations to your home
Costs of aids and equipment
Costs of special education
Costs of care for a victim
Compensation for lost earnings
Compensation for pain and suffering
Costs of the loss of physical and emotional relationships and the loss of enjoyment of life more generally
Often Headway Charity or The Spinal Injury Association can give valuable support and information however the item that usually assists the victim and their family most is substantial financial support. A catastrophic injury usually occurs suddenly, and the lives of victims and their families can be changed forever by an unexpected accident.
UK injury compensation solicitors should provide you with clear advice on whether your claim is likely to be successful and the amount of damages you could win. If you have been injured in an accident within the last three years that wasn’t your fault, a specialist personal injury solicitor should offer you free initial legal advice without further obligation.
Criminal Injury Compensation
In the case of the victims of criminal assault the Criminal Injures Compensation Authority (CICA) will pay compensation upon application. There is no need for the criminal assailant to be apprehended nor prosecuted. The victim’s behavior before and after the assault is taken into consider as is the victims criminal record (if any). Criminal injury compensation is paid from a UK Government fund and is based on a tariff scheme with each separate injury being assigned a tariff. Only the three most serious injuries are considered and overall payments from the CICA are capped. There are strict time limits on CICA applications and you should contact injury compensation solicitors as soon as possible.
Traumatic amputation can rank as a catastrophic injury and attract a substantial award of compensation. If the accident was caused by the negligence of another person you should take advice from a solicitor about starting an amputation injury compensation claim. In addition to the loss of a body part, amputees face other health risks and side-effects. Shock is one of the most serious complications a victim faces immediately after suffering a non-surgical amputation. Shock occurs when the body is not receiving enough blood. There is a risk of permanent damage to internal organs and shock can be fatal. Symptoms of shock include:
extremely low blood pressure
loss of consciousness
pale, clammy skin
Pain & Suffering
Amputations also cause the victim or patient a great deal of pain. The pain can be acute or persistent. Acute pain is severe, but it lasts a short time. It is the pain we experience immediately following an injury. Most of the time acute pain goes away once the injury is healed. Persistent pain is long-term and can last for years. A symptom unique to amputees is “phantom pain” or “phantom sensation.” This phenomenon causes the amputee to feel the limb that is no longer there. They may experience feelings such as pain, numbness or tingling as if the body part was still present. Damages for pain and suffering is one of the items that can awarded in an amputation injury compensation claim.
Emotional and Psychological Symptoms
In addition to physical symptoms, amputees often face emotional and psychological difficulties. An amputee may feel very self-conscious about their appearance, causing them to avoid interactions with other people. It can affect their relationships and their desire for intimacy. The victim may also go through a mourning period similar to grieving for a loved one. The patient’s treatment plan and rehabilitation should always include emotional support and therapy to help the victim overcome these difficulties. Damages for psychological injury is another item that can awarded in an amputation injury compensation claim.
In many cases there is a chance that the amputated body part can be surgically reattached. To increase the odds of a successful reattachment, the severed body part should be wrapped in a clean, damp cloth. It should then be placed in a tightly sealed plastic bag and stored in ice water. Keep the body part stored in this manner until the victim and the body part are safely delivered to a