If you have suffered multiple injuries in an accident that was due to the mistake or negligence of someone else, you could file a multiple injury claim for compensation.
Unfortunately, many accidents don’t just lead to one type of injury. Almost any type of accident can result in multiple injuries of varying severity. Some of these injuries are obvious immediately after the accident, while the symptoms of a second or third injury may manifest much later.
Understanding Multiple Injuries
Consider these scenarios to get a better understanding of what is considered a multiple injury.
Scenario 1: You slipped and fell on a broken pavement and sustained fractures on your arm and leg. Though you sustained injuries in two different parts of your body, the injuries were of the same type. These would be considered as fractures or broken bone injuries and not a multiple injuries.
Scenario 2: You were driving your car and were hit by a lorry, leaving you with lacerations, deep bruises all over, whiplash and broken ribs. During your medical check up the doctor diagnoses that you’ve also sustained internal injuries. These are several completely different types of injuries and would be considered as multiple injuries.
Scenario 3: While working on a building site, the scaffolding gives way and you fall from a height. The impact results in multiple bruises, a fractured limb and head injury. All of these are completely different types of injuries and are considered multiple injuries.
In any of these scenarios, if the accident that led to your injuries was due to someone else then you may be entitled to claim compensation whether as a multiple injury claim or otherwise.
Complications Arising From Multiple Injuries
Any individual injury can quickly turn complicated depending on your age, overall health and existing medical conditions. With multiple injuries the complications get compounded because every injury leads to a different set of disabilities and every injury requires a different type of treatment. You may need to see different doctors for the treatment of the different injuries immediately after the accident. Over the long term too, you may require different rehabilitation treatments.
The multiple ongoing treatments can drain your resources if you’re unable to get back to work and losing out on earnings and other work related perks. In addition, you may need to make structural changes within your home or to your vehicle to accommodate your disabilities, or even hire someone to care for you full time. All of this can cause a tremendous amount of stress for you and family members.
If the accident was not your fault, you should contact a personal injury solicitor to find out about your legal rights to make a multiple injury claim for compensation.
Starting A Multiple Injury Claim
Personal injury solicitors are conversant with the legalities involved in claiming compensation for multiple injuries. First and foremost they will want to hear your account of what happened and take a look at any medical reports and any other supporting documents you may have already managed to obtain. They can do this during the first consultation appointment, which is offered free of cost to anybody who is injured in an accident.
If, after hearing the details of the accident and studying the medical reports and other documents the personal injury solicitor determines that you have a strong case, they will advise you to proceed with filing a multiple injury claim for compensation. They will also go one step further and help fund your claim with a No Win No Fee agreement. This can come as a welcome relief when you are already financially strained from all the medical expenses and loss of income.
How A No Win No Fee Agreement Works
A No Win No Fee agreement is essentially a contract between you and your solicitor. It states the terms and conditions under which the solicitor will represent you and your responsibilities. One of the clauses in the agreement will be about the payment formalities.
According to the terms of a No Win No Fee agreement, the solicitor will bear all expenses related to your case as it proceeds. This includes the cost of getting a medical expert’s opinion, the cost of filing the case in court, and all other legal expenses thereafter. If your claim is unsuccessful and you are not awarded compensation, you do not have to pay the solicitor any fees. You are only liable to pay your solicitor if your multiple injury claim is successful and you are awarded compensation. The No Win No Fee agreement will lay out details about the amount to be paid. Usually, this is calculated as a percentage of the total amount awarded.
As the finer details of legal agreements can differ you should always ask for clarification on what fee/s you will be paying before signing if you are in any way unsure.
Multiple Injury Compensation Calculator
You can use our multiple injury compensation calculator below to get an idea of the levels of compensation that might be claimed for different injuries. The compensation amounts displayed are for what’s known as general damages and so don’t not take into account special damages, the difference between the two are explained here. Put briefly however, when filing your compensation claim, your solicitor will calculate the amount due to you taking into consideration various factors including but not limited to:
- Total cost of medical treatment and prescription medications for the different injuries;
- Projected cost of long term rehabilitation treatment for the different injuries;
- Total and projected cost of travelling to and from the hospital and treatment centres;
- Pain, suffering, and emotional trauma;
- Loss of income from being unable to resume work;
- Loss of work-related monetary bonuses or promotional avenues;
- Cost of structural changes to your home or vehicle;
- Cost of mobility equipment;
- Cost of part-time or full-time home care;
- Compensation for loss of amenities.
Using the services of a personal injury solicitor for a multiple injury claim is important, but it is even more important in the case of multiple injuries for several reasons.
For one thing, it allows you to take the time to recover from your injuries knowing that your legal rights are being taking care of by an expert in the field. Secondly, a personal injury solicitor will pull out all the stops to make sure that you are fully compensated for all of your injuries and pain. Thirdly, they will make sure that your case gets filed well within the 3-year deadline for filing personal injury claims. All of this without any upfront cost to you.
To get your claim started today, or for any questions you may need answering about multiple injury claims please contact us today and a solicitor will be happy to advise.