What is a serious or catastrophic injury?
There is no general definition of what is meant by a serious injury. Those listed below would however clearly be considered serious injuries:
- Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Amputation Injury
- Fatal Accident Claims
- Serious/Multiple Orthopaedic Injury
However, very often other injuries may cause you to be unable to return to work, suffer a loss of earnings potential or require ongoing care. We would consider these to fall into the serious injury category and our experienced solicitors would be able to assist you with making such a claim.
How do I make a claim for a Serious Injury?
If you have suffered a serious injury, the solicitor you choose to instruct should advise on what’s involved in making a compensation claim and will do that for you. Each claim will depend on the circumstances of how you came to be injured and the injuries you suffered. The starting point is always to consider whether you can prove your injury was caused by the negligence of another. At Waldrons we will help you answer that question and guide you through the process so you don’t have to worry.
How long will your serious injury claim take?
It is difficult to say on average how long a serious/catastrophic injury claim may take to conclude but generally they do take longer than cases which don’t involve such injuries. The reason for this usually is that it is necessary to wait and see if/how you recover from the injury, whether any rehabilitation or treatment may help you along the way and also bearing in mind you may need to be seen by a number of different medical experts, depending on your injuries. If you need a care plan put in place first or adapted accommodation then again that will have a bearing on when the claim may conclude. If you require an interim payment we will seek to secure that from the Defendant for you.
Whilst we are acting on your behalf, we always try to work sensibly and where appropriate collaboratively with any solicitors for the Defendant, where we consider it is in your best interests to do so. However when we can’t agree with the Defendants for instance; on liability or an interim payment or the value of the claim, Court action may be necessary which again can have a bearing on when the claim may conclude.
Serious injury claims with Waldrons Solicitors
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