Bodily injuries

 

What are bodily injuries?

Bodily injuries refer to any injury caused to the human body by another party. The injuries can range from a dog bite or broken bone to permanent paralysis. This is more commonly known as personal injury law. Compensation may be awarded for the pain and suffering you have unnecessarily had to endure if you have experienced such injuries through no fault of your own.

The court will also assess any future loss of amenities, including any unwanted adjustments to your employment or lifestyle as a result.

Bodily injuries include, but are not limited to:

  • Brain and spinal injuries
  • Head injuries 
  • Limb injuries
  • Torso injuries
  • Burns and other types of wounds

Am I entitled to compensation?

To be awarded compensation by the court for bodily injuries you must prove the injury was caused by another party and that you did not contribute to the injury suffered. This usually occurs when the other party had a duty of care to protect you, yet through a direct act or omission breached this duty of care. This could include your employer not providing you with the right safety equipment, a supermarket showing no warning signs of a spillage, or a doctor failing to warn you of a serious side effect of a particular operation.

General damages will be awarded in line with the severity of your bodily injury. As well as general damages, the court may award special damages. These are calculated by taking into account any permanent injuries leading to future loss of amenities, forced changes to your employment following the accident, as well as future loss of earnings. For example, if you were a football coach and lost the use of your foot, the court would compensate you not only for the pain and suffering of losing your foot but also for future losses in having to change your career.

How long do I have to make a claim?

Most claims for personal injury must be made within three years of the date of injury, although there may be exceptions to this rule. It is best to seek legal advice as early as possible, so that this time limit is not exceeded. Bodily injuries can be complex medical claims and it is vital to seek advice from a specialist personal injury solicitor with the required knowledge to win your case.

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