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Injured and not sure whether you can claim compensation?

It is not always obvious whether an injured person can claim compensation for their injuries. Tim Jones explores these circumstances.

Every day many people are seriously injured – in a road traffic collision, an accident at work, in the home or in a public place. However, it may not always be obvious whether an injured person can claim compensation for their injuries.

There are a number of reasons for this; perhaps they think the accident was their fault; or the accident happened at work, but they are self-employed; or it is not immediately obvious whether anyone can be held responsible for what happened; or even that they are too young, or too old and do not think it is worth bringing a claim.

You can even make a claim for compensation if your own insurance company think you are to blame for what happened but you disagree.

What can I claim compensation for?

If you are injured, whatever the circumstances, you may be entitled to compensation not just for your injuries but also for any losses and expenses you may have incurred and any costs you may have to pay in the future as a result of being injured.

It is always worth talking to a specialist personal injury lawyer if you have been injured. You do not have to do this straight away; you may not be able to because you are in hospital and then when you are discharged from hospital you may not be in the right frame of mind to speak to a lawyer. Someone can do this for you.

A man undergoes rehabilitation from his major trauma injuries with the help of a rehabilitation specialist illustrating the hidden victims of the covid pandemic
With people missing out on the compensation they deserve, it is always worth talking to a specialist personal injury lawyer

When can I claim compensation?

It is important to bear in mind however that there is a time limit for bringing claims in the UK following an accident; for the majority, this will be three years from the date of accident, but if your injuries were sustained as the result of a violent assault, this is reduced to two years if a claim is made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.  For those who are under 18 at the time of injury, the time limit is extended to their 21st birthday.

You may not even be thinking about compensation. Often, all people are thinking about is making a full recovery and getting back to how they were before the accident. They just want to focus on their recovery which may involve rehabilitation. Making a claim will help a person’s recovery and give a person the best chance of making a full recovery through access to the best rehabilitation services.

Whatever your individual circumstances, if you have suffered major trauma injuries, a free, no obligation chat with a member of the team at Major Trauma Group can help you start your recovery journey. 

How Major Trauma Group can help

The Major Trauma Group is a not-for-profit community interest company made up from leading law firms across the country, who have come together, with clinicians, to assist those who have suffered major trauma, and their families on their recovery journey.  We can assist with legal advice on a range of topics including personal injury claims, Court of Protection, family and property matters, financial planning, welfare benefits check-ups, employment disputes and educational needs. Contact us for a free, no obligation chat: hello@majortraumagroup.co.uk

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