Personal Injury Claims

 

Serious & Catastrophic Injury Claims

If an accident that wasn’t your fault has caused you or a loved one to experience a catastrophic or serious injury, then our expert team of personal injury solicitors at Smith Jones can help you to get the compensation you deserve. When you use Smith Jones to handle your claim, you can rest assured that your care, rehabilitation, and claim for compensation will be in the best possible hands.

A wide range of accidents can result in a catastrophic injury occurring, with many of the survivors of such injuries normally requiring rehabilitation and a lot of additional care and assistance. At Smith Jones solicitors, we have provided advice to people who have suffered from an extensive range of injuries, including:

  • Hearing loss or deafness
  • Paralysis
  • Fractured and broken bones
  • The loss of a limb or amputation
  • Brain and head injuries, and
  • Injuries where a fatality has unfortunately occurred.

 

We have been helping people make claims for compensation for many years, providing individual care and attention to every client through our team of specialist personal injury solicitors.

Our business has increased substantially over the past 29 years, with many satisfied clients recommending Smith Jones to their friends and family. We see this as testimony to the quality of the services we provide.

If you are unsure whether making a claim is the right way forward for you, you can call our friendly team and compassionate team and we will be more than happy to discuss any questions you may have.

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Catastrophic / Serious Injury Compensation

LOSS OF LIMB OR AMPUTATION

Experiencing an accident which has resulted in the loss of a limb, or electing to have a limb amputated after an injury, can be extremely traumatic for both the injured person and their loved ones. The loss of a limb is a life-changing injury that often requires substantial lifestyle adaptations and may result in long periods of aftercare as you adjust to your new lifestyle requirements. If the accident that caused the loss of a limb was not your fault, then a member of our specialist personal injury team can help you to claim for the compensation that you deserve.

There are many ways that an accident which causes the loss of a limb can occur. Road traffic accidents, workplace accidents (especially those that involve heavy machinery), and agricultural accidents can all be the cause of the loss of a limb.

 

Claiming Compensation for the loss of limb or Amputation

 

To be awarded compensation for a loss of a limb or amputation, you have to be able to prove who was at fault for the injury and that the injury occurred as a direct result of that accident.

Our litigation team and personal injury solicitors have extensive experience helping injured persons claim for such injuries and can provide the help and support you need throughout this life-changing time.

CLAIMS FOR BURNS

An average of 350 people a day visit accident and emergency departments with burn-related injuries – a large proportion of which are children. Accidents resulting in burns are very common but can be extremely painful and very difficult to recover from.

If you have been burnt as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, then this experience can be even more traumatic. Our team of personal injury solicitors are on hand to help if you believe you could be entitled to compensation for your burn injury.

Like many areas of a serious injury claim, burn claims can be very varied. Medically, burns fall into three different categories; first degree burns, second-degree burns, and third-degree burns. First degree burns can be painful, damaging the top of the skin, but are the most minor of burn types. It may cause redness, swelling and pain. They usually heal with first aid-measures within several days to a week. Second-degree burns are more severe, damaging the epidermis and possibly the dermis, with the potential to cause further problems and complications such as infection. Injuries may cause red, white or splotchy skin, pain and swelling.  The wound often looks wet and blisters may occur.  Third-degree burns can be incredibly painful and are the most serious category, damaging every layer of the skin and also damaging tissue. A third-degree burn injury will cause permanent scarring and may require surgery to help the area to heal. You may also incur difficulty breathing or experience smoke inhalation or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Burns can be the result of an extensive range of accidents, or as part of a number of injuries sustained in the same accident. Chemicals, radiation, friction, ultraviolet lights from a sunbed or tanning bed, and steam, are all common causes of burns which can arise in accidents ranging from those in the workplace to road traffic accidents. While the type of accident will not directly influence a claim for compensation, it must still be proved that the accident was the direct fault of a third party, or was brought about through the negligence of another person.

 

Claiming Compensation for Burns

To be awarded compensation for a burn injury, the fault of the injury has to be proved. The proof will also be required that the injury occurred as a result of that accident.

The personal injury solicitors here at Smith Jones have extensive experience helping victims to claim for first, second, and third-degree burns. All severities of burn can be claimed for, as long as they have caused a loss; this could be pain, loss of earnings, or medical expenses. The most severe burns normally receive the most compensation, as these require substantial aftercare and rehabilitation.

For help and guidance pursuing a burn claim, you can rely on Smith Jones to help you get the compensation that you deserve.

FRACTURED OR BROKEN BONES

A fractured or broken bone is one of the most common injuries sustained during a serious accident. However, whilst it may be common, it does not mean that it is not incredibly painful or free of possible further medical problems.

Fracturing or breaking a bone in an accident that was not your fault could mean that you are eligible to receive compensation. Our specialist team have the expertise needed to help you make a claim for both minor and serious bone fractures.

There is an extensive list of possible injuries that fall under the category of broken bones and fractures. Typical broken bone cases include those in limbs, hands, hips, the spine, and in the skull, with varying degrees of severity. The blanket terms “fracture” covers a wide range of possible injuries where a bone has been cracked, from the hard to detect hairline fracture to committed fractures when a bone is shattered into multiple pieces.

Commonly, bone fractures are the result of bad falls, playground and sporting activities, and road traffic accidents, where the impact of hitting another car or being hit by a car, causes a bone to break. However, as there are a substantial number of places and ways that you can fracture a bone, it can be the result of almost any accident. While some fractures are immediately noticeable, it may take time for others to become apparent, with the symptoms of pain, swelling, and a lower mobility often being a result of fractures.

 

Claiming Compensation for Fractured and Broken Bones

There are a large number of factors that need to be taken into account when claiming compensation for a broken or fractured bone. The initial severity of the fracture, what immediate care was needed, any potential future care, and the loss of current or future earnings can all be taken into account.

With the extensive experience that our specialist team have in representing victims with all manner of fractured or broken bone claims, you can rely on our advice as to whether you have a claim. If the accident wasn’t your fault and you have suffered as a result of another’s error, then we may be able to help you to get the compensation that you deserve.

LOSS OF HEARING

Suffering from hearing loss can be very upsetting, especially if you’re unsure as to how badly the hearing loss is going to continue into the future. Whether you have suffered from partial or full hearing loss, or are representing a loved one with hearing problems, our highly experienced team can help you in making a claim.

Unlike many personal injury claims, loss of hearing is something that usually develops over time. The claim works differently to sudden injuries where time plays a big factor in a successful claim. Some hearing loss claims can be from many years prior, with the resulting hearing loss being a result of years of exposure to unsuitable noise levels, commonly in the workplace. If you have been employed in a workplace that has a noisy environment, this could have been the cause of your hearing loss, in which case, there could be the possibility to make a claim. Hearing loss doesn’t have to mean a complete loss of hearing; it can vary between having difficulties hearing other people speak, a full loss of hearing in one or both ears, or other conditions, like acoustic shock or tinnitus, which can also be debilitating.

 

Claiming Compensation for Loss of Hearing

To ensure that a claim for hearing loss compensation is successful, our experts need to provide proof as to what caused your hearing loss. They will obtain a medical report which will be used as evidence that you are suffering from hearing loss, and will work tirelessly to prove that the defendant is liable for your injury.

For the best chance to get the compensation you deserve for your injury, we recommend that you contact our team as soon as you suspect that you have suffered a loss of hearing. As soon as you contact our expert team we can start working with you to get you the compensation that you are entitled to.

PARALYSIS

In cases where an accident has caused paralysis, the injured person is required to alter their way of life drastically, and as such, compensation is incredibly important. Whether you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault or are representing a loved one who has suffered from paralysis from a non-fault accident, we can assist you in getting the much-needed compensation you are owed.

Whilst all cases of paralysis are very serious, there are different types that can affect a person in a multitude of ways.

Paralysis is the term given to a loss of function in the muscles. This can be localised to one area, affect the whole body, or only affect one side of the body. The three main causes of paralysis are strokes, injuries sustained to the spinal cord, and damage to the head. These can occur in, but are not limited to;

  • road traffic accidents;
  • slips, trips and falls;
  • sporting injuries;
  • injuries in the workplace

 

Claiming Compensation for Paralysis

The process of claiming for paralysis compensation is very similar to that of other personal injury claims. The vital difference is that ongoing and future costs can be included within the compensation awarded. Paralysis can be a temporary condition or permanent one, possibly limiting or removing your ability to move for the rest of your life. This can result in substantial aftercare, surgery, and a lack of earning potential; all of which not only puts a strain on you but your loved ones as well.

Contact our expert team today to see if you are able to pursue a compensation claim for paralysis. We will advise you of all your options and if we are able to represent you, will be with you every step of the way.

We will help you to claim the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering, expenses, and the costs for the care you will require not only now, but for the future. Whilst compensation will never make up for the change to your life; it can go a long way to ensuring that you get the care you need.

BRAIN & HEAD INJURIES

Head and brain injuries can have very serious implications for both the injured person and those closest to them. Suffering from a brain injury can often mean that you have to change the way you live your life completely, and in many cases, loved ones also have to undergo major life changes in order to provide care and support. While brain and head injuries vary considerably in severity, they present a vast range of future implications. If the accident that caused your brain injury was the fault of another party, Smith Jones could help you claim compensation and assist with future care and support.

Unlike some of the other injuries that fall under the catastrophic injury claim category, head and brain injuries often involve more than just physical damage to the body. Both minor and severe head injuries can cause brain damage, which can be temporary or permanent. In the worst cases, brain damage can mean that a person has incredible difficulty communicating, understanding, remembering, and may even experience a major change in their personality.

 

Claiming Compensation for Head and Brain Injuries

Due to the severe nature of these types of injuries, claiming for compensation doesn’t have such a strict time limit. Commonly, head and brain injuries will either occur as a result of a traumatic impact, such as a road traffic accident, a bad trip or fall, a sporting accident, or even through medical misdiagnosis.

As head injuries can lead to long-term care, high medical bills, and future loss of earnings, compensation can really help to take a little of the stress off your shoulders following a traumatic injury. No matter what kind of accident caused the brain or head injury, Smith Jones solicitors can help you to form a claim and get the compensation you need to move forward.

FATAL INJURIES

Losing a loved one is one of the most traumatic experiences that a person can go through. This is often exacerbated if resulting from a non-fault accident as how unexpected it was can be incredibly tough to cope with. But whilst taking the time to grieve is vital, it is also important that you are able to receive financial assistance in paying for their funeral and any further expenses that are required to take care of any children or dependants.

We understand that this is going to be something really tough to talk about, however, over the last 30 years our friendly and compassionate solicitors have spoken to many people in a similar situation and would like to offer you a free, no obligation chat about your options regarding support and payments.

 

Claiming Compensation for Fatal Injuries

Compensation claims for fatal injuries can be made by any dependant of the deceased. This includes married partners, partners that have been cohabitating for two or more years, and any children. Along with the loss of income and standard expenses that are factored into all personal injury claims, it is also possible to receive compensation for funeral costs, probate expenses, and costs for the financial support of dependants.

If the accident that caused the fatality is found to be the fault of another party, whether through a direct fault or through negligence, then the personal injury solicitor team at Smith Jones can help you to move forward with your compensation claim. If you are concerned about making a claim and need advice on the next steps, our expert team are always on hand to assist in any way possible, doing everything we can to give you one less thing to worry about.