If you’ve suffered an injury from a car crash or road accident, you can make a claim for compensation. Whether you’ve suffered from relatively minor injuries or life-changing injuries that require life-long medical care, here are examples of the type of injuries we have successfully recovered compensation for:
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is caused by a sudden jolt or jerk of the body which as a result causes injury. The jolt can throw your body forwards, backwards or sideways. A whiplash injury usually mainly affects the neck, shoulders and back. When a whiplash injury occurs the spine is moved well beyond its usual range of motion, which is what causes the whiplash injury. In more serious whiplash injuries, it can cause tears between the discs of the vertebrae which can result in shooting pains up and down the spine. Whiplash can also affect the joint function of the back, by causing the joints to lose their usual resiliency resulting in restricted movements of the spine.
How is whiplash caused?
Symptoms of whiplash
A whiplash injury causes pain, stiffness and restriction of movement to either the neck, shoulders or back. It can also cause headaches, nausea, muscle spasms and pins and needles. Some whiplash injuries can start immediately however others can start some hours later or even in more rarer circumstances a few days later.
Treatment of whiplash
It is always recommended to seek early treatment of whiplash injuries by visiting your GP or Hospital. Early rehabilitation may help mitigate the long term problems what can be caused by this injury. Your GP could prescribe you pain relief or a course of physiotherapy. If the pain continues over time you may then need to see a Specialist to be referred for further treatment. Most whiplash injuries do get better by themselves over time and it is not always necessary to seek medical attention.
Can I claim for my whiplash injury?
If you have experienced a whiplash injury that was caused by an accident that was not your fault then yes you can make a claim. Whether your injury lasted a month or a year, you should not have to suffer with the pain caused by someone else’s mistake, which is why you should make a claim today.
Examples of whiplash injury claims
- Mr Turner a 46 year old man, sustained pain from a whiplash injury in a road traffic accident that was not his fault which lasted for around 7 months. He also suffered from sleep disturbance as a result of the accident. He was awarded £2,407.00, however through recent increases today he would have been awarded around £2,645.70. (if you need the case law for this its – Turner v Reid (2011) )
- Miss Oades a 38 year old lady, suffered from moderate injuries to her neck and right shoulder as a result of a road traffic accident that was not her fault. Her injuries had fully resolved at 9 months following the accident. She was awarded £2,899.00, however through recent increases, today she would have received around £3,189.00. (if you need the case law for this its – (Sarah Oades v uk insurance ltd (t/a tesco insurance) (2011) )
- Miss Tarry suffered from injuries to her neck, shoulder, arms, lower back and buttocks from a road traffic accident that wasn’t her fault. Her injuries lasted around 18 months. For her injuries alone she was awarded £5,233.00, however through recent increases today she would have received around £5,756.30. she also suffered a financial loss as a result of the accident and was awarded a further £2,291.00 to cover her other losses. (if you need the case law for this its – (Rebecca tarry v Stephen Goodright (2011)
Scarring from soft tissue injuries
What is scarring?
A scar is a mark left on the skin after a wound or an injury, caused from the natural healing process by the skins tissue. Some scars can disappear with time however some may be permanent causing a constant reminder of an accident. Scarring can also cause psychological difficulties for people who may be self-conscious of their scars and subsequently lose confidence in exposing their body parts with the scarring.
Treatment for scarring
Scarring usually heals over time on its own with the skins natural healing process. However more serious wounds may need disinfecting or stitching to help with the process.
Can I claim for a scar from an accident?
You can make a claim for scarring however you will need to prove that the scarring was caused by the injury you have sustained in the accident. We would advise that you take regular photos of the scarring from straight after the accident and from when the scar starts to heal. When you then attend a medical examination our Experts can then provide a report commenting on the extent of the scarring.
Examples of scarring claims
- Miss Carol Sawyer who was 35 at the time of the accident, suffered from scarring to the eyebrow and forehead, she was awarded £3,000.00 for the scarring. She was very cautious of her scars and had to wear her hair in a different style to cover the scars. ( case law if needed – Carol Sawyer v habgood (2000) )
- Mrs Wallace who was 39 at the time of the accident, suffered from scarring to the left knee. The scar was clearly visible and went purple in cold weather. She received £3,500.00 for the scarring. ( case law if needed – WALLACE v BOURNE (2008) )
- Miss Rouke who was 32 at the time of the accident, suffered from a disfiguring scar to the head and was awarded £5,250.00, however through recent increases on how we value claims, she would have been awarded around £9,880.00. (case law if needed – ROURKE v MCDONNELL (1993) )
The correct medical term for a broken bone is a fracture. A fracture will occur when there is a sudden force upon the body such as a fall or an accident, which puts pressure onto the bones causing them to crack. There are several types of fractures, some of the most common ones are a:-
- Hairline fracture – a slight crack to the bone that does not go all the way through and so would show up on an x-ray looking like an actual hairline. A hairline fracture can get worse if there is continuous pressure been put onto the bone.
- Simple fracture –a single crack that goes straight through your bone. Usually with this type of fracture the bone stays in the same position.
- Displaced fracture – a crack that goes straight through the bone that moves the actual position of the bone, this type of fracture will require a Medical Expert to realign the bone before a cast can be applied to help the injury resolve.
- Compound fracture – a crack of the bone that penetrates the skin, and are therefore exposed to the open environment.
Ensure to seek Medical Attention straight away to avoid causing any further injury. A medical Expert may firstly provide pain killers and a split to keep the bone in the same position so as to avoid it being displaced. An x-ray can reveal the extent of the broken bone. Some fractures can heal on themselves without the need of surgery however with displaced fractures an Expert will need to put the bone back into position before applying a cast. A cast is used to keep the bone In place whilst it heals.
Can I claim for a broken bone?
If you have broken a bone during an accident that wasn’t your fault, then contact our Experts today on (not sure what the number is) to discuss further and obtain the compensation you deserve.
How much settlement can I expect to receive?
The amount you would be awarded would depend on the extent of the fracture and how it affects your daily living. It would also depend on which bone was affected in the body and also how quickly the fracture heels. For example a fracture to your finger that resolved within a few months would not receive as much compensation as a fracture to your foot where you could not walk for a long period of time. A medical Expert will be able to comment on your injury and provide a report to assist your Solicitor when valuing your claim.
Examples of bone injury claims
- Mr Philip Mcdyer sustained a fracture to the right hip and femur, broken ribs, pelvic fractures, a collapsed lung and also a cracked tooth in a road traffic accident. He was awarded £150,000.00 for his injuries. With recent increases, at Court today a Judge would have awarded around £168,233.80.
- Mr James Williams, who was 27 at the time of the road traffic accident suffered from a broken jaw and nose. He was awarded £15,000.00 for the broken jaw and 3,000.00 for his broken nose. With recent increases, at Court today a Judge would have awarded around £19,800.00 for both injuries.
During an accident a person’s body can be put through that much force the accident can cause damage to the internal organs. A person may be forcefully pushed against the steering wheel, a car seat or through the windows causing the stomach to be severely compressed. Common organs affected by accidents are:
Can I claim for organ damage?
If you have experienced organ damage as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, then contact our Experts today on (number) to discuss further with our Experienced Solicitors who will obtain the compensation you deserve.
What settlement can I expect to receive?
The amount of settlement will vary depending on the particular organ that has been affected and how it has affected your life. Some examples of people who had suffered from organ damage are:
- Alan shrive who was 66 at the time of the accident, suffered from damage to his pancreas due to a road traffic accident. After surgery, the Claimant had recovered from the injury 6 months later. He was awarded £6,523.00 however with inflation a Judge today would have awarded around £7,562.57.
- Mr Watson, who was 32 at the time of the accident, suffered severe damage to his reproductive organs which as a result caused loss of sexual function as well as a decline in marriage prospects. He was awarded £306,300.00 however as this accident was quite some time ago, with inflation a court today would have awarded around £1.5 million pounds.
- Mr Hosen who was 45 at the time of the accident, suffered from Gastro-oesophageal reflux, intrusive indigestion and heartburn. He was awarded £7,500.00. A judge today would have awarded around £13,772.54.
Head and brain injury
Head and brain injuries can happen in a number of ways, for example in an attack or incident (link to CICA) a car accident (link back to RTA page) a fall (link to PL page) or an accident at work (link to EL page). Head and brain injuries can cause lifelong effects on people and their families. If you have suffered a head or brain injury that was not your fault, then contact us today on (number) to speak to our Specialist Solicitors who will get you the compensation that you deserve.
Is my head or brain injury worth claiming for?
Whether you suffered from a minor concussion or a serious brain condition, you can still make a claim. A medical expert will be able to create a report detailing the extent of your injuries so that your Solicitor can then value your claim. There are also other factors that you can claim for such as the cost of treatment to help your injury resolve, loss of earnings if you had time off work, a future loss of earnings if you will not be able to work in the future and also travel expenses to any appointments.
Examples of people who have claimed for this injury:
- Mr John Ellis, who was 49 at the time of the accident received £1,070,000 for a serious brain injury. He was wheel chair bound as a result of his injuries, requiring help from his Wife and Carers for the rest of his life. With recent increases, at Court today a Judge would have awarded around £1,645,389.08.
- Mr David Linley, who was 54 at the time of the accident received £953,216 plus rehabilitation costs, for a severe brain damage sustained in an accident. As a result of the injury he suffered with impaired speech and continuing cognitive and memory impairment. With inflation, a Judge today would have awarded him £1,310,548.27, plus extra for the rehabilitation costs.
This relates to any injury caused to the spinal cord or the nerves linked to the cord. When force is inflicted upon the spine during an accident, the spine is moved out of its usual position, the strain caused to the spine can cause temporary or sometimes permanent affects. Common symptoms of a spinal injury include:
- Back aches and pains that can radiate to other parts of the body
- Pins and needles, numbness or loss of sensation to the arms or legs
- Difficulty with balance or walking
- Difficulty with breathing or coughing
There is no way to reverse damage to the spinal cord. By taking sudden medical attention, this can help minimise the effects of the injury and can also prevent long term problems. In the early stages of recovery, rehabilitation usually helps with the maintenance and strengthening of existing muscle function. Medication can be prescribed to help with pain relief or heat pads and sprays.
- Alexander Campbell, who was 21 at the time of the accident, suffered from severe spinal injuries and was confined to a wheel chair. He was awarded £5,000,000, however with inflation a Judge today would have awarded around £6,972,090.57.
- Mr Din suffered a soft tissue injury to the spine which lasted for around 8 months. He was awarded £3,100.00.
- Mr Russell a 30 year old man, suffered from a soft tissue injury to the spine which radiated to the shoulders and neck, this pain lasted around 10 months and he was awarded £6,000.00 for this injury.
Nerve Damage/loss of sensation
Damage to the nerves is classed as a serious injury as nerves affect all of the functions of the human body. Your nerves can be affected in an accident if they are stretched, broken or strained from the force or impact of the accident. They may also be affected by a laceration to the body, if a cut penetrates deep enough then it could hit a nerve. Symptoms of nerve damage are:
- Tingling sensation
- Tightening of the muscles around the affected nerve
- Loss of sensation
- Loss of movement
- Twitching or uncontrollable movements
If you experience any of these symptoms after an accident, ensure to seek immediate medical attention.
Your GP can prescribe pain relief to help aid the recovery of the injury. There are also creams, gels or sprays that can be prescribed to rub over the affected area. Acupuncture or physiotherapy can also help with the pain.
- Miss L suffered from a severe injury to her right shoulder from nerve damage in a road traffic accident, she was awarded £557,599. This amount also included loss of earnings and future loss of earnings.
- Master S (a minor) suffered damage to right facial nerve resulting in a deformed smile. He was awarded £6,750.00 however with inflation a Judge today would have awarded around £10,735.00.
Loss of limbs
Losing a limb in an accident that was not your fault, is a very traumatic and horrific experience. Learning to adapt your lifestyle to cope with this injury is also a difficult step.
After the amputation has been completed, additional techniques will be used to help the surrounding limbs learn to cope without the missing limb. There will be rehabilitation available to help you adapt your lifestyle to this life changing event.
- Mr Green had an arm amputation as a result of the injury, he was the unable to continue his career as a Mechanic. He received £55,000.00. However due to inflation today he would have received around £128,367.56.
- Mr Allison, had to have both his legs amputated as a result of a road traffic accident. He was awarded £291,000. As this accident was quite some time ago. A judge would today award around £652,332.70.
- Mr Kelly, a 48 year old man, required an above knee amputation of the right leg and a total knee replacement of the left. He would have ongoing prosthetic, care, occupational therapy and physiotherapy needs for life. He received £1,500,000 which included the cost of future rehabilitation for the rest of his life.
Loss of eyes
Eye injuries can range from being very minor such as a blood shot or to very serious such has loss of vision or the loss of the eyeball itself.
Minor eye injuries can be treated by your Local GP or walk in centre or even by over the counter pain killers or drops. However some more serious injuries could need a specialist eye doctor to diagnose and help treat the injury.
- Mr Lomas suffered from eye injuries sustained in a road traffic accident in 2006. His vision was affected and he was required to wear spectacles. The injury had fully resolved 40 months after the accident. He was awarded £12,201.00. Due to inflation, a Judge today would have awarded around £16,152.67.
- Mr Vincenzo Bollito a 36 year old man suffered from a severe brain injury, resulting in cognitive and executive dysfunction and significantly reduced vision and his life expectancy was reduced by approximately five years. He was awarded £1,300,000 and also periodical payments for the rest of his life.