Any serious injury can have a catastrophic impact on your life, especially if the injury wasn’t your fault. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to the negligence of another person, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
Types of Serious Injuries – Quick Links
A serious injury can take many forms, but the most common injuries are detailed below. Click on the link below to find out more about how you can claim compensation for a specific type of injury.
Claiming Compensation with Gibson & Associates
We appreciate that compensation won’t undo any damage or pain caused as a result of a serious injury. However, it can provide you with some form of justice, as well as recover any financial loss incurred due to the injury. Financial losses can include:
Our solicitors have been helping clients claim compensation for serious injuries for over a decade and their experience in securing the best possible compensation is what makes us leaders in serious injury claims in Ireland.
Any injury resulting in the loss of a limb or the severe disfigurement of a body part will be extremely distressing and have a mammoth impact on your day-to-day life. If you have suffered an injury resulting in either an amputation or limb disfigurement, you may be entitled to claim a substantial amount of compensation.
Common Causes of Amputation
Amputation is usually necessary when a limb suffers so much damage that it cannot be saved. This might be due to:
- A road accident; most commonly motorcycle accidents, cycle accidents and accidents involving pedestrians.
- An injury at work; commonly those involving heavy or dangerous machinery.
- Medical negligence; for example, if steps are not taken to prevent gangrene and an infection spreads to an extensive area of tissue resulting in the need to amputate.
Whatever the cause of your amputation, if another person or organisation is responsible, you will be in a position to claim compensation.
What to do when someone else is responsible for your limb-loss
Losing a limb is of course extremely distressing, but this will be more so if another party is directly responsible. Once you have identified that your accident was due to the negligence of another person or party, it’s important to gather as much information about the incident as possible to ensure you secure the full compensation you deserve. This includes:
Although compensation will not make you able-bodied once again, it will at least help to pay for your immediate and on-going needs.
The Financial & Emotional Impact of Amputation
Aside from the physical impact of losing a limb, the financial and emotional impact can also be extremely immobilising. Financially, for example, amputees often need to:
Each of the above can be very expensive, especially if returning to work is made impossible by the injury.
Furthermore, limb loss or disfigurement can cause severe emotional distress. This can be heightened by:
- A lack of independence
- An inability to get out of the house as and when desired
- Flashbacks of the accident
- It’s not uncommon for amputees to develop psychological injuries and depression.
This emotional and financial impact will also be reflected in your compensation amount. This may help you achieve a sense of justice for the damage you have sustained and will provide some much-needed financial support for the future.
Arm injuries can be a real hindrance to everyday life, however severe the injury is. Some injuries will require you to remain in plaster for prolonged amounts of time, undergo surgery or physiotherapy, and in very severe cases, a crushing injury can be so extreme that the arm must be partially or totally amputated. Many victims of arm injuries are left unable to:
- Carry out normal household chores
- Return to work
- Complete simple tasks such as getting dressed
If you have suffered an injury to your arm and it wasn’t your fault, you may be in a position to claim compensation.
Claiming compensation for an Arm Injury
Arm injury claims can be made by anyone who has been harmed because of another person’s negligence. This might include, for example
- An accident at work
- A road traffic accident
- An accident at school
- An accident in a public place
The compensation received can help you recover costs of any medical bills, time off work or any on-going care you may need as a result of the injury.
When beginning a claims process, it’s important to provide your solicitor with as much information as possible about your injury and the circumstances under which you received it. This includes:
Back injuries are unfortunately very common, and can have a devastating impact on the day-to-day lives of those who suffer them. Often, back injuries caused by an accident or injury can be chronic in nature, meaning they cause pain and discomfort in the long-term.
Common back injuries include:
- Ligament tears
- Slipped discs/nerve damage
- Muscle Strains
- Lumbar Sprains
These injuries can be caused by any type of accident, but are often as a result of manual labour, heavy lifting or other strenuous physical activity.
Can You Claim Back Injury Compensation?
If your back injury was caused by the negligence of another person or organisation, you will be eligible to claim compensation for your injury. This commonly applies to people who have been injured at work because their employer has failed to enforce the correct health and safety regulations.
Take, for example, manual handling and lifting in the workplace. There are strict rules in place regarding manual handling to ensure employees are protected from harm. But if these regulations are not enforced and a member of staff suffers a back injury, their employer will be held directly responsible. This is because he or she will have neglected to meet their legal duty of care, in turn causing an employee physical harm.
Anyone who has sustained a back injury because of another party’s negligence will be eligible to pursue a back injury compensation claim. If successful, the compensation awarded to you will enable you to:
Spinal injuries can be devastating and can often include a degree of paralysis. This will be highly traumatic in any situation and will be entirely more so if these injuries occurred due to another person’s negligence.
Spinal injuries often have very serious implications. Sufferers may need walking aids for the rest of their life, while others will be totally paralysed and therefore bound to a wheelchair. On-going medical treatment and rehabilitation may be required and your home may need to be fitted with specialist equipment. Those with spinal injuries often become dependent upon their loved ones, all of which can take its toll on those involved, emotionally and financially.
Compensation for Spinal Injuries
Compensation for spinal injury is intended to reflect these damages. Although this can never undo the harm that has been caused, it will at least provide some form of recompense. It will also recover all the money that has been lost due to the accident, including a loss of earnings and the cost of medical support.
Suffering a head injury is truly distressing, not only for the person who has suffered the injury, but also for their family and loved ones. This distress will be made exceptionally worse if the injury was caused by another party’s negligence and therefore could have been avoided.
Head injuries can be extremely serious, often resulting in brain injuries. Results of this type of injury can include cognitive, emotional and physical difficulties as well as extreme pain. This can leave many unable to work and in need of medical attention.
For some, these problems will continue in the long-term, as a head injury can lead to permanent damage. This will be devastating for the individual and their loved ones whose lives will have been irrevocably changed. Not only will this cause terrible emotional trauma, it can produce financial difficulties, particularly if the injured person was the main income provider.
No two cases of brain injury are the same and one patient’s symptoms will vary enormously to another’s. However, many brain injury patients suffer emotional, cognitive and physical after affects, making this type of injury exceptionally difficult to recover from completely.
The Cost of Living With a Brain Injury
There are many different ways in which a brain injury can affect you and your family financially. The injured individual may have been the main breadwinner of the household. Perhaps or a loved-one or family member has been forced to stop paid work in order to provide the around the clock care. Additional financial obligations may include:
Brain Injury Compensation
To obtain compensation for your brain injury, you must establish that another party was responsible for the brain injury. Common situations where someone else is to blame for a brain injury may include:
- An employer who did not meet health and safety standards
- A road user who did not drive with due care and attention
- An accident in a public place
- An accident at school
- Medical negligence
Please be aware that these are only a few examples of where negligence leading to brain injuries can arise. Whatever the exact circumstances surrounding the accident, if you believe someone else is responsible for you or your loved one’s brain injury, you must talk to legal expert as soon as possible. They will be able to help you secure the financial compensation you deserve.
To find out more about brain injuries in Ireland and how to access expert support and information, take a look at our page, Acquired Brain Injury: Explained.
If your loved one has died because of another person’s negligence, we understand just how angry and upset you will be. We also appreciate that no amount of compensation can undo the terrible damage that has been done to you and your family.
Nevertheless, you may want to pursue a compensation claim in order to achieve a sense of justice. Many who find themselves in this position feel totally helpless and find it difficult to simply accept what has happened. Making a claim can assist with this, as it gives you a chance to bring legal action against the responsible party, allowing you to access justice on behalf of your loved one.
There is also a more practical benefit to this type of claim, as compensation is awarded to recover the acute financial loss you have incurred. This will ensure you are not left financially unstable because of your loved one’s passing – something, which will be extremely important if he or she was the main breadwinner.
Making a Fatal Injury Compensation Claim
A fatal injury compensation claim can be made by anyone whose loved one has died as a result of another person’s negligence. This might arise because:
It does not matter whether your loved one passed away due to injury or illness; if another person or organisation is to blame for their death, there will be grounds for compensation to be paid.
What you need to make a Claim
At Gibson and Associates, we will ask about the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death. We realise this will be terribly upsetting for you and will be sure to treat your case with the utmost sensitivity.
If we believe the matter needs further investigation, we will pursue the fatal accident claims process, supporting you every step of the way. After we have obtained all the necessary evidence, we will work hard to obtain the compensation you deserve, securing the financial support you and your family need for the future.
Leg injuries vary in severity, ranging from a torn ligament to a multi-fragmentary fracture. Either way, a leg injury will undoubtedly be very debilitating. The damage may be such that you are unable to work, carry out everyday activities or even move around your home. Some will remain in plaster for weeks on end and severe fractures often require surgery. Those with significant crushing injuries may even require partial or total amputation of the limb.
A leg injury claim commonly occurs due to an accident at work, but can just as easily arise because of a road traffic accident, a public place accident, an accident at school or any other incident caused by another party’s negligence.
Claiming compensation for a Leg Injury
The compensation received for a leg injury will recompense for the pain and suffering you have experienced and will recover the money you have lost because of your injuries. This will ensure you are able to pay for on-going medical rehabilitation, supporting you financially while are on the road to recovery.
When beginning a claims process for a leg injury, it’s important to provide your solicitor with as much information about how the injury was obtained. This includes:
Neck injuries vary dramatically in severity. At one end of the spectrum you have whiplash, a common condition that nevertheless causes significant pain and discomfort. On the other hand some neck injuries will lead to devastating consequences, as there may be a degree of nerve or blood vessel damage. This can result in partial or total paralysis.
Whatever the nature of your neck injury, if another party is at fault, you should consider seeking neck injury compensation. This might apply if your injuries were caused by:
- Another driver’s behaviour
- Your employer’s negligence
- An accident in a public place.
These are just a few examples of the ways in which a neck injury claim can arise. If you suspect someone else is responsible for your injury, you need to talk to a legal expert about compensation for neck injury.
Compensation for Neck Injuries
Your neck injury compensation will reflect the pain and suffering you have been caused and will recover any financial loss. This will be extremely useful; especially if your injuries are so severe that you are unable to work. Financial redress will also cover the costs of on-going medical rehabilitation and specialist equipment, both of which will be required by those with serious neck injuries.
Injury Resulting in Paralysis
Some traumatic accidents can sadly lead to a degree of paralysis, ranging from partial paralysis in the legs to quadriplegia. This type of injury has a huge impact on the lives of those who it affects, as well as their family and loved ones.
Common Injuries that cause Paralysis
Accidents that commonly result in paralysis include:
- A road accident due to another road user’s behaviour
- An accident at work where your employer failed to adhere to health and safety regulations
- An accident in a public place
- A medical error
- For example, babies who are starved of oxygen during labour can suffer irreparable brain damage, leading to a number of problems that will often include paralysis.
- Patients whose nerves are damaged during surgery, or whose spinal injuries are not appropriately treated.
Living with Paralysis
Living with limited mobility completely changes your life, as well as the lives of those around you. Working may become impossible and other family members may need to stop working in order to provide the care needed.
Relying on a walking aid or a wheelchair to get around makes day-to-day activities far more difficult and many sufferers will be unable to resume even the most normal of activities. All this can lead to severe psychological issues and many victims become depressed as a result of their paralysis.
Claim Compensation For Paralysis
Although receiving compensation will not turn back the clock and make you able bodied once again, it may help you achieve a sense of justice. Paralysis compensation also recovers the financial loss you have incurred, helping to pay for rehabilitation, specialist equipment and other assistance you may now need.
No matter what the exact circumstances surrounding your injury, if you have been left paralysed because of someone else’s negligence, you will be able to claim compensation for paralysis.
Some accidents do not only result in physical injury; they can also lead to significant psychological harm too.
A large number of people will experience post-traumatic stress disorder after the incident. This can lead to depression and anxiety, a condition that can be extremely difficult to live with. This is particularly prevalent in cases where the injured individual is left with long-term complications that impact their quality of life.
Life after a traumatic accident
It is unthinkably difficult to adjust to life after an accident, especially when you can no longer live as you once did. You may be unable to return to work, resume your hobbies or continue your social life. You may even be prevented from carrying out the most simple of everyday tasks.
This will be all the more troubling if your psychological trauma has been sustained through no fault of your own. For example, you might have been harmed because:
- Your employer did not provide a safe working environment,
- A road user failed to display due care and attention,
- Or a public place was not maintained to a safe standard.
Claiming Psychological Injury Compensation
Whatever the exact circumstances surrounding your accident, if you have been harmed through no fault of your own, you will be able to claim for both your physical and psychological injuries. This will ensure you are awarded psychological injury compensation for the pain and suffering you have wrongfully endured.
We understand that psychological injury claims are a difficult subject. We promise to handle your claim for psychological injury with the utmost sensitivity and will fight hard to obtain the psychological injury compensation you deserve.
Serious burns can lead to nerve and tissue damage, unsightly scarring and psychological harm. The most severe burns can lead to amputation and even death.
Burns are classified as either a first, second or third degree burn. A third degree burn is the most serious and extends from the skin down into the muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. This is an extremely severe injury that can occur in a number of ways, such as:
After a serious burn, the body will go into shock, something that can be fatal for frail people – especially the young and the elderly. It will also leave significant scarring and skin grafts may be required to help with the healing process and improve aesthetic appearance. Even so, many feel upset by the defect and consequently develop psychological problems such as depression.
Compensation for Serious Burns
If you or your loved one has suffered a serious burn and another person or organisation is to blame, there will be grounds for claiming compensation. Commonly this occurs due to:
- An accident at work – e.g. personal protective equipment was not provided and chemical or boiling liquids come into contact with the skin
- A road traffic accident – e.g. from friction burns or fire
- A public place accident – e.g. from spillages in a restaurant or café
- An accident at school – e.g. from a hot drink belonging to a teacher
- Medical error – e.g. from the use of surgical techniques such as a diathermy
Why Choose Gibson & Associates
At Gibson & Associates, we understand how stressful the thought of starting legal proceedings can be. That’s why we go above and beyond to ensure the process of claiming compensation is as easy as it possibly can be for our clients.
As soon as you contact us with details of your injury, we will put you through to a solicitor who specialises in the type of injury you have suffered. After a short consultation, we will be able to advise whether or not you are in a position to claim injury compensation. Our understanding and ethical legal team will handle every aspect of your injury claim, supporting you every step of the way. We will use our legal expertise to fight your case, ensuring you are awarded the maximum sum of compensation you deserve.
You can read more about our processes and our solicitors on our ‘Why Choose Us’ page.
Speak to one of our solicitors today, and find out how we can help you. You can find out more about how we can assist with personal injury* claims here. You can also complete an Online Enquiry, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 1890 989 289.
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