There is not a definitive description as to what constitutes a serious injury for the purpose of a personal injury claim. However, a serious injury is generally defined as an injury that causes an individual to be detained in hospital for a long period and may involve surgery.
Serious injuries can include injuries such as:
- Brain damage
- Broken bones
- Damage to internal organs
- Disfigurement /scarring
- Loss of senses – hearing/sight
Amputation Brain damage Broken bones Fractures Damage to internal organs Disfigurement /scarring Loss of senses – hearing/sight Paralysis
Where a serious injury has occurred, this may not only result in short term pain and suffering, but may have lifelong consequences. In some cases a serious injury can lead to the tragic loss of a loved one, which is not only devastating to friends and family, but leaves both short-term and ongoing financial liabilities and concerns.
Following a serious injury, it may be that a person is unable to return to the same job, unable to work again or for the foreseeable future, ongoing care and assistance is required and/or specialist equipment and lifestyle changes are required.
Click here to view our claim calculator to get an idea of the award brackets for various bodily injuries (please bear in mind that this does not include psychological damage, loss of earnings, future loss or care and assistance compensation that you may be entitled to in addition to compensation for a bodily injury).
If you or a family member has suffered a serious injury then you should seek advice from a specialist solicitor to ensure that you receive all the compensation that you are entitled to.