While any type of injury can reduce your ability to deal with everyday tasks, multiple injuries can have a much greater impact on you and your family. As such, if you have suffered multiple injuries in an accident caused by someone else, you could be entitled to claim compensation. In our guide on multiple injury compensation claims, we’ll review the types of accidents that could be claimed for. We’ll also show you what any compensation awarded for multiple injuries could cover.
You don’t have to go through the claims process alone, though. We offer a free initial consultation where you can discuss your case with a specialist. They will provide legal advice about your options after reviewing how you were injured. If there’s a good chance you should be compensated, we’ll partner you with a personal injury lawyer from our panel. Your claim will be handled on a No Win, No Fee basis if accepted meaning no legal fees need to be paid if you don’t receive a compensation payout.
You can find more on multiple injury claims throughout this guide. Alternatively, call us on 0800 652 1345 when you’re ready to discuss your claim.
What is a multiple injury compensation claim?
When we talk about multiple injury compensation claims, we mean when the same accident results in several injuries that may affect multiple parts of the body.
These types of claims can be more complex because the injuries involved can be long-term and life-changing. Additionally, some multiple injury claims involving serious injuries can be life-threatening.
As well as claiming compensation for your injuries, you may need to claim for the impact your injuries have on your loved ones. For example, your partner may need to put their life on hold to help you during your recovery. This would need to be factored into any compensation settlement.
If you work with a personal injury solicitor on our panel, they’ll try to ensure that any compensation you’re awarded covers both short-term and long-term physical, psychological or financial suffering.
Types of multiple injuries compensation could be claimed for
Multiple injury claims will often be based on:
- Head injuries.
- Brain injuries.
- Multiple fractures.
- Scalds and burns.
- Internal injuries.
- Chest injuries.
- Eye injuries.
- Facial injuries.
- Spinal injuries.
- Nerve damage.
No matter what injuries you’ve sustained, please feel free to call to see if one of our solicitors could help you to claim multiple injuries compensation.
Can I claim compensation for multiple injuries?
If you ask a personal injury solicitor to help you to claim compensation for multiple injuries, they’ll review the case with you before agreeing to help. During this assessment, they’ll be looking to see whether:
- The defendant in the claim owed you a duty of care legally; and
- As a result of their negligence, the defendant caused an accident to occur; and
- You suffered multiple injuries as a direct result of that negligence.
Of course, if you’re to be compensated for multiple injuries, there will need proof of all of the above. We’ll explain what types of proof your solicitor might use to support your case later on.
Common accidents that cause multiple injuries
As we’ve touched upon already, unfortunately, any type of accident can cause multiple injuries. Again, you will only be able to claim compensation for your injuries if the accident occurred because of someone else’s negligence.
Some of the most common accidents that can lead to multiple injury claims include:
- Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs).
- Accidents at work.
- Slips, trips and falls.
- Holiday accidents.
- Public place accidents.
- Building site accidents.
If the accident was not your fault and you’ve sustained multiple injuries, call us to see if we could help you to claim compensation.
How much compensation for a multiple injury claim?
The complexity of multiple injury compensation claims means that we can’t provide estimates in this guide. However, your solicitor will be able to provide an estimate after they’ve got a full understanding of how the multiple injuries have affected you.
Some of the factors your solicitor will consider include:
- Physical pain, suffering and discomfort from your multiple injuries.
- The cost of medical treatment, rehabilitation and physiotherapy.
- Care costs including the time a loved one spent supporting you.
- Loss of amenites if your multiple injuries stopped any of your normal activities.
- Psychiatric damage (PTSD etc).
- Lost earnings (present and future).
- Travel costs (eg for travel to and from medical appointments).
- Personal property damage.
- The cost of making adaptations to your home to improve your quality of life if you’ll suffer permanent or long-term symptoms.
- Mobility aids.
Your solicitor will work hard to try and ensure that any settlement offered provides enough compensation to deal with any immediate and long-term suffering. Please call 0800 652 1345 if you’d like a free consultation.
Providing proof for multiple injury compensation claims
Your solicitor’s main job is to prove that the defendant in your multiple injury claim was liable for the accident and your injuries. After that, they’ll also need to prove how you’ve suffered because of your injuries.
Both of these tasks will require evidence. If it’s not available, the defendant’s insurer may refuse to pay compensation or try to settle for less than you’re entitled to. As such, your solicitor will try to secure various pieces of supporting proof including:
- Witness statements. These can be really helpful if the defendant tries to deny that a) the accident occurred or b) they were responsible. Statements from independent witnesses can help your solicitor to piece together what happened.
- Medical proof. To demonstrate the extent of your multiple injuries and initial treatment, your solicitor will ask for copies of your medical records, test results, scans and X-rays from the hospital that treated you.
- Accident reports. A basic accident report form is a good way of proving when and when you were injured. Additionally, more detailed accident reports from the Health and Safety Executive and other organisations might be used to prove how your accident happened.
- Video footage. Recordings of your accident happening can be helpful in establishing blame. So, you should ask the owner of any relevant CCTV, mobile phone or dashcam footage to forward you a copy as soon as possible.
- Photographic proof. Taking photos at the accident scene before anything has been moved is always a good idea. They can make it easier to understand who caused the accident. Also, pictures of all of your visible injuries taken regularly can help to establish the extent of your suffering.
For multiple injury claims, the more proof that’s available, the better. As such, your solicitor will take any you’ve secured and work hard to find any other information needed if they agree to take on your claim.
What’s the time limit for a multiple injury claim?
If you leave a personal injury claim too long, it might mean it will be rejected and you won’t be paid any compensation (even if you’re entitled to it). For multiple injury compensation claims, the time limit is 3 years. This usually starts from the date you were injured or your date of knowledge of your injuries if this was later.
Exceptions to this rule are for:
- Children – the time limit starts on the child’s 18th. At any point before then, an adult can take legal action on the child’s behalf as a litigation friend.
- Those lacking mental capacity – there is generally no time limit in these cases all the while the individual is unable to handle legal dealings for themselves which means someone else can act on the claimant’s behalf to secure compensation for them.
We would suggest starting a multiple injury claim as soon as you can after the accident has happened. This should mean that you don’t run out of time and you’ll receive your compensation when it’s needed (if the claim is won).
In some circumstances, the defendant might accept liability for the accident early but it might take some time for your prognosis to be properly understood. In these circumstances, you might receive interim payments to help you deal with lost earnings, care costs or medical expenses before the claim is settled.
Can I claim for a loved one with multiple injuries?
A solicitor on our panel can help if your loved one has suffered multiple injuries in an accident that was not their fault. It may be possible for you to take action on their behalf if they lack the mental capacity to claim for themselves or if they are under 18 years of age.
In these cases, your solicitor could help you to apply to become a litigation friend. After being approved, you’ll be able to control the claims process and instruct the solicitor on behalf of your loved one.
In cases involving litigation friends, any settlement offer will be checked by a court to ensure a fair among is being paid. Additionally, compensation will be held in a court account until the claimant turns 18 or regains their mental capacity.
Until then, you will be allowed to ask the court to send money as and when it is required to improve the claimant’s quality of life.
If you’d like to lodge a multiple injury compensation claim on behalf of a loved one, please call us for free advice about your next steps.
No Win, No Fee claims
As we’ve explained already, the process of claiming compensation for multiple injuries can be a complex process. In our opinion, lodging a personal injury claim for multiple injuries is easier if you’re represented by a specialist solicitor from our panel and could improve the chances that you’ll win your claim.
Our solicitors provide a No Win, No Fee service for multiple injury compensation claims. So that they can start working on your case without any upfront payments from you, your solicitor will send you a contract called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
After you have signed the paperwork, you can expect your solicitor to:
- Make contact with the defendant and explain that you’re going to file a multiple injury claim.
- Attempt to find all of the proof needed to support your claim.
- Present as strong a case as possible and try to deal with any arguments raised by the defendant.
- Keep you up to date about the progress of your claim.
- Try to ensure that any settlement offer fully compensates you for all of your multiple injuries and needs.
If your claim is won, you’ll pay a success fee to your solicitor for their work. This is taken from any compensation you’re awarded. If the claim is lost, you don’t have to pay any legal fees whatsoever.
To check if one of our No Win, No Fee solicitors could help you, please call us today.
Start a multiple injury compensation claim today
We are ready to help if you’re thinking of starting a multiple injury claim. Simply call us on 0800 652 1345 to begin a free initial consultation about your case. As well as assessing the merits of your case, your advisor will give legal advice about your options.
You’re under no obligation to take legal action for your injuries but if you decide that’s what you’d like to do, and a solicitor from our panel offers to help, you’ll be represented on a No Win, No Fee basis. That removes the financial risks of hiring a solicitor at an hourly rate because you’ll only pay your solicitor if you receive compensation.
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