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Serious injuries are life changing - not just for the person injured, but their loved ones too.
In this guide, we learn what a serious injury is, what support is available to families who need it, and how you might be able to access compensation.
What is a serious injury?
Injuries that are classed as ‘serious injuries’ are catastrophic and have long-lasting impacts for the person injured and their family.
Examples of serious injury include:
- Spinal cord injury
- Brain injuries
- Serious burns
- Serious medical injuries.
Most of these cases involve the need for specialist treatment and rehabilitation, which is often very expensive.
Making a claim and accessing specialist treatment
If a relative of yours suffers a serious injury and can no longer represent themselves, you can make a claim on their behalf.
Some specialist treatment, such as rehabilitation or home adaptions, can be included in the costs as part of your legal case and help ease the financial burden of lost earnings.
There is a time limit of three years to make a serious injury claim – so whether it’s for yourself, a relative or a child under the age of 18, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible.
How else will making a serious injury claim help my family?
Legal experts can help you and your family who are suffering from a serious injury in more ways than one.
- Understand your immediate treatment options – breaking down and simplifying complex medical terminology
- Help you access the best rehabilitation support as soon as possible
- Advise you on starting other proceedings, such as Health and Safety Executive investigations
- Appoint deputies or trustees to help with financial planning
- Assist you in looking for any adaptions needed to your car or home
- Provide a plan for life that will give you and your family as full a life as possible post injury.
Being a part of a union
If you are a member of a trade union, you may be eligible for free legal advice or representation as part of your membership.
Unions ensure that their members to keep 100% of their compensation in serious injury cases, which means you get all of the compensation awarded with no deductions.
Spend Time With Them And Enjoy Their Company
At the end of the day, they’re going to be in a stage of recovery and will need to feel the comfort of loved ones around them. Not every visit will need to be extravagant and not every occasion should be a big one, but it would be nice to head out somewhere together. Remind them that they can still enjoy life while they deal with any kind of pain, struggle, or trauma. You could research the 10 Places to Go Pumpkin Picking in Norfolk ready for the coming Halloween, or you could just spend a few hours together at home. Just make sure they’re in a good place and that you’re keeping them in good spirits.
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