If you have suffered several different injuries in an accident, then you can put forward a single personal injury claim that includes them all, however the personal injury case itself must clearly define each injury, with evidence, to be successful.
Under the circumstances, it is essential that you seek out high quality legal advice, and preferably from an injury solicitor who has experience with processing claims for several injuries at once. With regards to this, it is important to remember that many personal injury claims have more than one injury being claimed for; however, lawyers who specialise in cases with several injuries at once will be best-placed to help you, and especially so where serious injuries are concerned, so that you can maximise your level of compensation.
Claiming for Several Injuries
When you make a new claim for several injuries, each injury must be clearly defined, with medical evidence, for the other side to accept a claim. Your solicitor will build your case, and base the bulk of the settlement demand on your most serious injuries. So, for example, if you have suffered a spinal fracture, a broken arm, and cuts and bruises in a car accident, the solicitor who is processing your claim will look to the spinal fracture when determining your ‘base’ (minimum) settlement demand. Your lesser injuries will then be considered, and compensation for these will be added to the final settlement demand put forward.
How much compensation can I claim?
This depends on the nature of your injuries, the extent of your injuries, and how your injuries have and will affect your life. Also, your recovery period and your prognosis for the future, as determined by a doctor or consultant, will be considered.
The worse your injuries are and the bigger the affect they will have on you, then the more compensation you can realistically claim. For example, you can expect to be awarded more compensation for a broken wrist than a sprained wrist.
In addition to compensation for your injuries, though, you can also claim compensation for any financial losses you have sustained because of your accident. If you have had to take time off work because of your accident, and you have lost out on income, then you can put in a claim for that lost income. You can also claim back any relevant out of pocket expenses, such as travel costs and medical costs. When you add this compensation to your general damages, you could be owed several thousand pounds. If you have not already done so, the next step for you is to speak with a lawyer about your accident for expert legal advice.