An extraordinary thing happened last week, something I trust won’t be repeated: I felt sympathy for the insurance industry. Painful story short: three months ago playing cricket for the last time, I achieved, among other things, a right patellar dislocation. This is a medical term for “your leg is facing the wrong way mate”. The calls from the lawyers began almost immediately, usually a recorded message saying they understood I’d had an accident and should get in touch vis-à-vis suing someone. Lately this has moved up to calls from real people; smart-sounding, professional folk who think I’ve got a case. In the tedious weeks on the couch that followed the injury, there was plenty of time to ponder who was to blame. Perhaps the cricket club. The pitch is clearly on a dangerous slope; something they should surely have rectified. It’s just reckless is that. As for the bowler, what does he think he was doing? All that skilful medium- pace swing … [Read more...] about I’m stumped by the volume of cold calling after my cricket injury
Neck injury compensation how much
Accidents that cause serious injuries to innocent victims always make for distressing reading. Such as the recent, terrible accident in Essex, in which an out-of-control car ploughed into a group of pedestrians. Amongst this shocking scene, six people were seriously injured (as reported by the Evening Standard) – requiring the attendance offour ambulances, three air ambulances and a Hazardous Response Team. One of the victims was further described as being in a ‘life-threatening condition’. Another was reported as having suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries. And four were reported to have suffered ‘serious injuries’. Clearly, these terms attempt to describe the levels of severity between these tragic injuries on a medical level. But in terms of making a compensation claim for a mysterious injury caused by someone else – what exactly do we mean by a ‘serious injury’? Well, the answer is sometimes simple, and sometimes complex: … [Read more...] about What do we mean by a ‘serious injury claim’?
According to Back Up (the charity that works to transform the lives of people affected by spinal cord injury) around 40,000 UK citizens currently live with a spinal cord injury (SCI). And more than a thousand people suffer spinal injuries every year. It’s a roll call of pain that alarmingly appears to be on the increase. The former chairman of the British Association of Spinal Cord injury Specialists, consultant Wagih El Masri, asserts that instances of SCI have nearly trebled over the past 3 decades. Suggested reasons for this increase include the increase in population, combined with more people living to a ripe old age. Which in turn means more active elderly people succumbing to slips, trips and falls. Why so much depends upon your back More than just bone, muscle and cartilage of the spine itself, the spinal cord running through the back is vitally important for so many bodily functions. It contains around 13.5 billion nerve cells. An ‘information superhighway’ … [Read more...] about Spinal injury: the increasing menace of a pain in the back
Every year, around 1 million people are treated in UK Hospital Accident & Emergency departments as a result of head injuries. Approximately 135,000 of these patients are admitted to hospital due to the severity of their injuries. What’s more, an estimated 500,000 people – age 16 to 74 – suffer in the long-term, following traumatic brain injury. Even seemingly minor injuries to the head can damage the brain’s ability to function normally. Such as concussion, the symptoms of which range from headaches, to dizzy spells, tiredness, mood swings and even impaired memory. Sometimes, the early symptoms are misleading. The person can appear to recover quickly, only to succumb to the effects of the brain injury during the following hours, days or even weeks. You can suffer a brain injury, without receiving a blow to the head From falling off a bicycle, to being hit by a falling object at work, or a motoring accident on your way home – accidents causing head and … [Read more...] about How would you carry on after a brain injury?
From early childhood onwards, we all know what it means to be injured in accidents in the schoolyard, riding bikes and playing sports. Yet, as we get older and acquire careers, families and financial commitments, how many of us truly consider the potential consequences of being seriously injured in an accident caused by someone else? By definition, accidents are avoidable. So it’s worth considering the possible after- effects of accidental injury. Especially if it helps us to avoid people whose mistakes could cost us pain, disruption and financial hardship. Head injury Including skull fracture, concussion, blunt trauma, penetrative injury, coma and more Depending on the severity of a head injury, this is potentially the most life-altering injury you could sustain. Not least because the invisible harm inflicted may only become apparent long after the accident when emotional and psychological problems surface. Over the long term, the impact on the victim’s mental state can … [Read more...] about How might a serious injury affect your life?