Information about Upper Body Injury Claims
Upper body injury claims enable you to recover compensation when you have suffered an above-the-waist injury in an accident for which somebody else was primarily to blame. Irrespective of how your injury was sustained, by making a successful claim for a upper body injury you will be compensated for the pain you experienced at the time your injury occurred, the effect that the injury to your upper body has on your quality of life and any financial consequences of being incapacitated due to a upper body injury.
Establishing Your Eligibility to Make Upper Body Injury Claims
Upper body injury claims have to show that you have sustained an above-the-waist injury and that the injury was due to a third party´s lack of care. Determining that you have sustained an injury above the waist can be proven by your medical records, but establishing that a third party is responsible for the upper body injury through their negligent actions – or lack of actions – can often be more difficult.
Police reports or accident reports may need to be compiled and evidence gathered in support of your upper body injury claim and, at a time when you may be in a significant amount of pain from the damage to your body, collecting evidence of negligence may not be something which is easy for you to do and should not be made a priority before you have recovered from your upper body injury.
Therefore, it is in your best interests to discuss making upper body injury claims for compensation with a lawyer as soon as practically possible. A lawyer will assess your claim for a upper body injury, assist you where necessary to collect evidence in support of your upper body injury claim and advise you if you have a claim for upper body injury compensation which is worth your while to pursue.
How Much Upper Body Injury Compensation Will I Get?
How much compensation for a upper body injury you will be entitled to receive will depend on your personal circumstances. A lawyer will calculate the value of your upper body injury claim by considering the location and severity of the injury in relation to your sex, age and general state of health prior to the accident which was responsible for you suffering an injury.
As mentioned above, the consequences of your upper body injury and the effect it has on your quality of life will also be taken into account when compiling a claim for upper body injury compensation. Along with your lack of ability to perform everyday tasks while still recovering from the injury, any quantifiable psychological consequences of the accident – for example any confidence issues you may have in the future – will also be integrated into your upper body injury claim for compensation.
You are also entitled to recover any financial costs which are directly attributable to your upper body injury when making a claim for upper body injury compensation. These can range from expenses incurred seeking medical attention following the accident from which your injury resulted, to additional transport costs while you are unable to drive due to your injuries. Any loss of income can also be recovered in a claim for upper body injury compensation – including overtime and pension contributions.
“Contingency Fee” Claims for a Upper Body Injury
Provided that your lawyer believes there is a strong likelihood of your claim for upper body injury compensation being successful, he or she will usually be prepared to represent you in your upper body injury claim on a “Contingency Fee” basis. This usually means that, should you lose your claim for upper body injury compensation, you will not owe your lawyer for their legal fees and, when your upper body injury claim is successful, you will retain 100 percent of your compensation settlement.
However, not all lawyers offer “Contingency Fee” claims for a upper body injury on the same basis, and it may be necessary for you to take out an insurance policy to protect yourself from potential financial exposure should your claim for upper body injury compensation be unsuccessful and you become liable for the defendant´s legal fees. Your lawyer should explain the exact terms and conditions of a “Contingency Fee” claim for a upper body injury prior to accepting your case.
Expert Advice about Upper Body Injury Claims
It is in your best interests to obtain expert legal advice about upper body injury claims at the first practical opportunity. No two claims for upper body injury compensation are identical – even when the location and severity of the injury is the same – and to delay speaking with a lawyer about your individual circumstances could jeopardise the collection of evidence in support of your upper body injury claim and affect how much compensation for a upper body injury you receive.
Consequently, we invite you to call our freephone service and discuss the circumstances surrounding your accident directly with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. There is no charge for this service and you will not be placed under any pressure to proceed with a claim for upper body injury compensation. Our lawyers will be able to provide the answers to any questions you may have about making upper body injury claims and help you decide whether you have a claim for upper body injury compensation which is worth your while to pursue.