Each and every year, over 3 million people are injured in accidents, at home, work, while driving or while outdoors. It’s all too common for accidents to occur that aren’t the victims fault, meaning they have to turn to a helpline for compensation.
An injury that’s not your fault can be life-changing and compensation is there to help you make life easier for you and your family, but did you know that these five things can be included in a compensation claim?
Loss of Earnings
If, after an accident, you have to reduce your work hours or leave your job, you are entitled to claim for your loss of earnings. Some evidence will be needed to prove the legitimacy of your claim, including payslips from before your accident to show how much you were earning at the time.
The more accurate records of your income you have, the easier it will be for the courts to make a decision about your compensation.
Following an accident, you may have to pay for a number of things including travel to a hospital for appointments or the cost of your loved ones visits to see you in hospital. No one needs the additional stress of money concerns on top of recovering from an injury; fortunately these additional expenses can be claimed back in compensation.
Just make sure you keep receipts for taxi or public transport fares and petrol use as evidence to support your case.
In severe cases, you or your loved one may have been left severely injured or disabled by an accident. If this is the case, it’s likely that you’ll need to make a lot of changes to your lifestyle and your home to make it easier to get around. Equipment like stair lifts and wheelchair accessible doors are expensive, so don’t leave this out of your compensation claim.
A claim for housing adaptations can also include higher energy bills and additional home maintenance costs.
Unfortunately, specialist equipment often comes with higher upgrade costs and a need for replacements in the future. Simply purchasing a new electric wheelchair can cost as much as £800, that’s without even considering running costs and the cost of spare parts, replacement batteries and upgrades.
If you calculate the cost that equipment is going to cost you in the future, you can include this when making a claim for an injury that wasn’t your fault.
Private Medical Care
With many medical facilities under strain, if it’s possible for you to get the medical treatment you need quicker at a private medical facility, you can claim back the amount this will cost you. This is reassuring for many people who have been injured through no fault of their own, as it means they can receive the best quality care for their injury without any personal expense.
If you’re injured while out and about, don’t put off seeking the advice and help you’re entitled to.