Multiple Injury Claim

Road traffic accidents can lead to a combination of injuries, particularly where you hit road furniture (signposts, barriers) as well as other vehicles. This can lead to a number of separate impacts involving injuries to different parts of your body meaning a multiple injury claim could apply.

How much?

These are the hardest cases to put a value on. The global picture of the injuries has to be assessed with a view to accurately assessing the value. This is where experience comes in.

The Judicial Studies Board Guidelines deal with single injuries, as opposed to the whole. At the same time there are only limited reported cases, setting a benchmark, which rarely match the injuries you have sustained.

As an example of how difficult this area is, consider the situation where you have suffered fractures to your thigh and lower leg. Arguably the level of pain you have suffered is the same, despite the fact that you have more than 1 fracture. You cannot walk, so the impact on your quality of life is the same. Does this mean that you should only receive the same award as someone with only 1 fracture? That would clearly be wrong. Now consider what the position would be if the fractures were to different legs. The pain may be the same, but the impact on quality of life is completely different. You will hopefully see from this why it is important to have an experienced solicitor acting for you.

Most insurance companies nowadays use a computer system called Colossus to calculate the value of injuries. This is also used by insurer appointed solicitors. This de-personalises the assessment of the value of injuries and was rejected by the Courts Service. We regularly take cases to court where an insurance company is relying on a computer valuation of the claim and have never failed to beat this. However, we regularly take over cases from other solicitors where they have recommended acceptance of just such an offer.

Conclusion

You need an experienced solicitor to help you with a claim for multiple trauma. If you wish to discuss your case then please call us for a free no-obligation discussion on 01296 662770.

If you need our help,  either e-mail us anytime, or call 01935 823883.