Digestive system problem compensation claims
In the following guide we set out what you need to know about making a digestive system problem compensation claim.
The digestive system is an immensely complex internal system within the body that transforms the food we eat into energy. It involves four main stages: Ingestion, mechanical and chemical digestion, absorption and egestion.
Most of the body's internal organs are involved in the digestion process, and as such if they are injured the digestive system can be upset. If you have digestive system problems as a result of an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.
If you have suffered a digestive system problem in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.
Healthy digestion is an important part of living a healthy life. Many factors can cause damage to the digestive system. Some common injuries that can cause damage to the digestive system include:
- Stab wounds (see: Criminal Claims)
- Industrial lacerations
- Seat belt pressure
- Ingesting chemicals
- Car accidents causing damage to internal organs
- Food poisoning
Injured internal organs can damage the digestive system, leading to further medical complications. This could include Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), gastroenteritis, difficulty digesting some food types, and extreme sensitivity or allergies to some food groups, as well as a number of other problems like kidney or liver failure.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
In order to make a compensation claim, a third party must be responsible for the injured digestive system. A claim of negligence will be made against the third party for failing in their duty of care. A third party might be:
If the injury was sustained in a fight or in a car accident that was not your fault.
This could be a hotel company for example if the injury happened on holiday, or the manufacturer of a food item if this caused the injury to the digestive system.
If the injury happened at work the employer may be found responsible. This would be employer negligence.
Depending on the severity of the digestive system problem, compensation can be claimed for the following:
- Pain and suffering caused as a result of the injury
- Impact on lifestyle and quality of life
- Long-term health impact
- Income lost as a result of incapacitation
- Psychological damage as a result of injury
- Any medical costs incurred.
Some people will be affected by digestive system problems for the rest of their lives. This will impact on their quality of life and may result in further illness. Compensation can go some way to help alleviate suffering and discomfort.
A No Win, No Fee agreement, also known as a CFA or "Conditional Fee Agreement", forms a crucial component of a injury claim.
The agreement details the work your case handler will deliver and a percentage success fee that will be taken from your award after the case is won.
You have no hidden costs when working with a Quittance solicitor. You can focus on your rest and recovery, with the knowledge that there is nothing whatsoever to pay up front and you will never be out of pocket.
The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our personal injury compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.
The nationwide panel of QLS solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims, from more minor injury cases to life-changing injuries. Chosen for their winning track record, Quittance's panel solicitors have years of dedicated experience.
About the author
Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.
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