Internal organ injury compensation claims
In the following article we explain everything you must know about making an internal organ injury compensation claim.
Compensation claims for injuries internal organ can arise from a variety of situations, from road traffic accidents to accidents in the workplace and criminal acts. Although more commonly the result of blunt trauma, injuries to internal organs can also occur as the result of surgical error.
When assessing compensation awards, the Courts recognise that damage to one or more internal organs can lead to significant pain and suffering. In many cases, the injury also requires a lengthy recovery period, which will also be factored into an award.
If you have suffered an internal organ injury 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.
Some internal organ injuries are easily diagnosed, for example where penetration has occurred or where symptoms are obvious. In other instances, a delay in diagnosis can occur as the injuries are not always immediately apparent. This can lead to a deferral in treatment and further complications, such as major blood loss, infection or organ failure.
A prompt and correct diagnosis is an important step not only for recovery, but also when pursuing a claim. Medical reports and expert opinion can provide vital evidence, including detailing the cause of the injury.
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Many injuries to internal organs are sustained in the workplace. Workers in certain industries, such as construction and manufacturing, are particularly at risk. Classified as 'major incidents' by RIDDOR, examples of injuries that result in organ damage include, crush injuries caused by forklifts and similar vehicles and blunt trauma injuries sustained through falls or after being struck by a moving object.
Road traffic accidents
Road traffic accidents are another major cause of internal organ injuries. They can affect drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike. Examples include receiving blunt trauma from a seatbelt or steering wheel on impact, being crushed by a car or motorbike or receiving a deep puncture wound from sharp material such as glass or metal.
Surgical negligence (iatrogenic injuries)
Whenever a person undergoes a surgical procedure, there is always a possibility of damage to the organ being operated on or an adjacent organ. For example, a hysterectomy could result in perforation of the bowel, kidney surgery could result in damage to the liver or a slip of the knife could cause an unwelcome incision in the heart.
Claims for criminal injury
A claim for criminal injury compensation can be made even in the event that the identity of the assailant is unknown.
Claims of this kind are made through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Your solicitor will be able to assist with claims made to CICA.
Although injuries can affect any of the internal organs, some are more commonly seen in compensation claims. These include:
- Ruptured spleen caused by abdominal trauma
- Liver, kidney or bowel damage caused by abdominal trauma
- Perforation of the bowel during surgery
- Punctured lung caused by broken ribs
- Heart or brain injury as a result of a ruptured aorta
- Hernia as a result of surgery
No Win, No Fee agreements, also called Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs), are the start of a claim.
Your Conditional Fee Agreement defines the contract between the solicitor and you. The agreement details the work provided by the lawyer and a "success fee". The "success fee" will be the amount to be deducted from the damages after the claim is successful.
There are absolutely no hidden fees when using a Quittance personal injury solicitor. You can focus on your rest and recovery, with the knowledge that there will be absolutely nothing to pay at the outset.
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.
Accidents at work - Claims against your employer
Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.
Find out if you can claim internal organ injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims
*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report
Road traffic accident claims
Every year almost 200,000* people are injured on Britain's roads. If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, you can claim compensation.
Find out more about claiming internal organ injury compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims
*Source: Official Department of Transport statistics (gov.uk)
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With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.
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