How much compensation can I expect if I make a claim for nerve damage in accident against my employer?
It is impossible to indicate the amount of compensation for a claim for nerve damage in accident you may qualify for without knowing the full facts of your case. Each claim is unique – even when the injury sustained is the same – and should be evaluated based on their own individual merits. In Ireland, it is necessary for most personal injury claims to be assessed by the Injuries Board who will make their calculations based on the information you provide them with on your application form and the independent medical examination you underwent.
To calculate the value of your compensation, the Injuries Board Ireland will refer to the Book of Quantum -which is a publication that lists a variety of personal injuries and assigns to then a financial value. That value is then adjusted to account for your age, sex and general state of health prior to your injury.
However, compensation for your pain and suffering is not the only element that can be incorporated in an accident nerve damage claim. It is possible to be recompensed for any quantifiable emotional trauma you have suffered that can be attributed to your injury. Additionally, you may be entitled to claim nerve damage injury in accident compensation for the effect the injury has had on your quality of life.
If you are unable to complete everyday tasks or if you can no longer participate in social or leisure activities you enjoyed prior to your injury, this “loss of amenity” is an important factor in your claim for nerve damage in accident. Due to the nature of certain nerve damage injuries, loss of amenity can represent a significant portion of your claim and you would be well advised to maintain a diary to take note of when your injury disrupts your quality of life.
You may also qualify for the reimbursement of any financial expenses you have incurred that are directly related to the injury you sustained, such as medical costs, alternative transport fares if you can no longer drive or any loss in earnings; although in order to add this element to your accident nerve damage claim, you must include any relevant receipts or invoices in your application for assessment to the Injuries Board Ireland.
You should be aware that both the online and hard copy versions of the Injuries Board Application Form A provides little room for you to expand on how your injury has affected your day to day life, or your emotional well-being, and without knowing these facts the Injuries Board will base their nerve damage injury in accident compensation assessment solely on the medical facts you have supplied them with.
For a preliminary indication of the amount of compensation you may receive for your claim for nerve damage in accident, it is recommended that you speak with a personal injury claims solicitor at the first practical opportunity. Once the circumstances of your injury and its consequences have been discussed, your solicitor will be able to assist with your application for assessment to the Injuries Board, ensuring that every aspect of your claim is fairly and sufficiently communicated.