Bruises are fairly easy injuries to come by. Blood vessels, damaged in a physical impact, leak blood into the surrounding tissues and cause a purplish discolouration of the skin. Frequently the bruise swells where the blood collects, and is painful to touch. Many bruises will just disappear as the blood vessels heal and stop leaking, however some can develop into serious health issues, and when your injury has been due to the lack of care by another, you are entitled to make a bruise injury compensation claim.
Whereas many people would ignore a bruise and just put it down to something which will wear off in a day or so, when bruise injuries fail to clear it could be because the blood has not stopped leaking (indicating that the blood vessels are failing to heal) or that calcium is deposited in the area of the bruise. This latter explanation might indicate that the trauma felt in sustaining the injury masked a potentially more serious injury, and you should visit a doctor as soon as possible.
Your doctor will check what is causing the extended period of bruising – which may simply be a side-effect of an existing prescribed medicine – drain the tender area, and prescribe whatever remedies he thinks are suitable. This may include an extended period of rest or time away from the activity which led to the initial injury and, should this “time off” be a factor which causes additional expenses or a loss of earnings, it has to be integrated into a bruise injury compensation claim.
Making a Bruise Injury Compensation Claim
A bruise injury compensation claim is made to the Injuries Board Ireland and should be accompanied by a copy of your medical notes and any other documentation supporting your bruise injury claim. This could be a report of a road traffic accident made by the Gardai, a copy of your employer´s “Accident Report Book” which explains how you sustained your bruising injury or any other report demonstrating who is at fault in your bruise injury compensation claim.
The Injuries Board Ireland will first of all determine that the negligent party named in your bruise injury claim accepts liability for your injuries and then organise an independent medical examination – on which they will base their assessment of your bruise injury compensation claim. Should the negligence party deny their liability for your injuries, or claim that you contributed to them by your own lack of care, the Injuries Board Ireland will decline to assess your bruise injury compensation claim and issue you with an authorisation to pursue your bruise injury claim through the court system.
Litigation may also be required if the Injuries Board Ireland produces an assessment which is beneath the amount of bruise injury compensation that is adequate for your needs. Any bruise injury claim where a child is the injured also needs to be approved in the courts before payment can be made, so there are many reasons why using the services of an experienced personal injury claims solicitor are necessary when making a bruise injury compensation claim.
Free Bruise Injury Claim Advice
If you, or your child, have sustained a bruise injury in an accident for which they were not to blame, you are invited to call our free bruise injury claim advice service on 1800 989 995, and discuss your bruise injury compensation claim with an experienced personal injury claims solicitor. There is no obligation on you to proceed with a bruise injury compensation claim, and all calls to our free bruise injury claim advice service are completely confidential.
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What to Expect When You Call
We have been providing advice for our clients for over twenty years and therefore we understand any apprehension or reservation about speaking with a solicitor. You may not know where to start, so we will ask you to explain to us how you sustained your bruise injury and how it was treated.
We will want to know who you feel is the liable party in your bruise injury compensation claim and why, and also what evidence or witnesses you have to support this. If you have none, it is not important at this stage – the information you provide will enable us to build up the strongest possible case on your behalf in less time.
Other things we would like to know include how the bruise injury has affected your quality of life and if it has caused you to take unpaid leave from work. You are welcome to ask as many legal questions as you wish about your entitlement to bruise injury compensation, and we will answer them for you in plain English.
Wherever possible, we will establish that you have a bruise injury compensation claim which is worth your while to pursue, advice you of the procedures – and length of time they will take – and also give you an indication of how much bruising injury compensation we would expect you to receive.
Before the conclusion of each initial call, we will summarise the key points in our discussion, ensure that you have understood our answers to your questions and provide you with a selection of suggestions for you to consider based on your personal circumstances.
You are under no obligation to act on any of our advice, and may feel it is better to discuss it with family and friends before proceeding with a bruise injury compensation claim. If these discussions raise more questions, you are more than welcome to call our free bruise injury claim advice service again.
However, you should not delay in contacting us on 1800 989 995. Claims for bruise injury compensation are only valid for a limited time until they become time-barred by the Statute of Limitations, and some cases – especially where liability is an issue – may take time to prepare comprehensively.
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