I was recently injured after I tripped over a poorly-placed manhole cover – how much compensation am I entitled to for a manhole cover injury claim?
The amount of compensation you may be awarded for a manhole cover injury claim will depend entirely upon the circumstances surrounding your accident and injury. No two claims are exactly alike, and neither are any two compensation amounts for a manhole cover accident. Even if the injury from a manhole cover is identical to that of another claim, the compensation which is awarded considers various factors rather than solely the injury itself. For this reason, you are advised to consult a personal injury solicitor following an accident to determine how much compensation for a manhole cover injury you may be entitled to claim, which may include the following elements:-
- Your manhole cover injury claim will begin with General Damages for the injuries you have sustained, their severity and the manner in which they are likely to affect you in the long-term. This figure for your injury from a manhole cover will then be adjusted to consider your age, gender and general state of health prior to your accident – which means a young healthy woman will be entitled to more compensation than an elderly male smoker, even for an identical injury.
- Your compensation for a manhole cover injury will then consider Special Damages, the aim of which is to return your finances to as though your injury never occurred. This is done by providing compensation for expenses incurred since your manhole cover accident – such as medical costs, the price of alternative transport if unable to drive and in extreme circumstances the cost of refitting your home, as well as compensation for lost income since your accident occurred.
- Loss of amenity will also be included in your manhole cover injury claim, considering the deterioration you have suffered in your quality of life since your accident occurred. Say – for instance – your injury from a manhole cover has prevented you from performing everyday tasks, this may be factored into your compensation along with compensation for being unable to pursue social or leisure activities due to your accident.
- If you have suffered psychological damage due to your injury, this may also be factored into your compensation for a manhole cover injury provided it can be verified by a qualified psychiatrist. This could have been sustained due to the nature of your manhole cover accident or due to stress and anxiety while in recovery.
You should also be wary of any potential offer of compensation for a manhole cover injury which could be made by the insurance company of the negligent party. While this may seem like a welcome development in your manhole cover accident claim, it is possible that the insurance company is attempting to quickly resolve your claim for a far lower sum than you are entitled to. For this reason, you may end up accepting an offer which is insufficient to pay for your medical treatment for your injury from a manhole cover or to provide for your family, which cannot be renegotiated. For this reason, you are advised to consult a personal injury solicitor at the earliest opportunity – particularly if you receive such an offer – to ensure your manhole cover injury claim is resolved fairly and to satisfaction.