UK solicitor sets out how long you have to claim for a coal face injury including how to calculate your compensation settlement for severe injuries including an amputated arm, multiple fractures to arm and leg, lacerations and psychological injury
Scottish coal worker accident victim question
I worked for a Scottish coal company in a number of different coal mines in Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Fife.
A few years ago in a mine in Ayrshire I was asked by my supervisor to go to the coal face and check a hydraulic ram. Another coal worker turned a cutting machine on without checking if the coal face was clear as should always be done.
This led to serious injuries to my right leg and arm before the machine could be turned off. I suffered multiple fractures and broken bones, crushing injuries and deep lacerations.
The injuries were so severe my arm had to be amputated.
It turned out that the new supervisor turned the coal cutter on without checking if face was clear.
How long do I have to claim compensation for my injuries and how much average compensation is my claim likely to be worth?
Industrial injury solicitor response
From the facts you have described it seems as though you would be able to prove legal liability of your employer as it is clearly dangerous to turn a cutter on without checking that the coal face is clear.
Given the nature of your injury – you will generally have three years to commence a claim at court from the date of the accident before it is too late. To eliminate any doubt – you are best speaking to a solicitor to determine the time period and I am happy to speak to you in person simply call me on 0161 8346776.
The amount of compensation you can claim for your injuries will be quite substantial, but will primarily depend on an expert medical report setting out your physical and no doubt psychological symptoms. The effect on your life, any ongoing problems, rehabilitation needs, medical costs and your ability to work into the future should be considered by the medical expert.
Severe injuries such as those you have described – typically have significant psychological symptomology, so it is likely an expert report from a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist will be necessary to describe these effects.
The calculation of the average compensation amounts you can claim will be based on the medical reports for your pain and suffering and loss of amenity (known as general damages) and all the costs and expenses you have and will incur as a result of your injuries (known as special damages), including: lost income, rehabilitation expenses, cost to modify your home, medical expenses, nursing care assistance, travel expenses to hospital and GP, cost of a mobility vehicle, etc.
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