How much compensation for injury from tripping over cable in office can I claim? I fell over a cable and hit my head against a desk, resulting in severe head injuries. I expect to miss work for at least nine months, and I have been offered compensation of £7000. Is this fair?
The amount of compensation for injury from tripping over cable in office to which you may be entitled will depend on various factors — not least the identity of the liable party. If your employer has accepted full responsibility for your accident this should not affect your entitlement to compensation. However if you are deemed to have caused your accident or contributed to the extent of your injuries in any way, the amount of contribution to which you are entitled can be reduced.
In your scenario — assuming that your employer has accepted full responsibility for your injuries — £7000 appears to be a rather low amount of compensation. This may be a result of the insurance company, aware of their client’s liability, attempting to save on money. Before you accept any such offer you are advised to consult a personal injury solicitor who can determine the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled. Your compensation will be determined according to the following factors:-
Your compensation for injury from tripping over cable in office will begin with general damages, which will be given in accordance with the nature of the injury, its severity and the lasting impact it is likely to have. It will also be adjusted to take into account your age, gender and general state of health — so a 20 year old healthy female will be entitled to more compensation than an obese 70 year old man — even if the injury is identical.
Special damages will compensate for any expenses you have incurred because of your accident such as medical costs, alternative transport and the cost of refitting your home if a wheelchair is required. Income that you have lost as a result of being unable to work can also be compensated.
Loss of amenity will be a notable factor in your compensation for injury from tripping over cable in office, providing damages for any decline you have suffered in your quality of life. This can include the inability to perform household tasks, pursue leisure activities or partake in social events.
Finally you may be entitled to claim for psychological damage you have sustained either due to your accident or while in the recovery process. This must first be verified by a qualified psychiatrist before you are eligible to claim.
With these factors in mind, your compensation of £7000 may be legitimate — particularly if contributory negligence is a factor — or it may be a case of being undercompensated. Either way you are advised to consult a personal injury solicitor at the earliest opportunity, who can advise on whether the compensation is accurate or, if not, negotiate a fairer sum on your behalf.