I hurt my fingers in a factory accident, but did not think it was worth my while to claim compensation at the time. However, I cannot drive because of my injury and am taking taxis to and from work which are costing a fortune. Can I recover my taxi fares in a claim for hurt fingers in a factory accident?
It is a shame that you did not think it worth your while to make a compensation claim for hurt fingers in a factory accident at the time your injury was sustained, as it would have been easier to collect evidence of negligence in support of your claim and your taxi expenses would have been included in the settlement you received of compensation for hurt fingers in a factory accident.
Nonetheless, provided that your injury was sustained within the last three years, it should still be possible to make a claim for hurt fingers in a factory accident which will allow you to recover the taxi fares you have incurred plus any other expenses attributable to your injury.
You should also still be entitled to claim compensation for hurt fingers in a factory accident for the physical pain you experienced at the time of the accident and your “loss of amenity” that the injury to your fingers resulted in – for example, the lack of ability to perform everyday tasks that you would use your hands for, the loss of enjoyment from being unable to participate in leisure and social pursuits and, of course, driving.
However, may encounter obstacles to a claim for hurt fingers in a factory accident if you contributed to the cause of your accident by your own negligence or failed to seek immediate professional medical attention which resulted in your injury being worse than it should have been. This “contributory negligence” will not disqualify you from claiming compensation for hurt fingers at work, but may reduce how much compensation for hurt fingers in a factory accident you receive.
Regardless of whether you believe that you contributed to the severity and extent of your injury or not, it would be in your best interests to speak with a factory accidents solicitor and inform him or her of the procedures you completed at the time of your accident and what impact your injury has had on your quality of life.
The solicitor will advise you what else if required before a claim for hurt fingers at worked can be made and tell you to keep any future receipts from you taxi fares. Although you may have already discarded some, it will still be possible to calculate how much you have spent on travelling to and from work since your accident and incorporate the cost into a claim for hurt fingers in a factory accident.