Valuing multiple injury claims

In cases where a horse rider has sustained multiple injuries such as several broken bones, psychological

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Multiple injury claims are more complicated to value that cases involving just one injury. This is because the compensation awarded for the injury element of a claim comprises of damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity. The pain element is often shared across various injuries and not actually greater than the pain experienced from just one injury.

The loss of amenity could vary dramatically. For example if you have one arm broken then you can still carry out many tasks but if both arms are broken you will be unable to do anything and will be reliant on others. This will clearly add to the care claim also and would be accounted for in the financial schedule of loss.

When valuing multiple injury claims the key is experience as such valuations are an art rather than a science. It is vital that you are able to justify the valuation to the court. There was a case a couple of years ago where a Claimant successfully appealed her award of compensation for multiple injuries resulting in an increase of 25%. This illustrates the importance of obtaining expert legal and medical advice on the correct level of compensation.

If you have been injured in a riding accident that was not your fault call HorseSolicitor on 01446 794196.

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