Bladder injury claims can help relieve tension

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By Oliviah Rix-Taylor

on Tuesday 18 September 2018

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Bladder Compensation Claims

Suffering from a bladder injury can be debilitating. If you have suffered a bladder injury due to an accident in the workplace, car accident or medical negligence, then you are likely to deserve compensation.

It isn’t just accidents that can cause a bladder injury either – the NHS estimates that 10% of women are likely to suffer a bladder prolapse by the time they are 80, resulting in surgery to fix the problem and potential lifetime issues such as stress incontinence, urinary problems, pain during sex or general back pain.

Bladder prolapses can occur due to medical negligence – especially during childbirth, or can come about due to an accident at work. In these cases, you may be entitled to compensation to help you to maintain a normal life despite your bladder difficulty.

Should you be suffering from a bladder injury, or long-term disability due to a bladder injury, you may be entitled to a substantial pay out.

Can You Claim for Bladder Injury?

To be entitled to compensation, your accident must have occurred during the previous three years and not be your fault.

In any circumstance where a third party had legal duty of care and failed to uphold that duty, you will be able to make a claim. Duty of care occurs in many places – for example, an employer has duty of care to you while you are in the workplace, and the owners of a venue have duty of care while you are enjoying an event on their premises.

The accident must also have been directly responsible for the bladder injury.

Understanding Bladder Injury

There are commonly three types of bladder injury:

  • Blunt trauma bladder injury – this may occur due to a fall, or impact with a fast-moving object, such as a car.

  • Penetrating bladder wound – this happens if you have been stabbed as the result of an accident, perhaps by machinery.

  • Perforation bladder injury – this type of injury usually occurs when a mistake is made during surgery and forms the basis for a medical negligence claim.

You may also be able to make a claim for a bladder disease if this was contracted due to negligence, either in a work environment or in a hospital or other public location.

Bladder prolapse

While not life-threatening, a bladder prolapse can be a significant burden in later life, leading to a number of bladder-related issues including incontinence and levels of chronic pain.

Bladder prolapses are more usually seen in women than men, partly because it can occur as a result of complications in childbirth.

While naturally-occurring prolapsed bladders are not legitimate causes for compensation (as there is no third party at fault), if you have suffered a prolapsed bladder as a consequence of medical negligence, whether in childbirth or at any other time, then you may well be entitled to a substantial payout.

Bladder Injury Compensation Payouts in the UK

The range of bladder injury payout is wide and will depend on many factors to do with the severity of pain and suffering you have endured, as well as factoring the length of time for recovery and ongoing effects.

The Judicial College have a set of guidelines which are usually adhered to in cases of bladder related compensation. They are just guidelines however, and extreme individual circumstances can lead to higher levels of compensation:

Severity Compensation
Where there has been almost a complete recovery but some fairly long-term interference with natural function£18,660 to £24,950
Serious impairment of control with some pain and incontinence£51,000 to £63,720
Complete loss of function and controlUp to £112,100
In cases involving double incontinence namely total loss of natural bowel function and complete loss of urinary function and controlUp to £146,840

Proving Liability

Your claim relies strongly on determining liability, or fault, for the accident.

In the workplace, your employer has a duty of care to ensure that the work environment follows all health and safety guidelines. This includes making sure that adequate training is given for all equipment and machinery and that the environment is clean, well-lit and has appropriate safety procedures in place.

If you suffer a bladder injury from work and can prove that the accident came about due to a failure by your employer to properly ensure your safety, then they are liable and will be expected to pay you compensation.

In a medical environment, the doctors and medical team are responsible for your wellbeing. If a mistake is made during surgery or at any other time, then you should be able to claim under medical negligence.

Medical negligence is difficult to prove – consultant experts in the field will be called upon to analyse and assess the situation to prove (or disprove) liability.

Other accidents, such as a car crash, may have a third party as being liable – for example, the driver who caused the accident. In these cases, a claim will be brought against them.

In all cases of making a compensation claim, it is important to be able to provide as much evidence as possible. Any documentation that you have that supports your claim (including any medical records and documents) should be provided to the solicitor, and you should take care to hold on to any future documentation for this reason. If you are the victim of an accident in the future, it is always wise to take photographic evidence of the scene in case a claim is needed.

Remember – you are entitled to the compensation amount. Many people feel guilty making a claim, especially if it is against a former or current employer. Rest assured that in most cases, the payout for compensation comes from an insurance company who are providing cover to the company in questions – just as a claim in a car accident is paid for by the car insurance company. Business insurance should be in place and will protect the owners and employees of that business from any direct effect of your claiming what is rightfully due. The worst they will suffer is an increase in insurance premiums!

How to Claim for Bladder Injury Compensation

Once you contact Accident Line Direct, we will assess your case and pass it on to one of our top solicitors. We always make sure your claim is handled by the most appropriate and experienced team possible – for example, we ensure that medical negligence claims are handled by those with experience of dealing with medical negligence.

At Accident Line Direct, we believe that everyone should be able to claim compensation for an injury that was not their fault. To that end, we work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning you are not charged anything except a small percentage commission when you win your compensation claim. There are no hidden fees or bills to be paid through the process, so you can progress with your claim with the full confidence that it isn’t costing you a penny.

We will be with you for every step of your journey, dealing with the complicated legal process while you concentrate on your recovery and working our finest to ensure that you are provided the compensation that you deserve.

No matter what your questions regarding claiming compensation for a bladder injury, our specialise advisors here at Accident Line Direct are available to help you. Give us a call today or fill in our contact form to have one of our advisors call you back at a time convenient to you.

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