Claiming Compensation for a Digestive System Injury


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By Crispin Bateman

on Tuesday 20 November 2018


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What is a digestive system injury?

For most people it’s been a long time since GCSE biology! Understanding the digestive system may have been second nature at 15, but in adulthood its usually information that’s gone to be replaced with something more day-to-day.

The digestive system, made up by the organs of the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract), is responsible for taking food and breaking it down in the body to give us the nutrients and energy we need to live. Damage that’s done to any part of this process can therefore be significant and have long-term quality-of-life implications.

If you have suffered from a digestive tract injury that was not your fault, then you are likely to be able to claim for financial compensation to help you through your suffering and to help support you with any changes in your life.

What problems are caused by a GI tract injury?

When the digestive system isn’t working properly, you can experience a range of pain, from a niggling stomach ache that won’t seem to quit, to intense and debilitating stomach pain which leaves you unable to function normally.

Other discernible symptoms that occur from a digestive system issue include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Ulcers
  • Trapped wind
  • Excessive wind
  • Constipation
  • Anal leakage
  • Loss of bowel control
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

While some of these issues can be medicated and resolved, many could remain as permanent or recurring problems that affect future quality-of-life.

What about gastrointestinal diseases?

Many digestion-related diseases can be temporary, but whether you suffer from a short-term or more live-changing disease because of an incident which was not your fault, there may be a case to make a compensation claim.

The relevant stomach disease list includes:

  • Gastroenteritis
  • Peptic ulcers
  • GI bleeding
  • Hernia
  • Cancer

If you have contracted a stomach related disease as a consequence of your work, from a lack of adequate protection when dealing with chemicals, or even high levels of pressure then you may be entitled to make a claim for workplace injury compensation.

As it can be very difficult to prove the connection between the gastrointestinal disease causes and any workplace-related accident or long-term chemical exposure, it is important that you keep records of any medical diagnoses, and details regarding the incident(s) and resulting symptoms.

What situations can cause a stomach-related problem?

Factors which cause stomach, related organ, and large intestine problems can vary wildly, from exposure to foreign chemicals or bacteria to a more direct assault.

Incidents which can be brought to a compensation claim include:

  • Penetrating wounds – this may be from a slip or fall at work, or in a public place where the owner has a duty of care to maintain health and safety. Penetrating wounds could also occur due to an attack, such as knife-related assault.
  • Car accident – damage to internal organs is unfortunately high following a serious car accident. Collisions which lead to blunt trauma can cause significant internal damage to the GI tract, and a car accident can also be the cause of a penetrating trauma.
  • Seatbelt pressure – excessively long periods of driving can cause discomfort and, over time, lead to issues with the digestive system. Seatbelt pressure is a known cause for GI tract related disorders, whether from a long-term build up or sudden trauma due to an accident or near-miss.
  • Food poisoning – restaurants and other food providers have a legal duty of care to provide food that is adequately cooked and prepared in a clean environment. Bacteria from poorly prepared food can result in GI tract issues, from a simple night of discomfort to a long-term related illness. Whatever the size of the resulting symptoms, a claim for compensation is valid in many food poisoning incidents.
  • Ingesting chemicals – the direct exposure to harmful chemicals through being eaten can cause significant problems for the digestive system. If you have been exposed to chemicals in this way, through mislabelling, cross-contamination or even a violent assault, you are entitled to relevant compensation.
  • Long term exposure to chemicals – a frequent and long-term exposure to harmful chemicals is often as harmful as a sudden ingestion. Harmful substances in the workplace can often find their way into the digestive system from the hands and a long-term continuous ingestion of even miniscule levels of a poisonous chemical can cause significant damage.

How long after the problem started can I claim?

Compensation claims have a statute of limitation of three-years following the identification of the resultant problem. This means you have three-years to begin your claim from the moment you knew that something was wrong (usually, but not always, defined as the date of the first medical diagnosis).

If you are in the positioning of having time running out, called Accident Line Direct today to begin the procedure of making a compensation claim for your stomach-related injury immediately.

How much will I get as a compensation award?

Compensation awards for stomach-related problems vary greatly, based on the exact condition, the amount of pain and suffering that has been endured and more. Guidelines exist for stomach injury compensation claims in the UK and maximum values are detailed in this chart:

Severity Compensation
Illness/Damage Resulting from Non-traumatic Injury, e.g. Food Poisoning£730 to £41,860
Damage Resulting from Traumatic Injury£34,280 to £49,350

Remember, your claim is always strengthened by evidence – keep records of everything, from a diary describing pain levels and other symptoms, to receipts for hospital parking.

How do I make a claim for compensation for my stomach injury?

If you believe you have grounds to make a compensation claim for your stomach condition, from sure problems as your large intestine not absorbing water, to a complex peptidase compensation issue, Accident Line Direct are here to help you get the highest award possible.

We believe that everyone has the right to professional legal representation when putting in a compensation claim and so we work on a No Win No Fee basis – there’s no upfront costs, no hidden agenda, and nothing to pay if your claim doesn’t win. We earn our money by taking a small percentage of the final compensation award, so when you win, so do we. It encourages us to do the best job possible and puts you at zero financial risk.

What about the people I claim against? Will I put them out of business?

Many potential claimants worry that by making a claim they are being disloyal to a good employer or putting someone’s business at risk – we can assure that it isn’t the case. All businesses will have indemnity insurance that is there to cover any compensation claims and that insurance will cover their legal fees as well as any award made to you. Many businesses actively support their employees making a claim – after all, they are your friends and colleagues too and want to see the best for your future. The worst you do to the business is raise their subject annual insurance premiums.

Why should I choose Accident Line Direct?

With specialists who have dealt with many previous stomach injury compensation claims, we will provide you with help and support throughout the process and the greatest chance of winning any final award. Our advisors are understanding, and our solicitors represent the best in the business.

If you have a stomach injury or have been victim to any of the issues in this article, give us a call today – and if you are thankfully free of any such worries then please share this article to help any friends or colleagues who are suffering in silence.

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