With all the bad publicity about personal injury claims and so-called “ambulance chasing” it can be easy to forget 2 fundamental facts :-
- The vast majority of personal injury claims are valid and create huge pain and suffering for the victims
- Damages under English law are generally low – it is claims for ongoing loss of earnings and care costs that account for the oft publicized few larger claims
With some personal injury claims, the injuries are so catastrophic as to make any damages claim, in practical terms of impact on the life which the injury has caused, almost meaningless.
In one such tragic case reported this week, a young woman was left paralysed from the neck down by an assault in a pub.
The reason this case made the press, other than the horrendous injury caused to this young woman, was firstly due to it being as a result of an assault over literally nothing in a pub, but also as it demonstrates that where injuries are caused by an individual, not in work or on the road, that person is highly unlikely to have insurance. This leaves only the option in the type of cases where the act is criminal (and the position is worse where no criminal assault has taken place) to make a claim against the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, where damages are limited as coming from the public purse, and often wholly inadequate.
Of course in this kind of case, no damages could ever touch upon the catastrophic impact of the injury, but the lady will need constant care 24/7.
According to the team at Floridakeysinjury.com; in the case of this kind of paralysis, the damages are likely to be only $55,000.00 and the assailant is thought to haves no assets.
Even worse is that the assailants have been granted bail over Christmas. Frankly outrageous.