What do you mean by serious injury?

I’ve had a serious injury.

You may have heard a family member say it. A colleague. A friend. You’ve probably heard it on a TV ad at some point even. You may have even said it yourself. But when someone says “serious injury” what does that actually mean? Isn’t every injury, in some way, serious to the person that is suffering?

No injury is easy to deal with – whether minor or serious. They can cause hiccups in everyday life and serious effects on your mood and psychological state. But when you have endured a particularly serious injury, it can cause many life-changing and life-threatening implications – sometimes even requiring legal intervention if it has been caused by another person and rehabilitation and long term care is expected. Sometimes, an accident victim’s determination to soldier on masks problems which they are continuing to endure, but which need to be recognised.

When it comes to the law, it’s important to instruct a solicitor who understands the many ways an injury can affect the victims life and cause them loss – some of which may not be obvious. Only then can your situation be presented clearly in a way that illustrates that the injury has had serious affects on your life and merits substantial compensation. Read on to find out more about what serious injury is and how we could help:


How is a serious injury defined?

While there is no exact definition of what a serious injury is, typically some of the following factors will be present:

• An injury that causes an individual to be kept as an in-patient for an extended period of time – that may have required surgery too.
• An injury that will cause long lasting (or permanent) pain and discomfort for the person.
• An injury that will have an impact on the person’s current ability to work and even the potential to cause future limitations at work.
• An injury which may changes their level of independence and well-being (either temporarily or permanently).
• An injury that has caused death even if not immediately after the initial accident.


What are the most common types of serious injury?

All injuries can have serious consequences depending on the individual circumstances of the person who suffers them. A small facial scar might be a minor matter to a construction worker but could be career ending to a fashion model.

Serious injuries can be physical or psychological. Occasionally, what initially seems to be a minor injury can become very serious (for example where there have been complications from the medical treatment).

The following is a list of the examples of serious injuries

• Brain Injuries
• Spinal Cord Injuries (complete and incomplete)
• Amputations
• Orthopaedic Injuries to ligaments, joints, bones, tendons, nerves and muscles where recovery is slow or incomplete.
• Blindness and other sensory loss
• Severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Severe burns and scalding
• Chronic pain conditions
• Internal injuries
• Extensive scarring


What are the most common causes of serious injury?

While serious injuries can be caused by a variety of things, there are few common instances that our serious injury solicitors see most often:

• Road traffic accidents (including dangerous driving)
• Clinical negligence
• Accidents in public places
• Accidents in work


What usually are the impacts of a serious injury?

Some serious injuries may eventually recover fully – especially where there has been excellent rehabilitation, which a good lawyer can often help arrange. For the less fortunate, injuries can be devastating and catastrophically change someone’s life forever.

When a serious injury is life-threatening, it may require the injured person to be admitted to a hospital for long periods of time, and maybe on more than one occasion. They may also have to be moved to a particularly specialised hospital to ensure care is given for their specific injuries.

If and when a person leaves hospital, their serious injuries may require long-term treatment and rehabilitation to improve their quality of life and changes in their physical ability. Their injuries may mean they are unable to continue in their previous job. They might even have to give up work completely.

Serious injury can also affect a person’s mental health. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can be a common after-effect of serious accidents, and many people seek psychiatric treatment to help face changes to work, home life, childcare and personal care, for long periods of time. The trauma of an accident is also enough to force a person to seek psychiatric support. You can read more on PTSD after a serious accident, here.

As everyday life changes after a serious injury, so do everyday tasks. Many activities that once required no help may need to be done by someone else completely. Adaptations to a person’s home may need to be made, and support for family who may have had to become carers will need to be provided.


All of these impacts are daunting and may require thousands of pounds worth of resources, equipment and advice. The silver lining though? We could help.

At Birchall Blackburn Law, we will under “no obligation” give you free initial legal advice on whether you may have grounds for a compensation claim after an injury. If it’s found that you do have a serious injury that can be compensated, we will endeavour to offer you our skills, guidance and experience to gain what you are entitled to on a “no win no fee basis” so there is no financial risk to you whatsoever.

With over 100 years of combined experience in serious and catastrophic law, our special serious injury solicitors are just a phone call away. You can reach them on 0800 988 1548, or feel free to take a look at more information here.


Remember, every injury is subjective and has its own specific characteristics. For you to be fully satisfied that your injury is classified as serious enough for compensation, you should always consult a specialist serious injury solicitor. We recommend that you always instruct a solicitor who is a member of The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, known as “APIL”.