Injury to feelings
Personal injuries are not always physical, like a broken leg or a stubbed toe. People have made claims in the past for emotional injuries in situations where they have been discriminated against or bullied in the workplace. Therefore, if your boss is going beyond just being a bit coercive and you are genuinely traumatised or depressed by his or her actions, you may be able to make a claim for injured feelings.
The main stumbling point with injuries to feelings or any other emotional -or mental injury for that matter- is that they are much harder to prove than physical injuries. Therefore, you probably aren’t going to get away with making a claim against your boss just because you had a minor disagreement about something and you were a bit upset at the time.
Make sure you do your upmost to prove that you have valid grounds to make a claim for injury to feelings. If you are depressed, go and see your doctor and get a proper diagnosis before you start thinking about making a claim. Once you have done this you are well within your writes to talk to a personal injury solicitor and gain their opinion on your situation.
How much compensation for injury to feelings
As with all personal injury cases, the amount of compensation that someone could be entitled to will vary greatly according to the claimant’s circumstances. How badly has the injury impacted your life? What financial losses have you incurred? These are just some of the questions that need to be answered when formulating a compensation amount. Your solicitor will be able to sit down with you and calculate an appropriate compensation amount that they think you are entitled to.
In the meantime, here are some average compensation amounts for injuries to feelings:
- Less serious cases, such as where the act that caused the injury was an isolated or one off occurrence – up to £6000.
- Serious cases, but not serious enough to be awarded the highest band – up to £18,000
- Most serious cases, usually where the act has taken place over long periods of time and has had a huge impact on the injured party’s life – up to £30,000
Now that you have a better idea about making a claim for injuries to feelings, if you would like to take that next step and speak with a personal injury solicitor there are a number featured on this site that should be able to help.
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