Our team of specialist personal injury lawyers have years of experience helping individuals and families with claims for accidents that weren’t their doing.
Sustaining an injury can be stressful and the thought of going through a personal injury claim may feel difficult at first, but our personal injury lawyers will do everything they can to make bringing an accident injury claim as easy as possible for you.
Accidents can cause loss of income, or the need for you to alter your routine to fit around rehabilitation, or even the need for special equipment in your home. We understand how accidents can impact the lives of victims and their family members, and have helped many individuals claim compensation and make adjustments to their home to help make life a little easier.
No win, no fee personal injury legal advice
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to bring a personal injury (PI) compensation claim. Call our accident injury solicitors today on 0808 164 0808.
Personal injury claims for compensation consist of two elements; general damages and special damages.
What are general damages with personal injury?
General damages are paid to compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity suffered as a result of your accident.
The level of damages is decided either via negotiation through the claims process, or as a result of a Court decision. The level of damages is calculated upon the severity of your injuries and your long-term recovery prognosis.
What are special damages with personal injury?
Special damages are based upon the level of financial loss you have incurred as a result of an accident. They can include expenses such as:
- loss of earnings
- medical and rehabilitation treatment
- travelling expenses
- vehicle repairs
- damage to clothing or other personal items
- home adaptations
Types of personal injury claims
Our personal injury lawyers deal with many types of personal injury compensation claims, including:
- serious or catastrophic injury
- road traffic accident (RTA)
- pedestrian compensation claims
- cyclist compensation claims
- motorcyclist compensation claims
- compensation for accidents that have occurred abroad
- animal bites and animal attacks
- non-surgical and Botox cosmetic treatment
- group compensation claims
- falls, slipping and tripping accidents
- carbon monoxide poisoning
- accidents in public spaces
- occupier’s liability accidents
It is important to note that there are strict time limits within which to begin legal action for personal injury. Generally, you have three years from the date of accident to bring a claim; although there are a few exceptions, which our legal team will be able to advise you upon.
Our personal injury solicitors provide other services in addition to recovery of compensation. We also assist with:
- accident investigation
- home adaptations
- interim payments to ease hardship
- professional negligence of insurers or legal advisors
- public enquiries
- private client services such as:
- rehabilitation and care support
- replacement vehicles
If you require further advice and guidance relating to personal injury compensation, don’t hesitate to get in touch . Or you can call us on 0808 164 0808 or request a call back, and one of our injury law lawyers will call you.
Personal Injury Compensation FAQs
Below we have included some of the most common personal injury FAQs. Have a read through, and if you still require further support simply give our accident injury lawyers a call.
Yes there is. For most personal injury claims, the claim has to be made within three years from the date of the accident. If the claim arises from something that has happened over a period of time such as a repetitive strain injury caused by the type of work carried out during employment, then the three year period starts from the date of knowledge.
The relevant date would be the date when the individual realises that the type of work has caused the injury. If your personal injury compensation claim arises from an accident on an aeroplane or a cruise ship, then you have a period of two years from the date of the accident in which to make the claim. A minor (child under the age of 18) has until their twenty-first birthday to pursue a claim for an injury caused.
These timescales are known as the limitation period. If settlement has not been achieved within limitation, then Court proceedings will need to be issued to keep the claim open.
There is usually an Inquest to deal with a cause of death, which has no impact on the personal injury claim. Inquests are not permitted to determine blame and the conclusion (verdict) will not identify someone as having criminal or civil liability.
For many inquests, it will not be necessary for us to attend but if we feel that it is necessary then we will be there.
Not at all. We have clients who live all over the country and the majority of our communication occurs via the telephone, email, written correspondence or video chat, via Skype, Zoom or other software.
You have the right to change your legal advisor if you are unhappy with their services, and if you find another lawyer willing to take on your case.
You can change solicitors at any time but it is important that you act quickly if you do want to change.
You have the freedom to choose who acts on your behalf. If you are unhappy with the service you are receiving from your solicitor or you feel as though they are not listening to you, you may want to consider changing straight away before any damage is done to your claim.
Contact us to discuss this further, so we can talk you through your options.
Yes of course, although most communication with clients today is via email, telephone or Skype and very few face to face meetings take place any more.
Only in exceptional circumstances will we visit you in hospital.
This is because we simply want you to focus on getting well – you can deal with the legal side of things when you are out of hospital and feeling better.
We do try to keep the paperwork to a minimum and, where possible, we will complete all forms for you and all you will need to do is read them and sign, date and return them. We will also send you a prepaid envelope so that returning the documentation to us does not cost you anything either. You also have the option to complete your paperwork online. We’re here to guide you through every step of the way.
Absolutely not. If we have to pay any money to a third party (known as disbursements), for example, paying your doctor for copies of your medical records, we will pay for these upfront.
During the course of your claim, you will not be out of pocket.
We will obtain copies of your medical notes and records from your GP and hospital (if attended). Once received, we will then instruct an independent medical expert to examine you and provide us with a medical assessment report.
The medical report will provide details as to the injury suffered and it will also state whether or not any future treatment is recommended to aid your recovery. The report will also provide us with an estimate as to when a full recovery should take place, if it has not done so already.
Based on the contents of the report it will allow us to place a valuation on your claim for compensation.
It is not possible to provide an answer to this question as each claim is different. Usually claims where liability is admitted will settle a lot sooner than those cases where arguments over liability continue.
No case will settle until either the client has made a full and complete recovery from the injuries suffered, or the medical evidence confirms that ongoing symptoms will continue for a specified period or will be permanent.
In all likelihood no, 95% of our cases are settled without the need to go to court. If you do need to go to court, you should rest assured that our legal team will ensure that you are looked after, and that your case is presented to the very highest of professional standards.
In general, personal injury compensation awards are not subject to tax in the UK. The only situation where tax would be due is if you are paid interest for a delay between settlement and receiving your compensation.
Contact our accident claims lawyers today
If you or a loved one have been injured and would like to speak to one of our personal injury lawyers about personal injury claims, please call us on 0808 164 0808 for a free, no-obligation chat.
Or, you can request a call back and we will call you.