If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of an accident that was not your fault then you may be able to bring a Personal Injury (PI) compensation claim. Personal Injury claims for compensation consist of two elements: general damages and special damages.
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.
Special Damages are based upon the level of financial losses you have incurred as a result of the 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 a 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.
The Lime Solicitors Personal Injury team provide other services in addition to recovery of compensation. We 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, or a loved one, have been injured and would like to speak to one of our personal injury lawyers to see if you have a claim for compensation, please call our Personal Injury (PI) lawyers on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a free, no-obligation chat or complete the request a call back form and we will call you.
Personal Injury Compensation FAQs
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 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 alive.
No. Legal Aid is no longer available for personal injury claims in England and Wales. However, there are other methods of funding a personal injury claim such as a Conditional Fee Agreement, also known as “No Win – No Fee” agreements or “Damages Based Agreements”.
There is usually an Inquest to deal with the cause of death and the inquest 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 occur via the telephone, email and written correspondence.
You have the right to change your legal advisor if you are unhappy with their services and you find another lawyer willing to take on your case.
Sometimes in particularly complex cases you may feel like your solicitor does not understand you and is not listening to how affected you are as a result of the accident. This may be because they do not have the specialist knowledge to deal with your claim.
You have the freedom to choose who handles your claim. You can change solicitors at any time during your personal injury claim. You do not need to give your solicitor a reason for wanting to change.
We have taken over conduct of cases for clients who were being pushed to settle their cases before it was appropriate to do. Many of those clients had injuries that had not been properly investigated and not all of their financial losses had been included within their claim.
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. We would recommend you contact us for a second opinion as quickly as possible so that we can advise you further.
Once you have made the decision to change solicitors, we will deal with the transfer of your file on your behalf. You do not need to speak to your current solicitors at all or provide any reason to them for the transfer.
We will contact them and advise them that we have been instructed on your behalf and ask for your file to be sent to us. We will preserve their right to claim costs so that there is no charge to you.
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 better – you can deal with the legal side of things when you are out of hospital and feeling better.
At the very beginning of a claim we do have to send you quite a lot of documentation such as our engagement letter with you, any documents about how the claim is being funded and also some forms of authority for you to sign and return to us. At the same time we will send you a useful note, which explains what is involved in making a personal injury claim.
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 do of course also send you a prepaid envelope so that returning the documentation to us does not cost you anything either.
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 up front. 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 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 professional standard.
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.