Personal Injury Claims
What is a personal injury claim?
A personal injury claim is a legal case you can start if you’ve been injured in an accident and it wasn’t your fault. Quite simply, a personal injury claim is the process of recovering compensation from the party responsible for your injury.
Typically, personal injury claims can be started when you, or a loved one, have been injured in an accident that happened within the last three years, and resulted in you suffering financially as well as physically.
If this has happened to you, then firstly we’re sorry you’ve been injured because of somebody else’s negligent behaviour; we know nobody expects to be hurt. But we’ve helped people just like you make a claim and we can help you start your journey to compensation today.
Types of personal injury claims
We understand the term personal injury can sometimes be considered legal jargon, and is often used to cover many different types of injuries. This may mean you’re not sure if you’ve suffered a personal injury or if you have a claim.
As the UK’s most trusted personal injury specialists, we’re committed to providing advice tailored to you, based on your experience and your type of accident.
We also believe in giving you the information you want and need without confusing legal jargon.
Therefore, below you’ll find a list of some of the accident types that can lead to a personal injury. This list isn’t exhaustive, so if you’ve been injured in an accident and it isn’t listed below, don’t worry; it’s likely we’ll still be able to help, in any case, we recommend you contact us on 0800 540 4258 .
Road traffic accidents
If you have a no-fault car accident, you can usually claim for the damages to your car on the responsible party’s insurance. That means the cost of repairing or replacing your car is covered by somebody else.
But what about the cost to your health?
Your insurance claim doesn’t cover your loss of earnings, the cost of treatment for your injuries or the stress and fear you might have experienced because of your accident.
If you were driving, you were hurt in a road accident and it wasn’t your fault you could make a personal injury claim.
This is also true if you were the passenger in a car, a pedestrian, a cyclist or even if you were travelling on public transport. Absolutely nobody deserves to be injured because of somebody else’s negligence and nobody deserves to suffer physically, emotionally or financially.
Accidents at work
Your employer is responsible for your safety at work. That means they are legally required to make your workplace and tasks as safe as reasonably possible. They’re also obliged to provide you with the correct training for any work you do as part of your employment.
We understand suffering an accident at work can be a stressful process, leaving you feeling anxious about your job and worried about your finances, as well as coping with your recovery.
We don’t want you to feel stressed. That’s why we’re happy to talk to you about your accident at work and provide free advice on making an accident at work claim. That means you can get the information you need in a confidential environment without the pressure to start a claim.
We also have a lot of information about making an accident at work claim around our website. If you’re thinking of making a claim or are feeling anxious about an accident at work, you might like to read:
Work-related conditions and industrial diseases
It might be that rather than having had an accident in your workplace, you’re suffering from a health condition or long-term illness resulting from your work environment, work equipment or repeated tasks. We can help you with that, too.
Work-related conditions can range in severity, but nearly always affect our daily routines and our ability to work.
So whether you’re suffering from repetitive strain injury, industrial deafness or something as serious as asbestosis for example, we can help you understand if you can claim and connect you to a specialist solicitor today.
If you are suffering from a life-changing disease such as mesothelioma or asbestosis because of a past working environment, we can’t begin to understand how you and your family must be feeling. While we may not ourselves have first-hand experience of living with an industrial illness, we can use our
Slips, trips and falls
It’s a common misconception that slips, trips and falls generally only result in minor injuries, such as cuts or scrapes. In fact, slips, trips or falls form a significant portion of the personal injury cases we work with and sometimes cause serious harm such as broken bones, back injuries or head and brain injuries.
Please don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed if you’ve fallen in public and have suffered an injury as a result. The owner of the premises you fell in has a duty to keep you safe – just as the council has an obligation to keep public pavements and roads safe from tripping hazards. If they’ve failed to do this, and you’ve been injured, then your accident was the result of negligence and could have been prevented by the responsible party.
We know that when you seek professional medical advice you’re looking for help, treatment and solutions to your health issues. We understand that the last thing you expect is to have poor treatment or further injury, so when you’re faced with something going wrong it can be hard to know where to turn.
If you’ve suffered through any form of medical negligence we can help you.
If your doctor failed to diagnose you, misdiagnosed you or your diagnosis was delayed, and this caused you to be injured for longer than you should have been, or put your life or your health at risk, then you may be entitled to compensation.
Fatal accidents or life-changing injuries
If a loved one has suffered an injury that has changed their life and yours, or has recently passed away, we’re sorry. Your grief and the impact this can have can sometimes feel overwhelming. We can advise you at this distressing time about getting compensation to ease any financial worries or the cost of home adaptations and medical treatment.
For more information, we recommend reading our serious injuries page or reading through our serious injuries FAQ. Alternatively, you can call us now for advice; we have somebody on hand to listen, and there’ll be no pressure to take any further steps until or unless you’re ready.
Why make a claim?
Whether you’ve been in a road accident, slipped in public or suffered a delayed diagnosis, personal injuries always impact our lives. They can leave us feeling anxious and distrustful and facing financial instability.
We believe nobody should have to deal with these consequences without compensation when the accident was not their fault. You have the right to be put back, as far as possible, to the position you were in before it happened.
Your compensation could ease your financial burden or allow you to seek private and professional medical advice or physiotherapy. Your compensation can even cover the cost of adaptations to your home or car and, if you’re unable to work, the loss of your salary.
In some cases, making a claim can also prevent others from experiencing a similar accident. By making a claim, you’ll be drawing attention to any unsafe practices or environments that can hopefully be fixed or changed, preventing any future incidents or injuries.
There's no risk with no win no fee
All of our solicitor firms can handle your claim on a no win, no fee basis.
No win, no fee is an agreement between you and your solicitor that means if your case is unsuccessful you won’t pay a penny. And if your case is successful, then you’ll have agreed on a fee to be taken from your compensation.
Quite simply, this means that when you start your case with us, there are no upfront costs and there’s no financial risk to you – so you know exactly what to expect.
How much compensation could I receive?
We wish we could tell you before you claim how much compensation you’ll receive, but as your injury is a unique experience, the amount of compensation you receive will reflect that.
When you make a claim, your solicitor will negotiate on your behalf and will always do their utmost to get you the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.
To do this they consider factors such as:
- The type of injury you’ve suffered
- The severity and lasting effects of your injury
- Your salary and loss of earnings
- Daily costs
- Any medical treatment you’ve received and any recommended treatments
Your solicitor will make you aware of the information they need to be able to understand fully how much compensation you may be entitled to. But if you’re interested in getting an estimated settlement figure before you contact us, you can try our industry leading compensation calculator.
Our calculator asks you some questions about your accident and injury and then provides a guideline figure of how much your settlement might be. Try our compensation calculator.
Can I make a personal injury claim?
If you’ve suffered an injury because of an accident that happened within the last three years, and that accident wasn’t your fault, then yes, it’s very likely you can make a claim; but you can know for sure by speaking to one of our specialist solicitors, who we can put you contact with during your call with us on 0800 540 4258 .
When you call us, you don’t have to start your claim. So if you’re unsure whether you’re ready to take the first steps to your compensation, or whether your accident was somebody else’s fault, you can get the advice you need and know that we will never pressure you to start your claim.
Personal Injury Checklist
You may be asked, further into the claiming process, for specific dates and periods of time when key events related to your injury occurred. To make things easier and smoother for both you and your injury lawyer, log them in a diary. Equally, letters and documents you receive from your GP and lawyer, should be kept all in one place. Organisation is the key to a quick and hassle free claims process.
National Accident Helpline will cover the cost of your travel expenditures, or for any medication you have had to pay for, so it will also be beneficial for you to keep details of these, such as receipts or prescriptions.
Document your injuries
We all recover from injuries in different ways and at different speeds. Taking photos and recording your symptoms as you recover will help identify the seriousness and impracticality of your injuries. It’s also helpful to get statements from witnesses or friends and family after the accident, especially regarding the help and assistance you have received from them. This information will all be used in favour of your claim, and will aid you in receiving maximum compensation.
Ensure that you have a solid interpretation of how the accident occurred and who was involved. The main areas of detail include names and contact details of all involved parties, as well as registration number/s of associated vehicles, if it was a road traffic accident. We can still proceed without all of this information; we will always try and process your claim based on the information that you have managed to collect, but every little helps.
Making a claim
The final phase is to contact a trusted professional, who will assist you with your claim on a no win no fee basis. Your claim will be processed smoothly if you have taken the above steps, and you will receive the compensation you deserve. To discover if you have a valid claim, call one of our trusted legal advisors today on 0800 540 4258 or fill out our online form and someone will get back to you.