What is a personal injury claim?
Our experts can assess the details of your claim and will advise you as to whether you have a case to be compensated for your injuries. We don’t believe in encouraging false claims, so we’ll only advise you to start a claim if we believe you have grounds for doing so.
If you decide to start your claim with us, our advisors will talk you through the next part of the process. An independent panel of solicitors, selected by First4Lawyers, will determine what your claim is likely to be worth if you are successful. You’ll then enter into an agreement with your solicitor who will be acting on your behalf to make your claim. They will then file a letter of claim to the person responsible for causing your accident (the defendant).
How long will the claim take?
The length of time it will take to make your claim depends on your case.
Every case is different, so it’s very difficult to say at the early stages how long the process will be from start to finish. But, we’ve broken down rough time estimates on different types of claim. Or you could contact one of our advisers to discuss your situation. You can find out more in our guide: ‘How long do different types of claim take?’
Do I have to pay?
A No Win No Fee arrangement – which is also known as a contingency or conditional fee agreement (CFA) – is an agreement between yourself and your solicitor that ensures you don’t need to worry about paying for upfront legal fees.
We offer No Win No Fee on accident, personal injury and medical negligence cases.
You can read more about No Win, No Fee here.
What if I suffered a personal injury a while ago?
In most cases, the amount of time you have to seek compensation is three years from the date the accident occurred. So if your accident took place a few years ago, you may still be able to claim. You can read more about claim time limits here.
Can I be compensated for losses other than personal injury?
Yes, you may be entitled to compensation for losses other than your personal injury. A personal injury claim is split into two parts: general damages and special damages.
General damages are the compensation paid for the pain and suffering and emotional distress from your physical injury, whereas special damages relate to damaged belongings or financial losses resulting from the injury.
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Around 1 million people in the UK visit A&E with a head injury every year
There are over 120,000 eye-related injuries reported every year
Mr Shearer awarded £2,000 after inhaling toxic smoke and fumes whilst working.Select this part
An estimated 821 cases of non-malignant pleural disease caused by asbestos were reported in 2011.
20% of whiplash symptoms can last for over a year.
Mr Moore awarded £12,500 after suffering nerve damage to his shoulder and neck.Select this part
Around 6,000 major limb amputations are completed every year in the UK.
Conviction rates against workplaces for health and safety breaches in 2011/12 had a success rate of 93%.
Mrs Miller, awarded £9,200 following a car accident that wasn’t her fault.Select this part
Hand injuries make up 10% of A&E visits.
Of 475 cases of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome reported in 2011, 50 cases were awarded to females.
Mr Brown received £5,883 for an accident resulting in a severely lacerated hand.Select this part
The most common cause of knee injury in the workplace is from heavy lifting.
Last year, of the 22,433 major injuries reported, 40% were involving slips or trips.
Mrs Phillips awarded £9,000 following an injury resulting in a knee replacement.Select this part
70% of foot amputations are caused by loss of blood supply.
A total of 80% of sports injuries involve spraining, including the ankle
Mrs Miller, awarded £9,200 following a car accident that wasn’t her fault.Select this part
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In these cases brain damage, if any will, have been minimal Minor Brain Damage
Where a good recovery has been made but symptoms such as poor concentration and memory problems continue. Moderate Brain Damage
Where ability to work is reduced and there is a risk of epilepsy Severe Brain Damage
The injured person is very seriously disabled and is dependent on others Epilepsy
Affecting the ability to cope with life and/or work or affecting relationships with family and friends Moderate Post-Traumatic
The injured person largely recovers within two years Severe Post-Traumatic
Injury causes effects that cause significant disability for the foreseeable future, or permanently.
In consequence of defective permanent waving etc. where effects are dermatitis or hair loss leading to distress and effects social life. Less Serious Damage to Hair
Where hair has been pulled out leaving bald patches.
Resulting in initial pain and temporary interference with vision. Minor but Permanent Damage
Permanent impairment of vision in one or two eyes. Loss of Sight in One Eye
Loss of vision in one eye without significant risk of loss or reduced vision in the remaining eye. Upper end includes some risk of sympathetic ophthalmia. Total Loss of One Eye
Loss of Sight in One eye
Including reduced vision, further deterioration or additional problems in remaining eye. Total Blindness
Loss of Hearing in One Ear
Occasional or Mild Tinnitus
With some hearing loss. Moderate Tinnitus
With hearing loss Severe Tinnitus
With severe hearing Loss.
Loss of Taste
Simple Undisplaced Fracture
With full recovery. Displaced Fracture
Where recovery is complete after surgery. Serious or Multiple Fractures
Injuries requiring a number of operations and/or resulting in permanent damage.
Where no surgery is required and complete recovery is effected. Simple Fracture of Cheekbone
Where there is complete recovery following reconstructive surgery. Serious Fracture of Cheekbone
Serious fractures causing lasting effects, e.g. paraesthesia in cheeks or lips.
Requiring immobilisation, but recovery is complete. Serious Fracture of Jaw
Injury causing permanent damage, such difficulty eating. Multiple Fractures of Jaw
Serious multiple fractures requiring prolonged treatment and permanent consequences, including severe pain and paraesthesia.
Extends over a number of years, including significant deterioration of overall condition of teeth. Loss of one front tooth
Loss of or serious damage. Loss of two front teeth
Loss of two front teeth. Loss of several front teeth
Loss of or serious damage. Loss or damage to back teeth
Where full recovery takes place in less than a year. Moderate Neck Injury
Fractures or dislocations which cause severe immediate symptoms. Severe Neck Injury
Injuries usually involving serious fractures leading to significant permanent disability.
Caused by asbestos. Asbestosis
Causing impairment of the extremities of the lungs so oxygen uptake to the blood stream is reduced. Mesothelioma
Causing severe pain and impairment of both function and quality of life. Pleural Thickening
Causing respiratory disability attributed to asbestos. Traumatic Injury to Chest, Lungs or Heart
Causing permanent damage, impairment of function or reduction of life expectancy.
Such as strains, sprains, disc prolapses, soft tissue injuries. Moderate Back Injury
Such as disturbance of ligaments and muscles causing backache, or compression fracture. Severe Back Injury
Injuries causing severe pain and disability, including impaired bladder, bowel and sexual function.
Such as soft tissue damage causing considerable pain but recovery almost complete within two years. Moderate Shoulder Injury
Such as frozen shoulder causing limitation of movement and discomfort for up to two years. Dislocated Shoulder
Causing pain in shoulder and neck, aching in elbow, weakness of arm and hand. Severe Shoulder Injury
Involving damage to the brachial plexus and resulting in significant disability. Fracture of Clavicle
Temporary or permanent fracture.
To one or both forearm where there is significant or permanent disability. Loss of One Arm
Arm amputated at the shoulder. Loss of One Arm
Amputation above the elbow. Loss of One Arm
Amputation below the elbow. Loss of both arms
Simple fractures or tennis elbow where there is no permanent damage or impairment of function of the joint. Serious Elbow Injury
Injuries leading to impairment of function but not involving major surgery or significant disability. Severely Disabling Injury
Such as an uncomplicated fracture with full or virtual recovery. Serious Wrist Injury
Injuries resulting in significant permanent disability, but some useful movement remains. Moderate Wrist Injury
Injuries causing some permanent disability, such as persistent pain and stiffness. Severe Wrist Injury
Resulting in complete loss of function in the wrist, for example when an arthrodesis has been performed.
Injuries with recovery within a few months. Fractures to Fingers
Resulting in impairment of grip or reduced mechanical function. Injury to the Thumb
Loss of Thumb
Loss of Middle Finger
Loss of Index Finger
Loss of One Hand
Loss of Both Hands
Vibration White Finger
Including fractures where there is full recovery within two years. Moderate Injury to Hip or Pelvis
Significant injury but any permanent disability is not major. Injury may require a hip replacement. Severe Injury to Hip or Pelvis
Such as extensive fractures resulting in substantial disabilities .
Including fracture of a femur. Severe Leg Injury
Leading to permanent problems with mobility, need of mobility aids, severe scarring. Severe Fracture
Fractures where incomplete recovery is made. Loss of One Leg
Amputation below the knee. Loss of One Leg
Amputation above the knee. Loss of Both Legs
Lacerations, twisting or bruising injury with complete recovery. Moderate Knee Injury
Torn cartilage or meniscus, dislocation, ligamentous damage; injuries resulting in mild future disability. Severe Knee Injury
Disruption of the joint, or injuries resulting in limitation of movement or instability.
Simple Metatarsal fractures, ruptured ligaments. Moderate Foot Injury
Displaced metatarsal fractures resulting in permanent deformity. Severe Foot Injury
Fractures to feet resulting in restriction on mobility and / or considerable continuing pain. Loss of One Foot
Loss of Both Feet
Severe Toe Injury
Crush or multiple fractures of two or more toes resulting in permanent disability. Amputation of the Big Toe
Amputation of All Toes
Undisplaced fractures, sprains and ligamentous injuries. Moderate Ankle Injury
For fractures and ligamentous tears resulting in moderate disability such as difficulty walking on uneven ground or on stairs. Severe ankle injury
Injuries involving long period of treatment, long period in plaster and some permanent disability.
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There are other types of compensation you could be awarded through your accident such as loss of earnings or damage to property, the estimates given here are simply for your personal injury claim. First4Lawyers solicitors will be able to give you the best idea of the amount you should expect from your individual injury. It is important to keep in mind that every case is different and the advice and estimates given once your case has started are tailored specifically for your case
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*Amounts determined by the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Judicial College, 14th edition, 2017.