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What is a personal injury claim?

Personal injury can be defined as an injury or illness that has been caused (or made worse) by someone else’s negligence. It may be a catastrophic injury that has a life-changing impact, or it could be a broken or fractured bone, torn ligament from which you will make a full recovery.
How do I make 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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Head

Statistics

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

Case Study

Mr Shearer awarded £2,000 after inhaling toxic smoke and fumes whilst working.

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Upper body

Statistics

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.

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Mr Moore awarded £12,500 after suffering nerve damage to his shoulder and neck.

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Arm

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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%.

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Mrs Miller, awarded £9,200 following a car accident that wasn’t her fault.

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Hand

Statistics

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.

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Mr Brown received £5,883 for an accident resulting in a severely lacerated hand.

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Lower Body

Statistics

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.

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Mrs Phillips awarded £9,000 following an injury resulting in a knee replacement.

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Foot

Statistics

70% of foot amputations are caused by loss of blood supply.

A total of 80% of sports injuries involve spraining, including the ankle

Case Study

Mrs Miller, awarded £9,200 following a car accident that wasn’t her fault.

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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.

How to guides

Learn more about this area of law and what you need to know:

How to report and claim for an accident at work

We know that if you’ve had an accident at work it can be a very worrying time, but this guide can help.

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How to take the council to court after an accident or injury

If you’ve had an accident as the result of negligence by the council it can be confusing knowing how to proceed.

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How to make an accident or injury claim from start to finish

It may seem a daunting process when you are thinking about making a claim for an accident or injury that wasn’t your fault.

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What to do after a dog bite and how to report it

There’s no easy way to completely avoid a dog bite but the following tips may help.

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How to choose an injury or accident solicitor

If you need to make a claim it's hard to know where to start.

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