Personal Injury Claims

If you’ve suffered an injury in the last three years that wasn’t your fault, our expert solicitors can help you obtain justice with a compensation claim.

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Can I make a personal injury claim?

After suffering an injury, the first thing on your mind probably won’t be making a claim for compensation. You might be more concerned with getting medical treatment, thinking about your family and worrying about potentially having to take time off work.

But you are entitled to make a personal injury claim if you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that:

  • Happened in the last three years
  • Caused you physical harm
  • Was caused by someone else – either wholly or partly – and evidence exists to support this

An injury can mean that you end up suffering financially as well as physically. The law surrounding personal injury claims was introduced to help accident victims obtain justice for what happened to them, as well to cover the costs of any unexpected medical treatment or related expenses.

If you aren’t sure about whether you can make a claim, just give us a call. Our friendly and understanding claims advisors will help you understand your options and talk you through the best course of action for you.

Types of personal injury claims

The ways in which you could be injured are almost endless. Some of the most common forms of personal injury claims include:

Medical negligence claims
You don’t expect that your doctor or other medical professional will cause you harm. But in cases of medical negligence, this is exactly what could happen. If this has happened to you, you’re entitled to compensation to help your recovery.

Accident at work claims
Workplaces should be safe environments, where you can carry out your duties without fear of being hurt. But accidents happen and if you’ve been injured through your employer’s negligence, you could make a claim for compensation.

Road traffic accident claims
Roads can be dangerous, with the amount of vehicles now present on them. If you’ve been involved in a road accident that wasn’t your fault and that caused you to suffer an injury, First4Lawyers can help you pursue justice.

Slip, trip or fall claims
Slips, trips and falls can be both painful and embarrassing. If more than just your pride was hurt during a fall in a public place and someone’s negligence was responsible, you could make a compensation claim.

Industrial disease claims
Suffering from an illness caused by your work can be devastating. But if your employer’s negligence was the reason for it, you could be able to take legal action by making a claim for compensation to cover your pain and suffering.

Sports injury claims
You don’t have to be a professional athlete to suffer a sports injury. If you were a participant or even a spectator and were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you could make a compensation claim.

Faulty product injury claims
The last thing you expect when you buy something new is to be injured by it. However, this can does happen when a product doesn’t work properly. If you’ve been hurt by a faulty or defective product, you could take legal action.

Making a personal injury claim

If you think you’ve suffered a personal injury, getting guidance from our knowledgeable claims advisors should be your first step. If they agree with you, they’ll introduce you to one of our expert accident solicitors. This is entirely up to you – everything happens at your pace, when you want it to.

Your personal injury solicitor will then take over the management of your case. They will evaluate your case and explain your rights, making sure you know what you are entitled to and what might be expected of you.

They will then start investigating your case and building the evidence required to get you the maximum compensation possible.

Once they have put your case together, they will submit the details to the party responsible for your injury, who will either accept or deny liability. This will dictate your solicitor’s next actions – they will either negotiate with the responsible party to reach an acceptable settlement or they will take the matter to court. This is a last resort and happens rarely. Most claims are settled outside of court.

What evidence do I need to make a personal injury claim?

Evidence can help to make your case as strong as possible. Depending on the type of injury you suffered, you may have had witnesses to what happened. If you can, get their details and witness statements.

If you’ve had an accident at work, make sure it is recorded in your workplace accident book. And if you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident, make sure there is a police report recording the incident and that you’ve made a note of all registration numbers of vehicles involved.

You can also provide a statement detailing how your injury has affected the quality of your life, as well as your financial situation. Photos and a symptom diary can also form strong pieces of evidence.

Your personal injury solicitor will usually arrange for you to have a medical examination as part of your claim. The results will form part of the evidence of your case.

Make sure you’re keeping a record of any spending on your injury. This includes travel to and from medical appointments, any treatments and anything you need to make your life more comfortable, including any mobility aids or home modifications. This can help to highlight how serious your injury was, as well as make it possible to claim back these expenses.

How much compensation can I claim for a personal injury?

Every accident and injury is different. That means that without an initial consultation, it’s difficult to say exactly what you might be entitled to in compensation.

If you’d like a rough idea of what you could be awarded for certain injuries, our compensation calculator could help. The exact figure you might receive will depend on how severe your injury is and how it might affect you – both now and in the future.

For a successful personal injury claim, compensation is split into two categories:

General damages
General damages are awarded for the pain and suffering you’ve been through because of your injury. This covers any changes you’ve had to make to your lifestyle, such as having to give up a favourite hobby or activity.

Special damages
Special damages are awarded to compensate for any negative financial impact your injury has had on your life. This can include a loss of earnings if you’ve been unable to work, as well as any medical treatment you’ve had to pay for, such as physiotherapy.

How do I fund a personal injury claim?

In most cases, your solicitor will be able to make a claim for you on a No Win No Fee basis. Because this arrangement means that you won’t pay anything until the outcome of your claim is decided, you won’t have to make an upfront payment.

A No Win No Fee personal injury claim also means that you won’t have to pay any legal fees if your claim is not successful. Instead of worrying about how you’ll pay for your legal services, you can focus on your recovery.

If you are awarded compensation for your claim, you will pay a success fee. This will typically be 25% of your compensation, but will never be more. Your solicitor will discuss this with you at the start of your claim so there are no surprise costs later.

 

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25% of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this but it will never be more. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

First4Lawyers are an award winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

Is there a time limit for personal injury claims?

In the majority of cases, you will have three years from the date of your accident to make a personal injury claim. It is advisable to start your claim as soon as possible – this makes it more straightforward to access any of the evidence you may need to be successful.

There are some exceptions to the rule, though.

If you’re claiming on behalf of someone who lacks the mental capacity to claim for themselves, it’s unlikely that you’ll face a deadline.

Meanwhile, if you or a loved one were injured when under the age of 18, you’ll have three years from your 18th birthday to claim. This means that injured children can make a personal injury claim at any point until their 21st birthday.

If you need any further information on making a personal injury claim, just get in touch. We’re always here to help.

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