Personal Injury Claims

Personal Injury Compensation Guide

Personal injury claims can seem very complicated but our experts will do everything they can to explain all aspects of the claim process to you clearly, answering any questions that you may have.

Many of our clients have similar questions, so below we’ve provided answers to some of the common questions we get asked.

What Is Personal Injury?

Claims for personal injury are there to help people who have suffered injuries or illness that weren’t their fault. In personal injury cases, someone else is responsible for your injuries and most of the time, your suffering could have been avoided. Claims of this nature can result from injuries or illness in a variety of circumstances including at work, at home, in your car, on holiday… Read more

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How Do I Make A Personal Injury Claim?

The first step you need to take to make a personal injury claim is contacting a specialist solicitor. From this point we’ll guide you through the process, giving clear advice at each stage... Read more

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How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?

This will be different from case to case depending on the nature of the incident and the impact any injuries have had... Read more

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Do I Have To Attend A Medical Appointment To Make A Claim?

It’s likely that you’ll have to attend a medical appointment as we usually collect expert evidence from a range of people, including medical professionals, to help put your case together. This allows us to create a compensation package that will best help with your recovery.

We’ll support you with any appointments that you may have to attend and will ensure that you fully understand what will happen on the day. A lot of people find these medical appointments useful as they provide a valuable insight into what future care and rehabilitation is needed.

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Can A Claim Be Made For Someone That Has Died?

Claims can be made on behalf of a loved one that has sadly died as the result of an avoidable incident. Families must start their claim within three years of their loved one’s death or within three years of their post mortem which revealed the cause of death.

You can also carry on a claim that had been started by your loved one before they died. If the case has already started, you have three years from the death to continue the claim. Read more

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Will My Personal Injury Claim Go To Court?

Most cases are settled before they reach court. We’ll do our best to negotiate a compensation package with your opponent that best suits your needs. However, if we can’t come to a suitable agreement, we’ll guide you every step of the way through court proceedings… Read more

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Can You Take Over My Claim From Another Solicitor?

We can help if you are dissatisfied with your lawyer, maybe due to delays or periods of inactivity. We can also help if you’re unhappy with the advice you received. If you’re not happy with responses other solicitors have given you, you’re perfectly entitled to get a second opinion from another law firm.

We’ve helped many clients in this situation and have taken on their claims, securing them access to medical care and rehabilitation plus compensation to help in the future.

If you decide to move your case to us you won’t have to worry about a thing, we’ll make all the necessary arrangements, all you have to do is decide whether you want to stay with your current lawyers or move to us.

Find out more about changing your lawyer.

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What Types Of Personal Injury Can I Claim For?

You could be able to claim compensation if you’ve suffered an injury or illness in a wide variety of situations, from illnesses abroad to injuries at work... Read more

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What Do I Need To Prove To Successfully Claim For Personal Injury?

In personal injury cases we have to prove that your injuries were totally or partially somebody else’s fault. We’ll work with you to put together evidence to show whose responsibility your injury or illness was.

We encourage you to contact us promptly so we can begin investigating your case as soon as possible, this can be crucial when it comes to securing evidence and documents which allow your claim to have the best chance of success.

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How Can You Help Me With Rehabilitation And Support?

Our personal injury lawyers view rehabilitation and support as being as important as financial compensation. We’ll work with you to understand what care would best suit you and help you access it.

Rehabilitation can help you and your family deal with the difficulties caused by your injuries or illness. You’ll be shown different techniques that might be able to make your life easier and help you overcome day-to-day hurdles. See our interactive house to discover how household adaptations can help with life and gaining independence after a serious injury.

When we calculate how much compensation you should receive, we’ll take into account your rehabilitation needs and support that can help with the likes of travel, loss of earnings and any equipment and care you might need to live as independently as possible.

Find out more about rehabilitation.

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What Happens If I Have Legal Expenses Insurance?

If you have legal expenses insurance, which is often part of home and motor insurance policies, then you must provide us with the details. We’ll contact your insurer and discuss your potential case with them, finding out whether they can financially support your case and whether they’re happy for us to be appointed as your solicitor.

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How Much Compensation Will I Receive?

We’ll do everything we can to ensure that you recover the maximum amount of compensation you’re entitled to. In most cases you’ll keep the majority of your compensation and we’ll work to keep your legal costs to a minimum.

The amount of compensation you can receive depends on the severity of your injuries or illness… Read more

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What Do I Have To Pay If My Claim Is Unsuccessful?

If your claim is unsuccessful, the amount you’ll have to pay depends on which method we decided upon to pay for your case. If your personal injury claim is being funded by a No Win No Fee agreement, you have no financial risk and will not pay a penny. Find out more about No Win No Fee personal injury claims.

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Do You Accept Legal Aid Cases?

We accept legal aid for some personal injury cases including claims for children with brain (neurological) injuries which have been caused by problems during pregnancy, childbirth or within six weeks of the birth.

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