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Claiming compensation following a personal injury can be a daunting prospect. But we’re here to help you navigate the claims process and secure the compensation you deserve. Our personal injury guide deals with some of the common questions our lawyers hear.
“Personal injury” is the legal term for an injury or illness that has been caused by someone else’s negligence. In these circumstances, it may be possible to claim compensation from those responsible.
Personal injuries can be caused in a range of situations, including:
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The standard time limit for claiming compensation for a personal injury is three years. The three year limit applies either from:
However, there are exceptions to the standard time limit:
No matter how your injury occurred, we recommend you get in touch with us as soon as possible, so we can start to investigate your claim.
Personal injury claims tend to broadly follow the same five steps:
There’s no such thing as an average personal injury claim. The consequences of the same type of injury aren’t the same for any two people so the compensation awarded will be different and tailored to your specific needs.
There are two parts to a personal injury compensation settlement:
Therefore it’s clearly difficult to generalise how much compensation you could claim, without knowing your personal circumstances. This is the value of an experienced personal injury solicitor, who can value your claim accurately in order to get you the compensation you deserve.
A number of factors can influence how much compensation you’re awarded, including:
It’s difficult to give a precise amount of time when it comes to settling a personal injury claim. How long claims take depends on the following factors:
When calculating your compensation, we need to understand the long term impact your injury will have on your life. This is important as if we calculate or settle your claim too early, it could mean that you receive less compensation than you’re entitled to.
There are three ways of funding your personal injury claim:
The vast majority of the claims we handle are funded by a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that you’ll pay no upfront costs, and nothing if your case is unsuccessful*.
All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you will receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.
* Subject to entering into a No Win No Fee agreement in conjunction with our Allianz Litigate insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.
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