What is a Personal Injury claim?
A Personal Injury claim is one that is made if you have suffered an injury or illness that has been caused or made worse by the negligence of someone else. A Personal Injury is not always something that can physically be seen, and our expert solicitors can deal with a wide variety of injury claims.
The different types of Personal Injury claim include:
- Road traffic accidents
- Accidents at work
- Accidents and injuries abroad
- Asbestos-related illness and Industrial Disease
- Injuries in public places
- Illness claims
- Faulty products
- Assault and Sexual Abuse Claims
- Criminal Injury Compensation Claims
What is a Medical Negligence claim?
If a medical professional makes a mistake or fails in their duty of care, causing an injury or making a condition worse, this can be classed as Medical Negligence. Medical Negligence can include misdiagnosis, incorrect treatment, delayed diagnosis, and mistakes made during surgery/medical and beauty procedures.
How much is my claim worth?
Every Personal Injury or Medical Negligence case is different, and the final compensation received depends on several factors, including the severity of the injury and any other damages to be claimed, i.e. loss of earnings. We will keep you updated on the potential compensation throughout the process.
Are you no win no fee Personal Injury Solicitors?
We can manage many cases on a no win no fee basis and very often will seek interim payments to help you avoid any hardship through loss of earnings or other costs incurred.
If you win your case, your opponent will pay the majority of your legal fees, with the rest coming from a fixed percentage of the compensation awarded.
Is there a time limit on making a Personal Injury or Medical Negligence claim?
The general rule for Personal Injury and Medical Negligence is that you must claim within three years of the date of injury or knowledge of the injury. If the injury involved a child, the claim could be made anytime up until their eighteenth birthday and from then on, the claim must be made within three years (so before they turn 21).
The exception to this is if a person lacks the mental capacity to make their own claim, then there is no time limit. Regardless of the situation, it is always best to seek legal advice as soon as possible in order to get the best result possible.
How long do Personal Injury or Medical Negligence claims take?
This depends entirely on the complexity of your case and the parties involved. Straight forward cases can be resolved within 12-18 months, but more complicated cases, or those where the other party does not accept fault, can take many years to settle, meaning that we would have to issue Court Proceedings on the third anniversary on the date of accident and/or knowledge of injury to ensure that you can continue to pursue your claim for compensation.
I am not sure if I have a claim?
If you think you have a claim but are not sure, please contact us. We can have a no-obligation conversation to discuss your case face to face or over the phone, whether you have a valid claim and the next stage of the process.
What is the Personal Injury or Medical Negligence claim process?
We start with an initial consultation to discuss your case and the payment options, including no win no fee.
Following our conversation, we will get in touch with those responsible for your injury and request that they accept responsibility. If this happens, we will work to negotiate interim payments as required for ongoing medical care or covering loss of income before you receive your final settlement. These payments will be deducted from your final compensation.
We work with independent medical specialists to understand the injury/illness you have suffered and any ongoing treatment you will require. We will then calculate the amount of compensation you will require to support recovery and your ongoing quality of life.
It is always preferable to negotiate claims outside of court in order to conclude them quickly, but if your opponent does not accept blame or agree to the compensation amount, we will start Court Proceedings. Even in this situation, many claims are settled before their court date.
How we can help
Our team has experience in a wide range of types of Medical Negligence and Personal Injury claims and can offer expert legal advice and assistance, tailored to your case. We aim to keep your best interests at heart and to ensure that costs are kept to a minimum, whilst seeking the maximum claim applicable to your case.
We understand that this can be a stressful time and our team will provide as much support as possible to minimise this and make the process as simple as possible.
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