Personal Injury Lawyers
Have you been hurt in an accident at work? Maybe you’ve been injured in a car crash that wasn’t your fault, or possibly you’re looking for personal injury lawyers because food poisoning ruined your holiday abroad. Whatever the reason behind your need to claim, The Compensation Experts can help you today.
What is a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Personal injury is a distinct branch of law that helps more than three million people claim compensation for wrongful injury in the United Kingdom every year. Personal injury lawyers specialise in certain areas within personal injury law, such as medical negligence, road traffic accidents, accidents at work, or armed forces accidents. Just as you wouldn’t see an optician if you have concerns about your knee, nor should you choose a lawyer who doesn’t have the experience and knowledge of your type of claim.
Personal injury law can seem complicated from the outside, but The Compensation Experts do all we can to make claiming as straightforward and stress-free as possible. We are happy to provide you with a free, no obligation consultation to answer any initial questions you may have about whether you can make a claim, and how to go about doing so.
We work with some of the country’s leading personal injury lawyers and will match you with one who has an excellent success rate for your type of compensation claim. To take away any worry about the cost associated with making a claim or the financial risk of being faced with legal fees if your claim is not successful, we give our clients the option of a No Win No Fee* agreement. With this, you do not have to pay a penny in legal costs if you do not receive any compensation. The Compensation Experts go above and beyond to keep our clients informed of the progress of their claim, and to make sure they understand what is happening at each step of the process.
Can I Claim Personal Injury Compensation?
You may be entitled to claim compensation if you have been injured in an accident caused by another party’s mistake or negligence. As the claimant, the onus is on you to demonstrate not only that you were hurt or made ill but that your injury could have been prevented if the other party had fulfilled their reasonable duty of care, whether they were an employer keeping machinery in good condition, a shopping centre manager ensuring a spillage was quickly cleared away, or the driver of another vehicle adhering to the highway code.
Your medical records are often sufficient evidence to show the type and extent of your injury, although there may be some occasions where a lawyer asks for the opinion of an independent medical expert. Serious injuries involving brain or spinal damage can take longer as their nature means it is not always clear how lasting damage will be, or the extent it will have on the victim’s life. It is a legal requirement for employers to report serious accidents to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which can also be used as evidence when proving your right to compensation.
The second stage is showing that you were not, or at least not wholly responsible, for causing your injury or illness, but that someone else was. Just because you have been hurt does not mean you are entitled to damages. Nor can you claim if someone made a mistake but you were not harmed.
- A patient is misdiagnosed which leads to a delay in their treatment and a worsening of their condition. When the initial doctor is investigated it is found that they took the same reasonable steps as would be expected from another person in their profession, and the misdiagnosis was not due to their mistakes or negligence. Despite the patient being injured (in a sense that their condition deteriorated), the doctor is not considered at fault, and there are no grounds to make a claim.
- A second patient is misdiagnosed and contacts a personal injury lawyer to seek compensation for the deterioration in their health. When investigating, their lawyer finds that a prior relevant illness was ignored and that another medical professional would reasonably have made a correct diagnosis with this information. The patient has grounds for a claim and receives compensation for damages.
- A third patient is misdiagnosed however the misdiagnosis has no impact on their health or their condition. They want acknowledgement and payment of damages for the situation. However, their claim is ruled as invalid by a court because, despite the doctor’s error, the patient suffered no harm.
Making a Personal Injury Claim
After getting the necessary information together and ensuring your claim is valid, your lawyer will send a letter to the party you believe to be responsible, known as the defendant. This letter will clearly state the nature of your injury and the circumstances that caused it, and ask whether they accept liability. The defendant has 21 days to acknowledge receipt of this letter, and then a further three months to provide a comprehensive reply stating whether they take responsibility and the reasons if not.
In over 90% of personal injury claims, the defendant accepts responsibility, and a settlement can be agreed without having to go to court. In a small number of requests, however, the defendant may not accept full liability, or you may not be able to agree on a fair and reasonable amount of compensation. In these instances, your lawyer may recommend you challenge their stance in court and ask a judge to decide. They will continue to negotiate as it is possible to reach a resolution even once a request has been submitted to the court and you are waiting for a date.
Personal Injury Claims FAQ
How long will my claim take?
There is not an exact timeframe in which a claim must be finalised. We can, however, give an indication based on similar claims, with those involving less serious injuries typically taking less time that those which cause severe and lasting damage. A claim for an ankle broken when slipping on a wet restaurant kitchen floor normally takes 5-8 months, while a medical negligence claim for a patient who has suffered brain damage can take two or more years.
How much compensation will I receive?
As with the duration, it is not possible to advise the amount of compensation you will receive at the beginning of the process. Your lawyer will be able to give you an approximate figure based on the nature and extent of your injury, the impact it has had on your life, expenses you have incurred since receiving your injury, and any financial implications it will have on you in the future.
How does a No Win No Fee agreement work?
Conditional agreements, more widely referred to as “no win no fee” take away the worry about paying large legal bills if your compensation claim is not successful. Instead of having to pay your lawyer’s hourly rate from the start of your application, you agree upfront a percentage of your compensation which you will pay to your lawyer when your claim is closed. If you lose your claim, providing you have complied with the terms and conditions of your agreement, you do not have to pay legal fees.
How long do I have to make a claim after my accident?
There is a statutory time limit of three years after an accident to make a personal injury claim in most instances. Exceptions are:
If you are a minor at the time of the accident, in which case you have until your 21st birthday
If your illness or injury developed or was diagnosed years after the negligence, such as asbestos-related lung disease. In this instance, you have three years from the date your illness was formally linked to the accident or negligence
The Compensation Experts can help you claim compensation for any injury as long as there is medical evidence to substantiate it, and proof linking your injury to an accident or act of negligence such as providing inadequate safety equipment or training at work.
Contact us today. We are happy to answer any questions you have about whether you can make a claim and how to do so, so talk to us today to find out how we can assist you. Call and speak with an advisor directly, or fill in our online form and let us know when you want us to call or email you in reply.
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Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident you may have a longer period to claim.
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of lawyers will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your lawyer will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your lawyer negotiating on your behalf, you will be keep up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win No Fee*
We assess all claims on a No Win No Fee basis, then we can determine how successful a claim is likely to be. This service is 100% free.
We assess each claim on its merits with the information provide, which aids us determine its likely success rate.
Our dedicated panel are experts in securing compensation no matter the injury.
Our personal injury lawyers are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you while providing expert support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Lawyers
Each client is provided with their own Personal Injury lawyer who will work on the case from start to finish, being there every step of the way. The client will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of the lawyer.
Expert personal injury lawyers working for you
We specialise in helping victims of injury claim the compensation they deserve.
We work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning if we don’t win your case you don’t pay! Once you make contact, our experienced team will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.