If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by somebody else, you could be eligible to claim personal injury compensation against the other party. The idea of any settlement is to help you to recover and get back on your feet and to recoup any financial losses resulting from the accident. In this guide, we’ll explain how to claim personal injury compensation, the types of accidents that might lead to a claim, and how much compensation you could be paid.
We are here to help you begin the claims process. We’ll review your claim with you for free and offer legal advice about your next steps. If your claim appears to be suitable, we’ll pass it to one of our personal injury solicitors. They’ll represent you on a No Win No Fee basis if your claim is accepted so you won’t need to pay for their work unless you receive compensation. Our team of solicitors have been working on personal injury claims for over 30 years.
If you’ve been injured and you believe somebody else was to blame, call us on 0800 6524 881 today to see if you are eligible to claim personal injury compensation. To learn more about the claims process before contacting us, please read on.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Claim Personal Injury Compensation?
- How Much Compensation For A Personal Injury Claim Do You Get?
- Common Accidents Leading To Personal Injury Compensation
- Evidence To Support A Claim For Personal Injury Compensation
- What’s The Time Limit For Claiming Personal Injury Compensation?
- How A Personal Injury Solicitor Can Help With Claiming Compensation
- Starting A Personal Injury Compensation Claim
If your claim is accepted by one of our solicitors, it means they believe it has a fair chance of success. To verify you’re eligible before agreeing to represent you, they’ll check whether:
- You were owed a duty of care by the defendant; and
- An act of negligence by the defendant caused an incident or accident to occur; and
- You suffered a personal injury/injuries as a result.
Typically, a duty of care is established by various pieces of legislation. You needn’t worry about this as your solicitor will check which law applies in your case. What you can do to improve your chances, though, is to collect evidence to prove how you were injured. We’ll explain this in more detail in a little while.
How much compensation you’d get for a successful personal injury claim will be based on general damages (that cover your pain and suffering) and special damages (that look to recoup any financial losses).
While no two personal injury claims are the same, in theory, you could claim compensation for:
- The pain and suffering caused by your injuries (including psychological injuries).
- Any earnings you’ve lost due to your injuries.
- Loss of amenity. This essentially places a value on the impact your personal injuries had on your family, hobbies and social life.
- The cost of replacing items damaged during the accident.
- Travel, care and medical expenses.
- Future loss of earnings if you’ll face reduced earnings in the long term.
- Home adaptations to make it easier for you to deal with any permanent disability.
If you’d like to discuss how to claim personal injury compensation with a solicitor, please contact us today.
While we can’t say how much you might be paid for your injuries (general damages) until your claim is assessed properly, you could calculate potential payout amounts for various different injuries using our general damages compensation calculator.
Although the figures are based on those advised by the Judicial College the calculator should only as a guide as every claim is unique.
Personal injury compensation can be claimed based on a variety of different accidents and incidents. We’ve listed some of the most common claims our personal injury solicitors deal with below:
- Accidents at work claims.
Your employer is legally obliged to try and keep you safe at work. This means they need to provide personal protective equipment (PPE), train you properly, carry out risk assessments and ensure any equipment you use is in a good state of repair. If you’ve been hurt at work because your employer was negligent, you could potentially sue them for compensation for your suffering.
- Road Traffic Accident claims (RTAs).
All road users have a duty to try and protect others by obeying the rules of the road. If you’re involved in an RTA that was caused by another road user’s negligence, you might have grounds to seek personal injury compensation. Any road user could start a claim for injuries sustained in an RTA including drivers, car passengers, cyclists, pedestrians and injured motorcyclists.
- Slips, Trips and Fall claims.
One of the most common injury claims is for accidents caused by falls. If you slipped on a wet floor without warning signs, tripped on a raised paving slab or fell down a flight of stairs because of a broken handrail, you could be eligible to claim personal injury compensation.
- Life-changing injuries & Fatal accident claims.
Unfortunately, our solicitors are asked to help make claims because a loved one has died or sustained life-changing injuries in an accident caused by somebody else. We understand how traumatic it can be to deal with such a loss and our advisors are trained to deal with these cases compassionately and at a speed that suits our clients.
Whatever type of accident you’ve been injured in, please call our team if you’d like to find out how to claim personal injury compensation for your suffering.
While most personal injury compensation claims do not end up in court, you will still need to prove how your accident happened, who caused it, and what injuries you suffered. That’s because most claims end up with an insurance company that will typically deny all liability unless you can prove otherwise.
To improve your chances of receiving compensation for your injuries, you could use the following pieces of evidence to support your claim:
- Accident report forms. Most organisations are legally required to keep an accident report book. Your copy of their report can help to prove when and where the accident occurred.
- Camera footage. If your accident was recorded by a CCTV camera or a dashcam, you’re entitled to ask to be sent any relevant footage. You should request this quickly though as it will often not be kept for long.
- Medical evidence. It is always a good idea to have your injuries checked by a medical professional. This should ensure they are diagnosed properly and treated correctly. If you go on to claim personal injury compensation, your medical records and x-rays can be requested by your solicitor.
- Photographic evidence. Following any type of accident, it’s a good idea to take pictures of the scene on your phone. Where possible, you should take as many pictures before the cause of your accident is removed or repaired.
- Witness details. In cases where liability for the accident is contested, your solicitor might ask any witnesses to provide a statement of what they saw. Therefore, try to get the contact details of anybody else who was present when you were injured.
Obtaining as much information as possible along with any relevant documentation should go a long way to ensuring that a personal injury claim has a solid foundation. If you want an advisor to go through with you any evidence you may already have for your claim you can call us on 0800 6524 881.
In most cases, a 3-year time limit applies to personal injury compensation claims. This will either start from the date of your accident or from when your injuries were diagnosed by a doctor.
There is a lot to do during the claims process so it’s a good idea to start early. This will give your solicitor plenty of time to secure evidence and arrange for medical reports to be prepared.
The time it takes for a claim to be processed varies. For minor injuries where liability is admitted early, you could be paid personal injury compensation in around 6 to 9 months. More complex cases can take more than a year. If liability is accepted in these cases, your solicitor could request interim payments to help deal with any financial impact while your settlement amount is calculated.
We strongly believe that having a personal injury solicitor on your side will improve your chances of being paid compensation.
If your claim is taken on, your solicitor will use their skills, training, and experience to present as strong a case as possible. They’ll also manage all communication with the defendant so that you’re not faced with any complex legal or medical questions. If any objections are raised, your solicitor will fight your corner and present additional evidence to support your personal injury compensation claim where necessary.
In all cases, our solicitors will try to secure the highest amount of compensation possible. That means they won’t simply settle for the first offer received if it doesn’t fully reflect your suffering.
We hope this guide has shown you when you could be compensated for injuries caused by somebody else’s negligence. If you’d like us to help you begin a claim, please get in touch. Our advisors will offer free legal advice and review your claim if you call us on 0800 6524 881.
Any claim that’s taken on by one of our personal injury solicitors will be managed on a No Win No Fee basis. As we mentioned earlier, you’ll only pay your solicitor if you win your case, the claims process should be much less stressful.
If you’d like to know more about how to claim personal injury compensation, please call or use live chat to talk to a specialist.