Personal Injury Claims UK
Find out below all you need to know about personal injury and what you can do if you have suffered because of someone else’s fault.
Being injured is painful and stressful, no matter how it happened. When your injury is the result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, it can feel even worse. Personal injury claims are an attempt to redress the situation, making sure that you are not left worse off as a result of an injury that was not your fault. We offer a no win no fee arrangement for most personal injury claims that allow you to claim the compensation you deserve for your personal injury without having to worry about making any up front payments.
What Counts As a Personal Injury?
A personal injury is just that, any injury that you have suffered to you as a person. This would include a wide variety of physical injuries such as:
- Head injuries
- Brain injuries
- Facial injuries
- Eye injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Back injuries
- Arm injuries
- Arm amputation
- Hand and/or finger injuries
- Hip/pelvis injuries
- Knee injuries
- Foot and/or toe injuries
- Skin lesions
- Lung problems
- Damage to internal organs
- Problems arising from birth complications
- Burns and scalds
- Needle stick injuries
- Chronic pain
A personal injury can also include psychological and emotional issues including:
- Insomnia (not being able to sleep)
- Agoraphobia (a fear of being in open spaces)
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Extreme stress and difficulty leaving the house
- Difficulty going back to work
- Difficulty taking part in your usual activities
- General distress can also apply in particular cases, during a wait for test results following a needle stick injury at work for example
If you have suffered any of these symptoms and it wasn’t your fault, call us on 0121 565 4317 or claim online to see whether we can help you resolve your personal injury claim on a no win no fee basis.
How Much Can I Claim For My Personal Injury?
How much compensation you are entitled to following your personal injury varies based on a number of factors. These include the severity of the injury, the impact it has had on your life, the impact it may have on your future earnings and any expenses you may have incurred as a result of the injury. Injury compensation claims will usually fall within guidelines published by a governing body called the judicial college. These guidelines show the typical range of compensation payments for a particular injury. The range can be very wide, however, as the precise nature of the injury and the circumstances surrounding the accident differ in every case. The best way to get an accurate estimate for how much compensation you might be eligible for is to call our expert team. Our years of experience allow us to quickly and accurately understand the details of your personal injury claim and give you the best possible advice on how to start your personal injury claim for compensation.
How Do I Start Making a Claim For My Personal Injury?
The first step in making a no win no fee claim for compensation for your personal injury is to contact us on 0121 565 4317 or claim online. We will then have a short conversation with you in which we will make sure that we understand the full details of your situation. Once we have that information, we will be able to advise you as to how much compensation you might expect to receive and on the best way forward. Normally, this will be to make a no win no fee agreement with us and to have us pursue your personal injury claim for you.
How Much Does It Cost To Make A Personal Injury Claim?
In most cases, it is possible to make a personal injury claim without paying anything up front. This is known as a no win no fee claim. If we are able to offer you a no win no fee agreement for your personal injury claim, we will do all of the work of the claim and cover all of the expenses associated with it. Once your claim has been settled, we would then take an agreed percentage of the compensation you have been awarded. All of the details would be agreed in advance so there are never any unwelcome surprises. The normal percentage which is known as a success fee is 25%.
In the unusual event that we are unable to offer a no win no fee arrangement, we can still suggest a variety of other options to make sure that you are able to access justice for your personal injury. Call us on 0121 565 4317 or claim online to discuss your options.
Does It Matter How The Injury Happened?
Personal injuries can have an enormous variety of different causes. In general, the requirement for making a claim for compensation following your personal injury is that there must have been someone else at fault. This doesn’t mean that they have directly caused your accident. Just that they were careless or reckless with your safety. Ways in which someone else might be to blame for your injury could include:
- Dog bites.
All dog owners are responsible for the behavior of their dog. If you are bitten by a dog that has escaped from a garden, for example, the owner would be considered responsible (liable) because they had not taken sufficient care to secure their garden or to train their dog. This also applies if you have to enter the property for a legitimate reason, for example walking up the path to deliver post or entering the house to read an electricity meter. In these instances you would normally be able to make a claim against the owner of the dog.
- Personal injuries at work due to inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Some work environments, such as building sites, are hazardous. The law recognizes that sometimes accidents will happen in such places, but requires that your employer takes all practical steps to avoid injuries and to minimize those that are not successfully avoided. This includes giving you appropriate PPE and making sure that you use it whenever necessary. If you are asked to carry heavy objects, for example and are not given steel toe capped boots, your employer could be liable for any foot injuries you might sustain if you drop the item. As you can see, this isn’t about your employer injuring you directly. Rather they are considered to have been careless or negligent with your safety.
- Road traffic accidents
When you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, you are able to claim compensation from the other party and their insurance. This includes common injuries such as whiplash, as well as more serious ones including broken bones, paralysis and head injuries. These compensation payments will usually come from the other party’s insurance company, meaning that you are not dependent on their ability to pay. If your personal injury was caused by an uninsured or unknown (hit and run) driver, the amount you can claim comes from a government scheme, which may reduce the amount you are able to claim. In traffic accidents where it is considered that the blame may be shared between the two parties, you may still be able to make a claim but your compensation may be reduced as a result.
- Trips and falls
If you have tripped or fallen in a public place, it is possible that you may be able to make a claim. This really depends on the cause of the fall and who is responsible. Businesses are responsible for maintaining property that they own and making sure that there are no hazards to employees or members of the public. If you receive a personal injury as a result of a company failing to maintain property they are responsible for, such as uneven paving or hidden cables that you tripped over, this would be considered negligence on their part and you may be able to make a claim. Similarly, if the council has been notified regarding broken paving and fails to repair it, they would be considered liable for personal injury caused by that failure.
- Medical negligence
If a doctor or other medical professional has not given you the correct care and you have suffered some kind of injury as a result, you are able to make a personal injury claim. This can include instances where you have been given the incorrect medication, where surgical procedures have not been carried out correctly or where you have otherwise not received the level of care that you should have. These cases can be very complex, so it is important that you receive expert help and advice when pursuing a medical negligence claim for your personal injury.
As you can see, there does not need to be malicious intent for you to make a claim for your personal injury. The compensation you receive is there to make things right for you and get you back to where you would have been had you not been injured, not to punish the other party. If you are unsure whether you are eligible for compensation following your personal injury, call us on 0121 565 4317 or apply online to discuss your case and find out.