This guide contains the following topics:
- What Is A Personal Injury, And How Do I Claim One?
- What are the time limits for bringing a personal injury claim?
- How Does the Personal Injury Claims Procedure Work?
- How Much Are You Eligible to Receive?
- How Long Will It take?
- How Do I Get Money For My Injury Claim?
It may be frightening to file a claim after a personal injury. But we're here to help you navigate the claims process and obtain the compensation you need. Our injury guide addresses some of the most commonly asked questions by our attorneys.
What Exactly Is A Personal Injury?
The legal term for an injury or sickness resulting from someone else's negligence is "personal injury." In these situations, you might be able to seek compensation from those who are to blame.
- Medical negligence might induce a variety of injuries, including those linked to accidents.
- Accidents on the road
- Accidents in the workplace
- During your holiday or while traveling abroad
- At work, you're exposed to dangerous chemicals such as asbestos.
- Injury caused by a crime
- Military accidents
- Defective items
Find out more about personal injury compensation here
What are the time limits for bringing a personal injury claim?
Three years is the usual time limit for receiving compensation for a personal injury.
- The three-year limit begins either on the date of your accident or sickness, whichever is later.
- When was the first time you became aware of a health problem linked to your employment (for example, asbestosis takes years to develop)
- When did you discover the reason behind the death of your loved one?
- However, there are a few notable exceptions: Children - you can claim for an accident that occurred before they turned 18 until the child's 21st birthday.
- For those with low mental capability, there is no time limit.
- Accidents or illnesses that occur in other countries - time restrictions in foreign countries may be shorter.
- Claims for criminal injury compensation should be brought within two years of the crime occurring.
- Defective items, in addition to the normal three-year statute of limitation, must be claimed within ten years after the product's release.
How Does the Personal Injury Claims Procedure Work?
In general, personal injury claims follow the same five phases:
- Free Consultation with a Skilled Professional
We'll go over the specifics of your case, as well as the best approach to proceed with your claim. This initial consultation is completely free and confidential.
- Determining Responsibility
We'll figure out who's responsible for your injuries or sickness. If this isn't clear, we can enlist the aid of a skilled staff of investigators. We'll contact them to see if they accept responsibility once we know who is at fault.
- Understanding Your Needs
We'll examine the specifics of your accident and its consequences with medical experts if necessary. From there, we'll determine the amount of money we think you'll require.
We'll look for "interim" compensation payments in the event of significant injuries - this is money paid ahead of time to cover any immediate needs you might have. We also have a specialist staff that can help you get access to the greatest rehabilitation and support options.
- Final Compensation Settlement
Out-of-court settlements are common in our business. However, the guilty party may not accept responsibility or may dispute the amount of compensation we feel you deserve. If you want to pursue a claim against someone who has misappropriated your trade secrets without consent, we'll begin court procedures. We'll be there to help you every step of the way if your lawsuit needs to be decided in court, explaining what will happen so you can feel at ease.
How Much Are You Eligible to Receive?
There is no such thing as a typical personal injury claim. The effects of the same sort of harm don't vary for each person, so the compensation paid will be unique and suited to your specific demands.
A personal injury compensation settlement consists of two components:
- General Damages – It is in place to compensate you for your injuries and suffering.
- Special Damages – to reimburse you for any expenses, lost income, and future care costs
As a result, it's impossible to generalize how much compensation you may receive without knowing your specific circumstances. This is the value of a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer who can accurately assess your claim to provide you with the money you deserve.
There are several variables that can impact your compensation, including:
- The degree of your suffering/injury
- Expenses you've paid out of pocket
- Loss of income
- In the event of any future care needs
- Therapy, treatment, and care are all aspects of rehabilitation.
- Adaptations to daily living
- Whether you were at fault for your injuries in any way (for example, by not wearing your seatbelt and getting hurt in a car accident)
How Long Will It take?
It's impossible to give a precise duration for settling a personal injury claim. Claims may take various amounts of time, depending on the following factors:
- The severity of your injury or illness
- Whether responsibility for your injury is admitted
- The complexity of the injury
- How long does it take to gather evidence?
We must consider the long-term consequences of your injury while calculating your remuneration. This is essential since if we calculate or settle your claim too soon, you may receive less compensation than you are entitled to.
How Do I Get Money For My Personal Injury Claim?
Personal injury claims can be funded in one of three ways:
- No-win, no-cost contracts
- This is where your legal expenses insurance comes in handy. You may have this as part of a house insurance policy or if you are a member of a trade union.
- Legal Aid is a legal aid firm that provides free representation to clients who have received certain types of birth injury claims.
The vast majority of the claims we handle are covered by a No Win No Fee agreement. This implies that you will not be charged any up-front fees and will not lose anything if your case is unsuccessful.