Personal Injury is used to describe any type of injury you suffer due to someone else’s lack of care and attention or negligent behavior. The term can also be used to describe an illness and injury that is caused by medical negligence or industrial disease. It is perfectly appropriate that if you are injured in this way, you consider making a compensation claim. Contact us online or call 01904 556 600 today to make a claim.
Our expert team here at Pryers Solicitors will assess your case thoroughly and work with you and your family on a No Win No Fee basis to firstly, determine how successful your claim is likely to be and then pursue the claim on your behalf to secure a successful outcome.
You are entitled to claim compensation for the pain, suffering and inconvenience that you have experienced as a result of the personal injury. In addition, expenses are often incurred as a result of your injuries and these can also be recovered. Understandably, individuals want to feel a sense of justice, and to possibly right a wrong. By making a claim and winning compensation, positive action can be taken and people then feel able to move on.
We can help you understand whether you have good prospects of securing a compensation award. Most of our personal injury claims are funded on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning there is absolutely no financial risk for you or your family. So start your claim today.
What is Personal Injury?
Personal Injury is a term that means you have suffered a physical or psychological injury or illness as a result of someone else’s negligence or mistake. A personal injury can severely affect an individual, their family, and may also, in very serious circumstances, result in death.
There are many causes of personal injuries, and they can happen at any time. Having an accident at work, in your car, as a result of faulty goods or services, as a result of abuse or by errors occurring in hospital treatments or vaccinations are all valid reasons for potentially making a claim for compensation.
Even if the injury you have suffered does not lead to a claim for compensation, by talking to the solicitors at Pryers, we can help direct you to the best course of action, referring you to government bodies, support and counselling services or your nearest Citizens Advice Bureau for help and assistance.
Time limits for making a personal injury claim
If you want to take legal action and claim compensation as a result of a personal injury you must talk to a solicitor that specialises in this area of law. This must be done as soon as possible as there are strict time limits on making certain types of claim.
In general, most personal injury claims are brought under the law of negligence and the time limit allowed for such a matter is 3 years. This means that the court proceedings must be issued within 3 years of the injury occurring (usually the date of any incident) or you first being aware that you suffered an injury. This can, in some cases, be extended, but it is always best to speak to the team at Pryers to get the best advice possible from the outset. Please be aware that in medical negligence cases your awareness or knowledge of an injury being sustained may well be a key factor in determining when the 3 year time frame actually commences.
It is important that you seek specialist advice on this crucial procedural point.
How do I make a personal injury claim?
It is important that you make the first move and get in touch with the team at Pryers as soon as possible. With strict time limits in place, call us on 01904 556 600, email us at email@example.com or fill in the form opposite and tell us a bit about your case, and we’ll get back to you.
Don’t delay, our experienced team of No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors are available to talk to you today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Take a look at some of our frequently asked questions around personal injury. Please call our expert solicitors today for an informal chat on 01904 556 600 or visit our contact us page.
Will I have to go to court?
Most personal injury cases nowadays do not involve court action. The reason is very simple – court action is expensive and neither the insurer nor the claimant solicitors want to see perfectly reasonable cases pushed all the way to court. Over the years a claims handling system has evolved which enables both sides (in the vast majority of cases) to agree compensation and legal costs in a reasonable manner. That is not to say every case settles amicably, some cases will inevitably end up in court and particularly those involving more serious injury. You must bring legal proceedings in any event within 3 years of sustaining the personal injury.
Do I need a solicitor?
It is advisable to seek legal representation when you decide to make a personal injury claim. Many claims are complex and involve arguments on liability or on quantum (in other words the value of your claim) which insurers are adept in handling and this can be very much at the expense of the injured party. The advantage of using a solicitor when you make a personal injury claim is that your interests are protected fully throughout the process and you will receive a reasonable settlement rather than a potentially unfair one.
How much compensation can I claim for an injury?
How much compensation you can claim for personal injury depends very much on the type of injury, the level of pain and suffering, how long it takes you to recover from the effects of the injury and the impact this has had on your life. A fractured vertebrae to the neck is likely to be valued very differently to a soft tissue whiplash injury. However the process for assessing the pain and suffering and being able to place a valuation on such a claim is now well established within the legal industry. Provided there is adequate medical evidence, your solicitor should be able to give you an idea of the likely compensation payable for a certain injury along with any associated losses.
Can I claim compensation if I slip or trip and get injured?
If you fall or slip and injure yourself in a public place, there are certain situations where a claim might be possible. If, for example, you trip over a raised paving flag on a busy high street, assuming the pavement has been left in a dangerous condition for more than 6 months, this may lead to a possible claim being made against the local council. The same situation would apply to a business environment such as a supermarket car park or foyer where hazards are not efficiently dealt with in order to safeguard shoppers. However it can be much more difficult bringing a claim against a member of the public for an incident in or around their property. Each case must be assessed on its merits and you have 3 years from the date of the injury to make your claim.
What is a No Win No Fee agreement?
Legal aid for personal injury cases was abolished in 2000. In its place the government of the day brought in legislation to allow for “no win no fee” representation. A “No win No fee” agreement is an arrangement whereby your chosen solicitor agrees to handle your claim without receiving payment for the work they do unless your claim is successful. If the case is successful, the solicitor is paid in part from the other party or their insurers with a further agreed amount to be paid from your compensation award – but this latter portion is limited to 25% of damages. If the case is not successful, the solicitor makes no charge for the work they have done on your case. A “No win no fee” arrangement of this type is more commonly known as a “Conditional Fee Agreement” or CFA.