Personal Injury Compensation Claims
Common Claim Types
Making a claim
Hudgell Solicitors’ specialist personal injury lawyers have been successfully supporting clients in recovering compensation for over two decades and they are here to help you too. Our personal injury experts will discuss and review your situation, give you the time and space to talk to us and make the claims process simple and straightforward to understand. Where more serious injury requires rehabilitation input we will look to provide the support you need enabling you to make the best recovery possible and get your life back on track.
Personal Injury Compensation Claims
Personal injury is the term used for an injury or illness that has been caused or made worse by someone else’s negligence. In basic terms, negligence means that another party owed a duty of care and ‘breached’ that duty of care resulting in some foreseeable injury being sustained.
Personal injury includes both physical and psychological injuries. The majority of negligence cases involving personal injury arise from accidents at work, in public places, or on the road.
How do I make a personal injury claim?
Hudgell Solicitors’ specialist personal injury lawyers have been successfully supporting clients in recovering compensation for over two decades and they are here to help you too. Our personal injury experts will discuss and review your situation, give you the time and space to talk to us, and make the claims process simple to understand.
The first thing you need to do to make an injury claim is to get in touch with us using our online personal injury claim form.
If it is easier to ask a family member or friend to contact us in the first instance, or if you need support through the whole personal injury claim process, that is more than fine. All we need is your written permission to deal with another person on your behalf.
From there, we’ll arrange a free, no-obligation chat to discuss your circumstances. Our expert personal injury lawyers will listen carefully to your instructions and advise you of the next steps.
If you or someone you know has suffered in any way through no fault of their own, then it’s important to get in touch sooner rather than later. All claims have a time limit, so contact us as soon as you recognise that you could need to make a claim.
The Law has Changed
The way in which personal injury compensation claims for minor injuries resulting from road traffic accidents has changed.
From 31 May, 2021 reforms came into force which will significantly affect the value and conduct of these claims.
Personal Injury Solicitors
Our expert personal injury lawyers have successfully helped thousands of people claim personal injury compensation. We understand the specifics and detail required to build a strong personal injury claim, with our clients benefitting from the wealth of experience our team possesses. We’ve helped thousands of people access life-changing rehabilitation and support. Our commitment has been recognised at the Personal Injury awards where we were nominated finalists of Catastrophic Injury Lawyer of the Year.
- Our Personal Injury team in Hull Led by Head of Department Jane Woodcock with over 30 years experience of handling a broad range of serious injury claims.
- Supported by Associate Solicitors Sarah Kidd and Samuel McFadyen, who is an accredited senior litigator with APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers).
- Our Manchester office serious injury team is led by Sarah Patten who is a Solicitor and APIL accredited Senior Litigator who qualified in 2007. Sarah has secured tens of million pounds of compensation for clients during her career.
- All working with and alongside our wider team of our personal injury experts – with their in-depth knowledge of all types of personal injury claims, wide experience, desire to secure their clients the compensation they deserve, and sheer will to succeed.
- A Personal Injury team that routinely receives 5* reviews for their work from satisfied clients providing clients with practical, straightforward, and honest advice.
Making a Personal Injury Claim
Either the victim of the accident or someone acting on their behalf can make a personal injury claim. If you or someone you know has suffered in any way, through no fault of their own, get in touch with our expert personal injury solicitors. All claims have a time limit, so get in touch today and we’ll guide you every step of the way.
Contact a member of our specialist team if you have suffered from or need support in any of the following:
What happens if I lose my personal injury claim?
Here at Hudgell Solicitors, we offer the services of our no win, no fee personal injury lawyers based on clear communication. Before you pursue a claim we thoroughly discuss the process of taking cases forward and the impact that this can have on you financially, meaning there are no nasty surprises.
No win, no fee means that our legal services and fees will be covered by a percentage of any awarded compensation which will be agreed upon when we accept your case. There are no hidden fees and if your personal injury claim isn’t successful, you will have nothing at all to pay.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- There are a wide variety of incidents that can result in an accident or injury. The types of accidents and injuries you can claim for include:
- Accidents at work
- Accidents in public places
- School or college accidents
- Accidents in shops and supermarkets
- Dog bite claims
- Faulty product claims
- Hairdresser and beauty therapy claims
- Road traffic accidents (RTAs) including car, motorcycle, cycle or pedestrian accidents
- Holiday claims or accidents abroad
- The basic rule of thumb is that you have three years from the date of your accident or injury in which to issue formal court proceedings.
- There are some exceptions to this, most particularly in the case of children where the three-year period does not commence until their 18th birthday, but the period of three years should be central in most claimants’ minds.
- Generally speaking, the sooner a claim is commenced against a defendant party and its insurance company the better. Evidence is more likely to be preserved, witnesses are more likely to still have clear recollections of an event and more meaningful and productive enquiries can be made.
- Our message would be not to delay in submitting a claim, and at the very least seek professional advice and support at an early stage.
- After you’ve spoken to one of our lawyers, we may need to ask you for some key information about your accident and any injuries or illnesses you’ve suffered because of the accident. This will include:
- The date and time of the accident
- Details of the person or company considered responsible
- Where the incident occurred
- What injuries you suffered
- Any medical advice or treatment you have had since
- Whether or not the accident has already been reported to the party at fault
- To provide any documentation to support the claim including photographs, correspondence, receipts, or reports
- We see all too often how injuries – both minor and serious – can have a massive impact on an individual’s life and on those around them. It is therefore paramount that everything is put in place to best aid recovery and help cope with the challenges being injured brings. We will assess your immediate needs and arrange any medical appointments you may need, if necessary.
- Over the course of your claim, we’ll keep track of any lost earnings for you or family members, any costs incurred for support or aid in your home, and any treatment costs so these can be factored into your compensation so you’re not left out of pocket. We will actively consider and advise you on the possibility of interim payments where relevant.
- Once we have all the relevant information and have discussed your claim with you, your solicitor will formally notify the person or party who is being held responsible for your injury.
If they accept liability (fault) for the accident, we will then gather any further evidence needed to support your claim and obtain medical evidence from an independent medical professional in order to assess the right amount of compensation.
- More often than not settlement of a claim will then be negotiated with the responsible party. If agreement cannot be reached, then your claim may then need to be taken to court – but claims can still settle even inside the court process and your solicitor will be with you from start to finish to provide you with all the advice and guidance you need each step of the way.
- There is no accurate personal injury claim calculator that will tell you the specific amount you’ll be awarded. The amount of compensation for personal injury claims varies depending on a number of factors.
- Your lawyer will consider the seriousness of your injuries and the impact they have had on your life, along with any financial losses you have incurred or expenses you’ve paid or will need to pay due to the injury you’ve suffered.
- Financial losses might include the following:
- Your loss of earnings which can also include overtime and bonus payments
- Spending and expenses incurred because of your injury, including transport costs and parking
- Treatment costs
- Costs of external help such as carers or physiotherapists
- The cost of holidays or other expenditures that you have been unable to enjoy because of your injury
- Things you may have purchased to assist in your recovery
- All of these factors influence the amount of compensation and damages you will be awarded.
- The way in which personal injury compensation claims for minor injuries resulting from road traffic accidents is considered has changed. From the 31st of May 2021, reforms came into force that have significantly affected the value and conduct of lower value claims.
- The Government’s intention is that any claims below these new limits will largely be presented and conducted by litigants (the person making the claim) themselves, without any legal representation from a solicitor.
- The first of the new rules will apply to any road traffic accident occurring on or after the 31st of May 2021 where you are the driver or passenger in a vehicle. It does not apply to cyclists, motorcyclists, or pedestrians.
- What is known as the small claims limit is increasing from £1,000 to £5,000 for road traffic accidents – there will be no award of legal costs for a claim valued at less than £5,000. Low-value road accident claims of this type will also be subject to a set tariff system for injury compensation.
- A further set of new rules will apply to accidents at work and public liability accidents occurring after April 2022.
- The small claims limit for any other claims is increasing from £1,000 to £1,500. This relates to accidents at work, and occupiers and public liability accidents such as, for example, accidents in supermarkets or trips over defective pavements.
- We recognise the new rules and procedures are daunting for many, but we remain here to help in these cases acting on the same no win no fee basis as previously offered to our client.
The Hudgell Promise
When we take on any case, we want you to feel reassured and confident in every aspect of your claim. That’s why we offer a service that puts your needs over and above anything else.