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, and negligence means, in basic terms, that another party owed a duty of care and ‘breached’ – that is fell short of – that duty of care resulting in some foreseeable injury being sustained.
Personal injury includes both physical and psychological injuries.
The majority of negligence cases arise from accidents at works, in public places or on the road – and we have successfully dealt with thousands of such cases.
How long do I have to make a claim?
The basic rule of thumb is that you have three years from the date of your accident/ 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 uppermost in most claimant’s minds.
However, 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.
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.
What does this mean for people who want to claim for compensation through the small claims court?
The Government’s intention is that any claims below these new limits will have to be presented and conducted by litigants (the person making the claim) themselves, without any legal representation from a solicitor.
In other words, you’ll need to represent yourself and conduct your claim by yourself.
The first of the new rules will apply to any road traffic accident occurring after 31 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 be subject to a set tariff system.
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.
If you would like to make a claim for a personal injury, get in touch with us today for fair and expert legal representation – learn more about what we can do for you here.
How Do I Make a Personal Injury Claim?
The first thing that you’ll need to do is get in contact with us –either by speaking to a member of our friendly team for a free, no obligation personal injury consultation, or fill out a personal injury claim form.
If it easier to ask a family member or friend to contact us in the first instance or indeed to support you through the process that is fine. All we shall need is your written permission to deal with another on your behalf.
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.
How do Personal Injury Claims Works?
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 of the claim e.g. photographs, correspondence, receipts, or reports.
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 start to finish to provide you with all the advice and guidance you need each step of the way.
Do I qualify for a personal injury claim?
If you were injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, then there’s potential for you to pursue a personal injury claim.
The best way to know if you have a personal injury claim is to speak to the experts directly – either arrange a free consultation with one of our personal injury specialists or fill out our claim form and we can get back to you with the information you need.
How much is my Personal Injury claim worth?
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
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:
Specialists in Personal Injury
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.
- 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 litigator with APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers)
- 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 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the types of personal injury claims?
Accidents in public places – such as government-run buildings, council-owned property like parks and communal areas like high streets
Accident in shops and supermarkets – such as wet floors, faulty doors, or broken shelving in stores, shopping centres and supermarkets.
Faulty product claims – If a faulty product causes an injury, things like cuts and bruises or even electric shock, it’s likely someone is to blame.
Hairdresser and beauty therapy claims – Burns from massages, allergic reactions to make-up, hair loss following dyeing may all have been due to negligence.
Road traffic accidents (RTAs) – Injuries resulting from accidents on the road are one of the most common types of personal injury claims, from minor injuries such as whiplash to more complicated injuries.
Accidents at work – According to figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there are nearly 80,000 reportable accidents at work each year. These may include seeking compensation for back problems caused as a result of poor manual handling policies, falls from a height, or incidents involving dangerous machinery.
Holiday claims – Accidents don’t just happen at home, they can happen when travelling too. With differing legal systems and language barriers, our experienced team can cut through the complex systems of varying countries and have an extensive knowledge of handling claims through holiday tour operators
Can you take over from my current solicitors?
Yes, we can.
If you’re unhappy with the service you’re getting from your current solicitor then you’re entitled to switch to a different solicitor.
We’ve had many occasions where clients have approached us due to their claim not progressing with a different solicitor. You can contact us on a no obligation basis to see how we can resolve your claim as quickly as possible. Transferring your claim is simple, so if you decide to work with us then all we need to do is request your file from your existing injury solicitor.
What support can you offer me during my personal injury claim?
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 earning for you or family members, any costs incurred for support or aid in your home, and any treatment costs so these can be factored in to your compensation so you’re not left out of pocket.
Can you help me access rehabilitation?
Be assured that when making a personal injury claim with us, our lawyers will work hard to ensure that you get compensation which allows you to access the rehabilitation and support you need. Specialist medical care can be invaluable, helping you make the best recovery possible from your injuries.
Rehabilitation can make a huge difference to your recovery and long-term well-being. In our may years of supporting clients with serious injury, we have developed a care pathway which involves giving you access to support groups and care providers who will set up a plan for your care in the future.
We’ll always take the time to understand your needs and what you’d like to get out of your rehabilitation programme. If you already have rehabilitation treatment on the NHS, we can work alongside them and help you access any other support that you may need.
We’ve helped thousands of people access life-changing rehabilitation and support and our commitment has been recognised at the Personal Injury awards where we were nominated finalists of Catastrophic Injury Lawyer of the Year.
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.