By Danielle Graves. Last Updated 21st June 2023. Our guide explains when you could make a personal injury compensation claim. Firstly, we detail the criteria to fulfil in order to be eligible and what the time limits are for beginning a claim.
Additionally, we outline the types of personal injuries you could claim for and how different kinds of evidence can help support your claim. Our guide also distinguishes the types of damages you could be awarded and how these aim to compensate you for different losses.
Moreover, we explore how solicitors can value injuries with the assistance of resources and show how the compensation guidelines align with various types of injuries.
To conclude our guide, we highlight how working with a solicitor may be a beneficial option for you. We explain the way a No Win No Fee agreement tends to work and what to expect if you enter one.
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To begin, you may be eligible to make a personal injury compensation claim. To do so, a duty of care must have existed and been breached, causing an accident. If this breach has led to you sustaining injuries, this amounts to negligence which can give you grounds to bring forward a personal injury claim.
A duty of care can exist in different circumstances, for example:
- Accidents at work: The Health and Safety At Work etc. Act 1974 outlines that your employer has a duty of care to take reasonably practicable steps to ensure your welfare in the workplace.
- Road traffic accidents: The Road Traffic Act 1988 details the duty of care owed by road users. You should navigate the road in a way that reduces the likelihood of harm being caused to yourself or other road users.
- Accidents in public: The Occupiers Liability Act 1957 outlines the duty of occupiers of premises for lawful visitors. They have a duty to ensure the land they own is reasonably safe for the purposes the visitors are on the land for.
Please contact an advisor if you have any questions about your claim. We can assess your eligibility and provide advice.
Personal Injury Claims Time Limit
If you are eligible to make a compensation claim, you must start legal proceedings within the personal injury claims time limit. This is set out in the Limitation Act 1980 as typically three years from the date of the accident that caused your injury.
However, in certain circumstances, there are limitation period exceptions. These include:
- Those under the age of 18. For these parties, a pause is applied to the time limit until the date of their 18th birthday. Before this date, a court-appointed litigation friend could begin the legal process on their behalf. Once the injured party turns 18, they will have three years from that date to start their claim if a litigation friend has not done so already.
- Those who lack the mental capacity to make a claim for themselves. For these injured parties, an indefinite suspension is applied to the limitation period. During this period, a litigation friend could begin proceedings on their behalf. If the injured party regains this capacity and a claim was not started for them, they will have three years from the date of recovery to start the process.
If you have any questions about personal injury claims and to find out if you are within the time limit, please contact one of the advisors from our team.
There are many kinds of personal injuries that you could sustain under different circumstances. If caused by negligence, these could entitle you to claim.
For example, this can include:
- Accident at work: One of the most common types of accidents are slips, trips and falls. This can lead you to sustain all manner of injuries. Suffering a head injury after a piece of debris falls from a height on a construction site could also be an example of an accident at work you can claim for. If your employer failed to provide you with the necessary personal protective equipment to carry out your job without risk of this injury, then you could be entitled to claim. You could also suffer a foot injury if you are not given steel-toe boots and a heavy object drops on your foot.
- Road traffic accident: You may be able to claim compensation for a back injury after a car accident if the accident that caused it happened because of negligence. A driver could have been intoxicated and not paying attention when you braked at a red light in front of them. This could cause a rear-end collision that causes your injury.
- Accident in a public place: A pavement in a public park may have a large pothole that was left unfixed despite the fact that maintenance should have been done. This could lead to you tripping over it and sustaining an ankle injury. You could also claim compensation for the likes of beauty treatments gone wrong, such as a laser hair removal burn or a negligent waxing treatment
To discuss your personal injury claim further, please speak with a member of our team who can provide an evaluation of your case. Provided you have a legitimate claim, they could connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.
After receiving the medical care you require, it will be beneficial to collect proof to support your claim. Evidence can show that the accident you were involved in was caused by negligence and also the extent to which you were injured.
Examples can include:
- CCTV or dashcam footage to show how the accident occurred.
- Photographs of the immediate scene and the injuries you sustained.
- Medical records to show proof of your injury, such as a copy of an x-ray.
- Witness details. People who saw the accident can provide another account that could support your claim.
A solicitor from our panel may help you collect this evidence. To see whether you have a strong enough case to be connected with one, speak with a member of our team today.
If your personal injury claim is successful, your settlement may consist of general and special damages.
General damages compensate you for the physical pain and mental suffering caused by your injury. When valuing your claim, a legal professional may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them. This document lists personal injury compensation guidelines for various physical and psychological injuries.
In our table below, we’ve listed some of the figures from the 16th edition of the JCG.
Please only use it as a guide.
|Head||Moderately Severe (b)||There are serious disabilities present and a dependence on others.||£219,070 to £282,010|
|Head||Less Severe (d)||There has been a good recovery and a return to employment and a social life. All functions are not restored such as poor concentration.||£15,320 to £43,060|
|Psychiatric Damage||Severe (a)||The person has problems coping with life and relationships. Future vulnerability and the extent to which treatment would be successful are considered.||£54,830 to £115,730|
|Leg||Very Serious (b) (ii)||Mobility is permanently altered and there is a need for mobility aids for the remainder of their life.||£54,830 to £87,890|
|Knee||Severe (a) (ii)||Fracture of the leg which has extended to the knee joint causing constant and permanent pain.||£52,120 to £69,730|
|PTSD||Moderately Severe (b)||There is a better prognosis for some recovery with professional help. There is still likelihood of significant disability.||£23,150 to £59,860|
|Neck||Severe (a) (iii)||Fractures or dislocations, or damage to soft tissues.||£45,470 to £55,990|
|Arm||Less Severe (c)||There has been disabilities that were significant but there has been a substantial degree of recovery.||£19,200 to £39,170|
|Ankle||Moderate (c)||Fractures or torn ligaments. This can cause difficulties with walking on uneven ground or standing for long periods.||£13,740 to £26,590|
|Shoulder||Moderate (c)||Shoulder is frozen and the movement is limited and accompanied by discomfort.||£7,890 to £12,770|
If you would like one of our advisors to value your claim for free, please get in touch using the contact details at the top of the page.
Special Damages In Personal Injury Claims
The other head of claim you may receive is special damages. These aim to recover the monetary losses you have incurred because of your injuries.
Examples of the expenditures include:
- The cost of professional care and medical treatment. You could require physiotherapy for your injury beyond what is available on the NHS or you might require supervision and care.
- Travel expenses. You may have incurred transportation costs if you cannot drive your vehicle or if you must pay to travel to medical appointments.
- Home adjustments. Handrails and ramps may be necessary to install in your house to accommodate your injuries.
- Impact on earnings. You may be unable to return to employment for a period of time or indefinitely, which can reduce or affect your earnings.
It will be advantageous to support these losses with documentation. This can include:
- Invoices or bank statements
- Tickets from transport e.g. bus or train
A solicitor can offer you guidance on what your claim could consist of. Speak with a member of our team today to see if they could connect you with a legal representative.
A No Win No Fee agreement may be offered when you are making a claim for your personal injury with the help of a solicitor. In particular, they could put a Conditional Fee Agreement forward.
These usually work in a way which means the success of your claim dictates the payment to your solicitor. If your claim is unsuccessful, this will usually mean you will have no obligation to pay your solicitor for the services they have provided. There are also no upfront or ongoing fees to pay them.
Comparatively, your solicitor will take a fee if you have a successful claim. These are success fees and are a deduction from your compensation that your solicitor will take.
The amount they can take is legally restricted by the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013, which caps the percentage they are able to deduct, avoiding any concern of overcharging.
To learn more about No Win No Fee arrangements, please speak with an advisor from our team.
To receive advice about your personal injury compensation claim, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can reach us using your preferred method of contact below:
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If you found our personal injury compensation guide useful, you can find more of our information on the pages below:
- Compensation Payouts
- Slip, Trip, Fall Workplace Accident Claims
- Shoulder Injury Compensation Claim
- Get information on making a 50/50 accident claim and who pays for what with our helpful split liability claims guide.
- Learn more about prison injury claims and get advice on the personal injury compensation claims process.
- If you’ve suffered an injury in an accident in a supermarket, you may want to brush up on your legal rights. This guide offers advice on the criteria for making a personal injury claim, as well as examples of potential compensation awards.
- If you’ve slipped on a wet floor, maybe at work, in a supermarket or a shop, you could be entitled to compensation if you’ve suffered an injury. This guide explains your legal rights and what you can do to take action.
- Learn more about serious injury claims
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