By Lewis Houston. Last Updated 20th October 2023. If you’ve suffered a significant injury, maybe even a life-changing one, you may be looked for serious injury solicitors to help you claim compensation. If so, you’ve come to the right place.
Here at Public Interest Lawyers, we work with a panel of experienced solicitors who specialise in compensation claims involving serious injuries.
If you’d like to see if you can make a claim, you can get in touch for free by:
- Calling our team on 0800 408 7825
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- Why Do You Need Serious Injury Solicitors?
- How Can Public Interest Lawyers’ Panel Of Serious Injury Solicitors Help You?
- What Accidents And Injuries Do Serious Injury Solicitors Handle?
- How Do I Find The Right Serious Injury Solicitor?
- Examples Of Serious Injury Claim Settlements
- Learn About No Win No Fee Claims
If pursuing a personal injury claim for a serious injury the case could become complex. A tragic car accident, medical negligence or serious assault can mean that the victim needs help and support for the rest of their lives. Although having a solicitor is not mandatory for personal injury claims a solicitor’s skills should never be underestimated. Finding a solicitor that deals with serious injury claims can ensure that your case receives the best support available. Such claims can be multidimensional and complex, to say the least, but a specialist solicitor could navigate the claims process while you are allowed to recuperate.
Personal injury claims must meet specific criteria:
- You will need to have been owed a duty of care,
- This duty will need to be breached, and
- The negligence resulted in your serious injury.
Legal representation can ensure that you receive the correct amount of compensation for the serious injury you have suffered. Having a solicitor also means that everything will be included in your claim. Even probably things you may not have even thought of. Claims must be filed in full as once they are completed you cannot go back and ask for more because something was left out.
What Legislation Applies To Serious Injury Claims?
There are an array of laws that outline the responsibilities that we have to each other in various areas of life. These duties can be generally described as a ‘duty of care’ and mean that by law, certain groups and individuals need to ensure that they are doing everything in their power to avoid causing accidents or injury to others.
If the evidence proves that parties bound by these laws were in breach of them, it can be possible to seek compensation. Some examples:
- The Road Traffic Act 1988 – covers appropriate duties and responsibilities for all road users.
- The Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974 outlines duties for employers and employees in UK workplaces.
- The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 – describes the duties of those in control of public space to safeguard against permitting hazardous circumstances.
In their own ways, these laws all try to apply a level of safety and wellbeing to anyone who may be involved. If the requirements within them are not met in some way and you suffer serious injury as a consequence, this legislation forms the basis of your complaint and subsequent request for damages from the liable party.
How Long Do I Have To Make A Serious Injury Claim?
When making a serious injury claim, you will need to ensure that you are starting your claim within the limitation period. Generally, you will have three years to start legal proceedings as per the Limitation Act 1980.
In some instances, the time limit to make a personal injury claim may be suspended. For example:
- Children who suffer serious personal injuries. The time limit is suspended until their 18th birthday. From this date, they then have until they turn 21 years old to start a claim.
- The claimant lacks the mental capacity required to make a claim. In this case, the time limit is permanently suspended unless they regain the required mental capacity. In this instance, the three-year time limit will reinstate on the date of recovery.
In both instances where the time limit is suspended, a court-appointed litigation friend could make a claim on the injured person’s behalf. A litigation friend should be someone who will act in the best interests of the claimant and may be a solicitor or parent, for example.
Contact our advisors today to discuss your case. They may connect you with one of our serious injury solicitors, who could help ensure that your claim is filed within the correct time limit.
Perhaps the most striking advantage to using a serious injury solicitor is that they have expertise in cases like this. Whilst you come to terms with what has happened to you or a loved one, your lawyer can be busy acting on your behalf in the following ways:
- They can arrange the necessary medical assessments to prove the extent and severity of injuries.
- Obtain Coroner’s reports to prove the cause of death.
- Assist you in collecting supporting evidence about your claim.
- Explain the complexities of the legislation that surrounds claims such as this.
- Concentrate on your claim and give it the time and attention it deserves.
- Listen to your concerns and respond with your best interests at heart.
- Ensure you receive the correct amount of compensation for the injuries suffered and for any financial losses.
In cases of bereavement, the government may provide funds. Under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 it can be possible for family members (also known as the ‘estate’) to seek a one-off Bereavement Payment of £15,120. A serious injury solicitor acting on your behalf can offer invaluable advice about the award.
Generally, personal injury or medical negligence solicitors can take on any type of case that has demonstrable evidence another party who owed you a duty of care was at fault and caused you injury. With this in mind, it can be useful to understand exactly what cases they most commonly encounter.
- In the workplace under the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974, all employers owe a duty of care to employees to keep them as safe as can be expected. When this is breached the employer may be liable for injuries that result. Such injuries could include; serious head injury, amputation or crush injury, falls, electric shocks, chemical burns, smoke inhalation or serious cuts and lacerations. Always report the incident in the accident logbook. Serious injuries must be recorded under RIDDOR
- In public places – the duty of those in control of public places means they must warn of unavoidable risks that could pose hazards to visitors or users. All occupiers are responsible for creating as safe an environment as possible for all customers and members of the public.
- Road traffic accidents – can involve a wide array of serious injuries. Given the risks of vehicles moving at high speed, any type of collision that happens on the roads can be a scenario that results in the driver, passenger or pedestrian being very badly hurt.
- Medical negligence – it can be possible to suffer avoidable injury from wrongly administered medical care. Patients who were negligently misdiagnosed or received the wrong treatment could sue the health practice concerned.
People searching for injury compensation lawyers may begin their search in the following ways:
- They may search online
- Ask friends and family for a referral
- Try the solicitors in their local high street
- Read website reviews
Whilst these options may offer some valuable insights, finding a serious injury solicitor to exactly meet your needs can be easier with help. When you reach out to our team, they can assess the eligibility of your claim and connect you with experts in this field within minutes.
The process is straightforward and sympathetic and can save you valuable time and energy. As soon as you connect with an expert serious injury solicitor they can start on your case. This means you can concentrate on recovering or grieving for your loved one.
Medical evidence forms the solid basis of all compensation claims for personal injury. You will be invited to a medical appointment which will be conducted by a medical specialist. They will provide a report of the seriousness of the injury and the prognosis. This report will be sent to all parties. It will be used to come to a figure, amongst other medical evidence, that can be attached to your injury.
Using the evidence of a serious injury, a lawyer acting on your behalf can calculate an appropriate sum to request. The chart below is an excerpt from a publication called the Judicial College guidelines. It lists the severity of injury from head to toe with compensation bracelets acknowledging the pain and suffering each injury might cause:
|JCG award bracket
|The amount of compensation will depend on how much pain, dependence on others, life expectancy, impact on sexual function.
|(b) Moderately Severe
|£219,070 to £282,010
|Very serious, life-altering disability requiring significant dependence on others.
|In the region of
|£100,670 to £150,110
|Where the removal of a damaged lung is required, serious heart damage and scarring.
|Loss of One Arm
|Not less than £137,160
|Arm amputated by the shoulder joint.
|Severe Leg Injuries
|£96,250 to £135,920
|These injuries are so serious they are only just short of amputation.
|Injuries to the Pelvis and Hips
|£78,400 to £130,930
|Dislocation of the lower back joint and severe fractures would fall into this category.
|Likely to exceed £104,830
|Covering more than 40% of the skin surface
These amounts that are listed in the table above only cover one part of a claim. If the serious injury claim is successful then the claimant can be awarded general damages for the pain and suffering. Examples are shown above. But additionally, the claimant could also claim special damages which will cover financial losses and expenses.
Serious injury solicitors can help you seek compensation as the victim of an injury or the surviving family. Working under a No Win No Fee agreement, it can possible to access this legal representation at no initial cost to you. If your case does not succeed, there are no fees that need to be paid to your solicitors at all. In addition to this, a small sum is deducted from the settlement as the solicitor’s fee in cases that win. Find out more by:
- Calling our team on 0800 408 7825
- Email or write to us at Public Interest Lawyers
- Access immediate help through the ‘live support’ option to the bottom of this screen
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In conclusion, there are other resources that can help you learn more about serious injury solicitors and how they can help you. There’s more about accidental death claims and how to report an accident in a public place.