How To Find Serious Injury Solicitors

How could serious injury solicitors help you or a loved one after an accident that as caused by the breach in the duty of care owed? To be eligible to make a personal injury claim for a serious injury it must be proven that this injury was caused through negligence. As we go about our daily lives each day in many areas we are owed a duty of care. For example road users, employers, those in control of public spaces have a duty of care applied to them by specific legislation which we will talk about as we go through this article. When this duty of care is breached and leads to a serious injury a compensation claim may be possible.

Serious injury solicitors

Serious injury solicitors

In this article, we aim to explain how you can start a compensation claim for yourself after serious injuries, or on behalf of a loved one who died as a result of them. This guide will talk about which types of accidents could lead to a personal injury claim and how damages are awarded. Could we offer you assistance right now? If so, please

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  1. Why Do You Need Serious Injury Solicitors?
  2. What Role Do Serious Injury Solicitors Play?
  3. What Accidents And Injuries Do Serious Injury Solicitors Handle?
  4. How Do I Find The Right Serious Injury Solicitor?
  5. Examples Of Serious Injury Claim Settlements
  6. Learn About No Win No Fee Claims

Why Do You Need Serious Injury Solicitors?

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.

Legislation

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:

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.

What Role Do Serious Injury Solicitors Play?

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.

What Accidents And Injuries Do Serious Injury Solicitors Handle?

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.

Serious Accidents

  • 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.

Serious Injuries

Injuries can vary significantly but there are some examples that would be classed as serious given the likelihood that they can imperil life itself. Blood loss, loss of consciousness and any form of head injury can give rise to serious health concerns. Other examples could be:

  • Any form of puncture or penetration of internal organs
  • Skull fractures
  • Compound fractures of the arms or legs
  • Impact on the eyes
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Serious tissue damage or ‘de-gloving’
  • Compartment injuries 
  • Unconsciousness or coma
  • Heart or lung damage
  • Renal or liver failure caused by toxins
  • Exposure to poisons or hazardous substances such as carcinogens or asbestos exposure

In the course of a serious accident, it can be possible to suffer a combination of these injuries. These in turn could increase the likelihood of a serious decline in the overall health of the person. Injuries can in themselves place stresses on the heart and shorten life expectancy considerably.

How Do I Find The Right Serious Injury Solicitor?

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.

Examples Of Serious Injury Claim Settlements

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:

InjurySeverityJCG award bracketNotes
Brain Damage(b) Moderately Severe£205,580 to £264,650Very serious, life-altering disability requiring significant dependence on others.
Eyes(b)In the region of
£252,180
Total blindness
BurnssevereLikely to exceed
£98,380
Covering more than 40% of the skin surface
Chest injuries(a)£94,470 to £140,870Where the removal of a damaged lung is required, serious heart damage and scarring.
Arm Injury Loss of One ArmNot less than £128,710Arm amputated by the shoulder joint.
Leg Injury Severe Leg Injuries£90,320 to £127,530These injuries are so serious they are only just short of amputation.
Injuries to the Pelvis and HipsSevere (i)£73,580 to £122,860Dislocation of the lower back joint and severe fractures would fall into this category.
Paraplegia(b)205,580 to £266,740The amount of compensation will depend on how much pain, dependence on others, life expectancy, impact on sexual function.

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.

Learn About No Win No Fee Claims

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:

Get Further Support

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.

Sources that could help you further include the Citizens Advice Bureau, or the NHS as well as Gov.UK for further information on making a claim.

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