What Do Catastrophic Injury Solicitors Do?

Have you suffered a life-changing injury due to someone else’s negligence? If so, you may be able to make a personal injury claim. This guide will explore how an experienced catastrophic injury solicitor from our panel could help you claim the compensation you may be entitled to.

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Catastrophic injury solicitor claims guide

If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible to seek compensation, this guide could help. We will provide examples of how someone else could breach the duty of care they owed you resulting in you sustaining an injury.

Furthermore, we will provide information on the compensation you could receive for your injuries, including the financial losses incurred as a result of the harm you sustained.

Although we have aimed to cover the information you need in our guide, we understand you may still have questions. If so, please don’t hesitate to contact us on the details below:

  • Telephone: 0800 408 7825 
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  1. Claiming With A Catastrophic Injury Solicitor
  2. What Is Considered A Catastrophic Injury?
  3. Causes Of Catastrophic Injuries
  4. Are Catastrophic Injuries Life Threatening?
  5. How To Claim With A Catastrophic Injury Solicitor
  6. Catastrophic Injury Claims Calculator
  7. Contact A No Win No Fee Catastrophic Injury Solicitor
  8. Related Guides

Claiming With A Catastrophic Injury Solicitor

A catastrophic injury solicitor could help you claim compensation for life-changing injuries you’ve sustained due to someone else’s negligence. 

In order to demonstrate negligence, your solicitor will aim to prove that:

  • You were owed a duty of care
  • Someone failed to uphold the duty care they owed you
  • You suffered physical harm or psychological damage as a result.

As such, they can help you gather relevant evidence to strengthen your claim, including medical records. Additionally, they could arrange for you to attend an independent medical appointment to produce a more in-depth report on the full extent of your injuries. This can later be used to help when valuing how much your injuries are worth.

If you require legal representation to help you through the different stages of the personal injury claims process, we could help. One of our advisers could assess your case to determine whether it’s valid and could pass your case to a solicitor from our panel. All the solicitors on our panel have experience seeking compensation for catastrophic injuries.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact our team on the number at the top of the page.

What Is Considered A Catastrophic Injury?

A catastrophic injury is an injury that has a significant impact on the victim’s life, either long-term or short-term. Here are some examples:

  • Brain InjuryBrain damage can vary in severity but could be severe resulting in permanent disability or death. 
  • Back Injury – A severe back injury such as a fractured spine could result in a long-term disability or paralysis. 
  • Spinal Cord Injury – Damage to the spinal cord is often permanent and could cause paralysis.
  • Lost Limb – For example, an arm, leg, foot or hand. The loss of a limb can lead to permanent and ongoing issues. 

Causes Of Catastrophic Injuries 

There are different scenarios in which someone may have owed you a duty of care and breached it causing you harm, such as:

  • In the workplace: As per the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers have a duty of care to safeguard and protect their employees from harm. They can do this by minimising workplace hazards and risks as much as reasonably possible. Failure to do so could result in you losing an arm after they failed to regularly maintain a piece of faulty machinery.
  • On the road: All road users have a duty of care to do everything they reasonably can to prevent one another from sustaining harm. If they don’t, it could result in you sustaining damage to your spinal cord after being knocked off your pedal bike due to a driver failing to check their mirrors when overtaking on a narrow road.
  • In a public place: The person in control of a public space has a duty to do everything they reasonably can to prevent members of the public from experiencing harm. Their duty is set out in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. However, they might fail to uphold their duty of care causing someone to sustain harm. For example, you may have sustained a head injury following a slip, trip or fall on a spill that wasn’t properly signposted in a supermarket.

If you have experienced an accident at work, an accident in a public place or a road traffic accident that caused you harm due to someone else’s negligence, please get in touch. An adviser could discuss the option of working with a catastrophic injury solicitor from our panel.

Are Catastrophic Injuries Life Threatening?

In some circumstances, there are catastrophic injuries that could be life-threatening. For example, brain damage or damage to the spinal cord. Each of these injuries may cause additional problems that result in death.

A claim could be made on behalf of someone who has died due to a catastrophic injury. This is known as a fatal accident claim and could be made to seek compensation for the pain and suffering the person experienced as a result of their injuries.

In other cases, a catastrophic injury may not be life-threatening but could be life-changing. For example, the amputation of your leg could greatly impact the quality of your life as it was before the accident. You may be unable to return to the same area of work causing you to experience a substantial loss of earnings.

However, you could pursue a claim to seek compensation for the impact your injuries have had on your quality of life and the financial impact they have had.

For more information on pursuing your own claim or a claim on behalf of someone else, please get in touch with our team on the number above.

How To Claim With A Catastrophic Injury Solicitor

Here are some steps you can take to help your claim before contacting a solicitor:

  • Gathering sufficient evidence: Evidence could include video footage, pictures of your injuries, pictures of the accident, contact details of witnesses and medical records. 
  • Seeking medical attention: If you’ve sustained an injury, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. This ensures you receive the correct treatment and can help to prevent any complications. Furthermore, you can use your medical records as evidence to highlight the diagnosis and treatment you received. 

Once you’ve completed these steps, you may decide you’d like to hire a catastrophic injury solicitor to represent your claim. If so, you can call our team on the number above to find out more.

Catastrophic Injury Claims Calculator

General and special damages often make up the compensation payout you’re awarded. General damages focus on awarding compensation for the pain and suffering you’re physical or psychological injuries have caused you. 

In order to accurately assess how much compensation you’re owed under general damages, medical evidence can show:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • How badly they impacted your quality of life
  • Your future prognosis

Additionally, the Judicial College Guidelines are often referred to by solicitors to help value claims. The guidelines provide bracket compensation awards for various injuries. We have included figures from the guidelines in the table below. Please only use them as a guide because they aren’t reflective of the actual settlement you will receive.

InjuryAdditional NotesBracket Compensation Award
Very Severe Brain Damage (a)The award given will depend on factors such as life expectancy.£264,650 to £379,100
Moderately Severe Brain Damage (b)The person will have a very serious disability.£205,580 to £264,650
Amputation of Arms (a)Where both arms have been lost.£225,960 to £281,520
Amputation of Arms (b) (ii)Where one arm has been amputated above the elbow.£102,890 to £122,860
Injuries Affecting Sight (b)Complete blindness in both eyes.In the region of £252,180
Injuries Affecting Sight (d)Complete loss of one eye.£51,460 to £61,690
Severe Neck Injury (a) (i) Injuries associated with paraplegia that's incomplete.In the region of £139,210
Severe Back Injury (a) (i)Injuries involving spinal cord and nerve root damage that cause serious issues.£85,470 to £151,070
Tetraplegia (a)The award given will depend on several factors such as life expectancy, presence of pain and age. £304,630 to £379,100
Paraplegia (b)The award given will depend on factors such as level of pain, independence and the psychological impact.£205,580 to £266,740

Special damages seek to compensate you for the financial expenses you have experienced as a result of your injuries. For example, you may have taken time off work whilst recovering from your injuries and experienced a loss of wages. In this instance, you could claim back your lost wages under special damages provided you have sufficient evidence, such as payslips. 

Contact A No Win No Fee Catastrophic Injury Solicitor

A catastrophic injury solicitor from our panel could offer you a No Win No Fee arrangement. For example, a Conditional Fee Agreement allows you to access the services of your solicitor without paying a fee upfront or fees while your claim is ongoing.

Additionally, if your claim loses, you don’t have to pay a success fee to your solicitor. If your claim is successful, you will pay the success fee from your compensation. The fee is subject to a legal cap and is outlined in the agreement you sign prior to your solicitor starting work on your claim.

If you’d like to find out whether you’re eligible to have a solicitor from our panel represent your claim on this basis, an adviser could help. They can assess whether your claim has a chance of succeeding and if it does, connect you with a solicitor from our panel.

Alternatively, an adviser can answer any questions you may still have regarding your potential claim.

For more information, use the details below:

  • Telephone: 0800 408 7825 
  • Online: Fill out the contact form on our website.
  • Live chat: Chat with an adviser using the live chat function below. 

Related Guides

In this section, we have included some additional resources that you may find beneficial.

We hope our guide on how a catastrophic injury solicitor could help you seek compensation has helped. However, if you require any additional guidance, please call our team on the number above.