A Guide To Using Serious Injury Claim Lawyers

This guide explores the ways in which serious injury claim lawyers can provide assistance to claimants with valid grounds to make a personal injury claim. There are several advantages to seeking legal representation including assistance with gathering evidence to support your case and making sure your case is put forward in full within the relevant time limit. As you move through this guide, you will find information on the different services a lawyer with experience handling serious injury claims could offer and when you could be eligible to instruct a legal representative. 

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A Guide To Using Serious Injury Claim Lawyers

Additionally, we discuss the eligibility criteria for making a personal injury claim, the evidence you could gather to strengthen your case, and how compensation payouts for successful claims are calculated as well as what they can include.

Furthermore, we outline the different ways a serious injury could be sustained, such as in a road traffic accident, an accident at work, or a public place accident.

Finally, we discuss the advantages of working with a lawyer who operates on a No Win No Fee basis.

If you require any further information whilst or after reading our helpful guide, please contact an advisor for free using the contact details below:

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  1. Serious Injury Claim Lawyers – How They Can Assist You
  2. When Can You Claim For A Serious Injury?
  3. Potential Compensation From A Serious Injury Claim
  4. Evidence Serious Injury Claim Lawyers Could Assist You In Collecting
  5. Make A Personal Injury Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis
  6. Learn More About The Personal Injury Claims Process

Serious Injury Claim Lawyers – How They Can Assist You

There are several benefits to hiring legal representation when you make a serious injury claim. For example, a lawyer could:

  • Help you collect evidence.
  • Gather statements from potential witnesses.
  • Ensure your claim is put forward in the relevant time limit for personal injury claims.
  • Calculate the value of your claim.
  • Send correspondence regarding your claim on your behalf.
  • Keep you updated on the progress of your claim.

The serious injury claim lawyers from our panel, who work on claims nationwide, can offer similar services to those listed above. Additionally, they have experience handling claims for serious injuries and could help you pursue personal injury compensation provided you have valid grounds to proceed with your case.

To find out more about working with a lawyer from our panel and how they could assist you, please contact an advisor on the number above.

When Can You Claim For A Serious Injury?

Serious injury claim lawyers could potentially help you seek compensation for the harm you experienced if you have an eligible claim. You may eligible to begin a personal injury claim for a serious injury if you can satisfy:

  1. A duty of care was owed to you by a third party, such as a road user, employer or occupier.
  2. They failed to adhere to their duty of care.
  3. Due to the breach of duty, you sustained an injury, either physical, psychological, or both.

Below, we have outlined the different third parties who owe you a duty of care, including the legislation they need to adhere to. We have also provided examples of how a serious injury could be sustained if there is a breach of this duty.

Accidents In A Public Place

The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 sets the duty of care for those in control of a public space. They must take steps to ensure the reasonable safety of those using or visiting the space for its intended purpose. Some steps they could take to adhere to this duty include:

  • Responding to hazards reported to them in a reasonable timeframe.
  • Carrying out risk assessments and addressing any hazards posing a risk of injury.

A failure to uphold their duty of care could lead to a member of the public sustaining an injury in an accident. For example, there are no warning signs to inform gym members which is the deep and shallow end of a swimming pool. As a result, a gym member dives into the shallow end of the pool causing them to sustain a serious head injury and spinal cord damage.

Road Traffic Accidents

Road users owe a duty of care to one another to navigate the roads in a way that reduces the risk of injury or damage to themselves or others. To uphold their duty of care, they must follow the rules in the Road Traffic Act 1988 and The Highway Code.

A failure to do so could lead to a serious road traffic accident. For example, the driver of a car fails to stop for an elderly person using a pedestrian crossing. As a result, the pedestrian suffers a serious neck injury and multiple broken bones.

Workplace Accidents

According to The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, a duty of care is placed on employers. The Act 1974 imposes a duty for employers to take reasonable steps to ensure the workplace environment and equipment are safe to use, and to prevent employees from becoming injured at work and as they perform their tasks. Examples of some steps they could take to uphold this duty include:

  • Performing a risk assessment regularly and addressing any hazards they become aware of.
  • Providing adequate training to employees.

If there is a failure by an employer to uphold their duty of care, it could lead to a serious accident at work. For example, an employer fails to provide their employee with any training before asking them to operate a forklift truck. This leads to the employee being unable to control of the work vehicle and crashing. As a result, they sustain a traumatic leg amputation.

Call our team to discuss the specific circumstances surrounding your accident and injury. If they find you have a valid claim, they could connect you with one of the experienced serious injury claim lawyers from our panel who could begin working on building your case.

Potential Compensation From A Serious Injury Claim

Serious injury claim payouts awarded after a successful claim could consist of general and special damages. 

Compensation for the physical and psychological pain and suffering caused by your injury is awarded under general damages. Some of the factors that can influence how much is awarded under this head include:

  • Your injury’s severity.
  • How your injury has impacted your quality of life. 
  • Your recovery period. 

Serious injury claim lawyers can look at your medical report as guidance when valuing general damages. They can also look at the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), which is a document that provides guideline compensation brackets for different types of injuries. Below, you can find some of the JCG figures in the table. However, please only use these as a guide because settlements can differ depending on the unique circumstances of each case.

Injuries Table

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Injury Severity Comments Compensation Bracket – Guidelines
Multiple Injuries Serious Compensation for several types of serious injuries, in addition to any monetary losses you have incurred because of your injuries. Up to £1,000,000
Paralysis Quadriplegia Upper and lower limbs are paralysed. £324,600 to £403,990
Paraplegia Lower limbs are paralysed. £219,070 to £284,260
Brain damage Very Severe There will be a requirement for full-time nursing care. £282,010 to £403,990
Moderately Severe The person will have a very serious disability and need constant professional care. £219,070 to £282,010
Leg Injury Amputation (i) Both legs are lost. £240,790 to £282,010
Sight Total Blindness Complete loss of sight in both eyes. In the region of £268,720
Chest Total Removal of One Lung With Serious Heart Damage There is serious ongoing pain and suffering with significant permanent scarring. £100,670 to £150,110
Traumatic Injury To The Chest, Lungs, And Heart Permanent damage, function impairment, physical disability and reduced life expectancy. £65,740 to £100,670
Special Damages Lost Wages Compensation can be awarded to reimburse any lost income incurred due to having to take temporary or permanent time off work because of your injuries. Up to £100,000

How To Claim For Financial Losses

The compensation for the money you have lost due to your injury is awarded under your special damages. Examples of the costs for which you could seek reimbursement include:

  • The cost of medical care, such as prescriptions you have needed to pay for or mobility aids.
  • Lost wages incurred due to any temporary or permanent time take off work because of your injuries.
  • Costs to adapt your home, such as a stair lift or ramp.
  • Travel expenses, such as taxis to and from check-up appointments at the hospital.

Evidence in the form of payslips, receipts, invoices, travel tickets, and bank statements can help prove any monetary losses. 

To receive a free, personalised estimate of how much compensation you could receive following a successful serious injury claim, call an advisor on the number above.

Evidence Serious Injury Claim Lawyers Could Assist You In Collecting

Evidence can help support your serious injury claim by demonstrating that a third party breached the duty of care they owed, and caused you to sustain harm as a result. It can also provide information on the extent of your injuries which could help when valuing your potential settlement. As such, you may benefit from gathering:

  • Dash-cam or CCTV footage of the accident. 
  • Copies of any test results, such as scans or blood tests, or other medical records including doctor and hospital reports.
  • Photographs of your injury.
  • Witness contact details.
  • A diary detailing your physical and psychological symptoms. 

Our panel of serious injury claim lawyers may be able to help you collect evidence and start building your case, provided you have valid grounds to proceed. For further information, please call on the number above.

Make A Personal Injury Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis

The No Win No Fee basis under which the serious injury claim solicitors off our panel typically work means they can offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This usually means:

  • There are no upfront fees or costs to pay as the claim is ongoing for the solicitor’s work.
  • You do not have to pay your solicitor for their services if your claim fails.

Following a successful claim, your solicitor will make a deduction from your compensation. This is their success fee, the percentage of which is subject to a cap as per the law.

To learn more about seeking legal representation on this basis, and whether you could have valid grounds to proceed with your serious injury claim, please contact an advisor. You cab do so by:

Learn More About The Personal Injury Claims Process

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