Personal injury compensation is not always awarded as a result of a road accident, clinical negligence, or an employer not ensuring the workplace is safe.
There are many other circumstances where you can sustain an injury through no fault of your own and still be entitled to make a compensation claim for any injuries you sustain.
Claims for personal injury can be as a result of slipping or tripping on pavements, caused by faulty products, Landlords and shop owners failing to ensure buildings are safe, and numerous other situations.
If you or someone you know has sustained personal injury in an accident and you believe someone else is responsible but are not entirely sure if you can make a compensation claim then please contact our specialist injury solicitors, who will be able to quickly tell you if you would be entitled to claim.
Will it cost me anything?
No, not a penny. We handle personal injury claims on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis. This means that we will pursue your claim and gather the necessary evidence along the way without any cost to you.
If your claim is successful the negligent parties insurance will cover the cost of our fees, and if you are unsuccessful we will not charge you for the fees we have incurred.
That’s how confident we are of winning cases we take on!
There are time limitations to make your injury claim.
In England you are free to claim compensation for an injury from the day it occurs until its third anniversary.
This means you have three years to pursue an ongoing claim for injuries and if ultimately necessary to take your claim to court. It is recommended that you start making a personal injury claim as soon as possible. The time limitation is however subject to the age of the claimant.
All personal injury claims need to be reported to the person responsible for maintaining the Health and Safety regulations of that area, be it landlords, local councils, shops, employers, hospitals and so on.
If however the claimant was below the age of eighteen when the accident occurred, they would have three years from the date of their eighteenth birthday to make a compensation claim for their injuries. For example a child sustaining injuries in a car accident at the age of twelve, but no claim for injury was made; the child can make a claim themselves between the age of eighteen and twenty-one.
Regarding claiming compensation for accidents which occurred on either boats or planes there are only two years in which to lodge a claim.
Any potential claim should be made as soon as possible or as soon as you are capable. We suggest you speak to one of our friendly advisers if you are at all unsure or have questions you need answering.
Who would I be making a claim against?
You would need to make your claim against, the person who is responsible for the injuries you have suffered.
Fundamentally an injury claim is just you (the claimant) looking for compensation owed to you by the person or people responsible for their negligence or carelessness which caused you to become injured.
It doesn’t matter who is responsible they can include employers, medical practitioners, schools, property owners, vehicle drivers, local councils and so on, as long as it can be shown they were negligent and in turn put your safety at risk.
Any reputable firms and organisations are insured against the liability of being claimed against, so rarely would your claim be against an individual.
In most cases when a claim has been successful the compensation owed to you is covered by the insurance or public liability policies held by the responsible party.
Will I need to meet with my solicitor?
A specialist personal injury solicitor will be appointed to your case. All correspondence between our solicitors and you is through normal post or telephone, so there is no need for you to visit our solicitors at all, unless it is something you want.
In some situations and should it prove necessary our solicitors will make arrange a convenient time and place to meet with you if you are unable to come to our offices.
How long do personal injury compensation claims take?
All claims are dealt with on their own merits and consequently no two claims are identical. As all accidents, claimants, defendants, and circumstances vary for each injury claim we are unable to advise a definitive time period to how long a personal injury claim will take to conclude.
What is important is that our solicitors recover the full amount of damages which are owed to you and to do this the case may take longer than expected.
In cases where the defendant (the person you are claiming against) accepts liability, therefore accepts they were to blame for the accident, this will inevitably speed up the claim process and you should recover the compensation you deserve a lot sooner.
Gathering Medical Evidence
Our solicitors will help you get a medical report, at no cost to you, to establish the extent of your injuries and your recovery prospects. The fee for this is paid for by the other parties insurer.
Medical records detailing your injury, will both be required for most cases and the sooner this information is obtained the sooner you will be awarded the compensation that you are owed.
We therefore advise that you seek medical help for your accident injury as soon as possible to ensure that the injuries are verified and documented by a medical professional.
Do all injury claims go to court?
The vast majority of personal Injury claims are settled without the need to go to a court. If the incident was clear-cut and liability has been admitted, then the odds of having to attend court is very minimal.
Some more complex may sometimes have to go to court. This is something our solicitors will help you with every step of the way and of course take all the worry away from you if you are concerned about attending court.
Can passengers also claim for injury?
Regardless of whether you were a passenger in the vehicle where the driver was at fault you can still make a compensation claim.
If you have sustained a road traffic accident injury which was not your fault then you are entitled to claim compensation against those responsible for the collision, whether that was the car you were in or the vehicle that collided with the car you were in.
My accident happened at work. Can my boss fire me?
No, your employer cannot dismiss you for making a claim against the company you work for. In our experience the vast majority of managers are in fact extremely sorry and sympathetic to the fact that you have become injured whilst in their employ.
One thing to keep in mind is that all employers are required by law to have adequate insurance in place to cover employees against accident injuries and therefore your claim would in fact be paid by the insurer and not the firm directly.
I had an accident whilst abroad, can I claim?
Our solicitors can help you with making a claim if you have been injured whilst on a package holiday abroad.
I was attacked, can I claim?
If you have sustained an injury as a result of an assault, there is a government body called CICA (Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority) set up to compensate victims of crime for injuries sustained through violent behaviour.
When will my claim start?
As soon as you contact us and one of our specialist injury solicitors have taken the necessary details regarding your claim, and believe it is a claim worth pursuing we will then be able to begin recovering the compensation you are entitled to.
Are you regulated?
Injury Claims Assistance is owned by Margary + Miller Solicitors who are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Still have a question about making a personal injury claim?
There are of course many eventualities where someone can become injured in an accident or suffer clinical negligence as a result of other people’s carelessness so if you are still unsure then please call us now for a no obligation, informal discussion to establish whether or not you would be entitled to make a compensation claim.