Personal Injury FAQs
How much is my claim worth?
You will be compensated for the pain and suffering caused by the injury and the amount depends on the severity and duration of your injury. You can also recover compensation for financial losses and out of pocket expenses such as loss of earnings, care and travel expenses etc.
Is it going to take a lot of my time?
There are points in a case where your input is needed if, for example, we need to take you through documents or ask you to get together documents such as wage slips, receipts/invoices and pension information. On average it shouldn’t take up more than an hour or two a month and sometimes is much less.
How good are you?
Our team has been strengthened by the appointment of Sara Westwood and Simon Bransby from Morgan Jones Pett in 2020. Together, we have over 35 years specialist experience in injury claims. Sara is a Law Society accredited specialist who, along with Head of Department Colin Cook, is also an APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) specialist. We are consistently recommended in Legal 500 which is a client’s guide to the best law firms and solicitors.
Do I have a case?
In order to evaluate your case it is helpful to have as much information up front as possible so photographs, investigation reports and any correspondence will assist us in advising you.
How long do I have to make a claim?
You must bring a claim within three years from either;
- When your accident occurred; or
- When you first realised you had an injury, if later. It is always safe to assume the three year time limit runs from the date of the accident so do not delay.
Does the time limit always apply?
In the case of a child the three year limit does not start until their 18th birthday so that time would not begin to run against them until they were 21; but they do not have to wait until then. Before they are 18 a parent or other person close to them can make a claim on their behalf as their ‘litigation friend’.
Also, a person who is unable to manage their own affairs because they lack capacity can effectively stop time running during the period of their disability.
In exceptional cases the court can allow a claim after the three year limit.
It is important to begin work on the case as soon as possible before the end of the three year limitation period because;
- We will need time to investigate and prepare your case before court proceedings can commence; and
- The earlier your case is investigated the more likely it is that documents needed to prove your case will still be available and people will be able to recall what happened.
How do I claim compensation?
There is no automatic system for paying compensation for personal injury arising from an accident.
We will advise you on the merits of making a claim and if a claim is justified will advise you as to the step by step process involved.
How will we asses your case?
When you contact our team we will assess whether we can help. You can help by putting together as much information as possible before you contact us. We will base our assessment on:-
- Your account of what happened;
- Any documents you may have;
- The medical and legal issues;
- How much a claim would be worth;
- Whether your claim is within the legal time limit;
- How your legal costs will be paid.
Please contact one of the team to discuss your specific requirements:
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