What exactly is a personal injury?
A personal injury is any injury to yourself, either physical or psychological, which has caused pain and suffering. To make a claim, a personal injury must have been caused as a result of another person or party’s negligence.
Can I make a personal injury claim?
Making a personal injury claim can be a long and complicated process. It is therefore essential that you seek advice from a qualified and experienced solicitor that specialises in personal injury claims. We have a panel of experienced injury solicitors who work throughout the UK. Contacting us is completely free, and there is no obligation to use our service.
When some people think about personal injury claims, they mistakenly believe that you can only make a claim if you have suffered a serious injury such as a broken bone. Due to this reason many people do not bother to enquire about making personal injury claims, potentially missing out on compensation which they are legally entitled to. If you have been involved in an accident which was not your fault, you can claim compensation for any pain and suffering caused by the accident. This could include cuts and lacerations, bruising, muscle damage, sprained and twisted joints, fractures, loss of hearing, damage to internal organs and any other injury.
Rather than the actual type of injury you have suffered, the main point that will determine whether or not you may be entitled to compensation is how long the injury lasts for. In the majority of cases an injury will need to cause you pain or suffering for at least 4 weeks or more in order to make a successful personal injury claim.
Often when somebody is injured due to an accident, they end up suffering financially as well as physically. This may be due to having time off work without sick pay, having to pay for transportation due to difficultly walking or driving, or paying for treatment and medication costs. Due to this many people rush back to work too early, which can not only delay the recovery period, but can also make an injury worse. By making a personal injury claim you can claim compensation for your injuries, and also for any financial loss you have suffered as a direct result of the accident and subsequent injury.
Making a personal injury claim is not just about getting compensation. For some people the main motivation behind making a claim is to help to prevent a similar accident and injury happening to somebody else in the future.
How long does a personal injury claim take?
Unfortunately there is no set answer as to how long your personal injury claim will take. The length of time it will take from the moment your claim is commenced, to the point when you receive your compensation cheque through the door, will depend greatly on the circumstances surrounding your particular case.
Generally speaking the more straightforward a claim is, the quicker the claim is likely to be. Therefore in a personal injury claim where full liability is accepted, it could take just a couple of months for the claim to be settled. Whereas a more complex case where either liability or the injuries sustained are contested could take over a year to be settled.
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident where the third party has accepted full liability, and you have suffered a whiplash injury, it is likely that your claim would be settled relatively quickly.
Also, with the introduction of Claims Portal in 2010, and it’s expansion a couple of years later, any road accident, work accident or public liability claims valued at less than £25,000 will be processed and settled a lot quicker than previously. The target is for the majority of claims to be settled within six months.
How do I get free injury claim advice?
For further information on some of the different types of personal injury claims, please click on the links to the right. Please note that this list is not exhaustive – so if you have suffered any injury due to an accident which was not your fault, contact us today to speak to one of our qualified legal service advisors.