If you’ve suffered a personal injury or illness and want to make a compensation claim, our team of leading specialist Personal Injury Solicitors are here to help. We could get you compensation for your injuries and loss of earnings, as well as access to private medical care and rehabilitation in some cases.
Our Personal Injury Solicitors have won hundreds of millions of pounds in compensation for people like you. Ask if we can deal with your injury claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
So, if you think you could be entitled to compensation – even if you’re partly responsible for what’s happened – get in touch for a free chat about your case today. You can read on to learn more about how personal injury claims work and what the claims process is like with Simpson Millar.
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What is a Personal Injury Claim?
A personal injury is the legal name for an injury or illness that’s caused or made worse by somebody else. Making a personal injury claim means opening a legal case against them to get compensation for how you’ve suffered as a result. That somebody could be a person, a business or an organisation.
Personal injuries happen in lots of different ways and their effects range from minor to life changing. Speaking to an experienced personal injury solicitor will help you understand what can be done to put things right.
What are No Win, No Fee Personal Injury Claims?
We work on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means that you’ll sign a Conditional Fee Agreement or a Damages Based Agreement that says if you lose your case, you won’t pay our legal costs.
If you win your case, the other side will pay for a proportion of our legal costs, but you may have to pay for some of these yourself from your damages.
You may have legal cover on one either a motor or household insurance policy, which could cover your legal costs.
What Types of Personal Injury Can I Claim Compensation For?
Below are some of the common types of personal injury claims we deal with. You can click on each link to read more about that type of claim.
Accidents in a Public Place
Accident at Work Claims
Accidents on Holiday Claims
Asbestos Compensation Claims
Fatal Accident Compensation Claims
Holiday Sickness Compensation Claims
Industrial Disease Claims
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No Win, No Fee Personal Injury Claims
Road Traffic Accident Claims
Criminal Injury Claims
Examples of Accident at Work Cases
Examples of Personal Injury Cases
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Do I Qualify to Make a Personal Injury Claim?
To make a successful personal injury claim, we’ll need to show that somebody else was responsible for your injuries or illness.
Sometimes that’s straightforward. If your car is hit by a speeding car running a red light, for example. But in many personal injury cases, blame isn’t so obvious and there might still be questions to answer.
The best way to learn whether you could have grounds to make a claim is to contact us for a free, confidential chat. There’s a good chance we can help even if you contributed to your injuries, such as by not wearing a seatbelt in a car accident.
You can also claim on behalf of someone else, including:
- Children injured before their 18th birthday
- Someone without the mental capacity to handle their own claim
Speaking to our friendly team will help you learn where you stand and what your options are. You’re under no pressure to continue with your personal injury claim if you decide against it after an initial chat.
How Much Could I Get for a Personal Injury Settlement?
Every personal injury claim is different. The amount of compensation you could receive depends on lots of different things, including:
- How serious your injuries are
- Whether you’ll need continuing care or adaptations to your home
- If you need rehabilitation or physiotherapy
- How much you lost in earnings due to your injuries
- Whether you are partly responsible for your injuries
The guidelines on compensation amounts for personal injury claims in the UK are set by the Judicial College. Your specialist personal injury solicitor will talk to you about how much compensation they expect you to get based on these guidelines and the details of your case. Please note, however that this is just an estimate and the details of your case will ultimately prove crucial in deciding what you are awarded.
If your injury or illness is serious, we may work to get you an interim payment. This can help with any extra costs you’re facing because of your injuries and avoids waiting until your claim is completed for financial support.
Whatever the details of your injury, rest assured you’re in capable hands. Our experienced negotiators have won hundreds of millions of pounds in compensation for our clients over the years. Successful cases we’ve handled include:
- £2.5 million compensation payout in brain injury claim
- £400,000 compensation after ladder accident fall at work
- £45,000 compensation for carbon monoxide exposure
See our personal injury case studies for more examples of the different settlements we’ve won for people like you in the past.
What are Special Damages for Personal Injury?
‘Special damages’ is legal-speak for any financial losses caused by your injury or illness. They could include:
- Lost earnings because you’ve had to take time off
- Loss to your future income if your career options are now limited
- Medical treatment and ongoing care and rehabilitation
- Travel and/or accommodation costs
- Modifications to your car or home
‘General damages’ describes the pain and suffering caused by your injury. Your total compensation amount will cover the ‘quantum of damages’. This just means it’s worked out as a combination of the special and general damages involved in your case.
How Long Does a Personal Injury Claim Take?
The time it takes from beginning to end can vary depending on factors such as:
- The severity and circumstances of your injuries or illness
- How long it takes to gather evidence, such as medical reports, photographs and witness statements
- Whether the other side agrees to settle or challenges your personal injury claim
A clear and obvious road accident claim could be resolved in a matter of months for example, whereas complicated medical negligence cases can last several years. We’ll be there to support and update you every step of the way regardless.
Is There a Time Limit for Making a Personal Injury Claim?
This can be either three years from the date of your accident or from when you became aware of its effects, such as the diagnosis of a workplace illness. It could also be up to three years after you learned your injury or illness was caused by somebody else.
There are exceptions that mean you might have more or even less time to make a claim. Generally speaking, it’s best to get in touch as soon as possible. Doing so will give your personal injury solicitor the best chance of getting the accurate evidence they need to make your claim successful.
We can still help you if your deadline is coming up soon, however.
How Many Personal Injury Claims go to Court?
The vast majority of personal injury claims in the UK don’t go to court. We’ll explore and encourage all other settlement options for you, including mediation and round-table settlement meetings.
Even if your claim is challenged by your opponent and the court process is started, we may still be able to negotiate a settlement before the hearing date comes around.
But if your claim does go to court, our skilled team of Personal Injury Solicitors will fight for the result you deserve on your behalf. If you have to appear in court – which is unlikely – we’ll do everything we can to support you along the way.
How to Make a Personal Injury Claim
Starting a legal process can feel scary, especially if you’re not sure whether you have a case or how personal injury claims work.
That’s why it’s good to know you can get free, confidential legal advice from our friendly advisors before you go any further.
They’ll listen carefully to understand your situation, then explain how we can help you without any confusing legal jargon. Start the conversation today by calling 0800 260 5010 or requesting a callback for a more convenient time for you.
It’s up to you whether you choose to go ahead from this point. If you do, we’ll pair you with a lead personal injury solicitor who will handle your case from there. Read more about why you’ll be in safe hands below.
Why Choose Simpson Millar for Your Personal Injury Claim?
An injury or illness can come as a shock. But once you’re ready to make a claim, you can rely on our team of specialist Personal Injury Solicitors to get you the support you deserve. Here are just a few of the reasons to get in touch:
- We have some of the UK’s best Personal Injury Solicitors. We’ll fight hard to get the best result for you, and our expertise can be the difference between winning and losing a case. Learn more about our people.
- We offer a personalised, friendly and straightforward service. We’ll keep you updated on what’s happening at every stage of your claim and speak to you in plain English.
- We can get you the best treatment available for your injury or illness. We work with world-class clinicians, including doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, cosmetic surgeons and prosthetics experts.
- We’re partnered with leading organisations too. That list includes the Spinal Injuries Association, Headway, BRAKE, The Child Brain Injury Trust, The British Lung Foundation and Action against Medical Accidents.
- We’re accredited. Many of our solicitors are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), Headway and Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS). We’re also authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
Top rated by our clients for Personal Injury Claims - But don't just take our word for it...
Demonstrating Our Personal Injury Expertise
We were ranked in Legal 500 2022 Guide for Personal Injury.
Comments from clients to their researchers were:
"Simpson Millar are a stand out PI firm taking on difficult cases where others would fear to tread. Strength in depth and excellent collaboration between team members."
"First class personalised service."
"Extremely good customer service. I have been kept informed every step of the way as to what is happening. Frequent updates. Friendly service. Thorough research. Compassionate and understanding. Would definitely recommend to others."
"A diverse team that makes use of new technologies to cope with Covid and has applied client-centred principles."
Chambers and Partners UK 2022 Guide also noted that our team is regularly instructed on brain, spinal cord and chronic pain injury cases. Assists clients with the attainment of early rehabilitation in relation to their injuries. Also offers considerable expertise in abuse claims.
What is the Personal Injury Claims Process?
If you want to know what a Personal Injury Lawyer does when you make a claim, here is a brief outline of the claims process. We aim to make it as hassle-free as possible and allow you to focus on what’s important, like your recovery.
1. You contact us for a free consultation
You can call us on 0800 260 5010 or request a callback. Our legally trained advisors will talk with you about your situation and injuries and tell you if and how we can help. It’s then up to you whether you start a claim.
2. We’ll introduce you to your lead Solicitor
We’ll put you in touch with the lead Solicitor that will handle your case. They’ll make sure you’re kept up to date from beginning to end and work with you to get the best possible outcome.
3. We’ll start collecting evidence
Our team will gather a range of evidence to help prove your case. That includes statements from you and any witnesses, as well as copies of photographs or videos taken at the accident scene. We’ll also ask for access to your medical records and ask an independent medical expert to assess your injuries and provide a report.
4. We’ll work out how much compensation you could be owed
All the evidence we collect will help us work out how your injury or illness has affected your life, as well as who exactly is responsible. We can then calculate how much compensation you may be owed and organise any care and rehabilitation needs you may have.
5. We’ll contact the other party to put forward your claim
Next, we’ll approach the person or organisation we think is responsible for your injury to let them know you’re making a personal injury claim. We’ll ask them to admit responsibility – known as liability in legal terms – as soon as possible.
6. We’ll ask for an interim payment
If the other side has admitted that they are responsible, or partly responsible for your accident, we’ll get an Interim Payment to ease any financial pressure and pay for any medical and rehabilitation treatment you need while we finalise your claim.
7. We’ll fight to get you the best compensation possible
We’ll negotiate with the other party on your behalf and fight all the way to get you the best compensation possible. If we can’t reach an agreement, your claim may go to court – but this doesn’t happen very often.
If your claim is settled successfully, we’ll make sure you get your settlement money as soon as possible. If your claim loses, you’ll have nothing to pay in a No Win, No Fee agreement.
Can I Get Extra Support for a Serious Injury?
If your personal injury case involves serious injuries, we don’t just focus on you. We also act for your loved ones.
We can show them the best resources available for providing support, rehabilitation and guidance in what can be a traumatic time. This can include early access to medical treatment which isn’t available from the NHS but can be paid for as part of your personal injury claim.
Families matter. If appropriate, we can also let your family members know how to claim compensation for a personal injury as secondary victims.
Who Pays Costs in Personal Injury Claims?
It’s always the other side’s insurance company that pays your compensation.
From drivers to shop owners, some people worry that making a personal injury claim against a person or organisation they know will leave them out of pocket. But this isn’t the case.
Can I Sue My Employer for Personal Injury?
You can if your employer didn’t do enough to keep you safe. And as mentioned above, your employer won’t pay for your compensation directly as they’re legally obliged to have insurance for personal injury claims.
Learn more about making Accident at Work Claims.
Does Personal Injury Compensation Affect Benefits?
In short, yes it can do – but there are ways around this problem.
If your injury or illness has forced you to give up work or take a long period of time off on reduced pay, you’re entitled to get state benefits to cover lost income or help cope with a disability.
But making a personal injury claim and receiving a large amount of compensation in one go could affect this if your income then appears too high to qualify for these benefits.
Personal injury trusts can be a practical solution. Like a bank account, your compensation can be transferred into a trust in full. It’s then looked after by other people – known as trustees – in a way that works for you. You can continue to receive state benefits in the meantime. Trusts also help to make sure your compensation isn’t used too quickly or in the wrong ways.
Your personal injury solicitor can talk you through setting up a trust during the claims process if they think it’s the right choice for you. You can read about them in more detail in our guide to personal injury trusts and means-tested benefits.
How to Prove a Personal Injury Claim
Your Personal Injury Solicitor will need to prove that the other person or organisation was at least partly responsible for your injuries. This could be because of something they did or failed to do. They’ll need evidence to show that their behaviour caused your injury or illness as well as the other damages you suffered as a result.
Ultimately, it’s up to us to do the hard work. But there are ways you can help the process along and improve your chances of success, including:
- Noting down key details. This includes the date, time and details of the incident, plus information like witness contact details and vehicle registration numbers where relevant
- Keeping hold of useful documents, such as care or travel receipts, photographs, letters and emails
- Giving us your permission to access medical records. We may also ask you to attend an independent medical examination
The main thing is to be organised. But even if you can’t find things or never had them in the first place, don’t feel like you have to give up. We could still help you put together a strong personal injury claim and win the compensation you’re entitled to.
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