What is a personal injury claim?

Personal injuries are injuries sustained due to the negligence of another who owed you a duty of care. Over 80% of money claims made in the UK are personal injury claims. Many people are surprised by what they can claim for and how much they may be entitled to receive.

Personal injury claims are compensation claims made to account for damages resulting from personal injury. Personal injuries can be costly, leading to time off work, changes and modifications to the home and lifestyle, cancelled plans and other rehabilitative or treatment costs.

To recover some or all of these costs, you can make a personal injury claim if you feel that your injury resulted from negligence.

Waldrons Solicitors are personal injury specialists. Our dedicated team of personal injury lawyers can assist you with all types of injury claims.

What are the types of personal injury claims?

There are many types of personal injury claims. The main types of personal injury claims are medical or clinical negligence claims, accidents in public places, workplace accidents and road traffic accidents.

Here is a complete list of the main types of personal injury claims:

Personal injury claims are diverse and can be made for accidents that occur on commercial, private or public property. If you are unsure whether an injury you’ve sustained entitles you to compensation, then it’s important that you check.

How to make a personal injury claim

If you are considering making a personal injury claim then it’s vital that you enlist the skill of a solicitor.

Personal injury claims are legally complex and you need to follow the right protocol to be in with a chance of success in your claim. A solicitor will ensure that all evidence is in order and can liaise with medical professionals and other officials to support your claim.

The type of evidence you gather and the opinions of medical professionals, witnesses and other experts are all crucial for obtaining a favorable settlement. This is the mainstay of the claim – ensuring that your paperwork is complete and robust will speed up the process.

Waldrons Solicitors will organise an initial consultation where you can discuss the nature and details of the incident and your injuries. If we think you’re entitled to compensation, we can develop and progress your claim.

Personal Injury Claims Process

Waldrons Solicitors will firstly overview your claim. Our initial consultation will help us discuss and understand the details of your injury, where it occurred, why and how it could have resulted from negligence.

We will then contact those involved or responsible for your injury(s). The main object of initial discussions will be to establish the accident, securing interim payments where possible.

Next, we will work to gather evidence of your accident. This may include consultations with medical professionals and other officials. Eyewitness accounts or any CCTV or other video and photographic evidence can be used to support a claim.

The quickest and generally favourable route to settlement is to settle claims outside of court. Court is a lengthy, expensive and arduous process. Waldrons Solicitors will always try to reach favourable out-of-court settlements.

Time limits for personal injury claims

The typical time limit for a personal injury claim is 3 years from the date of the incident or when the injury itself was realised.

You can make a personal injury claim any time until 3 years after the accident or injury.

In the case of personal injury causing death, you have a time limit of 3 years from when the person died to make a claim, unless that person was aware of negligence, in which case the time limit might differ.

When claiming for others with diminished mental capacity, there is no time limit unless that person regains capacity. When a child turns 18, they have 3 years to make their own claim for an injury they sustained during childhood. Once they turn 21, this right will expire.

Once a personal injury claim is made, the average duration from start to finish is around 6 to 18 months. The duration of a personal injury claim varies with how serious the incident and injuries are and whether the defendant admits responsibility early on in the case.

It’s usually favourable to settle personal injury claims outside of court. Waldrons Solicitors are fully equipped to take your personal injury claim to court where necessary. We can prepare for court, advise and represent you through the case.

Contact Waldrons solicitors

Whatever your query, get in touch with us here at Waldrons today.

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Last reviewed on 11/07/23 by Joseph Norton who is an Associate Director and Solicitor