A personal injury claim is a legal process used to recover financial compensation for anyone who has suffered injury or harm and someone else, either fully or partially, is to blame. Our specialist solicitors can help guide you and your family through this process and help you get access to rehabilitation and medical support as well as fighting for financial compensation. To speak with one of our specialist personal injury solicitors please call 0800 916 9046 or contact us online.
Specialist Personal Injury Solicitors
With one of the largest teams and some of the best personal injury lawyers, Slater and Gordon have specialists who deal with different accident types and severity levels. Our team has extensive experience providing support and guidance in what can be very challenging circumstances. Your legal team will work with you and your family to ensure the best possible resolution following your injury.
We have helped countless people with personal injuries including:
- A young woman Catrin who was involved in a coach accident abroad which resulted in serious injury and countless operations. We helped get rehabilitation and treatment and a financial settlement. Watch Catrin’s story
- Helping Joy, a widow whose husband was exposed to asbestos as part of his job which resulted in his premature death from mesothelioma. We recovered compensation for her and got the justice they were seeking. Watch Joy’s story
- Kile who was severely injured in an unprovoked attack and was left with severe brain damage and leaving him quadriplegic. We helped seek compensation to provide the support and improvements to help Kile and his family. Watch Kile’s story
Types of accident/claims
There are many different types of personal injury claims – including those arising from road traffic accidents, accidents at work or in public places, Asbestos related injuries and accidents abroad; which can result in injuries and in the worst cases loss of life.
Road traffic accidents
Accidents on the road are unfortunately very common. These don’t just involve car accidents, but also accidents involving cyclists, pedestrians and passengers, either in private vehicles or on public transport.
Road traffic accidents can be very distressing regardless of your injuries and potentially result in whiplash, psychological trauma and other health complications. If you have been involved in a road accident our team of lawyers will fight to get you compensation as well as any rehabilitation and support needed.
Accidents at work
Your employer has a duty of care to ensure that you and your colleagues can work safely. If your employer neglects this duty, it puts you at risk. Accidents at work can cause injuries that leave you unable to work, leading to financial losses. You may have to take time off or pay large bills for medical treatments or physiotherapy. These are all expenses which could be claimed back as part of your personal injury claim if it is proven that your employer failed to provide you with a safe working environment and didn’t take the required steps to prevent your accident from happening.
Many people worry that claiming against their employer could affect their jobs or working relationships. However, it’s important to remember that you have the right to claim compensation if your employer fails in their duty of care, and that you can’t legally be dismissed for making a claim. Your employer is not likely to be left out of pocket, because all UK employers are required by law to take out employers’ liability insurance policies. If you are successful in your claim, this is where the funds for compensation will come from.
Nevertheless, you may need support while pursuing a claim against an employer, and this is where the expert advice and guidance from Slater and Gordon Lawyers can prove invaluable.
Other types of claims
As well as road accidents and accidents at work, there are other situations in which a personal injury claim may be appropriate. For example:
- Sports injuries - such as those caused by the dangerous or reckless behaviour of an opponent or the failure of an official such as a referee to properly enforce the rules of the game
- Medical negligence and malpractice claims
- Slips trips and falls
- Military accidents
- Abuse claims
Can you make an accident claim?
If you have suffered a personal injury, you may be able to claim compensation. The best way to check is to consult a trained solicitor.
Our specialists will assess your case on its merits based on the information you give us and will advise you as to how successful your claim for compensation is likely to be.
As for who can make a personal injury claim, if there has been a breach of statutory duty or someone’s negligence has caused your injury, you’re eligible to bring a claim.
With respect to personal injury claims made by people under 18, the courts will appoint what is known as a ‘litigation friend’ to claim on that person’s behalf. The litigation friend would usually be a parent or family member.
In fatal accident claims, the deceased’s financial dependents or personal representatives can claim for loss of dependency, for example if the family’s sole breadwinner has died.
When can I make a personal injury claim?
There are various strict time limits within which you must begin legal action in a personal injury claim. These time limits vary and can depend on the accident circumstances and the nature of your injuries. In some cases, the accident will need to have happened within three years, but each case is different.
Whatever your circumstances or the nature of the accident, it’s important to remember that time is of the essence. You must contact a specialist personal injury solicitor as soon as possible following an accident or injury. If you leave it too long, you could run the risk of weakening your case or not being able to make a claim at all. Not sure how long you have to make your claim? Simply contact Slater and Gordon on 0800 916 9046. Our skilled and experienced personal injury lawyers in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh and throughout the UK are on hand to offer reliable advice on which time limits apply to your claim.
What makes a claim successful?
In order for you to get a good resolution to your case, your solicitor must firstly be able to prove that your injuries were inflicted as a result of a particular accident. Secondly, they must be able to make a convincing case that the accident happened as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Evidence such as photographs of the accident scene and the injuries can be used, along with police reports, entries in accident at work logbooks and doctor’s reports. Your solicitor may also gather statements from people who witnessed the accident and saw exactly what happened and who appeared to be at fault.
With all of this evidence, our experienced personal injury lawyers will argue your case and fight to win you compensation. All cases are different however, and solicitors often have defence lawyers and insurance companies to contend with. A win is never guaranteed, but you stand a far better chance with a highly trained solicitor on your team.
When you make a personal injury claim, you can seek different types of compensation. These are known as general damages and special damages.
What are general damages?
General damages refer to a lump sum that is paid to compensate you for the suffering, pain and loss of amenity you experienced because of your accident. The sum you receive is determined by the court and it is contingent on how big an impact the accident has had on your life in terms of how severe your injuries are and the extent of any disability or symptoms it has caused.
What are special damages?
Special damages reflect any proven past or future costs you may have incurred as a direct result of the accident. They can include things such as medical bills, the cost of rehabilitation, travel expenditure, loss of earnings, vehicle repair bills and the cost of damage to personal belongings.
How to start a personal injury claim
Starting a personal injury claim can be quicker and easier than you may think. To seek compensation, simply contact our personal injury solicitors here at Slater and Gordon Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9046 or claim online.
Just tell us where and how the accident happened, including all of the essential details of your injury. Whether it was an accident at work or a car accident, our highly trained solicitors can help you to understand whether or not you have a claim for compensation and guide you through the process.
Why choose Slater and Gordon?
When it comes to these types of personal injury claims, you can rely on Slater and Gordon Lawyers. We are one of the UK's largest and most well-known law firms and have expert personal injury solicitors in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Preston and Watford.
We can provide immediate legal representation and rehabilitation support anywhere in the UK.
No Win No Fee- No financial risk to you.
Some people who’ve had an accident that wasn’t their fault don’t pursue a claim because they are worried about the costs. This isn’t right, as you shouldn’t be left out of pocket simply trying to seek justice following someone else’s negligence.
At Slater and Gordon Lawyers, 98% of our personal injury claims are funded through a conditional fee agreement, which is more commonly known as a No Win No Fee agreement. Crucially, this means there is no financial risk to you. You can pursue your claim in confidence and will only pay a fee if you are successful.
Our experience with insurance companies
One of the best reasons to choose our personal injury lawyers is because we are vastly experienced in dealing with all kinds of claims, from the simple to the complicated.
Our expert solicitors are well versed in the tactics that insurance firms tend to use in order to fight personal injury compensation claims. We harness all of our combined legal knowledge and skill to get the very best results for personal injury victims.
Personal injury solicitors you can trust
Solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers are members of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL).
According to the Legal 500: "Slater and Gordon is ‘simply the best; it has a collection of very professional lawyers with excellent experience who take on very complex cases and cater for clients very well”