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Personal injury claims

Personal injury solicitors

If you have experienced a personal injury, you might be eligible for compensation, regardless of whether the incident occurred in the UK or abroad, at work or in public. Our legal experts are here to help you get the rehabilitation, compensation and support you need.

Meet the personal injury claim experts

Many of our personal injury solicitors are considered leaders in the field with a significant amount of expertise.

Tracey Benson, head of serious injury south

Tracey Benson

Head of Serious Injury - South

Matthew Tomlinson

Head of Serious Injury - North

Expert profile of Richard Gaffney

Richard Gaffney

Principal Lawyer

Richard Crabtree

Richard Crabtree

Principal Lawyer

One of the UK’s leading specialist law firms.

We are proud to have partnerships with national charities and be recognised in the latest legal directories.

Legal 500 in Black
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers: APIL
Headway - the brain injury association
The times best law firms 2023

Our personal injury lawyers

Everyone is entitled to go about their everyday life in safety. The fact is, however, every year, tens of thousands of people in the UK are injured or made ill by the carelessness or negligence of others. When an incident occurs which has caused you to be injured or become ill, you may be able to claim compensation and our expert solicitors are on hand to help you through this difficult time.

At Slater and Gordon, every year our team of experts help thousands of people claim for personal injury, ensuring they get the best possible outcome. Head of Serious Injury- South and Principal Lawyer, Tracey Benson is APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) accredited. Regularly recognised in the independent legal guides, Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500, for her formidable negotiating skills, Tracey has successfully helped her clients achieve the settlements they deserve.

Principal Lawyer and Head of Serious Injury – North, Matthew Tomlinson, has specialised in personal injury for the entirety of his career, having specific expertise in accidents at and illness suffered in the workplace. Throughout his career, Matthew has been recognised by the independent legal guides, Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500, and is accredited as a Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in offering support, guidance, and representation throughout every stage of the claims process, and are dedicated to assisting you in getting your life back on track. Our personal injury cases are operated on a no win no fee basis, to ensure there is no financial risk to you when putting in a personal injury claim.

What is a personal injury claim?

A personal injury claim is a when somebody suffers actual bodily harm or psychiatric harm due to someone else’s negligence and seeks compensation through a legal process. When pursuing a claim, we need to prove that your injury was caused by their negligence.

Our personal injury lawyers are specialists within this area and use their expertise and understanding to help you get on the road to recovery.

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Types of personal injury claims

The types of personal injuries we work on vary, not only in severity but also where they can occur. Here are some of the areas we can help with.

  • Road traffic accidents: A road traffic accident can affect anyone from the driver, a passenger, pedestrian.
  • Accidents at work - If you were injured in the workplace due to someone else’s negligence, then we can help.
  • Accidents and injuries abroad – If you were injured abroad or involved in an accident, you can still potentially put in a claim in the UK.
  • Asbestos related illness - If you have been exposed to asbestos, either at home or at work which has led to any related illnesses, such as asbestosis, then you have a personal injury claim.
  • Injuries in public places – If an accident occurs in a public place that wasn’t your fault and caused a serious injury, then you have a personal injury claim.
  • Sexual and physical abuse - If you have been a victim or sexual or physical abuse, we will be here to listen and advise you through this stressful time.
  • Illness claims - If you’ve fallen ill due to someone else’s negligence, you could pursue a claim.
  • Faulty products – If a faulty product has caused your injury, we can help you.
  • Industrial disease & industrial injury - If you’ve been diagnosed with an industrial disease or injury due to your place of work, we can help with your claim.
  • Public inquiries - If you’ve been affected by a major disaster, event or accident, our team has extensive expertise in providing representation at public inquiries.

Our expert team of personal injury solicitors are here to provide you with specialist support. If required, our in-house rehabilitation co-ordinator will ensure you’ll receive the highest standard of rehabilitation to kickstart your recovery.

We work on a no win, no fee basis. To speak to one of personal injury experts call 0330 041 5869 or complete our online enquiry form.

Can I claim for personal injury compensation?

If you've sustained an injury or illness that wasn't your fault, then you may have a personal injury claim and our expert team of lawyers are on hand to help. To better understand the claims process, here’s what you can expect if you choose to pursue a claim.

  • To make a claim, the injury or illness would need to have occurred within three years.
  • When contacting us, you need to tell us when, where and how you suffered your injury.
  • We’ll listen to your story, offering support and advice when needed.
  • We’ll work with you to gather any other necessary information and evidence needed.
  • We will then work to prove that your injury or illness was caused by someone else’s negligence.

There are other factors that can impact your personal injury claim. There are additional time limits which include when a claim is being made on behalf of someone who has died, it needs to be within three years of their date of death.

Where a claim is being made on behalf of a child, the three-year time limit does not begin until the child reaches age 18 in England and Wales, or the age of 16 in Scotland. Different time limits may apply if the incident causing injury occurred whilst abroad. Our experts in accidents abroad will be able to confirm this.

How do I make a personal injury claim?

After determining your injury or illness was at the fault of someone else, you should then seek legal advice from our qualified personal injury solicitors who will be with you throughout the entire process.

  1. Call us on 0330 041 5869 or contact us online today to speak to one of our experts, who will be able to discuss your claim with you.
  2. We’ll assess your claim and collect all the relevant evidence, including speaking to medical experts and witnesses.
  3. To support your personal injury claim, we’ll need to obtain medical evidence. We’ll obtain this evidence with your permission, and then assess your medical records and arrange for you to have an examination with an independent medical expert who specialises in providing expert medical evidence required in cases such as this.
  4. We’ll ensure you have access to the best quality treatment, rehabilitation and physiotherapy to maximise the chances of a full recovery and future independence.
  5. In most cases, negotiations will lead to a successful conclusion of a claim. However, there are occasions when a successful settlement can't be reached in the first instance, and the matter has to go to court so a judge can decide on the outcome of the case.
  6. Our expert solicitors will keep you informed and supported as the claim progresses.

How long does a personal injury claim take?

Every claims case differs, so it’s difficult to give an exact timeframe in which a personal injury claim will take. If liability is accepted, a case could take on average between 6-12 months. However, if liability is disputed, it could take on average anywhere between 12-18 months.

The severity of the injuries is also factored into the timeframe. For example, you may suffer a minor injury which takes you several months to recover or a more serious injury that takes several years, all of which can affect how long your claim could take. However, our expert personal injury solicitors will ensure that your case is dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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Keith's Story

Keith was one of more than 50 people who survived with life-changing injuries. Hospital worker, Keith Chapman, was walking across Westminster Bridge when terrorist Khalid Masood drove his car into a crowd, murdering six people.

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Why choose our personal injury solicitors?

It’s crucial to have a trusted and expert solicitor by your side when dealing with a personal injury. Our specialists have received high rankings from reputable independent legal guides, such as Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 and hold positions within APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) including senior litigator and brain injury specialist.

As well as winning multiple awards at the national Persona Injury Awards, we’re also accredited by both the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and The Law Society's Lexcel program, as we adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, ensuring our clients benefit from our expertise.

We work closely with medical experts who can assess your injuries and determine the future care and rehabilitation you may require. This collaborative approach strengthens our ability to negotiate fair compensation on your behalf. We also have within our teams, an in-house rehabilitation co-ordinator to ensure you get the best start to your recovery.

Your long-term recovery is what matters to us, and we work with several charities that support those who’ve suffered a serious injury, including but not limited to After Matters, Headway, and Spinal Injuries Association. These relationships allow us to point you in the right direction with any ongoing help and support you and your family may need.

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Why choose Slater and Gordon?

No Win No Fee

We offer 'No Win No Fee' funding on accident cases, meaning there's no financial risk to you.

Talk to the experts

We have teams of legal experts who specialise in representing those who’ve suffered injuries as a result of accidents at work and in public places.

Speed of delivery

As specialists in accidents at work and public places, we'll ensure your case is dealt with swiftly, whilst ensuring you receive the maximum compensation.

Your local law firm

We’re a reputable National law firm with expert lawyers in local areas across England, Scotland and Wales.

Speak to one of our personal injury solicitors today

Call us now on:   0330 041 5869

Personal Injury claims Frequently asked questions

How many personal injury claims go to court?

Most claims reach a successful settlement before a final hearing at court. There are a small number of cases that unfortunately don't reach a successful conclusion prior to the final hearing and in those cases, it is necessary to attend court.

How is my personal injury claim valued

We can’t give an exact amount of compensation you’ll be entitled to as it depends on individual circumstances. We look at general damages which is the amount of compensation you'll receive for pain, suffering and loss of amenity and special damages which is the amount of compensation you receive to cover any expenses.

Can I make a personal injury claim after 3 years?

There may be occasions when the court could make a discretionary decision to pursue a claim outside the general time limits, but it's always best to speak to a specialist solicitor who can advise you on whether you can pursue a claim.

What are the time limits for making a personal injury claim?

The general rule is a claim should be brought within three years of the date the incident causing an injury or illness occurred or from the date you were first aware you had suffered an injury or illness due to negligence.

Will you be taxed on a personal injury claim?

You don't have to pay tax on a personal injury compensation. UK law states you don't need to pay tax, whether it's a lump sum or multiple payments over a period.

Can I make a no win no fee personal injury claim?

Most of the personal claims we handle are done with a no win no fee agreement. If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, then you can make a no win no fee claim.

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