Personal injury is a highly specialised area of the law that is designed to protect people who have suffered an injury that wasn’t their fault. This means that if you have been injured because of someone else’s recklessness or negligence, then you may be entitled to financial compensation.
We regularly help our clients who have suffered a personal injury to claim compensation for the loss they have incurred as a result. As a leading law firm practising in the area of personal injury, our role is to help you recover the compensation you deserve. We will help you secure a financial award that reflects your own particular circumstances and helps you cope with the consequences of being involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault. Here we answer some of the questions about the personal injury claims commonly asked by our clients.
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How much compensation can I claim?
It is very difficult to give an indication of the exact level of compensation that you will likely receive. As expert lawyers who have been acting in financial compensation claims for many years, we understand that the law treats every personal injury claim differently. The level of financial compensation that you can expect will depend on the kind of claim that are you making (and the damages sought) and the severity of your injuries.
In England, there are two kinds of claim you can make when seeking financial compensation in a personal injury action: general damages and special damages. General damages relate to compensation for suffering injury to a particular part of the body, while special damages relate to financial loss suffered as a result of the accident.
How long does a personal injury claim take?
It is vital that you start your claim as soon as possible. The law imposes strict deadlines on when a claim can be made, and if you miss the deadline, then you will be unable to claim compensation, unless your injury falls into a certain category (such as industrial disease). In most cases, a personal injury claim must be raised within three years of suffering your injury.
How long a personal injury claim will take ultimately depends on whether or not the party you are making a claim against admits or denies liability. Where liability is admitted, arrangements will normally be made rather quickly to negotiate an amount of compensation acceptable to both the parties and date for payment. During these negotiations, it is important to get legal advice from expert solicitors, who will be able to protect your interests and make sure you don’t agree to less than you are entitled to.
If liability is denied, you will need to build a case and obtain convincing evidence that the party you are making your claim against is liable for causing your accident and injury. You will also need strong medical evidence to support your claim. A personal injury solicitor will be able to give an estimate for how long the claim will take, explain the process and deadlines and build a persuasive case on your behalf.
Can I claim compensation for damage to my car?
A significant number of personal injury claims are as a result of accidents on the road. If you have been injured in a road traffic accident, and your car has been damaged as a result, then you will be able to claim financial compensation for that damage. Damage to your car will be listed under the ‘special damages’ aspect of your personal injury claim.
Will a compensation claim affect my car insurance?
It depends. If you are involved in an accident that was not your fault and you claim compensation for the injuries and loss you have suffered as a result of the accident, in theory, your insurance premiums should not be affected. On the other hand, if you had been injured in an accident that was your fault and you make a claim, or a claim is made against you, then it is possible that your car insurance premiums will go up. It is important to appreciate that from an insurer’s perspective, your causing the accident presents a risk to them. The perception is that having caused the accident, there will be a higher risk that you may cause an accident again in the future.
Can I claim for any medical bills that may arise from my injuries?
Some injuries may well require some degree of attention at a hospital. If there is some cost involved in the treatment of your injuries, then the law entitles you to be compensated for what you’ve had to pay out to get your injuries treated. This will be made as part of your claim for the financial loss you have suffered as a result of your accident, also known as ‘special damages’.
Will I get any support if medical implications are long-term and change my lifestyle, i.e. if I receive very serious injury such as brain damage etc. or can no longer work?
The law reflects the fact that some injuries can be very severe and dramatically alter the way you live. If this happens, then you are entitled to claim for all the costs related to your long-term care, from making adaptations to your home to covering the cost of getting the support you need in the present and the future. These types of costs will be identified in the ‘special damages’ aspect to your personal injury claim.
Will I get any support for psychological effects, such as being afraid of driving and being in cars?
Recognition of the psychological impact that accidents can have is well embedded in personal injury law. If you suffer psychological harm as a result of your accident, you will be able to make this a component of your claim for damages.
Personal Injury Law Expert Solicitors
Aly & Hulme Associates believe in providing comprehensive legal support to clients that have been involved in accidents that have caused them to suffer injury. Our expert personal injury lawyers will work with you on a one-to-one basis to ensure that you receive the level of compensation you are entitled to.
We understand that you may be nervous about making a compensation claim, and will likely have many questions about what the process involves and your likelihood of success. Rest assured, we will work with you every step of the way, protect your interests and make sure your rights are respected. We will build a persuasive case on your behalf and process your claim as quickly as possible. Our team aim to relieve the stress and anxiety that can be involved in making a claim, allowing you to relax and leave the work of securing your compensation to us. To find out more about what is involved, speak to our team now and find out how much we can help you.