Personal Injury Claims
Personal Injury Claims FAQs
The most commonly asked personal injury claims questions you might have, answered by our legal experts.
Stuart Kightley Partner
What is a personal injury?
A personal injury is an injury someone suffers to their body, mind or emotions, as a result of someone else’s negligence. This can be direct – an injury to yourself – or indirect – suffering you experience following a bereavement caused by someone’s negligence. Your personal injury claim might be as a result of an accident at work, cycling accident, or road traffic accident. If you are not sure whether we can help then just give us a call and our personal injury solicitors will be able to advise on your personal circumstances.
If you think you might qualify for personal injury compensation just call us today, or complete the enquiry form.
Can I make a personal injury claim?
If you have suffered an injury or bereavement as a result of someone else’s actions you may be entitled to bring a personal injury claim. To find out whether you might be entitled to accident or injury compensation just call us today, or complete the enquiry form.
What types of personal injury can I claim compensation for?
Our personal injury compensation lawyers advise on a broad range of injury and accident claims. Our personal injury expertise includes accidents at work, trips and slips, amputation claims, car and road traffic accidents, accidents on public transport, cycling accident claims, motorcycling claims and more. No matter where you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence we can help. Including brain and head injuries, spinal cord and other serious injuries.
How do I start my claim for compensation with Osborne Law?
First, get in touch. Just call your local office or complete the enquiry form on this page or the contact us page to find a personal injury lawyer near you.
Second, each case is different. One of our accident lawyers will arrange a time to speak with you so we can find out all the details and understand exactly what has happened. Once we have this information we’ll be able to advise you on the best course of action.
Third, don’t worry. Our solicitors and legal assistants are approachable and speak in plain English. Our number one priority is to look after you and your best interests. This means you can relax knowing you have one of the best, most respected personal injury teams on your side.
How much compensation will I get for my personal injury claim?
No two claims are the same so we can’t say, straight away, how much personal injury compensation you will get for your claim. Compensation is split into two parts:
- General damages (based on the severity of injuries and the length of time it takes for you to recover)
- Special damages (covering current and predicted out of pocket expenses as a result of the injury – such as loss of property, medication, aids and equipment, treatment, travel and loss of income).
While we might not be able to say how much personal injury compensation you can expect to get, we are experienced in a wide range of injury claims and should be able to give you an estimate, when we speak.
What is a no win no fee personal injury claim?
In the vast majority of cases you will be able to pursue your personal injury claim through what’s known as a Conditional Fee Agreement or ‘No Win No Fee’. This means you will not be required to pay legal fees if you do not win your injury claim.
How long does it take to make a personal injury claim?
You usually have three years from the date of an accident or injury to bring a claim – but we’d always advise getting in touch as soon as possible.
Because each claim is different it’s impossible to say exactly how long your claim will take. It will depend on the severity of your injuries and whether or not your opponent admits blame.
A relatively simple claim – like minor whiplash or when the other party admits responsibility – could be settled in a few months. A claim relating to more serious injuries – or a claim where the other party doesn’t admit responsibility – will take longer as we’ll have to seek medical evidence. This is partly so that we can make sure any compensation supports you for your longer term medical needs. We may also have to wait to understand the full impact of your injuries because compensation may depend on how long it takes you to heal.
Other factors that could prolong your personal injury claim might include whether it has to go to court, when a criminal offence has been committed and police charges also have to be brought and if you’ve been injured in a hit and run accident, when the police and insurance companies will be trying to locate the driver.
Why choose Osbornes Law for my personal injury claim?
In short, because we’re recognised experts in handling injury claims and, when you type ‘personal injury claims’ into Google, our name should be top of your list.
Our 37-strong team of personal injury compensation experts are each qualified, experienced and regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. And we’re members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Law Society.
We demonstrate that you can trust us through our more than 40 years of experience as well as our five star (4.8 out of 5), excellent Trustpilot review.
Most importantly, our track record speaks for itself, with decades of experience in securing multi-million pound settlements for clients across the UK, whose lives have been devastated by the most serious personal injuries.
Do I have to pay legal costs to make a claim for compensation?
Not usually. In the vast majority of cases you will be able to pursue your personal injury claim through what’s known as a Conditional Fee Agreement or ‘No Win No Fee’. Other options might include Legal Aid, legal expenses cover through your home, motor or travel insurance policy (or even your bank account), cover through your Trade Union membership, or, rarely, personally funded.
How much compensation can you claim?
No two accident claims are the same so we can’t say, straight away, how much personal compensation you will get. While we might not be able to say how much you can expect to get, our personal injury compensation experts are experienced in a wide range of claims and should be able to give you an estimate, when you speak.
What costs does the compensation cover?
Compensation is split into two parts:
- General damages (pain and suffering caused by the accident based on the severity of injuries and the length of time it takes for you to recover)
- Special damages (financial losses as a direct result of the accident covering current and predicted out of pocket expenses as a result of the injury – such as loss of property, medication, aids and equipment, treatment, travel and loss of income).
When will I get my personal injury compensation payments?
We understand that you might need your personal injury compensation to support yourself during treatment and recovery. Once liability has been established (this means that the other side has accepted full or partial responsibility for your accident or injury) you can apply to get what are known as ‘interim compensation payments’. These are early, partial, payments that are paid before the full and final payment of your compensation and go towards living costs (because you’re unable to work), private treatment or rehabilitation. They will be deducted from the final compensation payment, when that is eventually paid.
Are there time limits on making a claim for compensation?
You usually have three years from the date of an accident or injury to bring a personal injury claim – but we’d always advise getting in touch as soon as possible.
Will I need a medical examination to make a personal injury claim?
We want to get the very best results for you following your accident or injury. To do this, we need to know not only how serious the injury is but how long it’s likely to take to get better and whether there are going to be any lasting effects. For this reason we are likely to need to see your medical records and for you to undergo a medical examination. Don’t worry, this will usually only take 20 minutes and be conducted by a medical expert. We’ll discuss all of this in more detail when we speak, to ensure you’re 100% happy that you understand each step of the process.