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Our No Win No Fee agreement means you can pursue a serious injury compensation claim, without having to worry about paying any upfront legal costs. Should your compensation claim be unsuccessful, our No Win No Fee agreement will provide you with the peace of mind that you won’t be charged, and left out of pocket. You shouldn’t be put off making a claim due to any financial risk. You should rightfully seek the compensation you deserve after an accident that wasn’t your fault.
Serious Injury Compensation Claims
Serious injuries have a devastating and long-lasting impact on a person’s quality of life. They may also have a measurable impact on the lives of a victim’s family and friends.
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury, whether it be an injury at work, a road traffic accident, or as a result of medical negligence; you may be able to claim compensation.
Fortunately, we can help you with your serious injury claim with competent and unique expertise. Sonia Hume-Dawson is our Senior Solicitor at our Barnsley Office and specialises in serious injury claims. Sonia has been working as a Senior Solicitor in Personal Injury for the past 20+ years and was even previously qualified as a nurse in Yorkshire. This means she has a deeper insight into the medical side of cases, allowing better understanding to be able to support your individual needs.
If you have suffered a serious injury, please feel free to contact Sonia for a free initial discussion to talk about your claim on 01226 399832.
Fatal Accident Compensation Claims
Losing a family member in a fatal accident is one of the most devastating things that can happen to someone.
Under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976, the dependents of the deceased are entitled to claim compensation if the accident that caused the death was someone else’s fault.
A ‘dependent person’ is someone who relies on someone else. This refers to financial dependency, childcare, support with a household, and so on. There is a qualifying group of people who can claim, which we can advise on.
Brain Injury Compensation Claim
In terms of compensation amounts, successful brain injury claims often result in substantial damages.
This is because the brain is the control centre of the body, so any injury to the brain could have significant consequences on the quality of an individual’s life; no matter how minor they seem.
It can take a long time to get compensation for a brain injury due to the complexity of the case. The impact of the injury will need to be fully assessed along with the extent to which a person will recover. It usually takes several experts to fully assess a case, which is why it takes a while. It is possible to acquire interim payments to fund your immediate needs following your injuries, such as medical treatments and care.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain or head injury, Sonia can help every step of the way.
Spinal Injury Compensation Claims
Over 1000 spinal injuries occur in the UK each year, as well as approximately 40,000 people already suffering from such injuries.
Spinal injuries may be the result of a road traffic accident or an accident at work; the side effects of which can be life-changing.
Side effects of spinal injuries can include loss of bladder control, nerve and muscle pain, and difficulty breathing. Paralysis is another serious consequence of spinal injuries, which can have devastating effects.
Paraplegia involves losing feeling and movement in the bottom half of the body, while Tetraplegia is when all four limbs are paralysed.
Due to the severity, spinal injuries can incur hefty costs; including treatment, emotional suffering and loss of earnings. If the injury has been caused by another person, you can claim compensation to cover these costs.
Loss of Limb Compensation Claims
We understand how difficult undergoing amputation as a result of a serious injury will be. This type of injury is life-altering, and there’s no denying that. However, we can help ensure that you are compensated if the injury was someone else’s fault.
You should remember that a personal injury compensation claim involving an amputation will be influenced by the severity of the injuries. Of course, all amputation injuries are severe and will change your life in some way. Even still, the severity of your injuries will be assessed and will help decide how much compensation you will receive.
The severity of your injuries will be evaluated through the use of documents such as your medical records. Such records will reveal the medical procedures you’ve been through and the expenses involved in treatment and recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will my claim take?
A compensation claim for a serious injury must follow the general claim timescale, and be made within 3 years of the incident which caused the injury. However, there are exceptions to this rule that could apply depending on the circumstances:
- Mental Capacity - If a person is judged to lack the mental capacity to take legal action, the 3-year limit will not apply until and unless the individual regains capacity.
- Children - If a child suffers from a serious injury, the 3-year limit doesn’t start to run until their 18th birthday.
- Criminal Assault (CICA Scheme) - If an injury was a result of a criminal assault, the time limit on the claim to the CICA is only 2 years unless either of the two above points applies.
- Date of Knowledge - Particularly relevant to clinical negligence and industrial disease cases, the 3 year limitation period only begins once the individual is aware of the injury/disease. This is a complicated area of law, and it’s always best to make a claim sooner rather than later.
What evidence do I need?
If you have been involved in a serious accident, there are certain things you should do:
- Seek medical attention - You must ensure that you get the medical treatment necessary for the severity of your injuries; plus a medical report is a very important document when it comes to claiming compensation.
- Contact the police - Additionally, a police report is crucial when filing for a personal injury claim especially in serious Road Traffic Accidents.
- Take Pictures - If possible take lots of photographs of the accident scene, or ask someone else to on your behalf; including photos of injuries and any damaged vehicle/property. These will act as important pieces of evidence when claiming compensation.
- Get witness details - Make sure contact details of any witnesses to the accident are collected. Having a witness will play a key role in proving that the accident wasn’t your fault.
How much compensation can I receive for a serious injury claim?
There are several factors that will contribute to the decision of how much compensation is to be rewarded:
- The severity of the injury and future medical treatment required
- Loss of earning and/or ability to work
- The extent to which another party is responsible
- Level of care and support required that you need both now and in the future
- Future needs in terms of care, aid, and appliances you require in everyday life
- Life expectancy
As well as any medical expenses/treatments and loss of earnings, following a serious injury, you may also be able to claim compensation for other damages such as:
- Rehabilitation - A vital part of your recovery, which can be very expensive. Treatments can take a long time, especially when undertaking for example physiotherapy, vehicle adaption and prosthetic rehabilitation. A continued rehabilitation package may be required.
- Travel Expenses - A lot of money can go into travelling to and from hospitals and other various facilities both now and in the future.
- Care and support - You require extra care and help following an accident, this may be from family or a professional care regime.
- Adapting accommodation - If the injuries result in disability, which affects mobility and function, suitable accommodation will have to be considered.
- General Damages - This accounts for the pain and suffering you experienced as a result of your injury
You can claim on behalf of another person if necessary. This might be a family member or loved one, who lack the capacity to do it themselves, or needs help making the claim. Responsibilities when taking on this role will include talking to a solicitor and making decisions regarding the victim’s claim.
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