Serious Injury Claims: What to Expect

A personal injury can describe:

  • A physical injury, disease or illness, or
  • A psychological injury or illness.

Over 3 million people in the UK are injured in accidents every year, and the victims all have a right to compensation. However when it happens to you, making a personal injury claim can be daunting and stressful, especially when you have no idea what to expect. Personal injury law can be complicated, however with the right solicitor, making a claim can be surprisingly straightforward

Firstly you will need to establish the details of you case with your solicitor e.g. – what happened, when and where. You will also need to prove that your injury, illness or disease was caused as a result of the negligence of another party.

Once the circumstances of your injury have been fully explored, you will start to be able to judge how likely you are to succeed and approximately how much compensation you are due.

You will be entitled to compensation for all the losses you have suffered as a result of your accident; this comes under two categories – general damages and special damages.

General damages will include things like the pain and suffering you have gone through as a result of your accident and any future losses you may suffer, for example, loss of earnings due to your inability to work, loss of promotion prospects or even how your injury affects your general lifestyle, participate in sports or hobbies.

Special damages covers actual financial loss caused by the accident e.g. damage to your clothing, property or car, medical expenses and travel costs to appointments.

If it is decided you were partly to blame for your injury you should expect to see a reduction in the amount of damages you receive. For example if you weren’t wearing a seatbelt in a road traffic accident.

Injury claims really depend on you as an individual and the pain and suffering you have gone through. Your circumstance may be compared to similar cases in the past to use as a guideline.

There are strict time limits in place when making any compensation claim, so if you or someone you know has been injured in an accident Express Solicitors can offer you a fast, up to date, ‘no win no fee’ service.

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