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Serious injury FAQ

If you have been seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence, you might be worried about all sorts of things, including financial compensation. Our solicitors are experts in helping individuals claim compensation for their long-term injuries. Call us now on freephone 0800 083 5045.

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Common questions involving serious injuries

An accident at work, a car crash, an allergy or a hospital accident – There are many factors that can cause a life threatening or serious injury. Here are some frequently asked questions in regards to serious injuries:

How can I possibly pay for rehab?

If you have been seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve all the treatment you need for a fast and full recovery. It’s natural for the families and victims of serious injuries to worry about where the money for long-term care and special treatment will come from.

That’s why medical costs, as well as the cost of long-term care and aftercare over the victim's lifetime is factored into the calculation of the compensation settlement. We will also make sure that the need for other expenses such as any necessary home modifications and the full cost of rehabilitation are included in your claim.

You might also be interested in our guide to recover lost earnings.

I’ve read that these claims can take a long time to settle. However, I need immediate financial help. Do I have to apply for a loan?

We are aware that a sudden loss of earnings can lead to a severe drop in income and can create serious problems when it comes to paying bills and covering fixed monthly costs. When you have been seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence, fast results are required:

The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help you with receiving interim payments in advance of a final settlement and securing the funding to pay for rehabilitation, on-going expenses and perhaps even specially adapted housing.

You might also be interested in our guide to recover lost earnings.

I will never be able to work again. What will my family live on?

It is natural for the families and victims of serious injuries to worry about their financial situation. If your accident or injury was caused due to someone else’s negligence your compensation claim can include the loss of earnings.

  • If your accident was caused due to an unsafe work environment, you will claim from your employer’s liability insurance.
  • If your accident was caused due to someone else’s fault, e.g. if you have been involved in a car accident, you will claim from that person’s insurance.

If you are never able to work again, your lifelong loss of earnings is factored into the calculation of the compensation settlement. You might also be interested in our guide to recover lost earnings.

I’m in a wheelchair after a serious car accident but my flat is on the third floor of a building with no lift. What are my options?

Unfortunately, many cases of serious injury result in their current home becoming unsuitable.

  • Short term: Where your medical condition is short term, we can look at factoring alternative short term accommodation into your claim so you need not worry about these difficulties while you are in recovery.
  • Adaptations: If various parts of your home are not suitable for your needs following a serious injury, we can factor modifications to your home into your compensation claim, i.e. changing the size of the doors, having handrails installed, fitting stairlifts, etc..
  • New home: Where modifications will not be enough to make your home suitable for your needs, we can factor into your compensation claim the cost of a new property, one which is fully equipped for all your needs.

I have been told that I will have ongoing care for the rest of my life following my car accident. How will I pay for ongoing care?

Where there are ongoing care costs for the duration of your life, we can include such costs into your compensation claim. We will instruct a medical expert to provide evidence of the amount of care you will need in order to support your claim.

When can I make a personal injury claim?

If your injury is a result of someone else’s negligence, you may have the right to make a claim for compensation. Even if you’re not sure who is responsible for your injury or if you are partly at fault yourself, contact us to establish your full legal position.

What makes my claim successful?

Often, the cause of the accident can easily be established. However, we might need some evidence to help you with your claim. We will assist you in gathering the evidence you need.

How much time do I have to claim?

Generally, your claim has to be brought within three years from the date of your personal injury. However, there are exceptions, for example:

  • If you were abroad when the accident took place
  • If you or your loved one have diminished mental capacity
  • If the injured person is a child under 16 in Scotland or under 18 in England and Wales at the time of the accident

We advise you to speak to a specialist accident solicitor as soon as you feel comfortable. Your legal representative can help you to keep track of your timeline.

How much compensation will I get for the serious injury I have suffered?

Compensation is split into two parts:

  • General damages: this is the amount you will receive for your pain and suffering and the impact this has had on your life..
  • Special damages: this is the amount you will receive for any expenses you’ve had as a result of your accident, such as treatment costs and loss of earnings, and any expenses you are likely to incur, such as future loss of earnings, future care costs, etc.

Therefore, until your solicitors knows the circumstances of your case, it is difficult to say exactly how much compensation you are likely to get as case is different.

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98% of our road traffic accident cases are conducted on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning we only take a fee if we win compensation on your behalf, therefore there is no financial risk to you.

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