Frequently Asked Questions about Starting a Serious Injury Claim

Dec 6, 2023 | Serious Injury

The Personal Injury People

A serious injury will immediately and catastrophically impact the injured person and their loved ones. Most serious injuries will unexpectedly happen, leaving the injured person, their family and friends to deal with the impacts, both emotionally and financially. Navigating the path to regaining some sort of normality can feel distant, particularly without the appropriate support.

At The Personal Injury People, we understand how difficult the road ahead can look in the days and weeks following your serious injury. Still, our experienced personal injury lawyers will do all we can to support you.

The biggest step in obtaining the compensation you deserve is often getting started. In this blog, our team shares some key aspects for you to consider when beginning your serious injury compensation claim.

What is the first step in starting a serious injury claim?

First and foremost, to begin your claim, please call 0800 731 7555 or email for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case. If our lawyers believe you have a case, we will begin investigating the circumstances around your injury, including collating witness statements and contacting relevant insurers.

No two serious injury claims are identical. Once our solicitors have considered whether your claim has reasonable prospects of success, they will advise you accordingly. If the decision is made to pursue a claim on your behalf we will seek to identify who is to blame (who is liable). In some cases, there might be more than one party responsible for the injury, in which case they may share liability.

What do solicitors look for?

When our personal injury lawyers pursue your claim, we will collate reports from relevant and independent experts to gauge their opinion about how much compensation you should be entitled to in a variety of fields, including but not limited to:

  • Medicine.
  • Care.
  • Transport.
  • Accommodation.
  • Employment.

How can The Personal Injury People assist me?

Subject to whether or not the Defendant seeks to admit or deny liability in addition to claiming the maximum possible compensation, our solicitors will also seek to assist you in the following matters:

  • Translating alien medical terminology relating to your immediate and long-term treatment.
  • Accessing rehabilitation support at the point of discharge from the hospital and beyond, ensuring that you are on the right treatment pathway.
  • Support your family throughout your recovery.
  • Secure interim payments and litigate your case as needed to support your and your family’s needs throughout your recovery.
  • Adapt or obtain appropriate accommodations if your existing home is not suitable.
  • Adapt or obtain an appropriate vehicle if your existing one is no longer suitable.

How long do I have to make my claim?

The aftermath of a serious injury will greatly impact you and your family’s lives. However, it is essential to act promptly after the event to ensure that you have the best possible opportunity to receive the maximum possible compensation.

Adults have three years from the date of an accident to start a compensation claim. For children, this time limit begins on their 18th birthday.

If you are acting on behalf of the estate of a person who died as a result of a serious injury, please contact us as soon as possible as different rules apply.

The three-year time limit is subject to some disparities, for example, if an accident occurred outside the UK, so prompt legal advice is vital in all cases.

Serious Injury Compensation Claims

The Personal Injury People have three primary objectives: to present the case to the defendant and aim for an early admission of liability, ease the financial pressure on you and your family so that you can focus on your recovery, and ensure the maximum amount of compensation.

For the answers to some more of our frequently asked questions regarding serious injury claims, please click here.

We will guide you through the stages of making a claim, working with you every step of the way. To speak to a member of our team today, please call 0800 731 7555, email or make an online enquiry.