Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Injury Claims
If you find yourself in a position where you are thinking about making a personal injury claim, it is natural that you will have a number of questions or concerns. Perhaps you are not sure if you are eligible to make a claim, are concerned about the costs involved or are worried about making a compensation claim against your employer.
On this page we will answer some of the more common questions we receive. But don’t worry if you cannot find the information you are looking for. Our friendly solicitors are happy to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to contact us for further information.
The questions below are relevant to the majority of personal injury claims, and cover the process of making a claim, the timescales involved and common terminology.
Am I eligible to make a compensation claim?
If you have been injured in an accident and believe that somebody else was to blame, we can help to assess your claim for compensation. To be eligible to make a personal injury claim...Read more
How long do I have to make a claim?
If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, any subsequent claim for compensation must be made within certain time limits. These time limits...Read more
How much compensation can I claim for my injury?
How much compensation can I claim for my injury is one of the most common questions we receive from people interested in making a personal injury claim. Embarking on any legal process can be a difficult decision for many people, so naturally you may want to know if it will all be worthwhile...Read more
How long does a personal injury claim take?
The amount of time that it takes to process your claim following a personal injury will vastly depend on the particular details of your case. We assure all clients...Read more
Can I claim for lost earnings?
When you make a claim for compensation following an accident or injury caused by another person, it is possible for you to claim for any lost earnings that you suffer...Read more
Will I need to have an independent medical examination?
For personal injury claims to be successful, a solicitor must demonstrate the liability of the defendant and the injuries sustained by their client. To do this, your solicitor is likely to arrange an independent medical examination...Read more
Can I claim compensation if an accident made an existing injury or illness worse?
If you have suffered an accident that resulted in aggravated or worsened symptoms of a pre-existing medical condition, you may still be eligible to make a claim for compensation. It can be more time consuming and...Read more
Can I get an interim compensation payment?
Suffering a personal injury can be incredibly difficult and have severe emotional implications. When the injury impacts on your earning potential and financial security, the results can be devastating...Read more
What if I am unsure who was at fault for the accident?
To be able to make a successful personal injury claim, it will be necessary to prove that somebody else was to blame for the injuries or losses that you have suffered...Read more
Can I claim if there were no witnesses to my accident?
To make a successful personal injury claim, you must be able to demonstrate that the other party, known as the defendant, owed you a duty of care and was liable for the injuries you suffered as a result of your accident...Read more
What is After the Event (ATE) insurance?
After the event insurance is a cover that can be taken out to cover the expenses of legal fees following a personal injury. This type of insurance can be invaluable if a case is lost, as it...Read more
What is a Part-36 offer?
A Part-36 offer is an offer that is hoped to help settle cases out of court and was introduced in 1999 as part of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR). The offer can be made by either the claimant...Read more
What are ‘without prejudice’ claim offers?
A without prejudice claim offer is where an insurer is able to offer settlement for a claim without having to formally admit liability for any injuries or losses...Read more
What is gratuitous care?
Gratuitous care refers to the type of care that is usually received by a claimant from their family or friends following an accident. In the majority of cases, a person who administers gratuitous care is somebody who...Read more
What is strict liability?
The majority of personal injury claims are fault based which means that in order to reach a successful settlement, a claimant must prove that the negligence of the defendant caused their injuries and losses...Read more
Road Accident Questions
The questions below are specific to different types of road traffic accidents, including those involving cars, motorbikes, lorries, pedestrians and bicycles.
What should I do following a car accident?
If you have been involved in a car accident, there are certain steps that you must take to be able to make a successful car accident claim. Most of the car accidents that take place in the UK do not...Read more
Can I make a claim against an uninsured driver?
It is a legal obligation for all UK drivers to hold valid motor insurance and this offers protection for anyone injured in a road traffic accident (RTA). Unfortunately, some drivers break the law...Read more
What is the Motor Insurers Bureau?
The Motor Insurers Bureau was established in 1946 and serves to protect the victims of motor accidents where the liable party has no insurance or flees the scene and is not traceable...Read more
Can I claim for a road accident caused by road conditions?
If you are the victim of a road traffic accident (RTA) which was caused by the condition of the road that you were travelling on, it may be possible to make a compensation claim against the...Read more
Medical Negligence Questions
The frequently asked questions below are about medical negligence and the process of making a medical negligence compensation claim.
What is medical negligence?
Medical negligence is the term given to levels of care and treatment that fall below an acceptable standard and results in an injury or illness being suffered by a patient....Read more
What is the time limit for making a medical negligence claim?
The limit for initiating a claim for compensation following medical negligence is three years from the date of the incident. In some circumstances, the damage caused by medical negligence might not be immediately apparent....Read more
Can I make a claim against a private medical professional?
Many people each year choose to receive their required medical treatment through private practices rather than through the NHS. Often they are motivated to do so in order to minimise waiting times and....Read more
What is the role of the NHS Litigation Authority?
The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) are the body who deal with claims for compensation against the NHS following clinical, surgical and medical negligence....Read more
Can a claim still be made if the person affected by medical negligence has died?
The law protects all victims of medical negligence and as such, the family of a patient who has died as a result of or since they were maltreated by a doctor, may be eligible to pursue a claim for compensation....Read more
How do I make a complaint about the NHS?
For any patient that receives substandard care or treatment from the National Health Service (NHS), it is important that formal complaints procedures are followed to ensure that the errors are officially recognised....Read more
Is it wrong to sue a doctor for medical negligence?
Many people feel concerned about making a claim for medical negligence, as they worry that they may cause harm to an already overstretched health service, or that their claim somehow shows a lack of gratitude for the efforts of medical staff....Read more
Work Accident Questions
Here we have provided answers to some of the most common questions we receive regarding accidents at work and making a compensation claim against an employer.
Can I make an injury claim if I am self-employed?
Self-employed workers are not always afforded the same benefits as employed counterparts and as such, can be vulnerable to certain occurrences. Self-employed workers are able to claim compensation....Read more
Could I lose my job if I make a claim against my employer?
Suffered an injury at work that was not your fault? If you have, you may be eligible to make work accident claims and seek compensation for the injuries and losses that you have suffered. In the UK, a large number of people are put off making....Read more
What is vicarious liability?
Vicarious liability occurs in instances where an individual is responsible for the actions of another person. This may occur when an employer takes responsibility for the actions of their employees during working hours...Read more