Serious injuries from various situations can severely impact a person’s life. Spinal cord or brain injury and even amputations are among the most severe injuries for which you can claim compensation. Our serious injury solicitors can represent your case and get the compensation you want to get over this type of problem a little better. You can also be guided, for the case presented, by our spinal injury solicitors.
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Types of serious injuries for which you can claim compensation
Amputations, brain and spinal cord injuries, fatal accidents, and serious burns are some examples of serious injuries for which one can claim compensation. Cerebral palsy after a road accident is also a severe case for which specialist advice is needed. One can claim compensation within 3 years from the date the accident took place. Let’s review some aspects in this regard:
- Spinal cord injuries – can occur as a result of traffic accidents or medical negligence. Our spinal injury solicitors can handle claim compensation if you wish. Financial losses due to unemployment will also be taken into account.
- Brain injuries – and in this case, you can claim compensation. Once affected, a person may lose their job and their whole life may change, especially due to lack of money. One of your family members can discuss claim compensation with us.
- Injuries after a car accident – Amputation is one of the consequences of a car accident. Considered a serious injury, people in this situation may seek the help of our serious accident solicitors. We can earn the right compensation, so you can see beyond your life.
- Serious burns are considered serious cases like those mentioned above. Our serious accident solicitors can help you claim compensation.
Therefore, our serious injury solicitors are at your disposal with legal advice regarding the cases presented above. You can call our spinal injury solicitors at any time, either in person or with the help of a family member. It is important to take action and demand your legal rights.
Interim payment facts you should know
Please note that our serious accident solicitors may also handle cases from start to finish. This means that we will also supervise the payments, as is the interim payment. This indicates that individuals who have experienced an accident and seek to request compensation can obtain money to address their immediate requirements or to mitigate recent financial setbacks. Our serious injury solicitors will handle interim payments in detail.
Time limit to get compensation for serious injury and exceptions
The time limit for making a serious injury compensation claim in London, or anywhere else in the United Kingdom, is subject to the Limitation Act 1980. This law sets out specific timeframes within which legal claims must be brought forward, including personal injury claims.
In general, the standard limitation period for making a personal injury compensation claim is three years from the date of the accident or incident that caused the injury. This means that you have three years from the date of the accident to initiate legal proceedings for your serious injury claim. If you fail to bring the claim within this time limit, you may lose your right to seek compensation through the courts, and your claim will likely be considered time-barred.
However, there are some exceptions to the standard limitation period:
- Date of knowledge: If the serious injury’s full extent is not immediately apparent, the three-year limitation period may start from the date when the claimant became aware of the injury and its connection to the accident.
- Minors: If the injured person was under 18 years old at the time of the accident, the three-year limitation period typically starts on their 18th birthday. So, they will have until they turn 21 years old to make a claim.
- Mental capacity: If the injured person lacked mental capacity at the time of the accident, there is no time limit for claiming until they regain capacity.
It is crucial to seek legal advice as soon as possible if you believe you have a serious injury compensation claim. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will be able to assess your case, gather evidence, and ensure your claim is filed within the applicable time limit to protect your rights to seek compensation.
Possibility of personal injury claim on behalf of another person
Yes, it is possible to claim compensation for a serious injury on behalf of somebody else. This type of claim is known as a “personal injury claim on behalf of another person” and can be made when the injured person is unable to pursue the claim themselves due to their age, mental capacity, or other circumstances.
There are two common scenarios in which you may be able to claim on behalf of someone else:
- Minors: If the injured person is a minor (under 18 years old), they are considered legally incapable of pursuing a claim themselves. In such cases, a parent or legal guardian can act as the “litigation friend” and bring the claim on the minor’s behalf. The litigation friend will represent the minor’s best interests throughout the legal process;
- Mental incapacity: If the injured person lacks the mental capacity to handle their legal affairs, such as in cases of severe brain injury or mental impairment, they cannot manage the claim themselves. In these situations, someone with the legal authority to act on their behalf, such as a Court of Protection-appointed deputy or a person holding a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), can bring the claim on their behalf.
It is important to note that personal injury claims can be complex and require a thorough understanding of the legal process. Seeking advice from our qualified and experienced personal injury lawyers in London can be helpful in such cases to ensure that the injured person’s rights are protected, and their claim is pursued properly.
The time limits for claiming on behalf of someone else will also apply, depending on the circumstances as outlined previously. If you believe you need to claim on behalf of someone else, consult with our solicitor who specializes in personal injury law to understand the specific steps and requirements for your situation.
We work with no win no fee policy
What is important to know is that our serious injury solicitors, alongside our spinal injury solicitors, work with a no-win no-fee policy. The “no win, no fee” policy is a type of agreement or arrangement commonly used by lawyers and law firms, particularly in the context of personal injury cases and certain types of legal claims. It is also known as a conditional fee agreement (CFA) in some jurisdictions. In a “no win, no fee” arrangement, a lawyer agrees to take on a case and represent a client without charging any upfront fees or legal costs. Instead, the fees and expenses are contingent upon the successful outcome of the case. If the case is a success and the client wins the case or receives a favorable settlement, the lawyer will be entitled to receive a pre-agreed percentage of the awarded compensation or settlement as their fee. However, if the case results in a loss, the client will not owe any fees to the lawyer who absorbs the costs incurred while handling the case.
The purpose of the “no win, no fee” policy is to make legal representation more accessible to individuals who might not be able to afford expensive legal fees upfront. It allows those with potentially valid claims to pursue their cases without financial risk, as they only pay if they win.
Clients need to discuss the specific terms of the “no win, no fee” agreement with our lawyers before proceeding with legal action, as the exact terms and conditions can vary depending on the lawyer or law firm and the type of case being pursued.
Personal injury statistics in UK
Here are some personal injury statistics in the UK, that might arise your interest:
- In the period 2020-2021, around 26 clinical negligence were settled for which compensation was received. The value was about GBP 5 million;
- Compensation claims amounting to GBP 124 million were recorded in the above period;
- The highest compensation recorded in 2020-2021 was around GBP 3.4 million for personal injury.
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