ACCIDENT CLAIM SOLICITORS - PERSONAL INJURY COMPENSATION

SOLICITORS HELPLINE: ☎ 0844 332 0553

Our accident claim solicitors are members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts. They deal with a wide range of personal injury legal action including car accidents, slips, trips & falls, accidents at work and occupational disease claims. Our solicitors will give you advice at no cost on the telephone and will deal with your accident claim on a risk free no win no fee* basis.

Accident Claim Solicitors

Our accident claim solicitors undergo continual academic training and are able to deal with injuries varying from minor whiplash to spinal injury, brain damage and fatal accident claims. We'll ensure that you get a fair deal. We are not an accident claims management company and you will not have to deal with any unqualified managers, middlemen or agents. We believe that it's important that a specialist solicitor is involved from the very start to ensure that you establish your legal rights and obtain fair and reasonable compensation. You deserve the best so don't settle for less.

No Win No Fee Claim

Our accident claim solicitors operate the no win no fee scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement (CFA). No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. The basis of the CFA is that a solicitor is only entitled to be paid if the accident case is won and payment of legal charges is usually made by the 3rd party insurance company. If a no win no fee case is lost then the solicitor will be unable to claim his legal charges from either the 3rd party insurers or his own client and must effectively write them off.

Personal Injury Compensation

Compensation awarded in personal injury claims includes items described as "General Damages" which represents compensation that is difficult to calculate thereby necessitating assessment including "pain and suffering", "loss of amenity" which is loss of the enjoyment of life and for any "disadvantage on the labour market" caused by permanent injury. Future losses are also included and a special calculation is applied to the estimated annual loss to arrive at a fair overall figure. In addition "Special Damages" can be claimed which represents compensation for items that can be calculated accurately and may include :-

  • loss of earnings
  • damage to property
  • vehicle damage & insurance excess
  • special care aids & equipment
  • adapted transport & adapted accommodation
  • travelling expenses including car hire
  • assistance with household chores
  • cost of care and assistance
  • prescriptions & therapies
  • out of pocket expenses

Negligence Law

Negligence law was effectively created in a 1932 court case called Donahue v Stephenson in which a woman called Donahue took legal action for damages for personal injury when she had gastro-enteritis after drinking from a bottle of ginger beer that contained a dead snail. The judge who heard the case was Lord Atkin and he ruled, for the first time ever, that the manufacturer of the ginger beer had a 'duty of care' for the safety and well being of Donahue notwithstanding that it was her friend who had actually bought the bottle and in allowing a snail to remain in the bottle of ginger beer, the manufacturer had been negligent.

There are now numerous definitions of negligence and one of the most commonly referred to by accident claim solicitors is 'the omission to do something which a reasonable man guided by those considerations which ordinarily regulate the conduct of human affairs would do, or doing something which a prudent and reasonable man would not do'. Since Donahue v Stephenson negligence law has been constantly refined and in order for a negligence solicitor to actually claim compensation on behalf of a client it is necessary to show that the other person owed the injured person a duty of care and all employers automatically owe a duty of care to their employees, that the duty was breached, that the injury was caused by the negligent act and that the victim sustained loss or damage which may include personal injury.

To succeed in an injury compensation claim it is necessary for an accident claim solicitor to prove the following four elements:-

  1. Duty of Care:
      The duty of care requires that the person being sued must be required by law to adhere to a standard of conduct which protects others from unreasonable risk of harm.
  2. Breach of the Duty of Care:
      If a reasonable person in a similar situation would have done things differently to the person being sued then there may be a breach of the duty of care.
  3. Causation:
      The person being sued must be the actual cause of injuries sustained by the victim who is suing.
  4. Damage:
      The claimant must be able to show that there has been actual damage or loss
    .

Time Limits

All legal claims are subject to time limits and in the case of a personal injury compensation claim the general time limit means that a claim must be settled or legal proceedings must have been issued in a court of law within three years of the accident. There are exceptions for those claimants who are under the age of 18 years at the time of the incident whereby the three year period does not start to run until the 18th birthday and for the mentally incapacitated whereby the three year period may never start to run. Failure to abide by the time limits may mean that the opportunity to claim compensation is lost forever however the court does have a wide, but rarely exercised discretion to increase time limits.

Legal Advice

Our accident claim solicitors are able to deal with a wide variety of compensation claims involving negligence law ranging from minor problems to injuries of the utmost severity. All our compensation claims under the law of negligence are dealt with using the no win no fee scheme. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. There is no need to fund or finance any legal case as it proceeds and there is nothing to pay out at any time. Our accident claim solicitors are all qualified as specialists and in England and Wales they are all members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts. If you would like to speak to a specialist lawyer who only deals with personal injury claims you can either use the helpline, complete the contact form or just email us at our offices. If after talking to us you decide not to take matters further then you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our advice.

SOLICITORS HELPLINE: ☎ 0844 332 0553

*Legal Information

In the case of CICA claims terms will vary and in the case of MIB claims terms may vary.

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