After being involved in an accident, legal matters are not a priority. Your health will come first, and getting back to normal can take some time. 

When you are ready, you may consider talking to a personal injury lawyer to make a compensation claim.

Whilst they can often seem confusing and present more challenges than you expect, an expert personal injury solicitor can help.

Our expert personal injury solicitors in Portsmouth have answered the most common questions we encounter with those looking to start a personal injury compensation claim.

When should you think about a claim?

As soon as possible.

Most personal injury claims in the UK are bound by a three-year limitation period. In simple terms, legal proceedings must commence within three years from the date of the accident. In certain cases where the injury becomes apparent after the accident, this limitation period can be extended. 

However, the sooner you can think about your claim, the more information you are likely to remember. And you will benefit from having as much accurate information as possible to support your claim.

Some claims may have even shorter limitation periods, such as criminal injuries or accidents that occur outside of the UK. We can guide the specific limitations relevant to your situation.

What information is required for a claim?

The more information you have surrounding your personal injury, the better.

Essential information will be required by our solicitors to help maximise the chances of a successful claim.

This includes:

  • Identifying who you believe is at fault and the reasons for this. 
  • Demonstration and proof of injuries resulted from another party’s negligence
  • Potential witness information
  • Date of your injury/accident

What are the most common personal injury claims?


A large number of the UK’s personal injury claims are from road traffic accidents. If you are a driver or passenger involved in a collision or a pedestrian hit by a vehicle or on a bicycle or motorcycle, you might be thinking about a compensation claim. 

Workplace accidents

Employers have a legal duty of care to protect the health and safety of their staff whilst they are in the workplace. Unfortunately, no matter how committed employers are to health and safety regulations, accidents are still possible.

Medical negligence

Described as accidents, poor care or misdiagnoses, medical negligence can have a serious impact on lives. This term covers medical problems arising from the use of  NHS health practices or private health suppliers – and includes administered treatment in hospitals, GP surgeries, health centres and your home. 

What your potential claim could be worth?

Compensation can range from approximately £1,000.00-£5,000.00 for a straightforward road traffic accident claim but can rise as high as a seven-figure sum for injuries that are categorised as life-changing.

It is important to remember that every case is unique. Our team can advise, after receiving all evidence regarding your losses and injuries, on what we believe you stand to claim.

How to find the right personal injury claims solicitor for you?

You need a personal injury solicitor who is patient, thorough and experienced.

Your solicitor can offer clarity and insight into your claim during the process, keeping you up to date and helping reduce stress during your recovery period.

Many solicitors are no-win-no-fee, meaning they will not charge you any legal expenses until you have won your claim. This gives claimants peace of mind that they will not be chasing a claim that is unwinnable and then having to pay for it.

Andrew and Andrew operate a no-win-no-fee basis for every one of our personal injury clients. 

Get support for your personal injury claim

Andrew & Andrew Solicitors in Portsmouth have experience in personal claims compensations and operate on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. We provide a bespoke personal service, and our team pride themselves on getting results.

We are here to help whenever you are ready. To get started, please talk to our team.