Personal injury claims are the legal process citizens can pursue if they find themselves hurt in an accident that was someone else’s fault. The process of a personal injury claim allows the claimant to recover compensation from the person or party responsible for the injury.
Our no-win-no-fee personal injury solicitors have decades of experience in claiming rightful compensation for individuals who have suffered from an unfortunate injury that was not their fault.
Most commonly, but not exhaustively, personal injury claims cover three categories: road, workplace and medical negligence. In fact, road traffic accidents make up nearly 50% of all personal injury claims.
If you think you may meet the criteria for a personal injury claim, here is more information on the cases in which we offer our expert support.
Road traffic accidents (RTAs)
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, a pedestrian hit by a vehicle or on a cycle or motorcycle – you might be thinking about a compensation claim.
When the accident is not your fault, a personal injury claim can be a viable first step to gaining compensation for the impact the accident may have had on your life.
Most commonly, road traffic accidents are one of the following:
- Rear end collisions
- Collisions at junctions or roundabouts
- Lane-changing collisions
- Collisions caused by overtaking
- Excessive speed
- Failing to indicate
- Collisions caused by uninsured drivers
- Drunk drivers
- Hit-and-run accidents
Accidents in the workplace
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.
When employees become injured in the workplace, they may want to consider a personal injury claim. Our expert solicitors can analyse your circumstances and offer guidance on potential planning for a personal injury claim.
Most commonly, workplace accidents are one of the following:
- Slips, trips and falls (ground or from height)
- Insufficient training
- Defective equipment/machinery
- Manual handling injuries
- Dangerous working practices
- Occupational illnesses
A term used to describe accidents, poor care or misdiagnoses, medical negligence can have a huge impact on your life. This medical negligence could be via NHS health practices or private health suppliers – and includes administered treatment in hospitals, GP surgeries, health centres and your home.
There are some fundamental differences between a personal injury claim and a medical negligence claim, however. They’re both the result of negligence, but a number of factors will need to be determined in order to decide what kind of claim is most applicable for your case.
Most commonly, medical negligence claims are a result of the following:
- Misdiagnosis, or delay in diagnosis of disease (cancer, diabetes, meningitis, stroke and many more)
- Surgical error, with subsequent further health issues or injuries as a result
- Prescription or treatment errors
How we make a personal injury claim on your behalf – explained
Firstly, we send a formal letter to the person or party responsible for your injury. We will arrange for you to undergo an independent medical report, which is essential in providing unbiased evidence of your injuries. Your doctor will carry out a comprehensive examination, discussing your well-being since the accident or injury. They will then write up a full report, which will be submitted to the defendant.
At this stage, the defendant can accept responsibility for your injury and you will receive an offer of compensation. If you are happy with the offer, the case can be settled – or our personal injury solicitors can negotiate a higher account. If the case is settled in your favour, then you will receive your compensation, and the case will be closed on a positive note for you.
If, however, the party does not accept responsibility and the case is lost, then, as we work on a no-win no, fee basis, you will not have anything to pay. However, upon your instruction or where we feel this is unfair to you, our team will negotiate on your behalf, submitting further evidence where possible. If the case is then lost, you still have nothing to pay.
In some cases where our solicitors feel that your case can be won, we will ask if you would like to proceed further, and we can take the defendant to court. However, a very small percentage of claims end up going to court.
Sound familiar? We can help you
Andrew & Andrew Solicitors in Portsmouth have extensive experience in personal claims compensations and operate on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.
Our team have delivered fantastic results for personal injury claims in Portsmouth and across the South.
We are here to help whenever you are ready. To get started, please talk to our team.