After being involved in an accident, you are likely to have a lot on your mind. Especially when getting back to normal can take some time

While your health will be a priority, there may come a time when you will consider talking to a personal injury lawyer to make a compensation claim.

Compensation claims can seem confusing and will often present even more challenges and leave you with unanswered questions.

Our expert personal injury solicitors in Portsmouth have supported countless successful personal injury claims and understand how to understand your circumstances and choose the right course of action.

Assess your circumstances

When starting your claim process, you will need as much information as possible to support your claim.

We know that it may be distressing to spend time thinking about your accident or injuries – but you should talk to solicitors as soon as possible, as claims can take several months to complete.

The information required by our team will include:

  • 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

If you do not have all of this information, try not to worry. Our team can often build a credible claim without some of the information above. However, it is important to retain as much information around the time of your injury as possible.

The most common claims


A large quantity of the UK’s personal injury claims are a result of road traffic accidents. This covers cases of a driver or passenger involved in a collision or a pedestrian hit by a vehicle or on a bicycle or motorcycle.

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.

Is there a time limit for a personal injury claim?

Most personal claims that result from injuries in the UK are subject to a three-year limitation period.

Put simply, court proceedings should start within three years from the date of the accident. In some cases, if the injury does not become apparent until after the accident, this limitation period is extended accordingly.

Legally, this is known as the ‘date of knowledge’ and can be applicable in a number of situations (i.e. industrial diseases that appear after exposure to an irritant or unsafe equipment, e.g. white finger).

There are, however, instances when shorter limitation periods are enforced, including criminal injuries and accidents outside of the UK.

“I think I am entitled to compensation”

Your claim will likely be to achieve compensation for lost earnings or medical negligence and the ensuing consequences.

It is not always possible to know exactly how much compensation you may be owed, and it will depend on many factors. It includes the strength of your claim, the injuries sustained and the circumstances surrounding the aftermath of your accident.

We have helped thousands of clients achieve a greater level of support throughout their injury period whilst awaiting financial rewards to compensate for the impact on their lives they have suffered.

Think you might need our help?

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.