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Personal Injury Solicitors
If you have been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, claiming compensation can be the only way to achieve financial security and ensure you have access to all the help and support you need.
Personal injury claims can often result in very substantial settlements, but then can be very complex, with the success or failure of your claim depending on all of the right details being identified, the right steps taken and the right legal support being given during negotiations with the defendant and any court proceedings.
These types of claims therefore require experienced personal injury lawyers to advise you and risk assess the merits and potential value of your claim. Our approachable, knowledgeable and highly skilled team have assisted many clients with the recovery of compensation for their injuries over the years, so can offer the very best support for every stage of your claim.
We have experience with a wide range of personal injury compensation claims, including car accident claims and high value personal injury claims. We are happy to advise you on any claim valued at £1,000 or more.
When you contact our team, we will carry out a risk assessment on your claim allowing us to identify the prospects of success. We are able to offer Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) where appropriate (sometimes referred to as ‘no win, no fee’ personal injury claims).
If you believe you have a personal injury claim worth £1,000 or more, please get in touch now to speak to a member of our Civil Litigation team.
Types of personal injury claims we handle
We have experience in acting for claimants in most types of injury claims including:
- Public Liability claims such as highway defects or accidents on land or premises owned or controlled by local authorities
- Employer Liability claims in respect of accidents at work including injuries caused by breaches of Health & Safety Regulations, such as failure to carry out risk assessment, or breaches of specific safety guidelines or regulations such as ladder use (eg: Working at Height Regulations)
- Road Traffic Accidents
- Occupiers Liability claims under the 1957 Act in respect of injuries suffered on private premises or property
To find out more about our expertise with the type of injury you are dealing with, please get in touch.
How personal injury compensation claims work
Valuing your personal injury claim
We know the potential value of your claim is critical when you are deciding whether to pursue compensation, so will aim to give a reliable valuation as soon as possible.
Factors that may affect the value of your personal injury claim include:
- The extent of your injuries
- The impact your injuries are having on your life
- Any financial losses you have suffered due to your injuries (e.g. lost income)
- Expected future financial losses due to your injuries (e.g. paying for ongoing care and loss of earning potential)
Out of court settlements for personal injury claims
Many claims can be resolved without the need for court proceedings using our skills in negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
This approach typically allows claims to be resolved faster, at lower costs and with less stress for you compared to court proceedings.
Court proceedings for personal injury claims
Where a claim cannot be resolved through an out-of-court settlement, we may need to initiate court proceedings to help you secure fair compensation.
If court action is required, we will ensure you have all of the support you need to make the process as positive as possible and that you have the best available representation during your hearing.
Even if we are required to initiate court proceedings, many claims will still then be resolved through a pre-hearing settlement, allowing you to avoid a court hearing.
Time limits for personal injury claims
The exact time limits for claiming personal injury compensation will depend on the circumstances. However, for many types of claims the standard time limit is 3 years from the date of the accident or the date when you became aware your injuries were due to another’s negligence.
Situations where a longer time limit may apply include if the injured party was under 18 at the time of the accident (in which case the final deadline to claim is usually their 21st birthday) or if the injury party lacks the mental capacity to make their own claim (in which case there is normally no time limit for someone else to claim on their behalf).
Funding a personal injury claim
In many cases, we are able to represent personal injury claimants on the basis of a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), commonly referred to as a ‘no win, no fee’ personal injury claim.
Under such an agreement, we may agree that we shall only be paid our fee upon the successful recovery of compensation for you. This means you would not need to pay anything towards our fees to start a claim or if your claim were unsuccessful.
There are also various other options for covering the cost of a personal injury claim, including legal expenses insurance and trade union funding, where appropriate.
Our personal injury claims expertise
Our Civil Litigation team, headed by Paul Smith, are highly experienced in dealing with personal injury claims for a wide range of clients.
We have strong expertise in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and the Pre-Action Protocols for Personal Injury Claims and Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents. This means we can usually resolve most personal injury claims without the need for court proceedings, saving you time and money.
However, we also have extensive experience in pursuing personal injury compensation through the courts, so can provide clear, effective advice and representation where this approach is required.
We can also offer the services of our specialist Court of Protection team who can advise you on issues related to supporting a loved one who does not have the mental capacity to manage their own affairs following an injury.
Taylor Fordyce is independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), providing assurance that we continually meet the highest legal and professional standards.
Start your personal injury claims today
To find out more about pursuing compensation for a personal injury, please get in touch with our friendly, expert personal injury lawyers across Southern England now.