What are accident and personal injury claims?
According to the law in England and Wales, claims can be made where injuries are caused due to the negligence of another person. These injuries can include the obvious such as broken bones and cuts and bruises but can also include psychological injuries and the development of illnesses. When injuries are caused as a result of an accident which appears to be someone else’s fault, you may be able to make a claim to recover personal injury compensation from whoever is responsible for the accident.
When can I make a personal injury or accident claim?
Our specialist personal injury lawyers can help with your accident compensation claims if you have suffered from injuries or illness due to the negligence of others. You may have:
- Been involved in an accident on the road or in a public place
- Suffered an injury at work
- Fallen ill while on holiday
Whether it is an individual or organisation responsible, you may be able to bring a claim. Whatever your circumstances, our personal injury lawyers in Wakefield, Dewsbury, Horsforth and Selby can provide you with specialised accident and personal injury advice help you.
How long do I have to make a personal injury or accident claim?
In the majority of accident and personal injury claims there are three years from the date of the accident to issue proceedings. There is a protocol to be completed before proceedings are issued it is important that if you have suffered injuries as a result of an accident which was not your fault that you seek advice promptly.
That three year time period can be extended at the discretion of the Court. However, it is very difficult to obtain this discretion.
In certain cases, such as those involving children or those with mental illness which means they are unable to deal with a claim on their own behalf, this three year time limit may be different.
How much will my personal injury compensation be worth?
Every personal injury or accident claim is different, meaning the total compensation paid out will vary on a case-by-case basis. Some of the main factors that affect the amount of your personal injury compensation include:
- Severity of your injuries
- Loss of earnings
- Other financial damages
How to claim for personal injury with Jordans
Our highly experienced personal injury lawyers understand the need to handle your personal injury claim with utmost sensitivity and professionalism. Every personal injury solicitor in our team works to secure the best settlement for you and your family. They will consider any rehabilitation, medical care and future on-going support that you and your family may need as a result of your injuries.
We pride ourselves on our personal approach to accident and personal injury claims and we do not source our claims from third parties. This means that we cut out the middle man and work closely with you and your family to provide you with the best possible service and secure the personal injury compensation you deserve.
Personal injury claims – Frequently asked questions
How much will my personal injury claim cost?
Financing an accident or personal injury claim can be a major concern for those who may be entitled to compensation, with many people put off by the potential costs. This is where Jordans Solicitors can help you. We may be able to take your case under a Conditional Fee Agreement, also known as a No Win, No Fee Agreement.
At your initial consultation, our team will offer expert personal injury advice. This will include whether you qualify for a No Win, No Fee service – explaining in full the terms. In brief, as long as you provide truthful instructions and co-operate with us during the personal injury claims process, your claim will be dealt with under a No Win No Fee Agreement. Should your claim be unsuccessful then you will not be charged for the work we do.
If your personal injury or accident claim is successful, the Government changes in 2013 now state that part of the costs of the case – the ‘success fee’ – can be deducted from any damages you receive. The success fee deduction is calculated with reference to the risks of your case but the deduction is always capped at a maximum of 25% of any compensation you receive.
It may be that it is recommended for you to take out an insurance policy to cover the cost of various expenses during the life of your case (such as the cost of medical reports and Court fees). This insurance policy must also be paid from any successful compensation.
Can I transfer my personal injury claim from another firm?
If you have begun a claim with another law firm who do not specialise in personal injury claims, or you are unhappy with the service and personal injury advice you are receiving, you can talk to a specialist personal injury lawyer at Jordans who will be happy to discuss your claim.
Jordans are experts in all aspects of personal injury claims, so if you want to find out if you can make a claim then speak to one of our legal advisors today. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim, moving it over from another firm and answer any questions you may have.
I think my accident claim was under-settled. What can I do?
Was your accident claim handled by solicitors imposed on you by your insurance company? Did you ever meet your advisors? Are you concerned your accident claim was settled too quickly and that compensation for all of your injuries and losses was not included in your settlement?
Unfortunately, in some cases, the solicitors or claims handlers instructed to pursue your claim may not have had the right skills and knowledge to deal with your claim properly. This may have resulted in them failing to deal with your accident claim with the required skill and care and this may have led you to receive less compensation than you may have been entitled to. Ultimately, this may not have got you the correct amount of accident or personal injury compensation.
Jordans Solicitors have a specialist professional negligence team who will be happy to discuss any possible claim and answer any questions you may have. They will talk you through the process of making a claim for professional negligence. If you want to find out if you can make a claim, then speak to one of our legal advisors today.
Contact our personal injury lawyers
Our accident and personal injury claims team are based in offices across Yorkshire. We have personal injury lawyers in Leeds, Wakefield, Dewsbury, Selby and Penistone headed by Gemma Hicks. Her team of specialist personal injury lawyers are committed to excellence and achieving the best possible outcome for you and your family.
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