If you or your loved one has suffered an injury, illness or disease, it may be possible to make a compensation claim for the injuries and financial losses suffered as a result, even if you or they may be partly responsible for what happened.
Our aim at Infinite Law is to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries and financial losses. We treat all claims with an understanding and compassionate approach. We aim to make the process of getting appropriate compensation for your personal injury claim as easy and as stress-free as possible.
A personal injury claim will be successful if we can prove liability against the individual or organisation you consider responsible for what has happened. In order to do this, we must show the following:
- The person or organisation owed you or your loved one a duty of care
- That duty of care was breached
- The breach of duty caused the injury, illness or disease
The third step is often the most difficult to prove. This is why you need an experienced and specialist personal injury solicitor on your side.
Strict time limits exist, meaning you must start court proceedings within 3 years of the accident date or date you became aware you suffered an injury, illness or disease as a result. There are a handful of exceptions to this rule, which our specialist personal injury solicitors can discuss with you.
When would you need to instruct Infinite Law?
The following are examples of when you may wish to instruct a personal injury solicitor include:
- Road traffic accidents either as a driver, pedestrian, passenger, cyclist or motorcyclist
- Accident at work such as falling from a height, an object has fallen on you or your limb has been caught in an unguarded or defective machine. These accidents could be a result of bad training, failure to comply with health and safety or exposure to harmful products.
- Development of an illness or disease through work
- Slipping and tripping, for example a fall in a public place
- The victim of a serious act of violence
Will I receive compensation?
If your personal injury claim is successful, you will be entitled to compensation for the following:
Pain, suffering and loss of amenity
You will receive compensation for pain and suffering caused by the injury itself and the effect your injury has on your ability to do the things you did before the accident (known as loss of amenity). This can include hobbies and past times.
Compensation entitlement for this aspect of your claim will depend on the nature and extent of your injuries; how serious the injuries are and how long your symptoms are expected to last. This part of the claim is assessed with the assistance of expert medical reports combined with our own knowledge and research.
You will also receive compensation for your financial losses and expenses – both past and future. Your financial losses are assessed according to the evidence we obtain. This can include loss of earnings, cost of medication and treatment, travel costs and the time spent on caring for you because of your injuries.
We are able to offer no win no fee for accident claims, however there are other methods of funding a claim including legal expenses insurance and private funding. We will discuss your funding options at your initial free consultation.
What are the time limits for accident claims?
Personal injury claims must be brought within a certain time. This is known as the limitation period. The time limits are strict and set out in the Limitation Act 1980.
Most personal injury claims must be issued at court within three years of the date of the accident. For children, the personal injury claim must be issued no later than their 21st birthday.
There are exceptions:
- If there was a time delay before you became aware that you have suffered an injury, for example if you developed a condition contracted by exposure to chemicals at work
- If, as an adult, you did not have the mental capacity to instruct a lawyer to make a claim. The clock doesn’t start ticking until you have regained capacity
- In some limited cases the courts may agree to waive the time limit completely, for example in cases involving abuse suffered in childhood
- If your accident occurred overseas, on a plane or a boat where the time limits are different
In most instances, if you do not comply with the limitation period that applies to your claim, you are likely to lose the chance to claim. It is therefore important that you do not delay in making your personal injury claim as soon as you become aware that you might have one.
To discuss your situation in total confidence with an expert who truly understands the challenges you are facing, please get in touch. We will see you at any time convenient to you, including before and after work or on a Saturday. We are also happy to visit you at home.
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