In a successful personal injury claim you will receive compensation for your injury and the pain and suffering and also all of your past financial losses and future losses.  If the medical evidence supports the fact that an individual may never be able to work again, then we will claim all future loss of earnings.  These are calculated in a specific way and there has to be a discount in the calculation to allow for the fact that not only will payment be made in a lump sum but we also have to factor in the uncertainties of life.  A 35 year old man may never work again because of his injuries and his future loss of earnings will be calculated to the age of 65 but, there are no guarantees that he will reach that age.

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Yes you can and you will succeed in such a claim if you can prove that your employer had not taken reasonable precautions for your safety and could have done something to prevent the injury occurring. Please see our Harassment & Violence at Work Compensation Claims Page for more information.

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Do not sign anything without seeking legal advice.  The compromise agreement may include a clause which then prevents you from making a personal injury claim.  You must let us know straight away if you have been asked to sign such an agreement.  We will then ask you to send us a copy of the agreement so that we can advise you further.

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You shouldn’t be dismissed if you bring a claim for compensation.  If you do lose your job and you think that it has been because you have made a compensation claim, you must let us know straight away as you may then have a separate claim for unfair dismissal.

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There are two types of sick pay:

  • Company Sick Pay (also called contractual or occupational sick pay)
  • Statutory Sick Pay

If your employer runs their own sick pay scheme it is a ‘company sick pay scheme’ and you should be paid what you are due under that.  If you are not entitled to anything under a company scheme, your employer should still pay you Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you are eligible.

Details of your company sick pay entitlement should be included in your contract of employment.

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You contact us and we will take full details from you as to the circumstances of the accident and the injuries suffered.

If you have a claim for compensation then we will act on your behalf on a “No win No fee” basis.

All accident at work claims are now submitted to the employer’s insurers on an electronic portal.  We are able to carry out searches to establish who the correct insurers are.

Your compensation claim will be evidenced by a medical report and so we will obtain copies of your medical records and will instruct an independent medical expert to examine you and provide us with a report.

We will obtain details from you in relation to any out of pocket expenses, which should be included in the claim.

We will make an offer to your employer’s insurers to settle your claim and if settlement is not possible, we will issue Court proceedings providing we feel that you have reasonable prospects of succeeding.

Rest assured that we will keep you updated and advised at every step of the way

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Your employer should have ’employer’s liability insurance’ in place and so if you do make a successful claim then your compensation will be paid out by the insurers and not your employer.  However, on rare occasions the agreement between your employer and the insurance company may state that claims falling below a certain financial figure will be paid out by the employer and not the insurer.  Click here to request a call back.

You can make a claim for compensation, whether you bought the product, borrowed it or used it, for example, at work. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

A group litigation order permits a number of claims  which give rise to common or related issues (of fact or law) to be managed collectively. The benefits of a group action are that the costs liability is spread across a number of different Claimants; information and documentation can be shared; claims are progressed consistently; and normally a number of test cases will be heard to determine the outcome of the group of cases. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

Under the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), damage includes death or personal injury or loss of, or damage to, property for private use and consumption. Damages are not recoverable in respect of damage to the defective product itself. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

Where a product is defective you may be entitled to bring an action under the Consumer Protection Act or for negligence for death, personal injury and damage caused to private property. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

As with all claims you are entitled to bring a claim for your pain and suffering and any other uninsured losses, such as, your leathers and other protective clothing. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

You might be entitled to make a claim against the local authority for failing to maintain the public highway. We will require photographic evidence of the pothole, showing measurements of the defect. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

It may have an adverse impact on your claim, depending on your knowledge of the driver’s condition. You can be advised further when you make contact to discuss your claim. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

Whilst it will not stop you bringing a claim it may result in a percentage deduction in your final award of damages. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

You are entitled to bring a claim against the third party motorist; or the Motor Insurer’s Bureau in case where the third party is uninsured or untraced. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

Yes, you can claim, and this is very common in road traffic accidents. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

Generally no, if solely your fault, but there may be instances where liability is apportioned between more than one party; or in accidents at work where an employer has fallen short in their duty of care. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

You would be best to take professional legal advice to ensure you are receiving the compensation you are entitled to. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

You may be entitled to claim under The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tour Regulations 1992. Some accident types have much shorter time limits within which a claim must be brought, so you need to act promptly. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

Yes, where the operator has failed in its duty of care you may be entitled to compensation. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

Yes there is.  For most personal injury claims, the claim has to be made within three years from the date of the accident.  If the claim arises from something that has happened over a period of time such as a repetitive strain injury caused by the type of work carried out during employment, then the three year period starts from the date of knowledge.  The relevant date would be the date when the individual realises that the type of work has caused the injury.  If your compensation claim arises from an accident on an aeroplane or a cruise ship, then you have a period of two years from the date of the accident in which to make the claim.  A minor (child under the age of 18) has until their twenty-first birthday to pursue a claim for an injury caused.  These timescales are known as the limitation period.  If settlement has not been achieved within limitation then Court proceedings will need to be issued to keep the claim alive. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

There is usually an Inquest to deal with the cause of death and the inquest has no impact on the personal injury claim.  Inquests are not permitted to determine blame and the conclusion (verdict) will not identify someone as having criminal or civil liability.  For many inquests, it will not be necessary for us to attend but if we feel that it is necessary then we will be there. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

Not at all.  We have clients who live all over the country and the majority of our communication occur via the telephone, email and written correspondence. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you

Yes of course.  That said, in this modern world of technology, most communication with clients today is via email, telephone or skype call and very few face to face meetings take place any more.  Only in exceptional circumstances will we visit you in hospital but that is because we simply want you to focus on getting better and you can deal with the legal side of things when you are out of hospital and feeling better. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

At the very beginning of a claim we do have to send you quite a lot of documentation such as our engagement letter with you, any documents about how the claim is being funded and also some forms of authority for you to sign and return to us.  At the same time we will send you a useful Note, which explains what is involved in making a personal injury claim.  We do try to keep the paperwork to a minimum and, where possible, we will complete all forms for you and all you will need to do is read them and sign, date and return them.  We do of course also send you a prepaid envelope so that returning the documentation to us does not cost you anything either. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

Absolutely not.  If we have to pay any money to a third party (known as disbursements), for example, paying your doctor for copies of your medical records, we will pay for these up front.  During the course of your claim, you will not be out of pocket. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

We will obtain copies of your medical notes and records from your GP and Hospital (if attended).  Once received, we will then instruct an independent medical expert to examine you and provide us with a medical report.   The medical report will provide details as to the injury suffered and it will also state whether or not any future treatment is recommended to aid your recovery.  The report will also provide us with an estimate as to when a full recovery should take place, if it has not done so already.  Based on the contents of the report it will allow us to place a valuation on your claim for compensation. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

It is not possible to provide an answer to this question as each claim is different.  Usually claims, where liability is admitted quickly, will settle a lot sooner than those cases where arguments over liability continue.  No case will settle until either the client has made a full and complete recovery from the injuries suffered or the medical evidence confirms that ongoing symptoms will continue for a specified period or will be permanent.  To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

The simple answer is yes, they can.  Your family can carry on with your claim and the compensation they win will form part of your estate.  Strict time limits still apply and family members should contact us to discuss individual scenarios.

Once the compensation has been paid to you, that money is yours and will form part of your estate when you die.  You can therefore include it in your Will and pass it to your family or to charitable organisations as you would with any other assets you have.

Yes, there is.  You generally have three years to bring a claim for industrial disease compensation, although there are some exceptions that our team can explain if your case requires it.  The start date of the three year period can vary dramatically depending on your individual circumstances.  Unlike an accident, which occurs on a definite date, an industrial disease can develop over many years of exposure to a hazardous environment, so there is no “fixed” date when your injury actually occurred.

As a result, working out the date that the three year period starts can be a complicated task, taking into account when your symptoms first started, when a diagnosis was made, and what knowledge you had about the risks of the environment you were working in.

If you think you have a potential claim for industrial disease compensation, it is very important that you speak to one of our team as soon as possible, as you may in fact have much less than three years left to bring your claim.  After speaking with one of our team, we should be able to give you a much better idea of what the time limit is in your individual case.

This is a common situation, because many industrial diseases only start to show symptoms years and even decades after being exposed to a hazardous environment or harmful equipment, and sometimes long after the company has ceased to exist.

Fortunately, this does not prevent you from making a claim.  The claim is made against the company’s insurers, who are much more likely to still be in existence.  We can make enquiries with the Employers’ Liability Tracing Office, an organisation that keeps a database of employers’ liability insurance policies, to try and identify the relevant insurance company for your former employer at the time you worked there.

So, even if your former employer stopped trading many years ago, there is still a very good chance that we can find their old insurers to make your claim against.

In general, although your medical records will be very helpful and contain lots of useful information, they do not include all of the information that is required to reach a proper compensation settlement for you.

You will therefore usually need to be medically examined by an independent medical expert at some point during your claim.  The expert will write a report which will confirm what your injury or disease is, what has caused it and how your health might improve or deteriorate in the future.  The expert can also give an opinion on what work you could do in the future, what care you might need or what equipment might help you.  The medical report will be used to assess how much compensation you should be awarded.

It is likely that we will obtain copies of your medical records for the independent medical expert to review, as your records will contain details of the investigations and tests your own doctors and surgeons have already carried out.  The independent medical expert can then work from the records and also their examination of you to form their opinion.

The length of time to conclude an Industrial Disease Compensation Claim varies greatly from case to case and can depend on what industrial disease you are suffering from and how quickly your employer admits that they are at fault for causing your disease.

If you are suffering from Mesothelioma, your claim may be concluded relatively quickly, as the High Court have a “fast track” procedure for Mesothelioma claims owing to the unfortunately short life expectancy for those suffering from this disease.  Your case could be settled within as little as six months in such circumstances.

In other industrial disease claims, it can take around twelve to twenty-four months to conclude, but could take longer, depending on the specific circumstances of your case.

Where a healthcare professional (which could be a doctor, nurse, midwife, dentist , surgeon etc) provides treatment that falls below a standard considered as reasonable for that clinician’s specialism, and which causes you injury, then you have a right to claim compensation from that clinician and/or their employers.

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Yes!!!  If you think you have suffered an injury following negligent medical treatment, you should seek legal advice as soon as is possible.

Generally medical negligence claims should be brought within 3 years from the date that you became aware that the treatment you received may have been negligent, and that it caused you injury.  If you do not issue court proceedings within that time, there is a real danger that a court will not allow you to proceed with your claim.

There are exceptions to this rule.  Children have until they are 21 in which to bring a claim, and those who are unable to manage their own affairs (in other words they lack capacity) are exempted from this time limit.

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The NHS has a formal complaints process.  Firstly, you should make your complaint as soon as is possible to the organisation that provided your healthcare.  Your complaint must be made within 12 months from the date the event happened or 12 months from the date you first became aware of it.  If you do not, then the NHS will not consider your complaint.

You can get help from the Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS) whose officers are in most hospitals.

If you are unhappy with the response you get, you can complain to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

If in any doubt, please contact us.

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A brain injury or brain malformation that occurs while the brain is developing (before, during or after birth) can cause cerebral palsy.  Muscle control, coordination, tone, reflex, posture and balance can all be affected.  It can also impact on motor skills and oral functioning.

Each case is different, each cause is different.  In most cases parents will be told that the doctors do not know what caused the condition.  Others will be told damage has occurred because their baby did not have enough oxygen at some point before, during or after birth (intrapartum asphyxia).

Knowing the cause of why your child developed cerebral palsy is so important, in particular to provide peace of mind with future pregnancies.

We work closely with paediatric neurologists, neuro-radiologists, paediatricians and obstetricians to try and find out what happened, and why your child has developed this condition.

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Erbs Palsy, sometimes known as Brachial Plexus Palsy or Shoulder Dystocia, happens when during the birthing process the brachial plexus nerves in the baby’s shoulder have been damaged.  The brachial plexus is a group of nerve fibres that travel from the spine, through the neck and armpit and down the arms.  During a delivery a child can be pulled or tugged so much that their neck is stretched, resulting in the shoulder nerve damage.  This injury can lead to problems with a child’s development.

In a breech delivery (when the baby is born feet first), a doctor can pull on the baby’s arms, legs or feet which will prevent damage to the neck.  However, a baby’s arms can rise awkwardly above the baby’s head in the birth canal, which can cause dislocation or breaking of the shoulders.

Finally tugging and pulling on the baby’s arms can cause damage to the ligaments and tendons around the baby’s shoulders.

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In order for your claim to succeed, you will have to show that the standard of care you received fell below that of a reasonably competent doctor/health care professional, AND that you have suffered an injury as a result of that negligent action.

Just because a doctor has done something wrong, does not mean you have a claim.

We will assess your case once we have spoken to you.  With your permission we will then obtain all of your medical records, and subject to a review of those records, we will instruct an independent medical expert to complete a detailed report on your case.  Subject to that report we will then negotiate settlement of your claim.  If that is not possible we will issue court proceedings on your behalf.

Over 95% of our cases settle without going to a trial.

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In all likelihood no.

95% of our cases are settled without the need to go to court.

Most are negotiated and settle many months before any trial date.

If you do need to go to court, you should rest assured that our legal team will ensure that you are looked after, and that your case is presented to the very highest professional standard.

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The burden of proof will rest with you.

We are here to help you deal with that burden.  Initially we will take detailed instructions from you.  We will then, with your permission, obtain your medical records.  We will have those professionally sorted and paginated for you.  We will then instruct one or more medical experts to assess whether the treatment you received was substandard, and whether that treatment caused you any injury.

These investigations can take many months.  Once they are successfully concluded we will send a letter of claim to the proposed defendant.  They in turn will provide a letter of response.  It may be possible, at that stage, to negotiate settlement of your claim.  More often than not it will be necessary to issue court proceedings.  The court will put in place a timetable for your claim.

Claims may settle at any time.  The average length of a medical negligence claim is between 3 to 4 years, but every case is different.  We will try our very best to provide you with realistic estimates as to how long your claim will take.

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Yes, we are medical negligence specialists.  Our Clinical & Medical Negligence Team ONLY does medical negligence work and nothing else.

We act for those bringing claims against doctors.  Two of our Partners are recognised by the Law Society as being specialists in their field, and both are on the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel.

We are passionate about what we do, and we are committed to ensure that we help in the maintenance of a safe and caring healthcare system.

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Awards for pain and suffering are based on a tariff and if your application was successful you would receive:

  • 100 % compensation of the Tariff amount for the most serious injury;
  • – plus 30 % of the Tariff amount for the second most serious injury;
  • – plus 15 % of the Tariff amount for the third most serious.

In addition you may be entitled to loss of earnings and certain special expenses.

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We can assist you with filling in the application; assessing any award proposed by the CICA; and assist with an application for a review where an application is rejected or the award is too low. The CICA do not pay for your legal charges, so we could offer to act on a contingency fee basis where a percentage of your award is withheld to pay for your legal costs. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

Yes and our team have succeeded in actions against a number of care homes for sub-standard care. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

The ability of the Defendant to meet any potential award of damages will obviously be a factor, but this can be discussed during the fee initial no obligation discussion. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

  1. The majority of cases are settled successfully without the need for a formal court hearing, but a small number of cases do go to trial. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

The majority of our cases are conducted on a no-win no-fee basis, so there will be no charge to you if the case is unsuccessful. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

The claims process is confidential, so it will not become common knowledge. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

There is a higher threshold to overcome when bringing a criminal prosecution, which if unsuccessful does not preclude your being able to bring a civil claim. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

Whilst there is a limitation period governing claims of this nature, this time limit does not start to run until you reach the age of 18. If it is a Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority claim, then there is a very tight time frame of 2 years from the incident within which an application needs to be submitted. There are exceptions to the time limits which will vary depending on the circumstances of the case. You should seek advice as soon as possible. To discuss your individual circumstances please complete the request a call back form and we will call you.