Personal Injury Claims Edinburgh
I’ve Been Involved In An Accident That Wasn’t My Fault. How Do I Know If I Have A Personal injury Claim In Edinburgh?
Being involved in any form of accident is a very serious matter. At Free Legal Justice, we understand that any accident, whether minor or serious, is a stressful and traumatic experience for all parties involved. We are here to help you through this upsetting experience, and get you the justice you deserve for the personal injury you have sustained. When dealing with personal injury claims in Edinburgh, it is important that the right procedures are followed and that proper steps are taken to deal with the incident. Free Legal Justice has many years of experience in dealing with all types of personal injury claims in Edinburgh and right across the United Kingdom, and our friendly personal injury claims team is available 7 days of the week, 24 hours a day to give you free legal advice about the merits of your potential claim.
When Can I start Personal Injury Claims In Edinburgh?
Generally, you will need to make a claim for compensation within three years of the date of the accident, or within three years of the date that you discovered your personal injury- whichever date is later. There are some exceptions to this rule, for example you may be allowed a longer time period if you are claiming on behalf of a child or protected person. On the other hand, if the accident was the result of criminal activity such as a hit and run in the context of a car accident, time limits may vary if the claim is instituted through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. Our personal injury claims team in Edinburgh is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions that you might have regarding the timing of your personal injury claim.
What Information Do I Need To Make My Personal Injury Claim in Edinburgh?
Contact Free Legal Justice now to receive free professional advice on the merits of your personal injury claim, so that you can know where you stand before you take legal steps against those who caused you harm. To correctly advise clients on the merits of their potential claims, the Free Legal Justice team will need as much information as possible about the accident and any injuries suffered. For this reason, we advise that you have as much detail as possible ready for your free legal consultation with one of our experts in personal injury claims in Edinburgh, including details such as:
- How the personal injury happened ;
- the nature of the personal injury;
- Location of the personal injury;
- the nature of the injuries suffered or damages caused as a result of the personal injury;
- Your car registration details;
- The name, car license registration number, and contact number of the individuals involved in the personal injury; and
- Details or reference numbers of any police docket or emergency services attendance report.
Our Personal Injury Claims Team In Edinburgh Will Take The Full Details
Don’t worry if you don’t have all of this information right away. With a single call to our helpful Free Legal Justice team, we will explain the merits of your personal injury claim in Edinburgh to you, based on all the information that you can provide. It is crucial that you get in touch with the personal injury claims in Edinburgh team as soon as possible- the sooner we have the details of your accident, the sooner one of our experts in personal injury claims can get started on your case, and help you get the maximum compensation that you deserve.
How Will Compensation In My Personal Injury Claims In Edinburgh Be Calculated?
Your legal right to claim compensation is based on getting you back to where you were before your accident. In personal injury claims generally, compensation is calculated based on how serious the person’s injuries are, and the type of care that they may need in the future to be able to recover from, or deal with, their injuries. We also claim for out-of-pocket expenses incurred by clients as a result of the accident, which will form part of the total compensation awarded if your claim is successful.
Special and General Damages In Edinburgh Personal Injury Claims
Your personal injury claim in Edinburgh will usually consist of what we call general and special damages. In summary, general damages is the compensation for the personal injuries you have suffered, whereas special damages is compensation for all the additional expenses that you have incurred as a result of your personal injury. Your appointed solicitor at Free Legal Justice will be sure go through your calculation of general and special damages in detail once you have decided to make a personal injury claim with us.
There are general guidelines that have been published setting out how much should be claimed as general damages for different levels of injuries in personal injury claim in Edinburgh. Your general damages will be calculated by matching your independent medical report with the official Judicial Board Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases. The amount of compensation that you will receive will be influenced by factors such as how serious your injury was, complications surrounding your injuries, and how long you will take to recover from your injuries.
Special Damages In Personal Injury Compensation Claims
To claim for special damages, you need to provide proof of the additional expenses or costs you have incurred to date, or will incur in the future, as a result of the accident. The category of special damages is extremely broad, and can include anything from travel costs, costs of medical and rehabilitation appointments, childcare, loss of income, and broader medical expenses such as prescriptions, physiotherapy, counselling, physical home adjustments, and the cost of any special equipment that you might need during the recovery process.
To give you an idea of the amounts that you can claim for personal injury in Edinburgh, we have compiled the below table. Please note that these are not by any means fixed compensation amounts available to victims of personal injury in Edinburgh, and are merely to provide a rough idea of what you can expect as a pay-out if your claim is successful.
|Compensation Amounts For Personal Injury Claims In Edinburgh|
|Severity of Injury||Details of Injury||Examples of Average Compensation Awarded|
|Extremely serious||Victims are unresponsive as a result of severe brain damage and may be in a vegetative state||Between £240,000 and £340,000|
|Moderately serious||Severe disability due to brain damage, loss of feeling in limbs, personality change and/or a mental disability||Between £180,000 and £240,000|
|Moderate||Memory impacted; reduced ability to work; can include change in personality and increased risk of epilepsy||Between £36,000 and £185,000|
|Mild||Minimal or no brain damage but might still have long term effects||Between £13,000 and £36, 000|
|Extremely serious||Facial disfigurement; severe scarring or burns||Between £25,400 and £83,000|
|Moderate to serious||Simple fractures to multiple fractures and breaks in the facial area||Between £7,500 and £41,000|
|Mild||Less severe scarring to minor scars||Between £1,400 and £11,700|
|The most serious||Completely blind and deaf||Around £340,000|
|Extremely serious||Partial to substantial loss of sight in one or both eyes||Between £45,000 and £230,000|
|Moderately serious||Restricted vision or loss of sight in one eye||Between £7,700 and £46,000|
|Mild||Temporary loss of vision due to smoke, liquids or other substances; Struck/hit in the eye||Between £1,800 and £7,500|
|Temporary||Full recovery takes a few weeks||Between £1,800 and £3,300|
|Extremely Serious||Severe/multiple fractures to the nose resulting in permanent damage||Between £9,000 and £19,500|
|Serious||Severe injuries capable of recovery after surgery||Between £3,370 and £4,350|
|Moderate||Injuries not requiring surgery||Between £2,000 and £26,990|
|Mild||Simple non-displaced fractures with full recovery||Between £1,400 and £2,160|
|Extremely severe||Complete loss of hearing||Between £77,000 and £93,000|
|Moderately severe||Complete hearing loss in one of the ears||Between £26,000 and £38,000|
|Mild||Hearing loss in one or both ears; tinnitus||Up to £38,800|
|Severe||Paralysis, limb numbness, restriction in movement because of the injury in the neck and shoulder||Between £10,500 and £42,000|
|Moderate||Semi-permanent damage; damage that restricts movement in arm and elbow||Between £6,700 and £10,800|
|Mild||Damage to soft tissue that should recover within the year or slightly longer||Up to £6,700|
|Severe||Severe injury to the upper or lower back; paralysis or any relating issues to organs in the lower parts of the body||Between £33,000 and £137,000|
|Moderate.||Covering a wide range of back injuries such as compression of the lumbar vertebrae, ligament or soft tissue damage, any constant pain and/or any discomfort||Between £10,500 and £33,000|
|Mild||Strains and sprains, soft tissue injuries, a slipped disc, muscle pain||Up to £10,670|
|Extremely severe||Amputation of both arms, the amputation of a single arm, or partial amputation of one or both arms||Between £82,000 and £255,900|
|Severe||For major restriction and disability present in one or both the arms||Between £33,400 and £111,600|
|Less severe||Restriction in movement and/or disability in the arms with substantial recovery||Between £16,000 and £33,400|
|Simple||Between £5,200 and £15,000|
|Extremely severe||Amputation of one or both hands; loss of use of hands||Between £120,000 and £171,900|
|Very severe||Total or effective loss of one hand from crushing and then amputation; partial amputation||Between £52,800 and £77,400|
|Moderately severe||Finger amputations, crush injuries to the hand, penetrating wounds, deep lacerations||Between £24,700 and £52,800|
|Less severe||Crushing injuries leaving some impaired function||Between £12,340 and £24,700|
|Extremely severe||Amputation of one or both legs (full or partial amputation)||Between £83,500 and £240,500|
|Moderately severe||Injuries to the leg which has caused lifelong restriction in movement and disability||Between £23,600 and £82,100|
|Less severe||From simple leg fractures, breaks or soft tissue damage which has affected the muscle to leg fractures with an incomplete recovery||Up to £23,600|
|Severe||Disability because of a knee injury, major damage to muscles, muscle wastage and soft tissue damage. Disability because of a knee injury, major damage to muscles, muscle wastage and soft tissue damage||Between £22,300 and £82,000|
|Moderate||Minor disability because of the knee injury, damage to the muscle, cartilage, soft tissue, that causes pain and suffering||Up to £22,300|
|Extremely severe||The most severe ankle injuries that may cause deformity, degeneration of joints, and potentially amputation||Between £42,500 and £59,400|
|Moderately severe||Fractures, extensive treatment, disability because of ankle injury||Between £11,700 and £42,700|
|Mild||Ankle fractures, ankle sprains||Up to £11,730|
|Extremely severe||Amputation of one or both feet||Between £71,600 and £171,900|
|Moderately severe||Severe injury to one or both feet that causes restriction, fractures or disability||Between £11,700 and £59,700|
|Mild||Covering injury to a foot with high chance of recovery||Up to £11,700|
How Much Will It Cost To Make A Personal Injury Claim In Edinburgh?
Free Legal Justice offers all our clients with valid personal injury claims in Edinburgh the option of working under a No Win No Fee agreement. Under a No Win No Fee agreement, if your case is unsuccessful, you won’t have to pay a thing to us for the work that the Free Legal Justice team has done on your case. For thousands of clients, this means that they will finally have access to the justice they deserve, and a fair chance to make a claim for rightful compensation, without any financial risk.
How Much Will Be Charged for Personal Injury Claims In Edinburgh that are Successful?
The good news is that you will never pay Free Legal Justice any legal fees in advance for proceeding with your personal injury claim in Edinburgh. A No Win No Fee agreement means that we will only get paid if your claim is successful.
If we help you to win your claim, Free Legal Justice will receive a success fee of an average of 25% of the compensation received as payment for the work that we have done to help you win your case. Your devoted accident solicitor will be sure to discuss the success fee with you upfront, and the agreed success fee will be confirmed in writing before we start your claim.
What Happens If My Personal Injury Claim In Edinburgh Is Unsuccessful?
Free Legal Justice carries the risk of your personal injury claim in Edinburgh being unsuccessful. If your claim is unsuccessful, we will not charge you any legal fees for the work done by our skilled personal injury solicitors. This means that you won’t pay us a thing in the unlikely event that your personal injury claim in Edinburgh is unsuccessful.
To ensure that you are fully protected and have peace of mind over your financial risks, the Free Legal Justice team will help you to secure ‘After the Event’ insurance. This insurance covers you in the unlikely event that you are unsuccessful with your claim, and in case the court rules that you need to pay a part of your opponent’s legal costs during the case.
Why Choose A No Win No Fee Agreement With Free Legal Justice?
Free Legal Justice has an entire panel of specialised personal injury claim in Edinburgh solicitors who resolve thousands of No Win No Fee personal injury claims in Edinburgh every year. The dedicated Free Legal Justice team works around the clock – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help our clients get justice for the harm they have suffered, and receive the maximum compensation that they deserve.
By working with Free Legal Justice on a No Win No Fee personal injury claim, we promise that:
- You will receive free legal advice from one of our expert solicitors as to how best to proceed with your personal injury claim;
- A member of the Free Legal Justice Team will be available to speak to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you with any questions that you might have regarding your personal injury claim in Edinburgh;
- If you are unsuccessful in your claim, we will not charge you any legal fees for the work that we have done on your case;
- You won’t pay a thing from your own pocket;
- We will help you to recover the maximum amount of compensation in the shortest possible time; and
- We will manage your case efficiently, keep you updated on its progress, and will try to make the entire compensation claim process as stress-free as possible for you.
How Long Will My Personal Injury Claim in Edinburgh Take?
Every personal injury is unique, as is the compensation claim process that follows the incident. Some personal injury claims in Edinburgh can be settled in a few months, while others are more complicated and will take longer to resolve. The amount of time needed to resolve your matter will depend on the facts specific to your case. Personal injury claims can become more complicated if your injuries are extremely serious, if there is a dispute over the facts, or if you have been involved in a ‘hit and run’ accident, as this may make it more difficult to prove legal responsibility. Our experienced solicitors have handled many personal injury claims in Edinburgh before, and will be able to give you good idea of how long your claim is likely to take once they have assessed your claim.
No matter how your accident happened or who you think is to blame for the accident, it is important that you speak to a legal professional from Free Legal Justice as soon as possible to determine whether you have a valid personal injury claim. Our experienced personal injury claims team in Edinburgh handles every personal injury claim through a fast-track assessment and allocation process; so that we can help our clients get the maximum compensation they deserve as soon as possible.
Can I Make A Personal Injury Claim In Edinburgh On Behalf Of A Deceased?
Yes, you might be able to make a claim on behalf of a deceased. If a family member has died as a result of a personal injury, you may be able to make a claim on their behalf. If the deceased has a valid will, the executor of the estate will be responsible for pursuing any claim on behalf of the dependents. If the deceased did not have a valid will, the law sets out exactly who can make a claim following the death of a loved one. The law surrounding personal injury claims on behalf of a deceased can become complicated. It is highly recommended that you seek the help of a legal professional if you think you have a valid personal injury claim on behalf of a deceased. Set up a free, no obligation consultation with one of Free Legal Justice’s personal injury claims in Edinburgh experts today, and we will help you to determine whether you can make a compensation claim for fatal injuries that someone you love has suffered.
Types Of Personal Injury Claims In Edinburgh
Your personal injury claim can be based on injuries caused by an accident at work, a car accident, or an accident in a public place. Every accident and the claims process that follow is unique, and Free Legal Justice will ensure that your personal injury claim in Edinburgh will get the attention and individual focus it deserves to be a success. We will go through examples of each of the common types of personal injury claims below.
Work Accident Personal injury Claims
A work injury happens when an employee experiences an accident during the course of work, which leads to some form of physical or mental occupational injury. Accidents at work are caused by a combination of unsafe behaviour and unsafe working conditions. When accidents happen, it is crucial that an employer has adequate safety processes and policies in place to deal with the incident. If a colleague is to blame for an accident at work that has caused your personal injury, it is likely that you are entitled to make a personal injury claim against your employer. This will be a claim for compensation for the injuries you have sustained and pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the accident.
Workplace injuries can occur as a result of a single incident, from extreme wear and tear or severe strain. Some common causes of personal injury claims include:
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Fall from height
- Being caught in heavy machinery
- Walking or standing for longs periods of time
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Stepping on sharp objects
While any person at work can be at risk when of suffering a work-related injury, some employees are more likely to suffer harm and serious injuries than others. This includes those individuals working in hospitals or other care workers, those working in manufacturing and construction industries, as well as those in the retail industry including waiters, cashiers, chefs, shop assistants and bar staff.
Do You Know Who Caused Your Work Accident?
It is not always obvious who caused an accident at work, or who is responsible for whatever caused the personal injuries that you have suffered. In most cases, your employer will ultimately be liable for the harm you have suffered, and will have beached the duty of care that they have towards you because they failed to ensure your health and safety at work. If an employer does not comply with this duty, and their failure to do so results in an accident or injury at work, there will be sufficient grounds for the employee to make a personal injury claim.
If your injury was caused by the negligence of another employee, you should not worry that this person will be personally liable to pay you your personal injury compensation. As a result of a principle known as vicarious liability, your employer will be responsible for all actions of their employees, whether negligent or otherwise. This means that the employer will be liable for any injuries that an employee has suffered at work. Employers are required by law to take out liability insurance to cover claims by employees that have suffered injuries at work.
We Specialize In Work Accident Claims In Edinburgh
Free Legal Justice sees numerous accidents at work which result in our clients instituting personal injury claims in Edinburgh against their employers. The list of different of personal injury claims that employees can suffer for accidents at work is extremely long.
Should I Make A Personal Injury Claim In Edinburgh Against My Employer?
At Free Legal Justice, we understand that making a claim for compensation against your employer can be nerve-wrecking, and that you might be concerned about the influence of a compensation claim on your employment status, or possibly the impact that a successful claim would have on your employer financially.
You need not feel awkward or shy about making your personal injury claim against your employer. If you have suffered injuries at work because of someone’s negligence or actions, you should contact a legal professional immediately to discuss your potential personal injury claim in Edinburgh. Not only do physical injuries affect your health and personal life, they also have a financial impact on your life which could extend to your family and friends. Your entire world can change from one terrible event. Your personal injury solicitor in Edinburgh is here to help you through this difficult time.
Our Edinburgh Personal Injury Claims Service Is Free
If you are concerned about the financial implications that a personal injury claim may have on your employer or about the status of your employment relationship if you do proceed with a claim against your company, you need not worry any longer. All employers in the UK must have employer’s liability insurance. When you make a personal injury claim in Edinburgh against your boss, the insurance company deals with everything and will pay any associated costs – including your compensation settlement. Every employer is legally required to take out this employers’ liability insurance, to make sure that they can pay compensation for any accidents at work that result in illness or injury of an employee, without it affecting the firm financially.
Its Your Legal Right To Make A Personal Injury Compensation Claim
At the end of the day, you are legally entitled to claim compensation for your injuries, and you have a fundamental right to receive justice for harm that has been caused to you. Don’t feel guilty about using your basic human rights! Our experienced personal injury solicitors in Edinburgh have dealt with these often sensitive situations many times before. If you have any concerns or questions about making a personal injury claim in Edinburgh against your employer, Free Legal Justice will be happy to provide the necessary support and discuss your options with you in a free consultation.
Public Place Personal injury Claims In Edinburgh
Free Legal Justice is highly experienced in handling personal injury claims in Edinburgh which have happened in a wide range of public places, including theme parks, shopping malls, restaurants and bars, parks, schools, theatres, carnivals and music concerts.
If you have suffered a personal injury in Edinburgh whilst in a public place and you believe it was due to negligence of someone else, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. Councils, shop owners, businesses and public bodies all have a duty to take reasonable measures to prevent the public from being injured on the premises under their control.
Council Owned Personal Injury Claims In Edinburgh
If your accident happened on council-owned property, such as a public walkway or a local library or town hall, then you may be able to make a personal injury claim in Edinburgh against the local authority, if the accident was due to that person or body’s negligence. When we look at injuries occurring in public spaces, the accident often involves a slip or a trip on an unmaintained road or a pavement, which means that the local council will be responsible.
When instituting a claim against a local authority or local council for failing to maintain a road or sidewalk, you will need to prove that the local council was negligent in its duty to the public by failing to keep the pavement safe. This involves proving that, based on the circumstances of your case, it was not reasonable for the local council to let the public space to fall into a state of disrepair which could result in a person being injured.
Car Accident Personal Injury Claims In Edinburgh
It isn’t just drivers who can claim for injuries sustained on the road – accidents can cause injuries to all sorts of people, including passengers, drivers, and innocent bystanders. All of these people may have been affected by the accident in some way, and may have a potential personal injury claim in Edinburgh.
If you have been involved in a car accident in Edinburgh, there are many possible injuries that you could suffer as a result. There are around 60 different bones in the feet, knees, and ankles that could potentially be injured as a result of a car accident. It is not just the bones that you have to worry about bring affected by an accident though – your upper and lower body contain many types of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues that could be damaged in a car accident. These tissues provide support and hold the rest of your body together, giving you your flexibility and mobility. An injury involving these tissues could result in severe impairment for the victim of a car accident. Even if the car crash happens at a slow speed, a car accident can still exert a huge amount of force on those inside the vehicle.
Contact Our No Win No Fee Personal Injury Claims Team Based In Edinburgh Today
Get in touch with a Free Legal Justice today to find out more about your car accident claim. At the end of the day, if the car accident was not your fault, then you should not have to pay for your physical injuries or for the financial consequences of such injury. Our personal injury solicitors in Edinburgh are here to help you to get the justice you deserve as soon as possible.