Personal Injury Solicitors London
No one wakes and expects to be injured. An accident can happen quickly and without any warning, and it can be a huge shock to the individuals involved. The entire human body is vulnerable to countless types of injuries every day, no matter where you go and what you do. Accidents can be minor and involve a small cut or bruise that one hardly notices, but other accidents are extremely serious and can completely transform the way that you live your life.
If you have suffered a personal injury that was caused by an accident that was not your fault, you deserve justice and compensation for the harm you’ve suffered. Whether you have suffered a personal injury on the road, at work, at home or in a public place, Free Legal Justice’s personal injury solicitors in London are ready to help you make your personal injury claim.
What Is A Personal Injury Claim?
A personal injury claim is a legal claim that someone institutes if they’ve been hurt in some form of accident and it was not their fault. In summary, it refers to the legal process of recovering compensation for the party that caused them harm, or who was legally responsible for their injuries. Our personal injury solicitors in London offer free, unbiased legal advice to potential clients on the merits and process of their personal injury claims. Our personal injury solicitors in London will lead you through each important step of your claim, without any pressure or obligation.
In most cases, you can make a personal injury claim if you or a loved one has been hurt in any kind of accident in the following circumstances:
- Your accident or injury happened within the past three years;
- The personal injury resulted in you suffering financially as well as physically; and
- The personal injury was clearly caused wholly or partly by somebody else.
At the end of the day, the sooner you start your personal injury claim, the sooner you can make peace with the accident, receive the maximum compensation you deserve, and continue with your recovery process. If you have recently suffered a personal injury and it feels wrong, contact Free Legal Justice today to find out how our personal injury solicitors in London can help make it right.
London Peronal Injury Solicitors for Car Accident Personal Injury Claims
It isn’t just drivers who can claim for injuries sustained on the road – car 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 car accident in some way, and may have a potential compensation claim.
If you have been involved in a car accident, 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.
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Vehicle passengers and drivers can easily be crushed or flung from cars and can sustain injuries when they land. An innocent bystander or cyclist could also be hit by a car and be flung from the point of impact. In some cases, car accidents can cause extremely serious injuries including brain and spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis.
If you have been in a car accident and have experienced an injury, you should consider getting in touch with a Free Legal Justice claims today, to find out more about your personal injury 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 London can help you to get the justice you deserve today.
Types Of Car Accident Personal Injury Claims
There are certain injuries that are more common than others when it comes to car crashes.
- Fractured Bones
Possibly the most common type of personal injury resulting from a car accident is a broken bone. This type of personal injury is common in head-on collisions and rear-end car collisions. Lower body fractures are particularly common because of the reflex that most people have to extend their feet when they are bracing for the impending impact of a crash, but fractures to the other bones are just as likely. As a driver or a passenger within a car, you can suffer countless broken bones as a result of a steering wheel, windscreen, doors and other vehicles exerting extreme force onto your body in a crash. You can also sustain broken bones if you are a pedestrian hit by a moving vehicle, or crushed beneath a vehicle, or if you are flung from the vehicle. Depending on how and where the car exerts force on your body, you could sustain fractures to upper body, back and skull, all of which could result in long term and even fatal injuries.
- Bruises, Cuts and Scarring
Car accidents involve the bending, crushing and forceful impact of the body framework of the car, breaking of glass, metals, plastics and personal possessions. When any of these items make contact with your body in the course of an accident, it can result in extensive bruises, cuts and scarring. Often bruising and swelling injuries take a few hours to develop. If the car accident causes an explosion or catches alight, you can sustain very serious injuries and medical complications as a result of the burns.
- Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains are common injuries resulting from car accidents. A sprain typically means that ligaments have been torn or stretched, and a strain entails the tearing or stretching of tendons or muscles. The bits of soft tissue around your limbs are susceptible to these types of injuries if you are in a car accident.
- Amputation Compensation Claims
Amputations are devastating to any victim of an accident. If any part of your body is caught in an accident or severely crushed by a moving car, this can have severe consequences for the victim. Where a car accident results in multiple fractures of one specific area, injuries can necessitate medical amputation. In other serious injuries (including burns and extensive infection) an amputation can result from complications connected to your injuries. Car accidents can cause upper body amputation, lower body amputation and facial amputation and can affect every victim differently.
Broken Bone Claims In London
Whether you land up with a broken bone or a sprained tendon, your day to day life will be affected in some way as a result of the car accident. As a result of your injuries, you may not be able to move around and do the same tasks in the same manner as before, which could result in a variety of financial losses, including taking time off of work. If you have found yourself in this situation after a car accident, it is important that you speak to Free Legal Justice as soon as possible. Our experienced personal injury solicitors in London will guide you and help you navigate through your personal injury claim.
Work-Related 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
London Personal Injury Solicitors For Work Accident Claims
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.
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.
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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.
Common Work-Related Personal Injury Claims
Free Legal Justice sees numerous accidents at work which result in our clients instituting personal injury claims against their employers. The list of different of personal injury claims that employees can suffer for accidents at work is extremely long. Some of the more common reported injuries that Free Legal Justice has dealt with over the years include:
- Bone fractures
There are 206 bones in the body that can easily be broken in an accident. Your feet, ankles, hands, wrist, fingers and toes all have tiny bones that can easily be broken because of an accident in the workplace. If an employee is accidentally caught between parts of dangerous equipment or is crushed under the moving parts of defective machinery, that employee can sustain a serious ankle injury. If an employee is injured because of a car or other workplace vehicle, he/she can suffer multiple fractures in one accident.
Some fractures may require surgery for treatment of the injury. Depending on the nature and severity of a personal injury, it can take as long as two years to completely recover fully from the pain, and to revert to your full motion range and strength of the body part. In other cases, people are able to resume their normal daily routine within three to four months.
- Puncture wounds
Any part of your body could be damaged because of a puncture wound, caused by stepping on a sharp object in the workplace, or by a power tool or other dangerous machinery making contact with hard or soft tissue of your body. A puncture wound can limit the employee’s ability to walk, run, stand, lift and carry things. If a puncture wound is in a dangerous place like an abdomen, head or chest, it could cause much more life-threatening injury.
- Sprains and strains
An employee can easily twist his or her ankle or wrist in the workplace. A twisted joint can result in a strain or a sprain. Naturally, the severity of your personal injury will determine your recovery period. Generally, the initial treatment of a sprain includes resting and protecting the area for at least a week until swelling goes down. This is followed by a period of one to two weeks of light exercise rehabilitation to restore range of motion, strength, and flexibility. In personal injury cases surgery may be required, and it can take several more weeks to several months for your life to return to normal.
- Chemical spills and burns
Harmful substances and fire can cause serious burn injuries to the internal and external parts of your body. Employees in the health, science and manufacturing industries are at risk of harmful substances and employers should take careful health and safety measures to ensure that accidents of this nature are prevented in the workplace.
- Cartilage damage
When an employee suffers a serious fracture or sprain, they could injure their cartilage as well.
Amputations are disastrous, and can occur if an employee is caught in heavy machinery or dangerous equipment, or if they are injured in an accident involving a moving vehicle at work. If the accident is severe and results in multiple fractures or crushed limbs, injuries can necessitate medical amputation.
Public Place Personal injury Claims In london
Free Legal Justice is highly experienced in handling personal injury claims 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 whilst in a public place and you believe it was due to negligence of another individual or body, 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.
London Council Injury Claims
If your personal injury happened on council owned property, such as a public walkway or a council house rented out to a member of the public, then you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim against the local authority if the accident was due to their 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 not maintaining a road or sidewalk, you will need to prove that the local council was negligent in their 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.
What Will It Cost To Make A Personal Injury Claim In london?
Free Legal Justice offers all our clients with valid injury claims the option of proceeding with their case based on 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 your personal injury solicitor in London 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.
What Happens If My Personal Injury Claim in london Is 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. A No Win No Fee agreement means that we will only get paid if your personal injury claim is successful.
If our personal injury solicitors help you to win your personal injury 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 personal injury solicitor in London will be sure to discuss the success fee with you upfront, and the agreed success fee will be confirmed in writing before we institute your injury claim.
What Happens If My Personal Injury Claim Is Not Successful?
Free Legal Justice carries the risk of your personal injury claim not being successful. In the unlikely event that your claim is unsuccessful, we will not charge you any legal fees for the work done by our skilled personal injury solicitors in London.
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.
Contact Free Legal Justice at any time of day, on any day of the week, by filling out the short online form and waiting for us to call you back for free, or by calling one of our friendly personal injury solicitors in London on 0800 567 7074. If you would like to discuss your case from the comfort of your own home, please request a complimentary home visit from one of our friendly personal injury claims handlers, so that your personal injury solicitor in London can start your injury claim without delay.
How Much Compensation Will I Get For My Personal injury Claim?
Your legal right to compensation is based on getting you back to the position you were in before you suffered a personal injury. In injury claims generally, compensation sums are calculated with reference to the severity of the personal injury suffered, and the type of care that the victim may need going forward to be able to live with their injuries. Your personal injury solicitor will also include a claim for out-of-pocket expenses that you have incurred as a result of the accident.
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Your personal Injury solicitor in London will include an amount for general and special damages. In summary, general damages are compensation for the physical injuries, whereas special damages are compensation for additional expenses incurred due to the personal injury. Your personal injury solicitor London will be sure to go through your calculation of general and special damages with you in detail once you’ve agreed to make a personal injury claim with us.
There are guidelines detailing how your claim for general damages should be calculated for different levels of harm experienced in personal injury claims. Your personal injury solicitor in London will calculate your general damages by comparing your independent medical report with the sums advised in the official Judicial Board Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases. The compensation that you will receive at the conclusion of your personal injury case will be influenced by details such as how serious your injury is and how long you will take to recover from your injuries.
There are many injuries that can form the basis of personal injury claims.
Some of the common injuries that the Free Legal Justice team deal with include whiplash, head and brain injuries, loss of limbs, breaks, fractures, and loss of limb.
Head Injury Claims
Any injury to the head is a serious issue, because the brain is also at risk of injury. The amount of compensation that you will be entitled to claim will depend on how serious the brain injury is. A person suffering from minor head injury, with no injury to the brain, may be entitled to claim compensation in the region of £3,000 to £6,000. If there is major damage to the head and the brain has also been affected, the compensation claim can be over £20,000. The most serious cases would be those where the victim is left completely unresponsive and has suffered permanent severe brain damage. Such severe head injuries could fetch a compensation of over £200 000, and will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Mental or Psychological Injuries
Again, the amount of compensation that you can claim for a mental injury will depend on the seriousness of the mental or psychological injuries you have suffered. If you have suffered psychological harm that is ruled as temporary, and things are expected to return to normal soon, your compensation claim can be anything between £4,000 and £10,000. Where mental and psychological injuries are more severe or permanent, the compensation claim can reach up to £50,000.
Upper Body Injuries
If you have suffered minor injuries to the upper body area, including the neck and shoulders, you may have a compensation claim in the amount of up to £6 000, depending on the nature of your injuries. If you have suffered more serious upper body injuries, for example dislocation and fractures, you could have a claim of up to £29,000.The biggest compensation pay-out that you can receive will be for severe, permanent injuries such as paraplegia, where the amount of compensation can be anything between £35,000 and £100, 000.
Back Injury Claims
Back injuries are risky, painful and draining. If your back has been injured in a car accident, there is a high risk of spinal damage and it is important that you get a medical assessment to prevent any further potential damage. A back injury can result in you becoming less mobile, or even result in you becoming paralysed. A claim for minor back injuries can reach up to £9000, while severe permanent back injuries to nerve root or spinal cord can give you a compensation claim of up to £120,000.
Hands, Arms, and Wrist Injuries
It can be tricky to calculate the potential loss that a person suffers because of a wrist or hand injury. Less severe hand and wrist injuries can give you a personal injury claim of between £3 000 – £5 000, whereas a permanent injury or disability can stretch up to £30 000.
Lower Body Injuries
Injuries to the lower body area include any kind of injury to your ankles, knees, hips and legs. As with the other forms of injuries, the amount that you can claim for lower body injuries will vary depending on the nature of your injury. Injury claims for minor lower body injuries can reach up to £10 000.00. If you have suffered lower body injuries that lead to permanent disability, loss of limb, or consistent and permanent pain, then your compensation claim could be up to £25 000.00.
The examples of compensation for various types of injuries mentioned above are not in any way fixed, and should only be used as a rough guideline for the potential value of personal injury claims available to different accident victims. Your individual injury claim will be assessed on a case by case basis by one of our injury claims experts in a free, confidential consultation once you provide us with all the details.
Special Damages In Personal Injury Claims In London
Special damages forming part of your injury claim include compensation for any additional expenses that you have had to incur as a result of the accident. This is a broad category of damages, and can range from loss of past and future income, to costs of counselling and therapy sessions, to traveling expenses, supplementary childcare expenses, as well as nursing and household adaptations that you have made to help you live with your injuries. Your personal injury solicitor in London will explain to you which amounts will contribute to your special damages claim.
It is important to know that special damages can only be claimed if you are able to present some sort of evidence of the expenses. You need to show that you have already incurred these expenses, or will in future incur these expenses, for example by presenting receipts, reports, payslips and other documentation relevant to the damages. Our injury claims team is available to consult 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is ready answer any questions you might have about the calculation of your general and special damages claim.
Talk To Our Personal Injury Solicitors In London For Free Advice
If would like to chat about the injury claims process, please get in touch with Free Legal Justice now by filling out the online form or by calling our personal injury solicitors in London on 0800 567 7074. If you prefer to discuss your case from the comfort of your own home, our friendly personal injury solicitors in London will be able to do a home visit, so that you can discuss your case freely from the comfort of your own home.
Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Claims Solicitors For London Clients
Are There Time Limits For Making Personal Injury Claims?
In the UK there is a general 3 year time limit applicable to filing personal injury claims. If you have not initiated legal proceedings within 3 years of suffering the injury or accident, your case may be considered to be prescribed, and you may not be entitled claim compensation.
The 3 year deadline starts to run on the date that the accident occurred, or from the date on which you realised that your injury was associated. Speak to your personal injury solicitor in London as soon as possible to ensure that you don’t miss the deadline.
Can I Make A Personal Injury Claim On Behalf Of Someone Else?
Yes, you can make a personal injury claim on behalf of someone else. If the person who suffered injuries was younger than 18 years, or is considered a ‘protected party’ who is mentally incapable of making their own decisions, then a parent, guardian or close family member may make a compensation claim on their behalf. Your personal injury solicitor in London will be able to give you more guidance on the process of claiming on someone’s behalf.
Can I Make A Personal Injury Claim If I Was Partly To Blame?
Yes, you can make a compensation claim even if you were partially responsible for, or helped contribute towards the accident or your injuries. Your right to claim depends on the facts of each case. Every accident’s circumstances are unique and there are usually combinations of factors that contribute towards an accident.. You are not disqualified from claiming simply because you played some part in the accident. That being said, if the evidence shows that because of your actions, you were half responsible for what happened or your actions contributed to making your injuries worse, then your compensation amount will be reduced by how much you contributed to your injuries. You will be found partially to blame for the injuries you have sustained and your compensation payment will be reduced by your percentage of your blame.
What Area’s of London Do Your Personal Injury Solicitors Cover?
City of London, Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney,Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow,Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham