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Three things to know about personal injury claims

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Published: 3rd December 2021

If you sustain a personal injury in an accident which was not your fault, typically due to the negligence or carelessness of another person, then you are likely to be entitled to personal injury compensation. Even if you believe you are partly to blame, you may still have a case.

Recovering from a serious injury can present many challenges and therefore thinking about compensation may not be the first thing you consider. However, seeking advice and support from a specialist serious injury solicitor, like Serious Law LLP, will play a big part in helping you access the medical treatment you need to ensure that you make as good a recovery as possible from your injury.

Some causes of personal injuries you can claim for include:

Some of the key aspects, specialists like us, consider are:

1. Time Limits for making a Personal Injury Claim

In most cases, you will have a three year time limit to make a personal injury claim. It is important to pursue your claim at a time when you feel ready, however you should keep the time limit in mind to ensure your claim can be dealt with in the time allowed by law. In some rare circumstances, the time limit may be extended, however this is unlikely, therefore it is important to begin your claim without delay.

Seeking specialist advice early will enable your solicitor to make sure they collate all the necessary evidence whilst the accident/incident is fresh in the minds of the injured party and any witnesses.

2. Compensation

Each personal injury case is different, therefore detailed assessment of your individual situation must be undertaken before an accurate estimation can be provided. Some of the many factors taken into account include;

  • Medical diagnosis;
  • Past and future financial losses;
  • Living arrangements;
  • Care requirements.

The value of the compensation you receive will be based on various elements such as the losses you have incurred since the accident and will suffer in the future, as well as the nature and extent of your injuries and the long term prognosis.

The process of assessing your immediate and long-term requirements can be complex. It is important for a specialist injury solicitor to review your situation in order to provide an accurate estimation of compensation, as this will be a key element of your case. Securing the right amount of compensation is imperative to enable a secure and comfortable future.

3. Shared Fault or Liability

The cause of an accident may not always be obvious, therefore it is often necessary for your solicitor to undertake very detailed investigations into your accident, gathering evidence to prove who was primarily responsible for your accident.

Sometimes it may be found that an element of liability for the accident attaches to one or multiple parties, including yourself. Your solicitor will gather the evidence and offer advice based on their extensive experience as to how they consider a court will apportion liability for the accident.

If you believe you are partly to blame for an accident, you may still have a case. It is important to seek legal advice, as the cause of an accident may not always be obvious.

To assist this process, it is important that you collect as much evidence as you can shortly after the accident including the date, time and location of the accident as well as making sure you have the contact details of any witnesses if possible. Such details are essential, however, your solicitor will help you gather and document the evidence you need.

Our team have extensive experience dealing with difficult liability cases, therefore if you are unsure whether you have a case and would like the opinion of a specialist solicitor, our team can help.

Making a Personal Injury Claim

When making a personal injury claim, experience and expertise are vital. We have a proud history of securing high levels of compensation for our clients often where liability for the accident was not straightforward resulting in many positive testimonials which commend the service we provide to our clients, as well as the value which we added to their case and situation.

If you’ve suffered an injury, our specialist solicitors are here to help. We offer free advice and encourage you to contact us if you would like to discuss your situation and get a view from one of our experts.

When you contact us there is no obligation for you to pursue a claim, however if you choose to do so, we’re here to help and will appoint one of our specialist solicitors to handle your case.


If you or any of your family legal assistance from a Top Tier Legal 500 rated law firm, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can also be contacted on 0330 058 0377 for a free, confidential, conversation with a qualified serious injury solicitor. Alternatively, please send us your contact details to enquiry@seriouslaw.co.uk, and we’ll call you back. All enquiries are free and confidential.