If you’ve had an accident – whether at home, work, on the road or in a public place – then it’s possible that you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, the cost of medical treatment and any other losses you have incurred as a result.
At QualitySolicitors Davisons, our personal injury experts have many years’ experience in what can often prove to be a complex area of law. With our Free Initial Assessment promise, we can give our view as to whether a claim for compensation is likely to succeed.
If you do choose to instruct us to pursue a claim on your behalf, we work hard for all of our clients to get them the best possible outcome for their situation. Our Head of Litigation, Umran Sadiq, has many year's experience with personal injury claims and is a registered member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), a not-for-profit organisation that campaigns for improvements for victims in personal injury law.
There are many different types of personal injury claim, and some may need more specialist legal advice than others. We have experts in a range of areas including:
- Road traffic collisions
- Slips and trips in public places
- Industrial disease claims, such as asbestos-related illness
- Accidents abroad
- Child injury claims
- Criminal injuries or assault
- Fatal injury claims
- Faulty products
- Serious or life-changing injuries
- Military injury claims
- Psychological harm claims
- Clinical and medical negligence claims
In addition to expert legal advice, we also know that good customer service is important, which is why we make several promises to our clients. We give all of our clients direct contact details for their lawyer, so if they need to get in touch they can do so directly and quickly, and we promise to return with a same-day response wherever possible.
We offer initial free consultations to discuss personal injury claims and to assess whether or not we can offer to act for you on on a no-win, no-fee basis. We are able to offer the free consultation at any one of our offices across the West Midlands or by telephone if you would prefer. If you are unable to attend our offices then we may arrange to visit you at your home.
If you need to visit our office, and you can’t make it during the week, then we may be able to open on a Saturday for you.
Are you able to offer a no-win, no-fee arrangement?
Yes, for the majority of personal injury claims we take on we are able to offer a no-win, no-fee agreement (otherwise known as a Conditional Fee Agreement). This means that if your claim is unsuccessful you will not have to pay our legal costs (although you may still be required to pay any expenses we have incurred) provided that you have abided by the terms of the agreement. Failing to abide by the terms of the agreement (for example, if you deliberately mislead us about the circumstances of the accident or the severity of your injuries) may mean that you will have to pay both our and the Defendant's legal costs plus our expenses.
Is there a time limit for making a claim?
Yes. The general rule for adults wishing to make a claim is that you have 3 years from the date of the incident in which to issue court proceedings against the Defendant. For children, you have 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday in which to bring a claim (so court proceedings would need to be issued before their 21st birthday).
For those wishing to make a claim for injuries suffered on behalf of a minor (anyone under the age of 18), a Litigation Friend needs to be appointed to represent them and make decisions on their behalf. Normally this person will be a parent or close family member.
Will I have to go to Court?
Court proceedings are normally issued when there is a dispute between the two parties that cannot be agreed, such as who was responsible for the accident or how much compensation should be paid. We may also decide to issue Court proceedings against the Defendant if they fail to respond to our correspondence. The majority of personal injury claims do not reach a final Court hearing as they tend to settle before then. A claim may also settle when proceedings have been issued and Court dates have already been set, as the defendant may decide to settle rather than run the risk of having to pay out more if a judge decides against them.
How much is my claim worth?
This will depend on a variety of factors, such as the extent of your injuries, any loss of actual or potential income and the cost of any medical treatment you have had or may require in the future. You are also entitled to claim for other losses such as the cost of travel for hospital visits, medication and care for domestic chores.
During our initial consultation, we will be able to give you a clearer indication of the amounts you can expect to receive if your claim is successful. However, this is not a guarantee and any estimate may increase or decrease as the case progresses.
How long will the claim take?
Again, this can vary depending on a number of factors as each claim will be assessed based on its individual circumstances. The Defendant may not admit liability for the accident, which may lead to a claim taking longer than a claim where the Defendant admits that they are responsible. If an agreement cannot be reached with the Defendant as to whether they are responsible or how much the claim is worth, then it may be necessary to go to Court.
Can you take over my claim from my existing solicitors?
If you already have a claim ongoing and you are unhappy with the way it is being handled by your current solicitors, our initial advice would be to raise your concerns with them first. However, we are happy to offer a second opinion and decide whether we will be able to help you. If you do decide to transfer your case to us, we will contact your solicitors on your behalf and take care of the necessary arrangements to transfer your file over to us.
Want to know more?
The GOV.UK website is a great source of impartial information, and its 'compensation after an accident or injury' section is a good starting point for those wanting to make a personal injury claim.
Our Free Initial Assessment gives you the chance to talk with one of our experts so you can find out how we can help. There’s no charge and no obligation whatsoever.
Call us on 0121 514 5279 and we’ll arrange your Free Initial Assessment at a time convenient for you.