By Lewis Lennon. Last Updated 24th January 2024. Have you sustained an injury in an accident that was caused by a third party’s negligence? If so, you could be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim. And when you’re considering pursuing compensation following negligence, you may be wondering if you need a solicitor for a personal injury claim.
You may think that it would be straightforward enough for you to represent yourself. This could especially be the case if you feel that liability is clear-cut. However, even in cases where it seems obvious that the other party is at fault, there are some aspects of making a claim that a solicitor would be more adept at handling.
This guide will explain why we advise that you seek the representation of a personal injury solicitor when claiming. We’ll also take a look at how compensation claims are calculated. In addition, we’ll look at how a solicitor’s representation could be helpful in valuing your claim, especially if they have experience handling different kinds of personal injury cases.
You can get in touch with us to ask for advice and information about making a claim for a personal injury, in the following ways:
- Calling 0161 696 9685
- Filling in our contact us page
- Sending a message through our pop-up messenger at the bottom right of this screen.
Select A Section
- What Is A Solicitor For A Personal Injury Claim?
- Could I Handle My Own Claim?
- How Much Compensation Could A Personal Injury Claims Solicitor Help Me Seek?
- What Are Special Damages In A Personal Injury Claim?
- Use A No Win No Fee Solicitor For A Personal Injury Claim
- Related Personal Injury Claims Guides
A solicitor is someone with years of training and expertise that you instruct to handle the legal process on your behalf. Personal injury solicitors may be able to help you with:
- Ensuring that all important documents are filed with the court within the time limits and in full.
- Valuing your claim accurately to ensure that all of your injuries are accounted for as well as any related expenses you could seek compensation for. Additionally, if there is any rehabilitation treatment that could be reasonably addressed prior to reaching a full settlement but after the defendant has accepted liability, your personal injury solicitor could help you secure an interim payment for this.
- Keeping you updated on what stage your case is at.
- Making sure all the relevant evidence is presented with the case as well as arranging any expert evidence, such as ensuring you undergo an independent medical exam so the nature of your injuries can be fully understood.
- Help you understand any complex legal jargon involved in the claims process.
Personal Injury Specialists
A solicitor for a personal injury claim may further specialise in claims being made for specific accidents, such as:
However, in order to have a valid personal injury case, you must meet specific eligibility criteria. This means that you must have evidence that proves a third party had breached a duty of care they owed you, and that this breach caused your injuries. For example, your employer owes you a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 to take reasonable steps to ensure your safety while working.
If you have any questions about how a personal injury solicitor can help you with your case, or would like to check to see if you meet the eligibility requirements to make a claim for compensation, please contact a member of our advisory team.
It is possible for you to represent yourself in your claim. There is no legal requirement for you to have a solicitor, or for you to be legally qualified, in order to represent yourself. However, representing yourself could present a number of potentially difficult tasks and responsibilities.
If you were to make a compensation claim in which you provided your own representation, you would have to:
- Write and send an official letter of notification to the third party you are claiming against, or their insurance company and lawyers.
- Collect and present all the evidence to support your claim sufficient to prove it successfully.
- Gather medical evidence so that it can be used to value your claim
- Attend court in order to make your representation in person in the event that the claim goes to trial
All of this is technically possible for someone with no legal training to do. However, it would add extra strain and take up time that you could otherwise use to focus on your recuperation from the injury.
Now that we have answered the question, ‘Do I need a lawyer for my personal injury claim?’ you might be wondering, ‘‘How much compensation could I receive if my claim is successful?’.
Following a successful personal injury claim, you will receive general damages. This aims to compensate you for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries as well as the impact on your daily life.
If you choose to instruct one of our personal injury claim solicitors, they will use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them value claims. They can also use your medical records alongside this document.
The JCG provides compensation guidelines for a number of injuries, both physical and psychological. For the table below, we have listed some of the amounts stated in the 16th edition of the JCG, with the exception of the first entry.
Please only use the figures below as guidance.
|Multiple severe injuries with special damages
|Up to £1,000,000+
|Compensation for multiple severe injuries alongside special damages, such as loss of earnings and care costs.
|Very Severe Brain Damage
|£282,010 to £403,990
|Full-time nursing care is needed.
|Severe Back Injuries (i)
|£91,090 to £160,980
|The spinal cord and nerve roots are damaged.
|Severe Neck Injuries (i)
|In the region of £148,330
|Incomplete paraplegia from an associated neck injury.
|Severe Leg Injury (i)
|£96,250 to £135,920
|Injuries are significant and fall short of amputation, such as fractures that have not united and extensive bone grafting has been undertaken.
|Severe Knee Injury (i)
|£69,730 to £96,210
|The joint is disrupted due to a serious knee injury. There is also gross ligamentous damage and substantial pain and lost function.
|Hand Injury – Serious Damage to Both Hands
|£55,820 to £84,570
|Cosmetic disability and significant function loss in both hands.
|Very Severe Ankle Injury
|£50,060 to £69,700
|Deformity is caused by extensive soft-tissue damage and a transmalleolar fracture.
|Serious Achilles Injury
|£24,990 to £30,090
|Complete division of the tendon is repaired successfully but there is residual weakness and limited ankle movement.
|Less Serious Leg Injury (i)
|£17,960 to £27,760
|Serious soft tissue injuries are included in this bracket.
Get in touch for further guidance on how one of our expert accident injury solicitors could help you seek compensation for your injuries. An advisor can assess your case and determine whether you’re eligible to have them represent your claim and advise on the services they can offer, including accurately valuing your injury or illness.
There are various costs that could ensue from a personal injury sustained in an accident that was not your fault. These costs can be claimed back in compensation. The part of your claim that covers the financial losses incurred as a direct result of your injury is known as special damages. This second head of loss can cover things like:
- Medical costs: This includes costs like prescription costs, the cost of medical care or treatment that’s not available on the NHS.
- Travel expenses: Your injury may prevent you from driving and mean that you have to rely on public transport. This might be on a temporary basis, or permanently if your injury was life changing. If so, you could be entitled to claim these costs back as compensation. You can also claim fuel and parking costs for visits to the hospital and medical appointments.
- Loss of income: Any income lost from being unable to work can be claimed back as part of your compensation. This includes future loss of earnings if you’re unable to work due to your injuries.
You will need to provide the evidence to support these compensation claims, in order for them to be covered by your claim. Losses and expenses that you cannot verify with receipts, bills, invoices, and so on cannot be included in your compensation. A solicitor for a personal injury claim could help you gather the evidence required to strengthen your case.
Additionally, personal injury solicitors can ensure all costs are accounted for when valuing your claim. Call today to find out whether the solicitors from our panel could take on your personal injury compensation claim.
You may be hesitant about seeking legal representation because you’re concerned about the costs of hiring a solicitor. In addition, you might be worried that you’ll be left paying large legal fees for an unsuccessful claim. This could leave you in a worse financial position than you were before you claimed.
When you work with a solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis, the financial risk of seeking legal representation may be reduced. One of the specialist personal injury solicitors from our panel could offer you a type of No Win No Fee agreement, called a Conditional Fee Agreement. This means that you won’t be asked to pay your solicitor in order for them to start working on your claim, or while it’s ongoing. Furthermore, you won’t be asked to pay your solicitor anything if your claim doesn’t succeed.
The time you’ll be asked to cover your solicitor’s fees is if you succeed in your claim. In this instance, a percentage of your compensation will be deducted to cover your costs. This percentage is agreed upon beforehand and you’ll always receive the majority of the compensation awarded to you.
All of the solicitors on our panel offer No Win No Fee agreements. If you want more information about how this deal could work out for you, please feel free to get in touch with us and have a chat with one of our advisors. They will be happy to offer you free legal advice about moving forward with a claim.
Contact Our Specialist Team
You can contact our team for specialist legal advice and for more information about claiming with a specialist personal injury solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis. Additionally, an advisor could offer a free consultation and assess whether you’re eligible to claim compensation for a personal injury.
To reach out, you can:
- Call 0161 696 9685
- Fill in our contact us page
- Send a message through our pop-up messenger at the bottom right of this screen.
For more of our helpful personal injury claims guides:
- A guide discussing when you could make a personal injury claim against your employer and how compensation is calculated in workplace.
- Learn about the time limits for medical negligence claims in this helpful guide.
- Find out about car accident compensation claims and the eligibility criteria that need to be met.
For more external resources:
- Guidance about The Highway Code and how to apply the rules.
- Information on when to visit a walk-in centre from the NHS.
- Learn if a litigation friend could make a claim on your behalf.
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