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Personal Injury Claim FAQs

Personal Injury Claim FAQs

Personal Injury Claim Frequently Asked Questions

Call us on 0117 314 5400 for free, impartial, legal advice on whether you might have a successful personal injury claim.

Do I have a personal injury compensation claim?

Do you believe you have been injured as a result of the negligence of another person or organisation?  Have you been injured as a result of an accident that was not your fault? If so , you might be entitled to compensation.

We will be able to advise you on whether the other party is likely to be found responsible and therefore whether you have a reasonable case.

Is there a time limit for making a personal injury claim?

If you have had an accident then the usual rule is that unless your claim has settled, court proceedings have to be commenced within three years of the date of the accident.

If the injured person was a child at the time of the accident then usually the child has three years from their 18th birthday to have commenced court proceedings.

The time limit is not always three years - for example if the accident happened at sea.

More complex rules apply to industrial disease cases.

If you think you might have a claim then the best thing to do is to call us straight away. Our specialist personal injury solicitors can advise you about the time limit that applies to your case.

Who will pay my legal fees?

We deal with cases on a no win no fee basis.  Put simply, this means that if your claim is not successful then you should not be charged anything.

If your case is successful ordinarily most of your fees will be paid by your opponent.  Some legal fees might have to be deducted from your compensation at the end of the case.  This might depend, for example, on whether you are a member of a union or if you have legal expense insurance.

If we think you have a good case and if you want to proceed then we can consider the best way forward for you in terms of how your claim is 'funded'.

What can I claim for?

Generally speaking, you can claim for two things.

First, you can claim for your actual injuries, the pain and suffering that you have experienced, and how your injuries have affected different aspects of your life, such as your working life and social life.  How your injuries might affect you in the future is also considered.  In most cases we obtain specialist medical reports regarding your injuries.

Secondly, you can also claim for past and future financial losses and expenses.  For example, loss of earnings and the cost of treatment.

How much compensation will I get?

How much compensation you will get very much depends upon what injuries you have suffered from, how they have affected you and how they might affect you in the future.

Our specialist personal injury solicitors will ensure that you claim everything that you are entitled to claim.

We will give you advice about how claims are valued and how much your claim is worth.

We have accumulated an enormous amount of experience over the years and we will use this to your advantage in terms of getting as much compensation for you as possible.

Will I have to go to court?

Very few cases end up in a court room.

If the Defendant admits liability then the overwhelming majority of cases settle without the need to go to court.

In the unlikely event that your case actually goes to court, our specialist personal injury solicitors will support you and explain what will happen.

Call us on 0117 314 5400 for free, impartial legal advice on injuries caused by faulty goods.

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Meet the Team

Our extensive legal expertise enables our personal injury solicitors to recover millions of pounds in compensation every year, whilst at the same time providing a friendly and approachable service to clients nationally.

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Nicola Bickham - Personal Injury Solicitor in Bristol - VWV Solicitors
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