Legal Guide

Are personal injury claims worth it?

What are they and is it worth it?

Many of us have seen various advertisements for personal injury claims but what are they and are they worth it? In many cases, some might believe that their case isn’t worth filing a claim for - but this is where you could disagree. Personal injury solicitors are lawyers who provide service if you have been injured, physically or psychologically usually by the negligence of another person or entity. This can include the government and companies. They fight on behalf of you if you think you are owed compensation.

A personal injury can encompass a whole array of accidents or injuries. And it isn’t always as physical as a broken bone or wound, rather a personal injury can come in many different forms such as emotional and mental harm. Personal injury is usually caused by the negligence (even unintentionally) of someone else that can disrupt your day to day life. That someone is responsible and you are entitled to compensation from them no matter how serious the consequences may seem.

Every injury claim is different and you are entitled to different amounts of money depending on the severity of your injury. For example, if you have had an accident that causes a loss of earnings from your work, then the claim will increase significantly.

The process of making a personal injury claim may seem daunting and like too much hassle. Personal injury claims are mostly based on a no-win-no-fee basis however you may have to pay the legal fees of the other side. It would likely be suggested therefore by your solicitor to take out insurance. If you win your solicitors fees and expenses will be paid by the other side. If you feel that you have been involved in an incident where you deserve compensation then you can make an enquiry.

How does the process work?

Claims can be made as much as 3 years after the incident occurs however the sooner you claim the better as it gives more time for your solicitor to build a case. In the case of children they have three years from the day of their eighteenth birthday to make a claim. In rare or extreme cases you can claim after the three year period. Most claims are usually handled outside of court.

Making a claim does not have to be time consuming. There are professional lawyers specialising in injury claims who will take on all the back and forth communication. This is why lawyers take a fee once the claim has been successful, lots using the common phrase in these types of cases “no win no fee”.

Accessing a lawyer

A personal injury claim can be worth it financially. You should seek solicitors that are specialised in your specific incident area. It can also be recommended to use a trusted lawyer recommended by a family or friend. Look through and review information online both good and bad when choosing a solicitor. Once you have chosen, schedule a consultation, these are usually free!

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