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Free, no-obligation consultation with a specialist solicitor
The maximum financial compensation in your personal injury claim
A designated solicitor with up to 30 years' experience working for you
MG Legal's guide to Personal Injury Claims
What information will my personal injury solicitor need?
If you have been involved in an accident, whether it is a road traffic accident, accident at work, or a slip, trip or fall in a public place, and have suffered injuries as a result, your personal injury solicitor will require some information about the incident in order to build your claim for personal injury compensation.
When you work with MG Legal’s specialists injury solicitors, we make this process as simple as possible. After an initial no-obligation discussion with a solicitor, we will send out a short claim for to you fill in and get back to us, highlighting exactly what information we require in order to begin working on your claim.
If you have not yet reached out to a personal injury solicitor, and are wondering what you can do now, it could be useful to prepare some basic information and facts about your accident and injuries to tell your solicitor.
For example, most personal injury solicitors will ask for a general chronology of the accident that caused your injuries, including what exactly happened, what you were doing leading up to the incident, and who else was around at the time or involved. If there were any witnesses, it could be a good idea to try and obtain contact details for these people if you do not already have them.
It can also help to gather information about any medical care you sought for your injuries, including the name of the medical facility you went to and a description of any treatment.
Is there a lot of paperwork involved in a personal injury claim?
Generally speaking, the answer to this question is no. Many of our clients are initially daunted at the prospect of making a personal injury claim, and have a misconception that the process can be stressful and will require a large amount of paperwork on their behalf.
As previously stated, your designated personal injury solicitor here at MG Legal will get the simple claim form sent out to you as soon as we have had an initial discussion with you about your potential claim.
This form is set out in a very simple way, and is easy to understand and fill in. If you do have any problems or further questions about the form, or struggle to follow what it is asking for, then your designated injury solicitor will be only a phone call away to promptly answer any questions that you might have. We are here to make the process as simple and stress-free for you as possible.
Aside from this claim form, and possibly one or two other short forms depending on your accident and injuries, your designated personal injury solicitor will handle everything for you. If any medical appointments need to be arranged as part of your claim, in order to obtain specialist medical reports on your injuries, then MG Legal will take care of the cost and arranging of these appointments.
How do I find the right personal injury solicitor?
The first step of any personal injury claim is finding the right legal representation to assist with your claim for injury compensation. When doing so, it is important to take into consideration how different firms and companies operate, and what will work best for you.
For example, there are a huge number of large claims management companies that claim to offer the same quality of service as personal injury solicitors, but it is important to recognise the differences between the two. Claims management companies are essentially a legal ‘middle man’ with no professional qualifications, who pass your details onto an unknown third party company to handle your claim. This means that, while you may have done your research and found a claims management company who you like the sound of, you have little to no say in the solicitor who ends up working in your claim, and may know nothing about them.
Instead, when you work with a small, friendly personal injury solicitor such as MG Legal, you can rest assured that from the first time you contact our team, you will speak to a maximum of two people regarding your claim, and will have a designated solicitor to your case who can be contacted at any time for questions or updates.
When looking to find the right solicitor to instruct on your claim, it is best to browse the website of the solicitor, take a look at their reviews, and get in touch with them yourself to speak to a solicitor about your individual claim, and see how they can help you.
How many personal injury claims go to court?
When we think of personal injury claims, many of us think of a high-stake court battle with an intimidating judge involved. However, generally speaking, only about 5% of personal injury claims end up in court. The vast majority of claims are settled outside of court, and liability is admitted long before it gets to the stage of court proceedings.
Some of the scenarios in which a personal injury claim many go to court, include:
Where the defendant or insurer involved fails to respond in a timely manner, or fails to respond at all
Where the defendant denies liability
Where the claim is particularly complex, such as complicated work injury claims or fatal accident claims
While our injury solicitors know that clients would generally much rather settle out of court, and we do everything in our power to ensure that this is the case, we are not afraid to go to court for our clients and fight tooth and nail in order to win their cases and obtain financial compensation on their behalf. Depending on the size of the claim, it is often not necessary for the claimant to attend the court proceedings themselves. For more information on your specific injury claim, contact our specialist personal injury solicitors, here.
How long do you have to make a personal injury claim?
Personal injury claim time limits are subject to the 1980 Limitation Act. This Act specifies that adults who are looking to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation have three years from the date at which the accident occurred to bring forward a claim.
If your injury or illness is not obvious right away, such as in industrial workplace-related illnesses, you instead have three years from the date at which you became aware of your illness or injuries from a qualified doctor.
This time limit is different for claims involving injured children, where the there year time limit instead starts only from the date at which they turn 18.
How do I pay for a personal injury claim?
If you are wondering ‘how do I fund a personal injury claim?’, then you will probably be interested in a NO WIN NO FEE agreement. This way of working, otherwise known as a Conditional Fee Agreement, allows you to make your personal injury claim with no financial risk involved. If your case is not won, and you do not receive financial compensation from your personal injury claim, then you do not have to pay anything.
Here at MG Legal, our specialist personal injury solicitors accept all of our claims on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, allowing our clients to enter into the process at no financial risk and with no worry about how to pay for the claim. There is no saying how long a specific personal injury claim will take, and how much will go into building the claim, and working in this way allows even our biggest clients to rest assured that there will be no hidden costs at any point of the process.
How long does a personal injury claim take to settle?
When discussing how long a personal injury claim will take to settle, there are a number of factors that must be considered:
The type of injuries sustained and how serious they are
The complexity of the accident and how it occurred
Whether or not the defendant admits liability, or how long it takes them to do so
How long it will take to gather sufficient medical evidence for your injuries
Generally speaking, a straightforward personal injury claim, such as a minor or moderate road traffic accident, will take around 4-9 months to settle. However, other incidents such as acts of medical negligence, accidents at work, or industrial diseases, can take a longer period of time to settle.
When you work with MG Legal, you can rest assured that your designated personal injury solicitor will go above and beyond to keep the claims process moving as quickly as possible, and will provide you with regular updates on how your claim is going.
You will not be left in the dark wondering whether you have been forgotten about, and your solicitor will be at the end of the phone to answer any questions or queries that you might have.
What is the average payout for a personal injury claim UK?
As mentioned, special damages for your claim are calculated on a purely individual basis, and take into account how your injuries have impacted you financially. This compensation can be of a huge amount in total and can often make up the majority of a personal injury claim.
General damages, however, are awarded based on the specific types and severity of injuries that the claimant has suffered from, and the associated pain and suffering. They are calculated using the available guidelines from the Judicial College, and some of the commonly awarded values for this are available in the video above.
What can I claim for in a personal injury claim?
All personal injury claims are broken down into two sections of compensation. The first, known as general damages, provides claimants with compensation for the pain and suffering caused by their injuries alone, and is worked out based on the types of injuries that they have suffered as well as how serious they are.
The second part of the claim, known as special damages, takes into account a number of factors. These include any loss of earnings caused by your injuries, any potential future loss of earnings, medical costs, care costs, and travel costs. When you work with our personal injury solicitors, we will go above and beyond in collecting all available evidence and records to ensure that your claim includes all possible compensation.
For more information on general and special damages, and how they are calculated, see this here.