Our aim will be to seek compensation for the injury you have suffered through a trip or slip, an accident at work or in a road traffic accident. We will also seek to provide the help you need to ensure a speedy recovery and, depending on the nature of your injury, a return to work at the right time for you.
Once you have made contact with our team, we will arrange a meeting with you to assess your case and give you the information you need to decide how best to progress your claim. Having dealt with many personal injury claims for our clients – on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis – you can trust our team to be professional at all times and handle your case with sensitivity.
It is imperative that should you feel that you have been injured or sustained some form of personal loss as a consequence of an act or omission by a third party that you take legal advice at the earliest opportunity. Our free 30 minute no obligation assessment should be able to assist you with regards to such enquiries and assist your decision making process as to whether to proceed with such a claim.
Officially, such arrangements are known as “Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA)”. This is a written contract whereby legal fees and expenses only become payable if the case is won. In those circumstances you will be liable to pay your Lawyers fees and in addition there is usually a success fee payable on top. This success fee reflects the risk that the Lawyer has incurred as a result of only being paid if the case is successful and of course delaying payment until its conclusion. You should in most cases be able to recover your Solicitors fees from the other side with the exception of the success fee referred to above and any policy premium taken out with regards to insurance which may be issued to assist with payment of your legal expenses such as applying for medical records / reports. In clinical negligence cases, part of the insurance policy premium may be recoverable.
If you are to bring a claim in the Courts in England and/or Wales then the law stipulates a claim must be commenced in the Courts within 3 years of the date of the accident or if you have sustained an illness caused by your employment, 3 years from the date upon which you became aware of the illness that is related to that engagement. If you have been the subject of a negligent medical procedure or treatment then the 3 years will begin to run from the date upon which you had become aware that you had suffered ill effects as a consequence of said treatment. With regards to children time limits do not apply until the child attains the age of 18 at which point the 3 year limit will then begin to run and therefore a child may proceed at any time to bring a claim for personal injury up to their 21st birthday. Again, limitation may be extended if knowledge of the injury or related condition was only obtained at a later date. For injuries sustained as a result of defective product the time period is either:-
3 years from the date that an injury or illness was caused by the product or;
From the date you became aware of that injury or illness caused by the product, limited to a maximum of 10 years from the date of supply of the product concerned.
Figures relating to compensation can vary wildly and we will undertake an assessment of the factors involved with regards to your injuries which will include:-
– The seriousness of the injury/condition/illness sustained.
– The overall effect upon your day to day living.
– The extent of any losses sustained by you in terms of expenses as a consequence of the injury/illness sustained.
– Consideration as to whether you will require alternative arrangements to be made in your future to facilitate and cope with the injury/illness.
In terms of compensation you will be able to claim for two types of loss:-
Pain, suffering and loss of amenity known as “general damages” and;
Expenses sustained purely as a consequence of the injuries sustained or illness contracted commonly known as “special damages”.
Accordingly you may be able to claim for travel expenses, costs of medication, costs of future
care, adaptations to be made to present living arrangements, loss of earnings.
This firm is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority No. 612241 (Sheffield) & 612666 (Hathersage)
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