Personal injury cases – The top frequently asked questions

A personal injury claim can vary from an accidental slip or trip at work to serious road accidents and unfortunately for clients, this particular legal area covers a significant number of circumstances, so it’s no surprise to me that many find the sector so confusing.

From a very simple perspective the essential basis of your legal rights is that if you have sustained a personal injury as a result of someone else’s negligence during an accident then you have the right to claim compensation for your injuries.

Many victims have taken legal action for a wide range of injuries, from minor cuts and bruises to potentially life threatening breakages. Either way if the accident has impeded the life of someone in any way, they are always entitled to seek financial damages.

However taking legal action is not always as simple as many of the rogue claim firms make out on the television. Many people are unsure on the basis of starting a claim, while a number of others are completely unaware they are entitled to perusing legal action. As an experienced solicitor who has specialised in this area for a number of years, I can only determine this is due to mislead information from inexperienced claims companies, as well as a lack of useful advice available.

This is why I have set aside this blog post to answer the top frequently asked questions regarding the personal injury sector and hope to clarify any rumours you may have heard.

1. How long will a claim take?

The circumstances for each injury case are entirely different so nobody can offer an exact time period in which you can expect a personal injury claim to take. There is however a number of things clients can do to speed up the process.

The first is whether the defendant can admit liability, if the person to blame accepts they caused the accident, then the claim will inevitably end a lot sooner. Unsurprisingly this doesn’t always occur and so the client must obtain some information which could greatly benefit their side of the case.

Medical records that detail injuries sustained in the accident or any other information relating to losses that a client experienced as a result will be required for the majority of cases. These can greatly speed up the process. 

2. Do all personal injury claims end up in court?

This is not true, in fact the large majority of cases are settled out of court. If the accident was straight forward and liability has been admitted, then the likelihood of attending a court hearing is very slim. However more complex cases where it is not clear who is liable for the accident may have to go to court.

3. Can an employer fire a worker for making an accident at work claim?

Again this is not true. Making a claim for injuries sustained at work is not a viable reason for an employer to sack an employee. By law they are not legally allowed to as this would be an act of unfair dismissal. All employers are required by law to have valid insurance to cover staff against accidents, so this is what they will use to pay for the compensation claim against them.

Hopefully these answers have offered some clarity around the most common questions surrounding personal injury. My advice would always be to speak to a professional solicitor who specialises in the personal injury sector. They will be able to offer you experienced legal advice and the right information to ensure you are not wasting money on a fraudulent claim.

This post was provided by Grieves personal injury solicitors, of Huddersfield, UK.  If you’ve been injured in an accident in the UK that wasn’t your fault, take a look at their personal injury compensation calculator to see how much you could claim.


February 4, 2013 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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