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Personal Injury Claims FAQ - part 1

This article appeared in the Mercury newspaper on 3rd June 2010.

Solicitor Chris Middleton answers frequently asked questions about making a claim for compensation for a personal injury.


What will it cost me to claim and what does no win no fee mean?

You will not pay any legal fees, win or lose. If we win you will keep 100% of your compensation, with no deductions. If your claim is unsuccessful we will not charge you any legal fees for the work carried out.

How do you get paid?

When we win a claim for compensationinjury claims faq the party at fault, or their insurers, has to pay our legal fees. If we lose, we do not get paid.

Will I have to go to court?

The vast majority of cases never get to court. Most cases are settled out of court by negotiation between your solicitor and the party at fault.
In the unlikely event that your case does go to a court hearing, an experienced solicitor will support you throughout the whole process.

What can I claim for and how much compensation will I receive?

The circumstances of each accident are different and the amount of compensation will depend on a number of factors.

Compensation payments are generally made up of two parts; General damages and Special damages.

General damages are commonly paid for what is known as pain and suffering. The amount paid under this element will depend on the type and severity of the injury suffered, how long you suffered for, and whether or not you have any ongoing problems associated with the injury.

Special damages is a payment which is made to cover your out of pocket expenses such as loss of earnings, medical expenses, travel expenses, etc.

Im not sure if I can make a claim?

If you have suffered an injury and it was not your fault, and it can be proven that someone else had been negligent, you should be able to make a claim. Our experts will identify who is responsible for the accident and pursue a claim for compensation against them.


If you are unsure about whether you have a valid claim you can speak to us in confidence and we will assess your accident and tell you if you have a valid claim for compensation. This service is free of charge.

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Our lawyers offer legal advice and representation at court or the police station on a private or legal aid basis. Legal aid is available in some areas of law only. Please see our pages on legal aid for more advice. We offer a free initial consultation in some areas of law. Personal Injury compensation claims can be conducted on a 'no win no fee' basis.