Anyone who is injured in an accident that was due to no fault of theirs is legally entitled to file a claim for compensation. If you or a loved one is the injured party, you have the option of filing the compensation claim yourself in court or you can hire an experienced London personal injury solicitor to represent you.
Injuries that you can claim compensation for under London Personal Injury
You can seek compensation for personal injuries sustained in a wide range of scenarios, including but not limited to:
- Whiplash injuries
- Asbestos and mesothelioma
- Clinical and medical negligence
- Gym accidents
- Back, head, neck, and spinal injuries
- Pedestrian accidents
- Hit and run drivers
- Faulty products
- Accident at work
- Car accident claims
- Building site and construction site
- Accidents in public
- Cycling accident claims
- Sports injuries
- Industrial injury and industrial disease
- Motorbike and motorcycle accidents
- Office accidents
- Bus accident compensation claims
- Uninsured drivers and hit and run accidents
- Food poisoning
- Equestrian incidents for riders and car drivers
- Injuries and accidents in London shops
- Hotel injuries and accidents
Should you file the claim yourself?
In an ideal world, you should be able to file the claim yourself. The law is explicit with regards to this entitlement and if the accident is clearly the fault of another party, you should be able to file and win your claim without any problems. However, as anyone who has gone this route before can tell you, it is rarely as easy as it sounds.
There are several factors that need to be taken into consideration and failure to comply with any of the requirements can result in your forfeiting the compensation due to you.
To file a successful compensation claim in London, you must be able to provide irrefutable evidence that the accident happened but that it was not your fault in any way and that your injuries and ensuing losses and expenses stemmed from the same accident.
This may involve some or all of the following:
- Gathering and putting together all the evidence, from witness statements and photographs to incident reports and police records.
- Finding an independent medical expert who will testify as to the severity of your injuries and the consequences.
- Poring through hundreds of legal precedents to find something that you can use to support your claim.
- Having thorough knowledge of the law so you know what you can claim for and what you cannot.
- Having the experience to defend yourself under questioning by the defendant’s London solicitor.
Unless you have some legal knowledge and experience, the chances of you winning a claim by yourself are very small.
Hiring a London personal injury solicitor can make all the difference
Personal injury solicitors are legal experts who specialise in this area of the law. They have in-depth knowledge about every little aspect of personal injury law and know how to put together various legal clauses to build a strong case that is not riddled with loopholes. They also have the entire legal library at their disposal to check for precedents that will help support your case and help you get the highest amount of compensation you are entitled to.
These legal specialists are familiar with the way insurance companies and other governmental departments work and they know who to contact within these organisations when they need any necessary information or documentation.
There is a three-year statute of limitations for filing a compensation claim for personal injury in London. This means, with a few specific exceptions, all claims must be filed in court within three years from the date of the accident. Having a personal injury solicitor London doing all the leg work related to your compensation claim means you do not have to deal with that additional stress and can instead focus on healing from your injuries. It also gives you much-needed time to spend with your family and friends and to your other business or work-related obligations.
If you’re worried that this legal expert advice may set you back a significant amount in legal fees, you needn’t be. Most reputed London personal injury solicitors will agree to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis.
This is how it works with LPI (London Personal Injury):
You will get a free first appointment. During this consultation, one of our personal injury solicitors will listen to your account of what happened. They will also ask you to provide whatever evidence you have gathered, such as witness statements, police records, photographs of the scene, video recordings from CCTV cameras in the vicinity and all medical documentation.
The solicitor will take some time to study all of the information and evidence you provide to assess the merits of your case. If the case looks like it may not stand up in court, they will let you know right at the outset. If your case looks solid, they will advise you to go ahead with your claim. They will also agree to represent you using the above-mentioned No Win No Fee basis.
The No Win No Fee agreement states that the personal injury lawyer will submit your claim and represent you in court without any upfront fee. The only condition to this agreement is that if your claim is successful you pay an agreed percentage of the entire amount that is compensated to you. You and the personal injury solicitor London have to agree on this amount at the time of signing the agreement. As you can see, this puts you in a win-win situation with nothing to lose.