Personal Injury – How Strong is Your Claim?
Recovering from an injury may leave you feeling anxious and vulnerable. Have you been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault? Are you wondering whether or not you can claim compensation?
Our Personal Injury team are used to hearing from those who feel uncertain about the future. If you believe you are owed compensation, it’s important that you take action.
But how strong is your claim?
Firstly, it is important to note that there is a strict 3-year time limit in place from the date of the incident, after which you will not be able to make a claim. Secondly, without first discussing the details of your personal injury with you, we cannot confirm exactly how much compensation you could be eligible to receive. However, the following 3 criteria are often important in deciding if – and how much – compensation will be awarded:
Physical and mental impact
The physical severity of your injury will be important in assessing the strength of your claim. However, suffering does not end with the physical; stress, trauma and other psychological effects are also taken into consideration.
How your injury limits you
Whilst physical pain and psychological trauma can be limiting on a day-to-day basis, they can also have a further reaching impact. We will take into account the loss of physical ability, impact on your capacity to work as well as any expenses incurred by treating your injury or damage to personal belongings.
Where the blame lies
Was the accident a result of your actions? If so, you may feel that this will make your claim invalid, but that may not always be the case. Blame may still lie with an employer, manufacturer or organisation due to a range of factors. This may include an unsafe working environment, negligence, improper training or inaccurate/unspecified product safety information. Even if the accident has been caused by your actions, this may not mean that you are entirely at fault and you could still be able to make a claim.
When you make a claim through us, our Personal Injury Team will evaluate the strength of your claim. We will use criteria such as those listed above and discuss your options, which may include court proceedings. We may arrange a medical appointment to assess the damages and calculate the impact the accident has had on your finances and personal circumstances.
At Ellis-Fermor and Negus, our Personal Injury Team handle a range of complex cases, including injuries caused by:
- road accidents
- workplace accidents
- accidents in the street
- the use of faulty goods or products
- sports and leisure activities
- shops or other premises
If you have been injured and believe someone else is responsible, the first step in your journey to make a claim is to fill out an accident questionnaire so that we may begin the process of evaluating your claim. If you have any questions about the process, feel free to contact us and our team will be happy to help.
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