Serious Injury Lawyers Lowestoft – Making a claim
Find out how much your personal injury claim may be worth
What is a serious injury claim, Lowestoft?
Serious injury lawyers Lowestoft are legal professionals who assist people who have suffered a significant and often life-altering injury to seek compensation for the harm they have endured. These types of claims typically arise from accidents such as car crashes, workplace accidents, slip and falls, medical negligence claims, or defective products.
Serious injuries can include but are not limited to spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, amputations, severe burns, and disfigurement. These types of injuries often require extensive medical treatment and may result in long-term disability or even death. As a result, the compensation sought by personal injury lawyers tend to be higher than that in other types of personal injury claims.
Types of accidents serious injury lawyers Lowestoft commonly deal with
- Road traffic accidents. Road accident claims are commonly made as they can cause serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, internal injuries, and broken bones.
- Workplace accidents. Accidents at work can result in serious injuries such as burns, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Employers have a duty of care to make sure such accidents do not happen.
- Medical malpractice. Medical negligence can cause serious injuries such as misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication errors, and birth injuries.
- Slip and falls. Slips, trips and falls can cause serious injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.
- Defective products. Defective products can cause serious injuries such as burns, lacerations, and traumatic brain injuries.
In all of these situations, the injured party may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from the injury. Get in touch with our serious injury lawyers Lowestoft today to discuss whether you have grounds to make a claim.
What is considered a serious injury?
A serious injury is generally defined as any injury that has the potential to cause long-term physical or emotional harm or significantly impact an individual’s ability to perform daily activities. Some common examples of serious injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
- Severe burns
- Multiple injuries or fractures
- Organ damage or internal injuries
- Permanent disfigurement
- Blindness, deafness or loss of any sense
- Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
The severity of an injury can vary based on a number of factors, including the extent of the damage, the location of the injury, and the overall health of the individual. In general, any injury that requires hospitalisation or ongoing medical care should be considered serious and may have long-lasting effects on the individual’s life.
What is the process of making a serious injury claim, Lowestoft?
The process of making a serious injury claim can be complex, and it can involve several stages. Here are the typical steps involved in making a serious injury claim:
- Notice. The injured party or their legal representative must inform the alleged responsible party of their intent to claim compensation for the injury sustained. The notice must contain the details of the injury, the circumstances surrounding the incident, and the compensation amount sought.
- Acknowledgment. Within 21 days of receiving the notice, the alleged responsible party must acknowledge receipt and respond by admitting or denying liability.
- Investigation. Both parties must investigate the incident and the extent of the injury. The defendant may request supporting evidence, such as witness statements or photographs.
- Liability. After the investigation, the defendant may accept or deny liability. If the defendant accepts liability, they may require medical evidence, and the injured party may have to attend a medical assessment with an expert to prove causation and the severity of their injuries. The injured party’s medical records may also be requested.
- Settlement Offer. If liability is accepted, the responsible party may offer a settlement, whereas if liability is denied, the injured party may make a counter-offer.
- Litigation. If no agreement is reached during the Pre-Action Protocol process, the injured party may commence formal litigation by initiating court proceedings.
Time limits for making a serious injury claim
There are strict time limits for making a serious injury claim, known as the limitation period. The limitation period is the period of time within which a claim must be commenced, failing which the claim may be time-barred and cannot be pursued. The time limit for making a serious injury claim may vary depending on the circumstances of the case.
The general rule is that the claim must be commenced within three years from the date of the accident or from the date of knowledge of the injury. The date of knowledge refers to the date when the injured person became aware of the injury and its cause. This may be different from the date of the accident if the injury was not immediately apparent.
There are some exceptions to the three-year time limit, including:
- Cases involving children: If the injured person is a child, the three-year time limit does not begin to run until the child’s 18th birthday. This means that a claim can be made at any time before the child’s 21st birthday.
- Mental capacity: If the injured person lacks mental capacity, there is no time limit for making a claim.
- Exceptional circumstances: In some cases, the court may allow a claim to proceed outside of the three-year time limit if there are exceptional circumstances that prevented the claim from being made earlier.
- It is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible after an accident resulting in a serious injury to ensure that the claim is made within the relevant time limits.
Serious Injury Solicitors: Settling your case
Similar to compensation estimations, we cannot provide an exact period of time in which your serious injury claim will be finalised.
In personal injury cases where the injuries are minor and the defendant accepts liability, we hope to settle within 6-9 months. Therefore, in serious injury matters we would expect that it is likely take longer due to the added complexity.
How much will my claim cost?
At Beacon Law, our serious injury solicitors covering Lowestoft take on cases on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis via a Conditional Fee Agreement. This means that if your case is unsuccessful, you will not pay any legal fees. In matters where we are successful and recover damages, we will take a pre-agreed percentage of the compensation to cover our costs.
We are always fully transparent with our clients so if you have any queries on this, we are happy to answer your questions.
How can Beacon Law assist?
The serious injury lawyers Lowestoft at Beacon Law are experts in the area of serious injury compensation claims. If you are in search of solicitors on a no win no fee agreement, then please get in touch with our team today.
By always striving to achieve the best results for our clients, we are able to have a great success rate when recovering the compensation which our clients deserve.
To discuss your potential serious injury claim, Lowestoft, please contact our personal injury solicitors in Lowestoft on 03301332857 or use the form above to get in touch with our team today.
Beacon Law are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Our firm is based in Manchester; however, we assist claimants in all locations in England and Wales including the Lowestoft area.