Multiple Injury Claims for Compensation
Find out how much your personal injury claim may be worth
We understand that any injury can have a significant impact on your life, but when multiple injuries occur, recovery times can be longer, and their effects can be long-lasting for both you and your family.
It is unfortunate that accidents can result in multiple injuries, with subsequent injuries sometimes appearing much later in life. If you or someone you care about were involved in an accident that was not your fault, you could be eligible to claim for compensation. We understand the challenges of recovery and adjustment, which may include constant or intermittent pain.
We recognise that making a claim may be the last thing on your mind during this difficult and stressful period. However, receiving compensation can assist with treatment and rehabilitation, as well as addressing the financial impact that the injury has had on you and your family.
When you’ve had to take a significant amount of time off work and receive reduced or statutory sick pay, this can have a profound impact on your financial situation and create financial stress.
In addition, you may require the assistance of a specialist, such as a physiotherapist, or may benefit from counselling to overcome the trauma of the accident. Compensation can cover the expenses of all these necessities, and we are here to support you in taking the first steps.
What are multiple injury claims?
A multiple injury claim is a legal action that seeks compensation for someone who has suffered more than one injury due to an accident that was not their fault. The goal of a multiple injury claim is to provide financial stability and reimbursement for the impact of the injuries suffered in a no-fault accident.
When we refer to multiple injuries, we mean injuries, fractures, or illnesses sustained in various parts of the body but caused by the same accident. If you have sustained multiple injuries, the consequences can be severe. They can cause lifelong problems, particularly if the injuries are severe.
Multiple injuries typically include internal injuries, head injuries, multiple fractures, and burns. Recovering from multiple injuries usually requires relying on other people, which can prevent you from resuming your daily routine.
While we cannot prevent such injuries from occurring, we can help you when claiming compensation to alleviate the financial burden, allowing you to focus on your recovery.
Common accidents that lead to multiple injury claims
There are various types of accidents that can result in multiple injury claims. Some common examples include:
- Road traffic accidents: These are a leading cause of multiple injury claims, particularly when they involve high-speed collisions or accidents that involve multiple vehicles.
- Workplace accidents: Jobs that involve manual labour or working with heavy machinery may increase the risk of multiple injuries, particularly if safety procedures are not followed, and your employer owed you a duty of care.
- Slip and fall accidents: These can occur in public places such as supermarkets, restaurants, and office buildings and can result in multiple injuries such as fractures, head injuries, and spinal injuries.
- Accidents involving defective products: Defective products such as faulty appliances, car parts, or industrial machinery can cause multiple injuries to users.
- Medical malpractice: Medical errors such as misdiagnosis, surgical errors, or medication mistakes can lead to multiple injuries and long-term health problems.
- Accidents in public places: These can include accidents that occur in parks, on sidewalks, or on public transportation and can result in multiple injuries.
These are just a few examples, and multiple injury claims can result from a wide range of accidents. If you have suffered multiple injuries due to an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation, and it may be worth consulting a legal professional.
How much compensation can be received in multiple injury claims?
No two multiple injury claims are alike because the number and severity of injuries can vary depending on the person and the type of accident. For instance, if you have broken both of your legs, your mobility and daily life may have been severely affected, resulting in more compensation.
Thus, we cannot provide an exact compensation amount, but you can utilise a multiple injury compensation calculator to obtain an estimate based on your responses to some basic inquiries. Personal injury claim compensation is typically split into general damages and special damages.
When you file your multiple injury claim, our solicitors will assess the overall impact your injuries have had on your life and family, which may include:
- Medical treatment, such as medications and physiotherapy
- Care, even if provided free by a family member
- Adjustments made to your home
- The impact on your social life and hobbies
- Other expenses, such as travel and accommodations
- Physical or psychological injuries
- Loss of income incurred by you or your partner
In certain instances, you may be entitled to an interim payment of compensation to cover the immediate effects of your injury before the final settlement.
What is the process for making multiple injury claims?
Making a multiple injury claim involves several stages, which typically include the following:
- Consultation with our solicitor: The first step is to contact one of our solicitors who specialise in personal injury claims and can discuss your case. During the initial consultation, the solicitor will evaluate the circumstances surrounding the accident and determine if you have a valid claim.
- Gathering evidence: If our solicitor decides to take on your case, they will begin to collect evidence to support your claim. This may include witness statements, medical records, and photographs of the accident scene.
- Letter of claim: Once our solicitor has gathered sufficient evidence, they will send a letter of claim to the person or organisation responsible for the accident, outlining the nature of the claim and the injuries sustained.
- Negotiations: The responsible party will then have a set amount of time to respond to the letter of claim. If they accept liability, the solicitor will begin negotiations to settle the claim. If they deny liability, the solicitor will take further legal action to pursue the claim.
- Settlement: If negotiations are successful, our solicitor will arrange a settlement, which may involve a lump sum payment or periodic payments. If the case goes to court, a judge will make a decision on the amount of compensation.
It is important to note that the length of time it takes to settle a multiple injury claim can vary, depending on the complexity of the case and the willingness of the responsible party to settle. It’s best to consult with one of our personal injury lawyers, who can guide you through the process and provide an estimate of how long the claim may take to settle.
What are the time limits for multiple injury claims?
In general, there are strict time limits for making multiple injury claims. These time limits are known as the “limitation period” and are set by law. In England and Wales, the limitation period for most personal injury claims, including multiple injury claims, is 3 years from the date of the accident.
However, there are some exceptions to this rule, such as if the injured person was under the age of 18 at the time of the accident or if the claim is related to an industrial disease.
Another exception to the 3 year time limit occurs when the claimant who has suffered an injury does not have the mental capacity to begin their injury compensation claim. Rather than being limited to making a claim within 3 years from the date of the incident, the claimant is entitled to begin their compensation claim once they regain the mental capacity to do so, or someone may make a claim on their behalf.
How much do multiple injury claims cost?
We understand that you may be concerned about your amount of compensation awarded being taken up by legal fees. At Beacon Law, all personal injury claims are made on a no win no fee basis. Making a claim on a no win no fee basis means that if your claim for compensation is unsuccessful, you will not be expected to pay for any of the legal costs of bringing a claim.
If your claim for multiple injury compensation is successful, you will be charged a success fee. Provided that your claim is successful, we will deduct the success fee and outstanding legal costs from the sum of compensation that has been awarded. Our success fee is capped at 25%; however, you may also be required to pay an additional fee for legal expenses insurance if required. All fees will be discussed before we agree to take on your case.
How Beacon Law can assist you
Whilst pursuing a multiple injury claim, Beacon Law can be your source of support and will help you recover the amount of compensation that you deserve. We understand that the injury claims process can be difficult, so we will be there to guide you every step of the way.
After suffering multiple injuries, we believe that you should have access to the best possible medical care and support available, and we endeavour to provide this to our clients. Due to our association with medical professionals, we are able to provide you with private treatment to assist you in your recovery.
Our personal injury solicitors are able to provide expert legal advice for many types of claims. We value each client that we have the pleasure of working with, listen carefully to our clients’ wishes, and will aim to complete your claim in a timely manner so that you can receive the compensation you deserve as soon as possible.