Thinking of making a personal injury claim?
‘Making a personal injury claim can be complex, which is why you need to be informed from the outset.’
If you are thinking about making a personal injury claim then the first step is to get in touch. We’ll give you a quick and straightforward assessment of your chances. We’ll be frank about your prospects of winning and the amount of money you might recover.
Finding out more about accident compensation claims
You’ll need to talk to us to get the full picture, but here are some of the more common questions on accident compensation claims.
- What compensation could you get?
Your award will depend on the type of your injury, how severe it is and your individual circumstances. We may demand compensation for:
-Loss of earnings, both past and future
-Expenses caused by your injury
-Pain, suffering and the effects on your everyday life.
If your injury is very severe, we may also claim damages for your past and future care and treatments, as well as special equipment and alterations to your home.
- How long will your claim take?
Most personal injury claims are settled between six months and two years. But sometimes cases take longer, especially if you’ve a severe or complex injury. Much depends on your recovery – calculation of compensation is not easy until a confident prognosis can be given by doctors.
- Will you have to pay anything if you lose?
We can offer ways of funding your personal injury claim so that if it’s unsuccessful you shouldn’t need to pay any legal fees. If you win the case, we get paid by your opponent, but there’ll be certain things which you’ll have to pay for from the compensation you recover. Find out more about funding your claim.
“What the team is known for: Somerset-based practice that comes recommended for its focus on spinal cord and brain injuries. Also offers niche expertise in areas such as fatal accidents and animal cases. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are all very approachable and friendly, and I think that’s the culture that exists throughout the firm. They are a close-knit team.” “They have that mentality of looking after the client first as opposed to their own interests. They always do what’s best for the client.” Notable practitioners: Stuart Brazington (Band 1) offers particular expertise in serious spinal cord and brain injury cases. According to one interviewee, he “knows his cases extremely well” and “has good judgement about which points are likely to be important.” Mark Hambleton (Associate to watch) covers a broad range of personal injury matters, including animal cases, sports injuries and motorcycle accidents. Sources describe him as “always very impressive” and note that he’s “very good with clients.”” Chambers 2017 Somerset
“What the team is known for: Outstanding personal injury practice adept at handling an impressive breadth of claims, including equine matters, industrial disease cases and cycling accidents. Notable expertise in chronic pain and fatal accident cases, as well as offering significant experience in catastrophic injury claims. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They were all empathetic but businesslike, and this formed absolutely the right mixture. Their advice was delivered to me in exactly the right way.” “They were brilliant and supportive.” Work highlights Acted for a professional jockey in a claim arising from a racing accident in Australia that resulted in complete paraplegia. The case was partially tried at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Advised the widow of a man killed by a bullock, bringing precedent-setting liability claims under the Animals Act. Notable practitioners: Ian Carrier (Band 1) offers extensive expertise in catastrophic injuries, with a particular focus on spinal and brain claims. Impressed clients describe him as “very experienced and knowledgeable,” and note that he “has a genuine interest in you as a person.” He is also praised for his creative approach to complex cases. Tracy Norris-Evans (Band 1) draws on a wealth of experience in severe injury claims, including paediatric cases and those involving complex neurological issues. She frequently acts as a trustee in high-value settlements. According to one impressed source, Helen Childs (Band 2) was “absolutely superb from the outset” and had “phenomenal attention to detail.” She is held in high regard for her focus on major asbestos-related claims.” Chambers 2017 Oxford and Surrounds
“Royds Withy King sits on the panels for the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum and Headway. Department head Louise Hart handles amputation, orthopaedic injuries, chronic pain, PTSD and facial injury matters. Stuart Brazington is also recommended.” Legal 500 2016 South West
“Royds Withy King, Tracy Norris-Evans is renowned for brain injury and paediatric work, and ‘shrewd lawyer and tactician’ Richard Brooks specialises in claims involving animals. Also recommended are Ian Carrier, who is adept in spinal injury claims; and Helen Childs, who leads the industrial diseases practice.” Legal 500 2016 South East