Accident Guides


Please read through our bespoke "accident guides" which will help you understand and navigate through the injury claims process.

If you can't find the information you need call us on 08000 93 00 94 or submit an online enquiry form for no obligation injury claim advice.


Can I be sacked for making a claim?
If you are injured due to an accident at work, or suffer an illness because of your workplace, you may wonder whether you can be dismissed for bringing a personal injury claim for your injuries.

How to Make a Personal Injury Claim
The process of claiming simply starts by contacting us and talking through the circumstances of your accident or injury. Once we've taken some basic details we'll assign your enquiry to one of our lawyers that specialise in your injury or claim type.


Do you need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
The process of obtaining compensation for an injury is unfortunately not straightforward, and can be especially difficult without professional legal representation.


What if I receive a compensation offer directly from an insurer?
Insurance companies are increasingly making offers to settle personal injury claims direct with injured people, often without medical evidence even being obtained. Known as 'pre medical offers', they are often intended to discourage accident victims from gaining legal advice from a solicitor.


How long do I have to make a claim for personal injury compensation?
If you have been injured through no fault of your own, whether as a result of a road traffic accident, an accident in your workplace or a slip, trip or fall on a public highway you may be considering making a claim for personal injury compensation.


Will a compensation claim affect my benefits?
If you receive a significant 'lump sum' compensation payment as part of a personal injury claim, then this can affect your entitlement in the future to receive certain means tested state benefits.


Can I claim loss of earnings as part of a personal injury claim?
If you have sustained personal injuries in an accident which has necessitated you taking time off work, you may be worrying about the financial implications of your absence.


Will my personal injury case go to court?
It is unlikely that your personal injury claim will go all the way to court. The majority of cases that we deal with generally reach settlement without the need to commence or issue court proceedings.


How long will a personal injury claim take to settle?
Personal Injury claims vary extensively in their nature depending on the type of accident (i.e. an accident at work, a tripping accident, a road traffic accident) and the injuries which have been sustained, which can again be wide ranging e.g. broken bones, whiplash, head injuries and fatalities.


How long does compensation take to come through?
After accepting an offer of settlement for a personal injury claim you will usually receive your compensation money within 14-28 days from the date of settlement.


What is a split liability agreement? - 50/50, 75/25
The term 'split liability agreement' can be taken literally - there is an agreement that liability (blame) for an accident is split between the parties involved.


Can I make a claim for injuries sustained as a child?
When a child is injured in an accident - whether it be in a car, whilst out playing, whilst riding a bicycle or due to a defective product - the main concern of the parents or guardians is to seek immediate medical treatment and ensure that the child receives the best care possible to aid their recovery.

Will my solicitor require access to my medical records if I pursue a personal injury claim?
The amount of compensation awarded in a successful personal injury claim depends largely upon the nature and seriousness of the injuries you have sustained.


What documents and evidence do I need to make a personal injury claim?
The documents required in order to successfully pursue a claim for personal injury compensation will vary depending on the circumstances of the case.


Witnesses in an injury claim
Have you ever seen something, such as a car accident or an assault on a night out and had that internal dilemma - do you offer to help, or walk away? Many choose to walk away to avoid becoming involved in the situation and on an assumption that 'someone else will step forward'.


Medical Examination Guide
When you make a claim for compensation, you will usually have to undergo a medical examination as part of your personal injury claim.


What is a CRU certificate?
CRU stands for Compensation Recovery Unit and a CRU Certificate is issued by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to show the amount of recoverable state benefit or lump sum payments which applies to your injury compensation claim.

How much does it cost to make a personal injury claim?
If you have been injured in an accident the last thing you should be worrying about is the cost of your personal injury case. That's why with our normal funding arrangements, there are no upfront costs or unexpected fees.


What is a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA)?
With a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), you don't have to pay a penny for legal costs if your claim is unsuccessful.


What is After the Event Insurance (ATE)?
If your claim for compensation is unsuccessful, a Legal Expense Insurance policy may protect you from paying the legal fees and expenses of your opponent.

A Guide to Personal Injury Awards and Settlements
Before you are entitled to receive any compensation you must first be able to prove that someone or somebody (e.g. another motorist, your employer, the owner or occupier of premises etc.) has breached their duty of care which they owe to you.


Common treatment for back injuries
Back injuries are extremely common and can vary extensively in their severity. At their worst, back injuries can be debilitating and can have a huge impact on the day to day life of the sufferer.


Can I make a claim for scarring as a result of an injury?
If you have been injured in an accident which has left you with a scar on one or more parts of your body, you may be feeling increasingly self conscious about your injury.

In a road accident, what difference does my insurance cover make?
There are three types of motor insurance policies; fully comprehensive, third party fire and theft, and third party only. The type of insurance cover you have will determine how things are dealt with following an accident.


Whiplash Compensation Guide
Our guide on whiplash compensation has been designed for if you're thinking about making a claim for whiplash but just want to know a little more about how a compensation claim works.


What are the first indications that you may be suffering from a whiplash injury?
If you have been involved in a fairly minor road traffic accident your first thought is likely to have been for the safety of yourself and your passengers.


Can children suffer from whiplash injuries?
If your child has been involved in a road traffic accident as either a front seat on rear seat passenger, this can be an extremely worrying time for you.


Can you sustain a whiplash injury in a low speed collision?
If you have been involved in a low speed collision where, for example, a vehicle has gone into the back of you whilst you were stationary at traffic lights, it may at first appear that you have walked away from the accident unharmed.


Common treatment for whiplash injuries
Whiplash is a relatively common form of physical injury that occurs to a person's neck following a sudden acceleration-deceleration force and whiplash usually occurs following a motor vehicle accident.


How to photograph a pothole or pavement defect
Defects in the road or pavement can cause serious injury to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike. Local councils and authorities have a duty to regularly inspect highways and repair defects that they find or that are reported to them by the public.

A Guide to Industrial Deafness
Industrial Deafness can be defined as a condition that results in the gradual deterioration of hearing over a prolonged period of time as a consequence of being repeatedly exposed to excessive noise in a working environment.


A Guide to Industrial Dermatitis
The definition of industrial dermatitis is where skin inflammation is brought about by coming into contact with a substance whilst performing during the course of your employment.


A Guide to Medical Negligence
Sometimes it is difficult to know whether the harm has been caused directly by the medical negligence or as a consequence of some underlying disease or illness.

How can we help?

Personal Injury FAQ's

Here are some of the common questions which are asked by people wishing to, or are in the process of making a personal injury claim.


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Personal Injury Case Studies

Please take a look over our case studies which explain how our legal teams have helped secure our clients with the compensation they deserve.


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