People experience injuries every day, most commonly through road traffic accidents, in the workplace or owing to the behaviour or actions of another person. When does an accident give rise to a claim for compensation and what is the process for bringing a claim?
At Miller Samuel Hill Brown our Personal Injury Solicitors can help if you have been injured in the last three years and want to discuss whether you have a valid claim for compensation. We understand that this process may appear complex and daunting. We promise to explain everything to you in straightforward terms and answer all your questions fully and promptly.
The following guide answers the frequently asked questions and addresses commonly held concerns and misconceptions concerning the personal injury claims process.
A personal injury can be a physical or psychological injury, disease or illness and in certain circumstances can result in death. Personal injuries can happen at work, because of a road traffic accident, as a result of defective equipment or faulty goods, from a trip or fall, or due to another person’s negligent behaviour or actions.
You will be eligible to make a personal injury claim if you have suffered an injury as a result of a breach of statutory duty or through another person’s negligence. If you have suffered an injury but are unsure as to whether you would be eligible to make a claim, contact our expert team of Personal Injury Solicitors for a no obligation consultation. We will listen to your case and let you know if your claim for compensation is likely to succeed.
There are various strict time limits that must be followed for a personal injury claim to be brought. Although each case is different, a personal injury claim must ordinarily be brought within three years of the accident taking place or the symptoms of an illness being diagnosed. This time limit may differ and can depend on the specific circumstances of the accident and the nature of injuries suffered.
Personal injury claims require a degree of preparation. We would recommend contacting our Personal Injury Team without delay to ensure that your claim can be progressed with speed and efficiency.
Starting a personal injury claim can be a quicker and simpler process than you may think. Our expert Personal Injury Solicitors will assess your case and build a body of evidence that demonstrates how your accident happened, as well as the personal and financial impact on you and your family. We will collect photographs of the accident scene and evidence of injuries you have suffered, statements from witnesses, professional reports from police, doctors, psychologists, etc., entries in a workplace accident book and records of medical treatments and another costs associated with your injury.
Only a small proportion of claims reach court. Our Personal Injury Team will always seek to negotiate an out of court settlement first. However, we thoroughly prepare each personal injury case as if it were going to court. This ensures we have sufficient evidence and if necessary witness testimony to establish negligence and be able to demonstrate the extent of your injury and prove causation.
We will represent your best interests throughout the claims process and if necessary, progress your claim to a judicial forum if this is the most appropriate course of action in pursuing the compensation you deserve. Our Personal Injury Solicitors have an excellent reputation for defending our clients’ position and will work collaboratively with you throughout this process to ensure you receive the support you require.
The compensation you may receive through a personal injury claim will be dependent on the severity of your injury or illness, the expenses you have or will incur as a result of your injury, for example loss of earnings, medical costs, future care needs, rehabilitation and therapy expenses and a variety of other factors specific to the circumstances of your case.
Upon review of your case, our Personal Injury Team will be able to advise you of the anticipated value of your personal injury claim.
The duration of the claims process from start to settlement varies depending on the severity of your injury or illness, whether responsibility is admitted or denied and the complexity of evidence. We will work hard to progress your claim as quickly and efficiently as possible.
At Miller Samuel Hill Brown we have some of Scotland’s top experts managing our personal injury claims. Our Quality Standard Regulated Solicitors offer a personalised approach. We will meet with you to discuss your case and guide you through every stage of your claim. If you have suffered an injury in the last three years as a result of an accident that was not your fault, contact our expert Personal Injury Solicitors today on 0141 221 1919 or complete our online enquiry form.