Serious Injury Claims Solicitors

Serious Injury Solicitors
LPC & GDL Matthew Shiels
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Suffering from a serious injury is often life-changing and requires a great deal of both financial and emotional support. Here at AWH, we have the specialists who have the expertise to pursue a serious injury claim and make sure that those affected have everything they need.

What is a Serious Injury?

A serious or ‘catastrophic’ injury is often defined generally as a severe injury to the spine, spinal cord or the brain, but there can be lots of different types of serious injury. There is also a classification of ‘indirect nonfatal catastrophic injury’ that may occur as a result of overexertion during an activity, for instance from dehydration, heart conditions, or a complication to a nonfatal injury. Serious injuries that we have a great deal of experience in dealing with include:

A serious injury can occur in many different scenarios and in a way that could include many different areas of law. A serious or ‘catastrophic’ injury claim could occur during:

Serious injuries that are survived often result in permanent disability, ongoing medical problems and a decreased quality of life or a reduced life expectancy.

Who Can Make a Serious Injury Compensation Claim?

The nature of serious injuries can sadly mean that the claim is being made by a relative. This does not make the claim any less valid, and we can help you understand every step of the process. If a child has experienced a catastrophic injury, then their parents or legal guardian can make the compensation claim. In the case of children, a claim can still be submitted for up to 3 years beyond the child turning 18 years old.

If it is an adult who has experienced the serious injury, then the claim must be brought within 3 years of the incident, although there are exceptional circumstances involved in this time limit that is based on the mental capacity of the injured person. In the case of an adult, several people may be able to make the claim on their behalf. These include:

  • A spouse
  • A close family member
  • A dependant

A serious injury compensation claim can be complicated, and several different scenarios could occur which means that the time limit could be changed throughout the case. An expert will be able to help you throughout the process, and let you know what the best course of action is.

How Much Could I Expect for a Serious Injury Claim?

Every case is different, especially in cases of serious injury. However, the serious injury compensation that is awarded is largely based on several different factors. These can include:

  • The loss of earnings suffered by the victim, including any potential future losses. Any earnings that have been lost by those caring for the injured would also be considered.
  • Costs surrounding any possessions during the accident (i.e. a car)
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy costs
  • Costs of psychological care/support
  • Costs of home or vehicle adaptations needed to allow for independent living
  • The costs of any equipment that may need to be used to allow for independent living

We Can Help

Here at AWH, we have several specialist solicitors who have been dealing with serious injury cases for many years. Whether it is a claim on behalf of a loved one, or you are claiming for yourself, you can be sure that you are getting the support and expert legal advice that you need.

Get in touch today to start your claim.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What qualifies as a serious injury?

A catastrophic or serious injury is often defined generally as a severe injury to the spine, spinal cord or the brain, but there can be lots of different types of serious injury.

What is the average payout for serious injury?

Every case is different, especially in cases of serious injury. However, the compensation that is awarded is largely based on a number of different factors that our specialists will be able to explain to you.