What Is Personal Injury?
What is Personal Injury?
A personal injury is an injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property.
The term is most commonly used to refer to an injury for which the person who caused the harm may be held legally responsible.
Compensation for personal injuries can come from a number of sources, including insurance policies, government benefits and civil lawsuits.
In many cases, multiple sources of compensation may be available.
The history of personal injury law
The history of personal injury law is long and complex.
The concept of compensation for personal injuries dates back to ancient times, but the modern legal system has its roots in English common law.
Personal injury law has evolved over the years to keep pace with changing societal norms and views on what is considered fair and just.
Today, personal injury law provides a way for victims of negligence or intentional harm to seek compensation for their losses.
Often it feels as though the term ‘Personal Injury Claims’ is thrown in the face of victims as if they should know exactly what it entails.
The truth is, personal injury is a straight-forward, umbrella legal term which covers a whole range of instances where physical or psychological harm has been inflicted on yourself at the fault of someone else.
Instances which claims are made for personal injury include, but are not limited to
- Accidents at work
- road traffic accidents,
- accidents on public property
- Accidents on business premises,
- Product defect accidents,
- injuries inflicted by violent crime,
- Injury as a result of medical and dental care.
Whilst all personal injury claims are unique to the victim, the common occurrence within any personal injury claim is how they have the ability to change your life for the worst at the hands of somebody else.
This often leaves victims feeling an overwhelming sense of powerlessness over their situation, leaving a person in a difficult and emotional position to confront their life ahead.
As aforementioned, each personal injury claim has its own unique set of circumstances which presents their own challenges and determinations.
The value of compensation that one might receive upon processing a claim depends upon the nature of the suffering alongside financial losses and expenses that arise as a consequence of what you are claiming against.
Further factors that are taken into account include the psychological damage of an injury, the time it takes for rehabilitation, and the extent of any long-term disabilities suffered.
After suffering from an injury by someone else’s negligence, making a claim against this may feel overbearing, perhaps too much to deal with.
It is common to feel like it might be a hassle dealing with legal teams, especially when you are unsure whether you can gain the compensation you deserve.
Firstly, it is important to note that most solicitors will take on your claim on a no-win no-fee basis.
This means that you can pursue legal action without worrying how to fund the case and know that your legal team are confident in the winning ability of your claim.
This alleviates a significant financial burden from the victim, who may have been impacted by significant monetary losses because of the accident already.
Rest assured, a kind and empathetic team will provide you with a free consultation to walk you through the process and ensure that you are comfortable with the pursuit of compensation.
Your legal team are aware of the stress and strain you have already faced and are committed to alleviating this rather than building on it.
Furthermore, there are limitation periods in personal injury claims.
This means that there is unfortunately a pressure to achieve justice sooner rather than later.
This limitation period for personal injury claims is generally within three years.
This means that claims must be commenced in the courts within the three years from when the incident occurred, or from the date of ‘knowledge’.
The date of knowledge is understood as instances where the claimant became aware that the injury in question was significant.
The injury was directly attributable to negligence or a breach of duty from another party, or when victim became aware of the identity of the negligent party.
Living with your injuries is one thing, but by failing to seek out effective compensation, you are ultimately giving up your fundamental right to seek justice both financially and the spiritually.
By pursuing justice, you are not only helping yourself, but ensuring that the wider justice system is aware of failings and places provisions which ensure that the incident that unfortunately happened to you, need not happen to someone else.
You do not need to suffer in silence, experts are available for you to explain the nuances of your case to get a greater understanding of the direct help available for you.
No one ever expects to be injured in an accident, but unfortunately, these things do happen.
If you find yourself in this situation, you may be wondering what your legal options are.
Personal injury claims can be complicated, but with the help of a qualified solicitor, you can increase your chances of success.
Don’t try to go through this process alone – get the help of a personal injury team and get the compensation you rightfully deserve.
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*What is 'No Win No Fee'?*
A No Win No Fee agreement, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) in the legal world, is an arrangement between a claimant and solicitor.
In simple terms a ‘No Win No Fee’ arrangement means that you will not pay a fee if your claim is unsuccessful.
*No Win No Fee * typically customers pay 25% of the amount recovered to our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be more or less than this.
If you cancel the claim after the cooling-off period of 14 days you may be charged a cancellation fee by the solicitor.