The UK personal injury market is an incredibly diverse and complex space and made up of different types of accidents.
Road traffic accidents now account for the majority of personal injury claims on this coast, including when two cars collide or when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle.
Often, these accidents are not your fault and can have a dramatic effect on your daily life. But when should I call a lawyer to handle my personal injury claim?
What does the term ‘personal injury’ correspond to?
A personal injury claim is a formal legal process that can be pursued if you have been injured in an accident at the fault of another.
The ultimate purpose of this process is to recover compensation from the party responsible for causing your injury, usually in the amount paid by the insurance company.
In terms of scope, personal injury claims can include any type of accident or incident, particularly where you were injured at work or in a plaza.
The injury in question must also cause physical and financial distress (often through loss of income and inability to work). Also, under UK law, claims must be made within three years of injury, which must be caused in whole or in part by another person.
What does a personal injury claim look like?
If you have been injured and think you may have to file a claim, the first step is to consult a professional personal injury attorney.
This is very important when determining the viability of your claim and ensuring that you meet the key criteria for a successful claim in court.
As already mentioned, the legal representative will ask you several questions during the initial consultation, including the date of the incident, to make sure you are within the official three-year period.
If the injury does not become apparent later on, the lawyer will take this into account and calculate the three-year period from this point.
When it comes to paying for services, most attorneys in the personal injury field have a draw policy. This means lawyers will usually only claim 25% of the total amount awarded, whereas they will only pay legal fees if they have successfully made remedies or out-of-court settlements.
How do lawyers actually work?
While collecting information from you and validating your claim, your attorney will need to see evidence of your injury and its impact on your ability to earn.
Similarly, they will try to get supporting evidence that the claim is misleading, either from an accident report (if the injury occurred at work) or from documents such as CCTV footage of the incident.
A key goal is, in general, to be resolved quickly out of court to minimize costs and efficiently deliver positive outcomes. If the claim goes to court, they will prepare the evidence and work to secure an agreement that provides value to all parties involved.