Personal Injury Claims

Personal Injury Claims

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If you've experienced a personal injury that wasn’t your fault, it doesn't just affect you physically; it takes an emotional toll and can disrupt your entire life. At Switalskis, we’ll help you make a personal injury claim and get the compensation you need to move forward.

At Switalskis, we specialise in personal injury claims, guiding you through the legal maze to get you the compensation you rightfully deserve. We’re committed to not just succeeding in your case, but also supporting you through this challenging time. We bring a unique blend of compassion, clarity and legal expertise to the table.

Give us a call today on 0800 138 0458, or contact us through the website to get the ball rolling on your personal injury claim.

How Switalskis can help you

When you choose Switalskis for your personal injury claim, you're not just getting a solicitor - you're gaining a dedicated team. We understand that every case is unique, and so is every client. That's why we offer a personalised service tailored to meet your specific needs.

Here’s what you can expect from working with Switalskis:

  • Our team of personal injury solicitors will handle every aspect of your compensation claim, including gathering evidence, negotiating with insurance companies, and representing you in court if needed. 
  • From the moment you reach out, we're here to listen. We'll start with an initial consultation to understand the details of your case, and provide an opportunity for us to get to know you and your specific needs.
  • We're committed to eliminating legal jargon and providing clear, straightforward advice that empowers you. You'll always know where your case stands, what we're doing on your behalf, and why we're doing it.
  • Our personal injury solicitors offer a no win, no fee service.

We bring years of experience in handling various types of personal injury claims, from road traffic accidents to workplace injuries and accidents in public places. So, if you're looking for someone to stand by your side, advocate for your rights, and guide you through this challenging time, Switalskis is here for you.

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What is a personal injury claim?

A personal injury claim is a legal process you can initiate when you've suffered harm due to someone else's negligence or intentional act. It's not just about claiming compensation - it's about holding someone accountable for their actions, and for the physical, emotional and financial toll the injury has taken on you.

A personal injury can have a ripple effect on your life. Beyond the immediate pain and suffering, it can lead to medical expenses, loss of earnings, and even long-term health issues. Making a claim can help you cover these costs and provide a sense of closure.

The process starts with establishing that the other party was at fault. This could be an employer who didn't follow safety protocols, a driver who was texting while driving, or the operators of a public space who failed to invest in proper maintenance. Once liability is established, we'll work on quantifying your damages, which can include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Making a personal injury claim is your legal right. If someone else's actions have negatively impacted your life, you have the right to seek compensation. It's about making sure that you're not left to deal with the consequences of someone else's actions on your own.

While the legal aspects of a personal injury claim are vital, we understand that the emotional aspects are equally important. We'll guide you through the complexities of the legal system, while being sensitive to how this experience is affecting you and your loved ones.

What are the types of personal injury claims?

Personal injury claims come in various shapes and sizes, each with its own set of rules, challenges and considerations. At Switalskis, we've got the expertise to handle a wide range of personal injury claims. Here's a quick rundown of the various types of personal injury claims we can help you with:

What is the personal injury claims process?

Navigating the personal injury claims process can feel overwhelming, but you don't have to go it alone. At Switalskis, we're here to guide you every step of the way. Here's how it works:

Step 1: Initial consultation

We'll discuss the details of your case. This is a chance for us to understand what happened and for you to get to know how we work. We'll assess the strength of your claim and outline the next steps.

Step 2: Establishing your claim

Once we've got all the details, we'll work on establishing liability. This means gathering evidence to prove that someone else was at fault for your injury. This could involve collecting medical records, speaking to witnesses, or even visiting the scene of the accident.

Step 3: Notifying the defendant

After we've gathered enough evidence, we'll formally notify the person or organisation responsible for your injury. This is usually done through a letter of claim, outlining the details of your case and asking for their views on liability.

Step 4: Negotiation

Most personal injury claims are settled out of court. We'll negotiate with the defendant or their insurance company to get you the best possible settlement. We're skilled negotiators who know how to get you what you deserve.

Step 5: Court proceedings (where necessary)

If we can't reach a fair settlement, we're prepared to take your case to court and you can rest assured that we'll represent you effectively, fighting for your rights every step of the way.

Step 6: Settlement and compensation

Once your claim is successful, you'll receive your compensation. This can cover everything from medical expenses and lost wages to pain and suffering.

We know that the claims process can be daunting, but we're here to make it as smooth as possible.

Why make a personal injury claim?

If you've been injured due to someone else's negligence, you might be wondering if making a personal injury claim is worth the effort. At Switalskis, we believe it's not just about the compensation; it's about closure and preventing the same thing from happening to someone else. Here's why you should consider making a claim:

  • Financial re-imbursement: Medical bills, loss of earnings and other expenses can pile up after an injury. Compensation help recover those costs.
  • Accountability: Making a claim holds the responsible party accountable for their actions. This can often lead to changes that prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
  • Emotional closure: The claims process can provide a sense of closure, helping you come to terms with what happened. It's a way of affirming that you were wronged and deserve to be made whole again.
  • Access to rehabilitation: Some cases, compensation can cover the cost of rehabilitation services like physiotherapy, counselling and other forms of treatment that you might not have been able to afford otherwise.
  • Empowerment: Taking action empowers you, turning you from a victim into an advocate for your own wellbeing. It's a step towards regaining control over your life.

If you're still on the fence about making a personal injury claim, we're here to answer any questions you may have. We'll help you weigh up the pros and cons, so you can make an informed decision that's right for you.

How are personal injury claims funded?

Worried about the cost of making a personal injury claim? You're not alone. At Switalskis, we understand that financial concerns can be a major barrier to seeking justice. That's why we offer flexible funding options to suit your needs:

  • No win, no fee: The most common way to fund a personal injury claim is through a no win, no fee agreement. This means you won't have to pay any legal fees upfront. If your claim is successful, a percentage of your compensation will contribute to the costs. If you don't win, you won't pay a penny.
  • Insurance: Some people have legal expenses insurance as part of their home or car insurance policy. This can cover the cost of making a claim. We can help you check your policy to see if this option is available to you.
  • Trade union funding: If you're a member of a trade union, they might offer financial support for your personal injury claim.

We're committed to making the claims process as accessible as possible so that nobody is ever put off making a claim because of financial concerns. With Switalskis, you can focus on your recovery while we handle the financial details.

How long do personal injury claims take?

The duration of a personal injury claim can vary widely, depending on several factors. Here's a broad outline of what can affect the timeline:

  • The complexity of the case: Simple cases, where liability is admitted, can often be resolved in a matter of months. More complex cases, where liability is more difficult to establish, and especially those involving severe injuries or multiple parties, can take longer, sometimes even years.
  • Negotiations: Negotiating a fair settlement can be a lengthy process. If the other party is willing to settle out of court, the process can be much quicker. However, if they contest the claim, you may need to go to court, which can extend the timeline.
  • Gathering evidence: The time it takes to gather all the necessary evidence can also affect how long the process takes. Medical assessments, witness statements and other forms of evidence can sometimes take a while to obtain.
  • Court proceedings: If your case goes to court, it can become subject to court timescales and capacity - availability of court dates can also be a factor.

We know it's important for you to have a clear idea of how long things will take. While we can't give you an exact timeline, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

What is the personal injury claims time limit?

Time is of the essence when it comes to making a personal injury claim. In most cases, you have three years from the date of the accident, or the date you became aware of your injuries to make a claim. This is the standard time limit for personal injury claims in the UK.

If you're making a claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), the time limit is usually two years from the date of the incident.

Can I make a personal injury claim after three years?

There are some exceptions to the three-year rule. For example, if you were a minor at the time of the accident, the clock doesn't start ticking until you turn 18. Similarly, if you're claiming on behalf of someone who lacks mental capacity, different time limits may apply.

For industrial diseases like asbestos exposure, the three-year limit starts from the date you were diagnosed or became aware that your condition was related to your work environment.

Time limits are in place to make sure that evidence remains fresh and reliable. The longer you wait, the harder it can be to gather accurate evidence and witness statements. As such, it's always best to act quickly and get in touch with a solicitor as soon as possible.

How much compensation could I get for my personal injury claim?

The amount of compensation you could receive for a personal injury claim varies widely based on several factors. While we can't provide an exact figure, we can give you an idea of what influences the amount:

  • The severity of the injury: The more severe your injury, the higher the potential compensation. This takes into account not just immediate medical costs, but also long-term care, rehabilitation and any permanent disability or scarring.
  • Loss of earnings: If your injury has caused you to miss work or has impacted your ability to earn in the future, this will be factored into the compensation amount.
  • Emotional and psychological impact: Injuries often have emotional and psychological consequences, such as trauma or depression. These are considered when calculating your compensation.
  • Additional costs: Any other costs you've experienced as a result of the injury can also be claimed. This includes travel expenses for medical appointments, modifications to your home, or costs for care and assistance.
  • Legal precedents: Previous cases similar to yours can also influence the amount of compensation you may receive. We'll look at these to give you an idea of what to expect.

Contact us today and let's start your journey towards recovery together. Call us today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch via our form.

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Mark HollinghurstDirector and Solicitor
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Diane ParkerDirector and Solicitor
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Why Switalskis?

Choosing the right legal team for your personal injury claim is an important decision. At Switalskis, we offer more than just legal expertise; we offer a partnership built on trust, compassion, and a commitment to you. Here's why you should consider us for your claim:

Clarity in complexity

Personal injury claims can be complex, but we make it simple for you. We break down the legal jargon and guide you through the process in a way that's easy to understand. Our aim is to be as clear as possible, making the complicated seem straightforward.

Empathy at every step

We get that this is a tough time for you. That's why we approach every case with empathy and understanding. We're not just here to win your case; we're here to support you emotionally as well. Our caring side sets us apart from other law firms.

Expertise you can trust

When it comes to personal injury claims, we know our stuff. Our team of dedicated professionals has years of experience and a track record of success. You're not just hiring a solicitor; you're gaining a team that will fight for your rights with the expertise you can rely on.

Championing your rights

We'll champion your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. We're determined and caring, making us the ideal choice for your personal injury claim.

FAQs about personal injury claims

How many personal injury claims go to court?

The thought of going to court can be intimidating but, in reality, most personal injury claims are settled before reaching that stage. Estimates vary in terms of exactly what percentage of personal injury claims end up needing a court hearing, but most put this figure between around 2% and 5%.

This is because both parties usually prefer to settle out of court to avoid the time, stress and costs associated with a trial. Additionally, if your case is strong, the defendant is more likely to offer a fair settlement at an earlier stage.

As such, going to court is generally considered a last resort, and happens only when negotiations have failed or if the defendant disputes liability. Even then, many cases are resolved before reaching the courtroom.

What will my solicitor need from me?

When you're pursuing a personal injury claim, the more information you can provide, the better. Here's a rundown of what we'll typically need from you to build a strong case:

  • A detailed account of the incident: We'll need a thorough description of what happened, including the date, time and location. The more details you can provide, the better we can understand your case. We'll also want to know how the injury has impacted your life on a personal level. This can help us claim for emotional or psychological damages, in addition to physical injuries.
  • Medical records: Your medical records will serve as vital evidence to support your claim. This includes doctor's notes, medical bills, and any diagnoses or treatment plans.
  • Photos and videos: if you have any photos or videos from the scene of the accident or of your injuries, these can be invaluable in proving your case.
  • Witness statements: If there were any witnesses to the incident, their accounts could strengthen your claim. Names and contact details would be extremely helpful.
  • Financial impact: We'll need to know about any financial losses you've experienced due to the injury. This could include lost wages, travel expenses for medical appointments, and any other out-of-pocket costs.
  • Communication records: Any correspondence you've had with the other party, insurance companies, or medical professionals can be useful. This includes emails, letters and text messages.

We understand that gathering all this information can be overwhelming, especially when you're dealing with an injury. But don't worry, we're here to help you every step of the way.

Can I make a personal injury claim on behalf of a child?

If your child has suffered a personal injury due to someone else's negligence, you can make a claim on their behalf. The claim can be made by a parent, guardian or a responsible adult who has the child's best interests at heart. This person is known as the ‘litigation friend’.

Normally, personal injury claims have a time limit, but for children, this rule is a bit different. A claim can be made at any time before they turn 18. Once they're 18, they have until their 21st birthday to make a claim themselves.

Any compensation awarded will be held in a trust until the child turns 18, unless it's needed earlier for medical treatment or educational needs. Claims involving children usually need court approval to make sure the settlement is in the child's best interest.

At Switalskis, we have a team of experts experienced in handling personal injury claims for children. We'll guide you through the legal process, which helps to make sure that both you and your child are well-supported throughout.

Can I make a claim for multiple injuries?

If you've suffered multiple injuries in an accident, you can make a claim for all of them. We'll start by getting a full medical assessment to understand the extent of all of your injuries, no matter how minor they may seem at first.

Multiple injury claims usually involve catastrophic injuries such as brain or spinal damage. The amount of compensation you could receive will be calculated based on the severity of each injury, how they impact your life, and any financial losses you've experienced. Multiple injuries can often lead to complex medical issues down the line, and we'll make sure this is factored into your claim.

While dealing with multiple injuries can make the claims process more complex, at Switalskis, we aim to make it as straightforward as possible for you. We'll handle all the legalities, so you can focus on your recovery.

Can I make a personal injury claim on behalf of someone who has died?

Losing a loved one is an incredibly difficult experience, and if their death was due to someone else's negligence, you will be able to make a personal injury claim on their behalf. 

The claim can usually be made by someone names as the executor in a will or by the deceased's spouse, parent or child. You can claim for both the pain and suffering experienced by the deceased before they passed away, as well as for the financial and emotional loss suffered by the family. Compensation awarded can cover funeral costs, loss of income to the family, and other financial impacts.

The time limit for making a claim is generally three years from the date of death, or from the date when the death was linked to negligence. As such, it’s best to get in touch as soon as possible - we understand that this is an emotionally charged time for you, and we’ll do all we can to provide the legal and emotional support you need.

Will making a personal injury claim against my employer affect my job?

If you've been injured at work due to your employer's negligence, you might be hesitant to make a claim, worrying it could affect your job. As such, it's important to know that the law protects employees from being unfairly treated or dismissed in these circumstances.

Every employer has a duty to provide a safe working environment. If they've failed in this, it's your right to seek compensation for any injuries you've sustained. Additionally, most employers have liability insurance to cover claims like this, so it's unlikely that your claim will directly affect the company's finances or your job.

Can I still make a personal injury claim if the accident was partially my fault?

If you've been injured but think you might be partly to blame, you can still make a claim. In legal terms, this is known as contributory negligence. 

If you're found to be partly at fault, your compensation might be reduced by a certain percentage, reflecting your share of the blame. Determining who is at fault, and to what extent, can be a complicated process, which is why it’s so important to seek legal advice in these cases.

Switalskis can help you understand how the law applies to your specific situation, and we'll help you collect all the necessary evidence to build a strong case, even if you're partially at fault. It’s important to be honest and upfront about the circumstances surrounding your accident when making a claim, as this will help us understand the extent of your liability.

Can Switalskis take over my personal injury case from another solicitor?

If you're not happy with your current solicitor or feel that your case isn't progressing as it should, Switalskis can take over your case. Just get in touch with us, and we’ll offer a free consultation to understand the details of your case and why you're considering a change.

We'll review all the documents and information related to your case to assess its strength, and how we can move it forward effectively. Once you’ve committed to switching, we'll handle all the paperwork and communication needed to transfer your case, making the process as smooth as possible for you.

Worried about additional costs? Don't be. The financial arrangements you had with your previous solicitor will be considered and we will be able to advise you on how your claim will be funded moving forward. Our team of experienced personal injury solicitors will then take over, bringing a fresh perspective and renewed energy to your case.

At Switalskis, we're committed to achieving the best possible outcome for you. We'll explore all avenues, and aren't afraid to challenge previous decisions if we believe it's in your best interest.

Find out how Switalskis can help you

If you've suffered a personal injury due to someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation. At Switalskis, we have extensive experience in handling a wide range of personal injury claims. We'll take the time to understand the specifics of your case and how it's impacted your life. This way, we can make sure we're doing everything possible to help you achieve justice.

To find out how much you could be entitled to and to get the ball rolling on your personal injury claim, call Switalskis today on 0800 1380 458 . Alternatively, contact us through the website to learn more.

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