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Suffering a serious injury can have a huge impact on your life and your family, including potentially leaving you disabled, unable to work and dealing with a lot of pain and suffering. When facing such a situation, it is understandable to want answers and to expect financial compensation from those responsible for your injuries.
Where your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, or deliberate action (such as an assault), you are likely to be entitled to compensation. While the thought of pursuing a claim at this time might seem intimidating, with the right legal support the process can be kept straightforward with all of the hard work done for you.
At Novum Law, we offer dedicated, sensitive personal support to help you through this difficult time. Our specialist serious injury solicitors can provide clear, honest advice on whether your claim is worth pursuing, the amount of compensation likely to be available and the process involved. You can then make an informed decision about moving forward.
We offer No Win No Fee, which means you can make a serious injury compensation claim with no financial risk or hidden costs.
Many people worry that making a claim means they will need to go to court, but our team is highly skilled in negotiating maximum settlements for serious personal injury claims. With this expertise on your side, it is highly unlikely that you will need to attend a court hearing.
In most cases, you only have a period of 3 years from an accident within the UK in which to claim serious injury compensation, and in certain cases, this time limit can be shorter. If you or a family member has been injured due to someone else’s negligence or deliberate action, it is important not to delay finding out whether you are entitled to compensation.
We’re Experts In All Types Of Serious Injury Claims
Our team of serious injury solicitors are experts in dealing with claims against individuals, businesses and public bodies, including:
- Brain and Head Injury
- Spinal Injury
- Road Traffic Accident
- Medical Negligence
- Work Accident & Illness
- Injuries to Children
- Accident in a Public or Private Place
- Amputation and Limb Loss
- Birth Injury
- Bone Fractures
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Chronic Pain
- Serious Criminal Assault
- Fatal Injury
- Horse Riding Injury
- Loss of Sight
- Nerve Injury
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sports Accident
- Asbestos Related Diseases
Take a look at our team to find out more about their individual areas of expertise.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are no upfront or hidden costs when you make a compensation claim with Novum Law. We fund all of our serious injury cases using Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs), which you may have heard referred to as ‘No Win No Fee’.
With No Win No Fee, you will only be responsible for our fees if and when your claim is successful and we secure compensation for you. This means you don’t need to find the money to fund your claim at the start and there is no financial risk to you in pursuing compensation.
Before we take on your claim, we will explain how No Win No Fee works, including how our fees will be calculated in the event of a successful claim, as well as the need for After the Event Insurance to cover any potential third-party costs.
There is no set answer to this as it will depend on the circumstances. However, your claim will generally be resolved faster if a voluntary settlement can be agreed with the defendant and may take longer should a court hearing be required.
To be entitled to compensation for an accident or injury, it must be shown that your injuries were caused either by someone else’s negligence (e.g. your employer failing to provide a safe working environment) or deliberate action (e.g. if you were assaulted).
We will need to provide strong supporting evidence to give your claim the best chance of success. Using our many years of experience, our serious injury solicitors know what is needed for a successful claim, so can ensure all of the right evidence is collected and that this is presented effectively in support of your claim.
The standard time limit is three years from the date of the injury or the date you realised you’d suffered an injury and someone else was to blame. However, there are some exceptions meaning you could potentially have longer to claim under certain circumstances.
If you are claiming on behalf of a child, you have until they turn 18 to bring a claim. When the child turns 18, they can bring their own claim where appropriate, up until their 21st birthday.
If you need to claim on behalf of someone who doesn’t have the mental capacity to make legal decisions (e.g. due to a serious brain injury or learning difficulties) then there is no time limit to claim.
Different time limits may also apply for some injuries sustained abroad.
Where a loved one has died due to serious injuries, then you will typically have 3 years from their date of death to claim on behalf of their estate and/or dependants.
Time can be a critical factor in compensation claims, so it’s important to get in touch with our specialist personal injury team as soon as possible for expert advice.
This will be determined by the severity of the injuries you or a loved one have suffered and their impact on your or their life.
Compensation can cover financial costs such as medical treatment, rehabilitation, care and support, as well as adaptations to the home and loss of earnings and pension. It can also cover the non-financial impact of injuries (e.g. pain and suffering, loss of amenity etc).
Calculating the exact value of the damages available for a serious injury can be complicated, but we will always give a realistic indication of the likely compensation available at the outset so you can have an idea of what may be achievable.
We aim to keep the whole process as straightforward as possible for you. Following an initial phone consultation, one of our specialist serious injury solicitors will arrange a meeting either by video, phone or email to discuss the details of your claim.
This will be your opportunity to tell us exactly how your injuries occurred and they impact on your day-to-day life. Our lawyer will then guide you through the claims process, explain No Win No Fee funding and talk you through any relevant paperwork that needs to be completed.
From that point on, your solicitor will pursue your claim on your behalf and keep you regularly updated as your claim progresses.
We understand that this is a concern for many people, but the reality is that vast majority of personal injury claims we handle are settled without going to court. This is achieved through negotiation between our lawyers and the defendant’s legal team.
The advantages of settling out of court include being usually much faster than court proceedings, as well as being generally less stressful to deal with, while still ensuring you can get the maximum compensation that you are entitled to.
Even where it becomes necessary to issue court proceedings as part of the claims process, you will not necessarily end up having to attend a court hearing. Most claims that reach this stage can still be resolved with a settlement before your hearing date arrives.
If a loved one has died due to serious injuries caused by someone else, you may be able to claim compensation on behalf of their estate or dependants. Where this is an option, you will typically have three years from the date of death to make a claim.
Compensation available for a fatal accident may potentially cover:
- Funeral expenses
- The loss of the deceased’s income
- Loss of services provided by the deceased (e.g. personal care support)
- Normal household costs
- Medical costs
- Childcare costs
We are often contacted by clients who have been pursuing a claim with another firm and feel things are not progressing fast enough or that their solicitors have agreed a settlement that is lower than it ought to be.
In these cases, we are happy to provide an independent second opinion. Where we feel your case has been mishandled, we will be happy to take over and do everything we can to get you the result you deserve.
In previous cases where we have taken over personal injury claims from other firms, our team have been able to get a significantly higher settlement and/or secure compensation faster.
If you have a question that is not listed above, please visit our FAQs page. Alternatively, please call our specialist team on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation chat.
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