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Personal Injury Claims

If you’ve suffered an injury through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. A personal injury claim is the process of recovering compensation from the party that was responsible for your injury or illness.

What types of personal injury can you claim for?

Our personal injury claims solicitors are able to deal with a wide variety of claims. Some common types of personal injury we help people claim for include:

What is the Personal Injury Claims Process?

The personal injury claims process might seem daunting and the timeline can vary but most claims follow a set process:

  • You appoint a representative - To start a claim you can contact us on 0161 665 3502 where  we will discuss the circumstances of your accident and make an assessment on whether it is something our specialist personal injury solicitors can help with,
  • Evidence gathering and claim notification – Once the case has been accepted, we will work with you to put together evidence to prove your claim and notify the insurer of the party responsible,
  • Medical report - We will arrange for you to have an independent medical examination where the full extent of your injuries will be assessed, and recommendations will be provided on what kind of treatment you may need to undergo,
  • Settlement negotiations – Your case and all evidence will be presented to the insurers for review at which point a settlement figure may be agreed,
  • Court - If an out if court settlement cannot be agreed, we will represent you in court and a judge will decide who was to blame and how much compensation should be awarded,
  • Payment - You will be awarded compensation for your personal injury.

How long do you have to make a Personal Injury claim?

You normally have 3 years to start your personal injury claim. There are exceptions to the 3-year rule and sometimes the time limit is shorter.  If you think you might have a claim, it is important you contact us as soon as possible. 

Can I make a No win No fee personal injury claim?

Garratts Solicitors offer their personal injury claims services on a “No Win No Fee” basis if you do not already have legal cover through other means e.g. Trade Union membership.  This means there is no risk to you in pursuing your claim.  Our solicitors will organise an initial interview with you to review your claim and advise you as to where we believe you have a case.

There may be cases where a claim is unsuccessful, but under the “No Win No Fee” agreement we will not charge you for our time, and your insurance policy will cover your opponent’s legal fees and costs.   An exception to this rule will be made if the Court decides that you have acted dishonestly in making the claim.  In this case, you might be liable to pay costs. 

How much will you have to pay if you win?

If you do win your personal injury claim, the other party will be responsible for paying your legal costs.  Any legal costs that are not covered are deducted from your compensation.  Garratts do charge a “success fee”, which compensates us for the risk that if your claim was unsuccessful then we would not be paid at all (this is capped at 25%).  Your solicitor will discuss this with you in advance of proceeding with your claim, so you will know what to expect.

How Much Personal Injury Compensation Could You Receive?

How much compensation you receive for your personal injury will depend on how serious your injury, the mental and emotional impact it has had on you and whether you are entitled to receive a personal injury psychological damage payout. 

Brain Damage

    Estimated Compensation Value
Very Severe Brain Damage      £247,280 - £354,260
Moderately Severe Brain Damage   £192.090 - £247,280
Moderate Brain Damage    £37,760 - £192,090
Less Severe Brain Damage   £13,430 - £37,760
Minor Brain or Head Injury   £1,940 - £11,20


Shoulder Injuries

    Estimated Compensation Value
Severe Shoulder Injuries   £16,830 - £42,110
Serious Shoulder Injuries   £11,200 - £16,830
Moderate Shoulder Injuries   £6,920 - £11,200
Minor Shoulder Injuries   £2,150 - £6,920
Fractured Clavicle   £4,520 - £10,730


Neck Injuries

    Estimated Compensation Value
Severe Neck Injuries   £39,870 - £130,000
Moderate Neck Injuries   £6,920 - £33,750
Minor Neck Injuries   £2,150 - £6,920

 

How long does a personal injury claim take to settle?

In the majority of cases you have three years from the date of your accident to settle your claim or issue court proceedings. Whilst straightforward personal injury claims can take just weeks to settle, more complicated cases will take months, and sometimes even years. The time it takes for the personal injury settlement process depends on your individual case. The complexity, number of parties involved, and severity of your injuries all make a difference. The sooner you start the process, the sooner you will get an outcome and the less likely you are to miss the personal injury claim time limit.

Why choose Garratts for my personal injury claim?

Our specialist personal injury solicitors Manchester have more than 30 years’ experience handling personal injury claims on behalf of people across the North West.  The convenience of a local service means that you will be able to meet your solicitor whenever you need to from one of our 6 offices across Manchester - Oldham, Ashton, Stalybridge, Radcliffe, Worsley or Newton Heath.

All our personal injury claims services are provided by specialist solicitors who are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and have an in-depth knowledge of personal injury law – rather than someone in a call-centre.

We make sure your personal injury gets assessed by the right specialist medical expert and do everything we can to make sure you are adequately compensated for your accident. Call our friendly team of experts to discuss your personal injury claim today. 

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