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Personal injury

Find out how we can help with your serious injury claim

Personal injury covers any type of injury you may suffer, whether it’s in the workplace, a road traffic collision or in a public setting (occupiers’ liability) in England and Wales or abroad.

These injuries can range from the more minor, where there is a quick recovery, to life changing injuries – such as losing a limb or suffering a spinal cord or brain injury. However severe your injuries and wherever they were sustained, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim.

For injuries that occurred in a healthcare setting, please speak to our specialist medical negligence team.

If you have been seriously injured, or if you are a family member or carer for someone who has been seriously injured call us now to find out more about how we can help you on a completely no obligation basis and in strict confidence, on the freephone number 0800 689 5854.

What is a personal injury claim?

Personal injury claims can involve physical and/or psychological conditions, when someone else is at fault for causing the injury and breaching their statutory duty. These injuries could arise from various circumstances, such as hitting a pothole when riding your bike due to the Highway Authority’s poor road maintenance, or whilst operating dangerous machinery at work where your employer failed to provide the proper training or safety equipment.

At Leigh Day, our specialist personal injury lawyers act on behalf of individuals who have suffered injuries that were not their fault. The department has a number of specialist teams, with the relevant experience and expertise to deal with specific injury claims.

Contact our specialist team

Talk to us today to help you or a loved one following an injury by calling 0800 689 5854 or email us and we will call you back

Specialist areas of personal injury

At Leigh Day, we have specialist departments to represent those with different types of claims:

  • Asbestos – Recovering damages for individuals diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases, often due to exposure at work.
  • Industrial illness and diseases – Representing people who have developed illness and diseases due to exposure to toxic or other dangerous substances at work.
  • Cycling incidents – Handling claims for amateur and professional cyclists, including British Cycling and British Triathlon members.
  • Serious and fatal injuries – Covering the most serious injuries and fatal claims, wherever the injuries have occurred.
  • Road traffic collisions – Acting for victims involved in all types of road traffic collisions
  • Workplace incidents – Specialising in a wide range of workplace injury claims. This includes helping those who have suffered injuries or fatalities due to inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for their job.

Our specialist personal injury solicitors

Personal injury claims can be complex. People who have been seriously injured need legal support throughout their rehabilitation and as early as possible. At Leigh Day, our teams of specialist personal injury solicitors in Manchester and London will fight to obtain early interim payments to avoid you suffering financial hardship, on top of everything else you and your family are going through.

We have been consistently rated in the top tier by the independent legal directories The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for our reputation as specialists with significant experience in this field.

For more than 30 years, our firm has specialised in the more complex areas of personal injury law, focusing our efforts on achieving justice for our clients.

Key stages of a personal injury claim

Your injury

Time in hospital is the first stage of your recovery. Your injuries may disrupt your life temporarily, or have a long-term impact on you and your family.

Engaging a solicitor

You may not have considered making a claim but speaking to a specialist injury lawyer as soon as you are able to will ensure that we can help you rebuild your life as quickly as possible.

We’ll be with you every step of the way.

Interim payments

We aim to secure interim payments so rehabilitation treatments and therapies can begin as soon as possible.

They may also cover loss of earnings, adapted accommodation or other financial expenses you incur.

Case management

We’ll introduce you to expert case managers who can provide tailored treatment and therapy plans, as well as sourcing any aids and equipment you might need.

Rehabilitation

We believe that access to early rehabilitation is vital in order to maximise your recovery and we prioritise this.

Negotiating a settlement

We’ll gather evidence from medical records, witness statements and experts so

we can fight your corner and ensure you receive justice and appropriate compensation as quickly as possible.

Going to Court

Most cases are settled well before court proceedings are necessary. If it can’t be avoided, we will advise you, explain all the risks and we’ll be behind you to support you through it.

Rebuilding your life

We can provide practical advice on employment issues, entitlement to benefits and your right to community care services. We can also put you in touch with charities who can support you and your family.

Download our personal injury brochure

Download a copy of our personal injury brochure to learn more about how we can help you and how we have helped others following a serious injury

Our personal injury work

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Personal injury FAQs

What are personal injuries?

Personal injuries vary from having a minor impact on your life to significantly affecting your future.

They can involve physical or psychological conditions. Some of the common injuries people make claims for include:

  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Illness and disease
  • Psychological conditions

The causes of a personal injury can also vary greatly. It could be the direct result of another individual’s action – such as a road traffic collision – or the negligence / breach of statutory duty of an organisation, such as when defective equipment or safety policies result in injuries.

How long do you have to make a claim?

The time limit for a personal injury claim is usually three years from when you were injured or the date of a disease diagnosis.

Some of our clients are considered Protected Parties where they have lost mental capacity to manage the litigation themselves. Special rules apply to time limits for children and Protected Parties.

We have specialist personal injury lawyers who have experience representing children and those who lack capacity.

Who can make a claim?

Anyone who has been injured due to the fault of someone else, whether at work, in a road traffic collision, or in a public place for example, may be eligible to make a claim.

You may also be a family member or carer for someone who was seriously injured and are looking after their best interests. You can make personal injury claims on behalf of:

  • Your child (under the age of 18).
  • A loved one who lacks the mental capacity to make a claim themselves.
  • The Estate or dependents of someone who passed away from their injuries.

Your claim will be against the individual or organisation responsible for the negligence and/or breach of statutory duty that resulted in your injuries. This will depend on the specifics of your case, the location where the injuries were sustained, and the individuals involved.

Often personal injury claims are brought against an employer, the local council or another road user. We will advise you who your claim should be made against and the appropriate steps to take.

What can you make a personal injury claim for?

You can bring a claim for almost any type of injury suffered that was caused by the fault of another party. It must be provable that the accident or incident that caused your physical and/or psychological injury was due to someone else’s fault.

The workplace is a common setting for many injuries. Workplaces within the construction and manufacturing industries - where heavy machinery and vehicles are commonly present - can prove a greater risk for injury. However, you can also make a claim for an injury sustained in an office environment.

Road traffic  and cycling collisions are some of the most common reasons for personal injury claims. Whether you are a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian, injuries sustained due to the negligence of other road users are usually grounds to make a claim.

What does personal injury compensation cover?

Generally, the more severe your injuries and the greater impact they have on your daily life, the larger the amount of personal injury compensation you can expect to receive.

You may be entitled to compensation for an injury to support your rehabilitation, cover the costs of any significant changes to your lifestyle, and for any pain and suffering you experience.

Our team focuses on securing you a fair amount and can help with interim payments where required. Personal injury compensation is meant to put a person back into the position they were in prior to their injury (in so far as money can do so). It includes (but is not limited to) damages for the following:

  • Loss of earnings– whether temporary due to time off recovering or permanent with a loss of your livelihood.
  • Rehabilitation costs– including medication, therapy and other treatment.
  • Specialist equipment and care– to support your recovery or permanent life changes after an injury, such as requiring a wheelchair.
  • Accommodation– this could include needing to extend or adapt a property or having to move house as a result of your condition.
  • Expenses– the costs of travel to and from therapy sessions, hospital and any other related appointments.
  • Replacement equipment– any equipment, clothing or other items damaged as a result of an incident – such as your bicycle.
  • Funeral costs– in cases where a loved one has died from their injuries.

What do you need to make a claim?

To build your case and improve your chances of a successful claim, your personal injury lawyer will require supporting evidence. This will be used to prove the circumstances of an incident, the nature and prognosis of the injuries sustained and to determine who is responsible for the injuries caused. Supporting evidence can include:

  • Medical records.
  • Police or HSE reports.
  • Photographs of the injuries sustained.
  • Witness statements – for example, from people who saw the incident, workplace colleagues and friends and family who have seen the impact of the injuries.
  • Safety policy documents or equipment.
  • Maps or images of the incident location.
  • Financial records.

Why choose Leigh Day?

Personal injury claims can be complex. People who have been seriously injured need legal support throughout their rehabilitation and as early as possible.

At Leigh Day, our teams of specialist personal injury solicitors in Manchester and London will fight to obtain early interim payments to avoid you suffering financial hardship, on top of everything else you and your family are going through.

We have been consistently rated in the top tier by the independent legal directories The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for our reputation as specialists with significant experience in this field.

For more than 30 years, our firm has specialised in the more complex areas of personal injury law, focusing our efforts on achieving justice for our clients.

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