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Home > Information and Advice > Information and advice on personal injury compensation claims

Information and advice on personal injury compensation claims

Making a compensation claim for personal injury

If you or a member of your family is unfortunate enough to be involved in any type of accident which results in an injury, or you are suffering some form of illness through exposure to a harmful substance, it is important that you have the right information available and to seek expert legal advice as quickly as possible.

Clear Answers' solicitors can help you claim financial compensation if you have been involved in an accident caused by negligence. We also help people who need to support a claim of a family member.

When you first consider whether you might have a valid personal injury claim, you will probably have many questions about what you should do next.

We hope you will find the answers to your questions here, but if you would like to discuss the circumstances of your personal injury with one of our representatives, please telephone us on 0800 783 9019. Alternatively, complete one of our on-line compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as quickly as possible.

Please select one of the links below to find out more about the personal injury compensation claims process.

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Personal injury claims – accident claims and industrial diseases

A claim for personal injury compensation can be made if you have been injured as the result of the negligence of someone else. This also means you may be able to make a claim if you have developed an industrial disease as a result of the negligence of another person or organisation. This may have been from exposure to a harmful substance or failure to apply safe operating practices with industrial equipment or machinery.

Whatever the circumstances leading to your personal injury, for more information and advice on Clear Answers' experience, please visit our personal injury claim types page.

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Accident compensation for personal injury

Accident compensation is the financial recompense for injury and loss when you are injured through no fault of your own. Before you can make a claim for personal injury or accident compensation, you must be able to prove that your injury was caused by the negligence of another person or party.

For more information and advice on the accident compensation claims process, please visit our Accident compensation claims page.

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Gathering information and evidence for making an accident compensation claim

It is important, wherever possible, that you record the circumstances of your accident, whether it was an accident at work, a road traffic accident, or the result of a slip trip or fall. You should also record any expenses you incur as a result of the accident.

Please go to our section on gathering information and evidence, which we hope will make sure that you have all the information you need should you decide to make an accident claim.

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Gathering evidence for claiming compensation for an asbestos-related disease

Clear Answers' lawyers specialising in asbestos-related injury claims will investigate your claim for you, and use their experience to pursue your claim in the most effective way possible. If you have been exposed to asbestos at your place of work, it is likely that the employer bears some responsibility.

Our specialist asbestos lawyers will explore whether the company, or a responsible successor company, can be found and whether there is any insurance available. This is a skilled and painstaking task.

Once our lawyers have established that the employer or a successor is available to claim against, they will obtain a detailed medical report for you from a medico-legal expert in this field. The purpose of this is to confirm the diagnosis of an asbestos-related injury and to prove the injury was caused by exposure during employment with that company. Once this is done, the claim can proceed.

For more information about Clear Answers in-depth knowledge of these types of compensation claims, please visit our page on asbestos-related compensation claims.

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Gathering evidence for making a claim for industrial disease compensation

If you believe that you are suffering an illness, disease or injury as a result of something in the environment, always keep any evidence to support the exposure. Make sure that you seek medical advice and that your treating doctors are made aware of your belief / suspicion of the cause. Keep details of all doctors visited and treatments, and for any injury related expenses.

For more information on making a compensation claim, please visit our industrial disease section.

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Time limits for personal injury compensation claims

Strict time limits apply for making a personal injury claim. Known as the limitation period, the standard period for commencing proceedings to claim accident compensation is three years.

There are however, several important exceptions, so please visit our section on limitation periods for more information and advice on what time limits might apply to your personal injury compensation claim.

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The costs and risks of making a personal injury compensation claim

Different rules may apply if your claim is pursued outside the Courts of England and Wales. Costs and Risks section for more detailed information on these and how Clear Answers will handle your claim and funding.

You will also find information and advice regarding the cost of making any type of personal injury claim in our costs and risks section.

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Clear Answers – our experience in fighting all types of personal injury compensation claims

Clear Answers, the name says it all. Each of our lawyers has a reputation for straight talking, common sense and giving clear answers in plain English. Of course, there will always be some lawyers out there who prefer to use complicated, impenetrable language, but we will never do that.

Clear Answers, the brand, is part of Thompsons Solicitors, the UK's most experienced personal injury law firm. Our lawyers are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The professional rules governing our lawyers can be found at www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/code-of-conduct.page.

Please visit the section about us which gives more details on our in-depth experience of all types of personal injury compensation claims.

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Frequently asked questions about personal injury compensation

If we have not been able to direct you to a section which answers your questions regarding accident compensation or compensation claims for industrial disease or personal injury, please visit our section on frequently asked questions.

Alternatively, contact us on 0800 783 9019 to discuss whether you have a valid claim for personal injury compensation. Or fill out an on-line compensation claim form.

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Compensation claim news stories

Clear Answers' solicitors deal with thousands of all types of personal injury accident and industrial disease compensation claims each year. Please visit our Personal injury news section to view summaries of these successful claims and other news items which we hope will be of interest to you.

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Compensation claims for all types of personal injury

Have you or a member of your family suffered a personal injury through no fault of your own? Are you or a relative suffering from an industrial disease because of the negligence of another person or organisation? Have you been left with a personal injury or disability through medical negligence or surgical error?

If you have been injured in any of these circumstances, Clear Answers has the specialist experience to help you make a claim for personal injury or accident compensation.

Different rules may apply if your claim is pursued outside the Courts of England and Wales. Costs and Risks section for more detailed information on these and how Clear Answers will handle your claim and funding.

Please contact Clear Answers’ solicitors on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our representatives or alternatively fill out an on-line compensation claim form. One of our representatives will contact you as soon as possible to discuss whether you have a valid personal injury compensation claim.

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