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Portsmouth personal injury solicitors

Portsmouth personal injury solicitors

By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 13th September 2021. Welcome to our Portsmouth personal injury solicitors guide. You will find a guide to finding a personal injury solicitor to handle your claim on this page. Within it, you will find all of the information you need to begin making an informed decision about which solicitor would be best in your case.

Suppose you would prefer to skip this guide on how to claim and let Legal Expert give you some solid legal advice instead, give us a call on 0800 073 8804 today. One of our personal injury teams will be available to go over your claim with you and let you know how best we can be of help.

Making A Personal Injury Claim

The pivotal point of any personal injury case is whether the victim can make a compensation claim. For the claimant to be eligible, a third party must have been partially liable for the accident or incident that caused the injury or illness.

How liability is proven depends on the circumstances of the event. For example, an employee injured at work is protected by Health & Safety legislation, and liability could be proven if the employer failed to comply with this legislation. Similarly, a person who slips on a wet floor in a restaurant is protected by the Occupiers Liability Act. If the accident were caused by the restaurant operator failing to meet the requirements of the Occupiers Liability Act, then they would be liable.

Put, any time you come to harm, and the acts of a third party either entirely or partially contributed to the cause of harm. You should have a valid reason to make a compensation claim.

Legal Expert can help you work out who is liable in your own case. Call us on the number in this guide so that our personal injury solicitors for Portsmouth can help you further.

How To Choose The Right Personal Injury Solicitor For Your Claim

Choosing the right personal injury solicitor to process your claim is critical. The effectiveness of your solicitor will have a direct effect on the probability of your claim being successful and can also drive the amount of compensation you are awarded.

Even though all solicitors in the UK are required to be registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), this is not an effective indication of their competence, simply that they can fulfil the registration requirements.

Some solicitors offer general legal services and don’t specialise in any one type of case. Others cover a narrow band of legal services, such as property conveyancing or contract law. Others, such as Legal Expert, specialise in processing personal injury claims. If you would like to learn how we can help you with your claim, call us on the number at the end of the page, and we will explain how our claims service works.

Reviews Of Solicitors In The Portsmouth Area

Choosing a good solicitor is going to take legwork. You need to find the best solicitor for your particular case to have the best chance of winning your claim. Making phone inquiries is a good way to start finding a reputable legal firm, but this takes a lot of work. A better idea is to read reviews of solicitors and create a shortlist of legal firms to call. If you can find a good online review site, this is a great starting point for your research. However, remember that these are reviews are submitted by members of the public, so they might not always be entirely accurate. Make sure always to double-check the facts. While you are reading reviews, consider the following:

  • How new is the review? Is it new enough to still be relevant?
  • How similar was the claim being made in the review to your own? Was it similar enough to be relevant?
  • What experience did the reviewer have with the solicitor? Was it good? Where there any negative points?
  • Did the solicitor offer to tackle the claim under a No Win No Fee agreement? If so, what percentage of the compensation awarded did they take as their fee?

These types of considerations will help to ensure that you are making the best of the information presented in each review. If you prefer, you can call Legal Expert for some free legal advice. Tell us about your injuries and the accident that caused them, and we can tell you how best to go about how to claim. Call our personal injury solicitors for the Portsmouth area on the number at the end of the page to proceed. Or you can see this table to have some potential settlement figures for you to consider.

InjurySeverityCompensation Notes
Brain injuryVery severe£282,010 to £403,990The award bracket is given as an estimate for victims who have suffered severe brain damage and are unresponsive. In what is referred to as a vegetable state.
Brain injuryModerately severe£219,070 to £282,010Losing feelings in limbs, mental disability, and or change in impersonality.
Brain injuryLess severe£15,320 to £43,060Head injuries that have not caused significant brain damage but still there maybe lasting effects.
Eye InjuryTotal blindnessIn the region of £268,720Total blindness
Eye InjuryLoss of sight in one eye£49,270 to £54,830This amount of compensation is awarded with loss of sight in a single eye or very restricted vision in one eye.
Eye InjuryMinor£3,950 to £8,730Problems with vision, pain in the eye or temporary vision loss in an eye.
Arm InjuryLoss of both arms£240,790 to £300,000Amputation of both full arms will receive the maximum award here. This compensation range also covers the amputation of one arm, or whether the amputation is to be the full or part of the arm. The restrictions this will have in the future are also taken into consideration.
Arm InjuryPermanent and substantial disablement£39,170 to £59,860If there is major restriction and disability in one or both arms and causes great pain and suffering.
Arm InjuryLess severe£19,200 to £39,170This amount is set at this criteria for those who have suffered restriction in movement and/or disability on the arms but will recover.
Leg InjuryLoss of both legs£240,790 to £282,010Amputation of both or one leg will warrant this amount of compensation to be awarded. It will also be taken in to consideration if the leg is amputated above or below the knee.
Leg InjuryLess seriousUp to £27,760Fracture, brake or soft tissue damage to the leg that has affected the muscle causing great pain and discomfort.
Neck InjurySevereUp to £148,330Neck injuries can be very severe causing problems with movement in different areas of the body. An injury to the neck can cause pain in this area for a lengthy time.
Neck InjuryModerateUp to £38,490Fractures to the neck, painful when moving, stiffness inability to use full movement of the neck will warrant this type of compensation.
Neck InjuryMinorUp to £7,890These amounts of compensation are roughly the brackets for whiplash depending on how long it lasts, how painful it is and the long term prognosis.
Hand InjuryLoss of both hands£140,660 to £201,490This amount of compensation will cover, both hands or one hand amputation or if the hand becomes completely useless.
Hand InjurySerious£29,000 to £61,910Likely to have seen a reduction in capacity by 50 per cent. Several fingers may have been amputated and re-joined, leaving a clawed or unsightly hand.
Elbow InjurySeverely disabling£39,170 to £54,830Complete restriction in movement of the elbow that has resulted in a disability or that has required surgery.
Elbow InjuryModerate or minorUp to £12,590Restriction in the movement of the arm due to injury of the elbow.
Wrist InjurySevere£47,620 to £59,860No wrist function at all.
Back InjurySevere£38,780 to £69,730Severe back injuries to the upper or lower part of the back, maybe causing paralysis or any issues relating to the organs within the lower part of the body.
Back InjuryMinorUp to £12,510Soft tissue, slipped disc, muscle pain would gain this amount of compensation.
Back InjuryModerate£12,510 to £27,760This amount of compensation may cover ligament or soft tissue to the back, constant pain and /or discomfort.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)Severe£59,860 to £100,670Debilitating symptoms, impacting work life, social life, and relationships with family and friends. Prognosis for recovery is likely to be poor, with symptoms having some permanency.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)Less severe£3,950 to £8,180Minor symptoms that resolve in full within a short space of time.
Face Injury - ScarringVery severe£29,780 to £97,330Scarring and facial disfigurement could warrant this amount of compensation. The severity will determine how much.
Face Injury - ScarringLess severe£17,960 to £48,420These
compensation estimates cover brakes and fractures to the facial area such as the nose.
Face Injury - ScarringLess significant£3,950 to £13,740Compensation amounts for scarring. Please note women tend to receive larger payouts for scarring than men.
Knee InjurySevere£26,190 to £43,460Disability due to injury to the knee, severe damage to muscle, soft tissue and also muscle wastage.
Knee InjuryModerateUp to £26,190Injury to the knee that is painful but will recover within time so the knee has a full normal working function.
Shoulder InjurySerious£12,770 to £19,200Restriction in movement, limb numbness or paralysis due to injury in the shoulder and neck.
Shoulder InjuryModerate£7,890 to £12,770Tissue damage to neck that may last for quite a while which restricts movement in the arm and elbow.
Shoulder InjuryMinorUp to £7,890Soft tissue damage that will recover within the year or just over, that causes moderate pain.

Does The Location Of My Lawyer Or Solicitor Matter?

Many people incorrectly believe that they are obliged to use a local legal firm in Portsmouth. This is not true. You can choose any legal firm, regardless of their location, as your personal injury solicitor. Of course, dealing with a local firm is simpler, as you can walk in and speak to them any time you want to know what is happening with your claim. However, you can use email or the telephone to easily keep in touch with your solicitor, no matter where they happen to be.

A much more important consideration than ease of access to your legal team is how effective they will be in processing your claim. It is far better to use the best solicitor for your claim, with the greatest chance of winning you the most compensation possible, ignoring their physical location. Legal Expert offers our claims service to everyone across the UK, including Portsmouth, as a simple and effective way to have a personal injury claim processed. We can also arrange for local services, such as a free medical examination, the results of which can be used to support your claim. Call us on the number at the end of this page to find out more.

What Personal Injury Claims Can We Conduct?

Legal Expert can assist you with almost any type of personal injury claim. As long as a third party was at least partially liable for the accident that caused you harm, you should have a valid reason to claim. And in some cases, we can even help with non-fault claims.

However, there are some types of accident claims we help clients with much more often than others. We have given some of these common types of claims their own sections below. If your accident doesn’t logically slot into one of the sections, don’t worry, we can still help you. Just call us on the number at the end of the guide and explain how your accident happened. Our personal injury solicitors covering Portsmouth will then let you know how we can help.

Industrial Disease Compensation Claims

Industrial diseases and workplace illnesses are common causes for people to make a compensation claim. Every company in the UK is required, by law, to provide a completely hazard-free environment for its employees. Failure to do so, leading to an employee contracting an illness or disease, will leave the employer liable to pay compensation.

Some cases of the industrial disease are not diagnosed until long after the original cause was encountered. For example, miners who develop chest problems years after they stop working in a mine. The law states that when it comes to illnesses or diseases that are the subject of a compensation claim, the victim has three years from the date the condition was diagnosed to make their claim. This means that even if the original cause of the disease was encountered many years before, you could still claim for a health complaint contracted recently. Call Legal Expert on the number at the end of this page to learn how to help you.

Medical Negligence Claims Against The NHS And Private Sector

Injury claims statistics

Injury claims statistics

Although not entirely up to date, the graph above clearly shows how much of a financial drain clinical negligence claims are on the resources of the National Health Service. The simple truth is that despite best efforts, medical professionals do make mistakes from time to time. Whenever a medical professional in any role from surgeons down to hospital care staff causes harm to a patient, failing in their duty of care, clinical negligence may be deemed to have occurred when the victim sustained an injury. And this could even extend to the likes of not diagnosing a brain injury.

If you have been injured due to the actions of a medical professional, Legal Expert can act as your medical negligence solicitors and process a claim for you. Please call our personal injury solicitors for Portsmouth on the number at the bottom of this page to learn more.

Claims For Accidents At Work

As mentioned in the industrial diseases section, your employer is legally obliged to provide you with a safe working environment at all times. If they fail to do this, and you are injured as a result, then you will have a valid reason to make a compensation claim.

The actual legislation your employer must comply with differs from industry to industry. Call Legal Expert on the number at the bottom of the page, and tell us about your work and how the accident happened. We will then let you know whether your employer is liable to pay compensation for your injuries.

Statistics Show The Frequency Of Accidents At Work In Portsmouth

The table below shows statistics for different types of work-related accidents in the Portsmouth area from the start of 2012 to the end of 2014.

Work Accidents in Portsmouth201220132014
Other434139
Electrical accident210
Machinery accident463
Explosives accident001
Fire accident111
Harmful substance accident522
Fall accident322229
Animal accident020
Lifting accident925674
Physical assault15910
Slip, trip or fall accident979572
Struck1389
Vehicle accident237
Falling object accident442028
Crush accident201

Slips, Falls, And Trips

Of all the types of claims, we process for our clients here at Legal Expert, slips, trips and falls are very common. These accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. They can cause injuries ranging from trivial to fatal. Typical slip, trip and fall hazards include:

  • Wet or dirty floors.
  • Damaged floor coverings.
  • Broken paving slabs and curbstones.
  • Obstructions left on a public walkway.

No matter the hazard that caused your accident, Legal Expert can act as your personal injury lawyer and likely help you make a claim. Give us a call on the number at the bottom of this page so we can get your claim started today. We have also published a guide that specifically covers this kind of accident. You can find it at the link below:

A guide to making slip, trip and fall claims

Serious Injury Claims

Choosing the right team of lawyers for serious injury claims is vital. These claims generally attract fairly large compensation settlements. You must make sure that the solicitor you use is skilled in maximising the value of your claim. Serious injuries include:

  • Lowered cognitive or motor function due to brain damage.
  • Permanent chronic health conditions caused by organ damage.
  • Extreme loss of quality of life through loss of a major limb or paralysis.
  • Long-term psychological injuries prevent the victim from functioning normally in society.

If you have suffered a serious injury, let Legal Expert try to get you the most compensation possible. Call us on the number at the end of the page to learn how we will do this. Additionally, we have produced a guide that specifically deals with serious injury claims. You can find it at this link:

A guide to making a compensation claim for a serious injury

Claims For Road Traffic Accidents In Portsmouth

Road traffic accidents are the most common causes of personal injury claims that Legal Expert processes on behalf of our clients. Everything from simple rear shunt accidents causing whiplash to high-speed multi-vehicle collisions resulting in fatalities fits into this category.

Legal Expert can also assist drivers in claiming compensation in non-fault vehicle accidents. If you need help claiming an injury sustained in an RTA caused by a third party or by a non-fault accident, call us at the number at the end of the pager to help you get started with your claim. You can also check out our road traffic accident claims guide at this link:

A guide to making road traffic accident claims

Recorded Road Traffic Accident Statistics For The Portsmouth Area

The table below shows the breakdown of types of road traffic accidents in the Portsmouth area that causes serious injuries or fatalities from 2015 to 2017.

 201520162017
Other561
Car192515
Motorcycle332233
Cyclist253733
Pedestrian282129

No Win No Fee Personal Injury Solicitors And Lawyers

Legal Expert can act as your No Win No Fee lawyer and process a personal injury claim on your behalf. We mean by No Win No Fee solicitor that you pay nothing at all unless we have actually been successful in winning you a compensation settlement. This means that our claims service is entirely risk-free from a financial viewpoint, as you won’t pay us until you have won your claim and received a compensation payment. Hence the financial security of working with our personal injury solicitors for Portsmouth.

Will Need To Pay Any Fees To Start My Claim?

No, when Legal Expert is acting as your No Win No Fee lawyers, there is no fee to start your claim, and we won’t charge ongoing fees as we process your claim. If we fail at claiming compensation, we zero our fee, and you pay nothing. If we receive compensation payment for you, though, we will take our fee out of the money received and send you the rest.

How To Proceed With Your Claim

If you are ready to begin your claim, please call Legal Expert on the number below. When you do, one of our team will ask you a series of questions, these are part of our new claims onboarding process, and the answers will give us a good idea of how your accident happened and the injuries it caused. These questions could include:

  • Where did your accident take place?
  • How long ago was your accident?
  • Who do you think was to blame for your accident?
  • Have you reported the accident to anyone?
  • What is the prognosis for your full recovery?
  • Have you suffered any financial losses due to your injuries?

Questions like these help us to understand your situation better. We will also answer any questions you have about our claims service at this time.

Get More Information

If you would like to check over additional resources before you begin your claim, we have published many guides on this website. Additionally, the National Health Service and the UK Government have plenty of great information about personal injury claims on their websites. Another good source of information is the UK Health & Safety Executive site.

Start An Injury Claim With Us Today

Are you ready to begin your accident claim today? Would you like to know more about how Legal Expert can help you? If so, please give us a call on 0800 073 8804. One of our team will be on hand to answer any questions you might have and talk you through our new claims process right away.

Useful Contacts In This Area

You will find road safety information specific to the Portsmouth area at this link below:

Hampshire Police
Cosham Police Station
7-9 Wayte St
Portsmouth
PO6 3AR
Tel: +44 845 045 4545
Web: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/
Opening times: 24 hours.

Portsmouth Combined Court Centre
Winston Churchill Ave
Portsmouth
PO1 2EB
Tel: +44 23 9289 3000
Web: https://courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk/courts/portsmouth-combined-court-centre
Opening times: 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Queen Alexandra Hospital
Portsmouth
PO6 3LY
Tel: +44 23 9228 6000
Web: http://www.porthosp.nhs.uk/Find-us/getting-to-qa-hospital.htm

Opening times: 24 hours.

Portsmouth Personal Injury Solicitors FAQs

When do I receive my first compensation offer?

This could happen anytime after negotiations begin between your solicitor and the defendant.

Now, should I turn down the opening offer?

We would recommend that you do so because the chances are that you’re going to receive a higher offer later on.

What will happen if I do turn down an offer?

In this scenario, you cannot decide to accept the same offer later because it’s no longer on the table.

Could I make a counter-offer?

Yes, though it helps to justify why you and your solicitor believe that the new figure is appropriate.

What happens if I don’t accept any offers?

This would lead to the case appearing before a judge in a county or crown court.

How long does the claims process usually take?

It generally takes between 12 and 18 months for an out-of-court settlement to happen.

But what if the case goes to court?

In that situation, you have the best chance of achieving maximum compensation to win your case.

How likely is it that the case will go to court?

Not very likely, as only around 5% of cases end up in front of a judge.

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