Whiteley Personal Injury Solicitors – No Win No Fee Claims
By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 1st October 2021. Welcome to our Whiteley personal injury solicitors guide. If you’ve had an accident in Whiteley and are looking for a personal injury law firm to make a compensation claim on your behalf, then this guide will help you to do that.
Legal Expert deals exclusively with personal injury and accident claims. Our solicitors take on personal injury claims across Great Britain and have years of experience. If your accident was caused by somebody else, we might be able to help you and offer you our No Win No Fee service.
This guide explains how to choose the right solicitor for your case, details the most common types of accidents claimed for and explains how no win no fee agreements work.
What is a personal injury claim?
In short, a personal injury claim is where you, or your solicitor, asks somebody else to pay you compensation for injuries and financial losses because you believe it was their fault that the accident happened.
It can be quite complex, especially when the other person denies your claims, which is why you must choose specialist Whitley personal injury solicitors to ensure your claim is put together thoroughly and that the claims made can all be backed up with evidence.
How we can help you if you were hurt in an accident which was not your fault
Legal Expert can help with accident claims in the Whiteley area by giving you access to our many personal injury specialists. We also offer our no win no fee service on all claims we take on.
There is no substitute for experience either, and the team at Legal Expert have been dealing with all types of personal injury claims for many years.
Your right to a compensation claim for an accident or injury
When claiming compensation, there are several things that any solicitor has to be able to prove to ensure the claim will stand up:
- Firstly, we need to show that the defendant (or the person you’re blaming for your accident) had a duty of care towards you.
- Secondly, they breached that duty of care in some way (including their staff or contractors).
- And finally, it was that breach of care that caused your accident.
We understand that it’s not always black and white, and so, if you’re unsure if all of the above is true in your case, our experts can advise you whether your case has a chance of success or not.
Checklist to find the right solicitor to handle your case
As with anything on the Internet, choosing the best solicitor to deal with your case can be quite tricky and daunting when you first start. There is a lot of incorrect information out there or sales firms making claims that don’t stack up, so we’d recommend that when looking for a personal injury lawyer to make your claim, that you:
- Look for a firm of Whiteley personal injury solicitors with plenty of experience.
- Read reviews of any solicitor you’re considering (more on this in the next section).
- Choose a specialist personal injury solicitor rather than a firm that also deals with injury claims. There is a lot of legislation involved with accident claims, and a specialist will know this inside out rather than being advised about it.
- Ensure your solicitor offers a no win no fee service. This makes claiming much more stress-free and ensures that you don’t end up with a massive legal fee if your claim is unsuccessful.
Don’t just take a recommendation, either. It is still a good idea to apply the steps above to make sure that you choose the best personal injury solicitor for your case.
Read reviews of different legal firms
As mentioned above, reviews can be a great starting point when assessing a particular firm of solicitors. Look for testimonials that show how positive the clients are about the firm, how many are happy with the amount of the compensation received and generally how positive clients are about the solicitor you’re researching.
Experience matters more than location
There is a misconception that you need to have a Whiteley based personal injury solicitor to claim for an accident there, but this is far from the truth. There is no legal requirement for a solicitor to be based near any particular area. Mostly clients and solicitors communicate over the phone and by email, so their office location is irrelevant.
We do, however, ensure that our clients don’t have to travel far from Whiteley by employing local medical specialists so that, if you need an assessment or treatment, you don’t need to travel far.
The table below lists a few of the local medical experts that we employ when dealing with injury claims in Whiteley:
|Kashif Aziz||Jury's Inn -|
1 Charlotte Place
|David Wright||Hampshire Sports Injury|
& Physiotherapy Clinic
140 Lodge Road
|Philippa Keech||Fareham Enterprise|
Hackett Way, Newgate
Examples of personal injury claim categories we handle
The following sections describe the common types of accident claims people make. Legal Expert can, however, deal with any claim, regardless of if it’s listed here, so long as somebody else’s negligence caused it. Please speak to the Whiteley personal injury solicitors that we work with about how to claim.
Making an industrial disease or illness claim
It is often the case that a compensation claim for industrial diseases is made many years after the disease was caused. Under UK law, all claims have to be made within three years of the accident, except if you don’t find out until much later. Then the 3-year time period begins from the date a doctor diagnoses you.
Common industrial illnesses that are seen include Vibration white finger, Tinnitus, Acoustic Shock, Deafness, Occupational Asthma and Mesothelioma.
Making a clinical negligence claim
When you attend a medical practice for assessment or treatment, you never expect to make a compensation claim for medical negligence, but unfortunately, it happens.
A medical or clinical negligence claim can be made for injuries caused by a doctor, nurse, carer, surgeon, or dentist who caused you to become injured while treating you, caring for you, or assessing you.
Usually, the claim will be made against the local NHS authority rather than the individual involved or the provider in case of private health care. Claims can also be made for negligence while undergoing cosmetic surgery.
Making a fall or slip injury claim
Slips and trips often seem like silly little accidents, but some falls can lead to far from silly injuries that take many months or years to recover from (if at all).
The types of injuries caused by a slip or fall are varied and can include: bruising, strains, soft-tissue damage, broken bones, head injuries and spinal injuries.
If somebody else was to blame for your accident in Whiteley, then you could claim against them. As an example: if a shop floor was being cleaned, but the cleaner failed to use warning signs, and you slipped on the wet floor, then you could claim against the shop for compensation. Contact our personal injury solicitors for Whiteley any time about making a claim online. In the meantime, this table provides a glimpse into what you could receive in compensation for various injuries.
|Brain injury||Very severe||£282,010 to £403,990||The 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 injury||Moderately severe||£219,070 to £282,010||Losing feelings in limbs, mental disability, and or change in impersonality.|
|Brain injury||Less severe||£15,320 to £43,060||Head injuries that have not caused significant brain damage but still there maybe lasting effects.|
|Eye Injury||Total blindness||In the region of £268,720||Total blindness|
|Eye Injury||Loss of sight in one eye||£49,270 to £54,830||This amount of compensation is awarded with loss of sight in a single eye or very restricted vision in one eye.|
|Eye Injury||Minor||£3,950 to £8,730||Problems with vision, pain in the eye or temporary vision loss in an eye.|
|Arm Injury||Loss of both arms||£240,790 to £300,000||Amputation 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 Injury||Permanent and substantial disablement||£39,170 to £59,860||If there is major restriction and disability in one or both arms and causes great pain and suffering.|
|Arm Injury||Less severe||£19,200 to £39,170||This amount is set at this criteria for those who have suffered restriction in movement and/or disability on the arms but will recover.|
|Leg Injury||Loss of both legs||£240,790 to £282,010||Amputation 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 Injury||Less serious||Up to £27,760||Fracture, brake or soft tissue damage to the leg that has affected the muscle causing great pain and discomfort.|
|Neck Injury||Severe||Up to £148,330||Neck 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 Injury||Moderate||Up to £38,490||Fractures to the neck, painful when moving, stiffness inability to use full movement of the neck will warrant this type of compensation.|
|Neck Injury||Minor||Up to £7,890||These 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 Injury||Loss of both hands||£140,660 to £201,490||This amount of compensation will cover, both hands or one hand amputation or if the hand becomes completely useless.|
|Hand Injury||Serious||£29,000 to £61,910||Likely 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 Injury||Severely disabling||£39,170 to £54,830||Complete restriction in movement of the elbow that has resulted in a disability or that has required surgery.|
|Elbow Injury||Moderate or minor||Up to £12,590||Restriction in the movement of the arm due to injury of the elbow.|
|Wrist Injury||Severe||£47,620 to £59,860||No wrist function at all.|
|Back Injury||Severe||£38,780 to £69,730||Severe 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 Injury||Minor||Up to £12,510||Soft tissue, slipped disc, muscle pain would gain this amount of compensation.|
|Back Injury||Moderate||£12,510 to £27,760||This 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 £100,670||Debilitating 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 £8,180||Minor symptoms that resolve in full within a short space of time.|
|Face Injury - Scarring||Very severe||£29,780 to £97,330||Scarring and facial disfigurement could warrant this amount of compensation. The severity will determine how much.|
|Face Injury - Scarring||Less severe||£17,960 to £48,420||These
compensation estimates cover brakes and fractures to the facial area such as the nose.
|Face Injury - Scarring||Less significant||£3,950 to £13,740||Compensation amounts for scarring. Please note women tend to receive larger payouts for scarring than men.|
|Knee Injury||Severe||£26,190 to £43,460||Disability due to injury to the knee, severe damage to muscle, soft tissue and also muscle wastage.
|Knee Injury||Moderate||Up to £26,190||Injury to the knee that is painful but will recover within time so the knee has a full normal working function.|
|Shoulder Injury||Serious||£12,770 to £19,200||Restriction in movement, limb numbness or paralysis due to injury in the shoulder and neck.|
|Shoulder Injury||Moderate||£7,890 to £12,770||Tissue damage to neck that may last for quite a while which restricts movement in the arm and elbow.|
|Shoulder Injury||Minor||Up to £7,890||Soft tissue damage that will recover within the year or just over, that causes moderate pain.|
Making a serious injury claim
Any injury mentioned in this guide about Whiteley personal injury solicitors can be deemed serious. The definition can be somewhat complex, but essentially, if the injury is life-changing or has a long-term impact, then it may be deemed serious and result in larger amounts of compensation being awarded to support the claimant’s recovery and ongoing care.
The types of injuries which could be classed as serious may include: Brain damage, spinal damage, amputations and disfigurement.
We’ve written a much more detailed guide about serious injury claims, which you may find useful.
How to claim damages for a personal injury in the workplace
Every employer in the UK is obliged to provide staff, customers and visitors with a safe working environment at all times.
They should risk-assess processes on the job, provide staff full training, ensure the right safety equipment is provided and ensure that all equipment is maintained and in a good state of repair.
Suppose you’ve had an accident at work in Whiteley and need a personal injury law firm to take on your case. In that case, Legal Expert can help if your employer was negligent in any way (which can include if another member of staff caused your injury).
Recorded accidents in the workplace in Hampshire county council authority area
Whiteley is part of the Hampshire Local Authority. The table below details all of the workplace accidents reported to the HSE for the Hampshire area over three years:
|Work accidents in Hampshire (including Whitely) Local Authority HSE||2011/12||2012/13||2013/14|
|Fire related (e.g. burns)||0||0||1|
|Harmful substance exposure||4||4||1|
|Fall from height (such as ladders or scaffolding)||17||15||17|
|Lifting and handling injuries||58||28||27|
|Slip, trip or fall (not from height)||70||54||55|
|Hit by moving vehicle||4||0||0|
|Hit by object||20||14||16|
|Trapped by something||1||0||3|
The largest category of accidents each year was for slips, trips and falls. Employers should mitigate against these types of accidents and, if they don’t, employees can make an accident at work claim. Our personal injury solicitors for Whiteley can explain this further if you get in touch.
How to claim damages for a car or other vehicle road traffic accident
Car crashes and collisions can cause serious damage to vehicles and also serious personal injuries. Solicitors making car crash claims in the Whiteley area can claim on behalf of pedestrians, passengers and drivers that have been injured when the other driver was to blame for them suffering injuries such as whiplash.
It is best to gather as much evidence at the time to support the claim, such as photographs, dashcam footage, other driver’s details and witness details.
Even if the other driver does not have insurance or does not identify themselves (hit and run), there are schemes in place that Legal Expert can use to claim compensation from the insurance industry.
Statistics showing vehicle deaths and serious injuries in Hampshire
The following table shows the most serious and fatal injuries reported in the Hampshire region for three years.
There are no specific reports for Whiteley, so the statistics are included in the Hampshire table.
No Win No Fee accident claim
No Win No Fee solicitors dealing with claims in the Whiteley area do the same job as a more traditional solicitor (one’s who charge by the hour regardless of the case’s outcome) but don’t charge unless they win the compensation.
Legal Expert provides free consultations, prepare your injury claim, gather evidence, deal with any offers and can, in rare cases, take the case to court—all without charging you upfront for their service.
What charges are involved?
The great thing about No Win No Fee agreements is that you never actually have to send a payment to your personal injury solicitors for Whiteley.
If the case is unsuccessful, there is nothing to pay, as agreed in the agreement. If you win the case, your solicitor will receive the compensation on your behalf, retain their agreed percentage for winning compensation and then send the rest of the compensation directly to you.
This makes No Win No Fee risk free and reduces the stress of making a compensation claim much.
How to find out more about the personal injury claim process
We understand that you may still have some questions even after reading this guide about personal injury solicitors dealing with claims in the Whiteley area.
We’d We’dmmend that you browse our site further to help answer those questions as there is a wealth of information here.
If, after browsing the site, you still have questions, then please don’tdon’t up. You must get the right answers from a trusted source, so please contact one of our advisors with your questions. We’llWe’lle you in the right direction and help you to decide what to do next.
Talk to us today
If you are now ready to begin your claim with Legal Expert, then there are several ways you can get in touch:
- Telephone: It’s to call us on 0800 073 8804
- Email: Send details of your claim to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Live Chat: Our expert advisors are available seven days a week
- Online: Submit your claim online using our easy form
However, you choose to contact us, we’ll offer an initial consultation where you can explain the details of your accident in Whiteley.
Where to get help after an accident in Whiteley or Hampshire
Following an accident in Whiteley and contacting a personal injury solicitor, you may need to contact other organisations such as hospitals, police or the local court. We have their details here for your convenience:
Winchester Police Station
West Hampshire Magistrates Court
100 The Avenue
Telphone:02380 384 200
Opening Times: Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm
Fareham Community Hospital
Telephone: 01489 587 400
Other Useful Resources
Clinical/Medical Negligence Claims – a more comprehensive guide to medical negligence claims and amounts of compensation involved.
Accident at Work Claims – A much fuller article on how to claim for an accident at work. It does give a range of compensation amounts for different types of injuries.
Whiteley Personal Injury Solicitors FAQs
When would I receive my first compensation offer?
You could receive your first offer at any time after the defendant begins to accept liability.
What could I receive in compensation?
The value of your potential settlement depends on the nature of the accident and the extent of your injuries.
Could I only claim a serious injury?
No, because you could claim for any injuries that you suffer that could impact your day-to-day life.
What is a care claim?
This is an extra strand of your claim that focuses primarily on the care you receive after an accident.
And what could a care claim include?
This could include hiring a nurse or home chore professionals, along with the gracious care that family and friends provide.
What goes into a compensation claim?
The two main elements are general damages and special damages.
What are general damages?
These focus on your pain, suffering, reduction in freedom and impact on your life.
And what are special damages?
These relate to extra costs from your accident, such as paying for medication, loss of income and any home modifications.
Further Helpful Guides
- Wallsend Personal Injury Solicitors
- Walsall Personal Injury Solicitors
- Waltham Forest Personal Injury Solicitors
- Wandsworth Personal Injury Solicitors
- Washington Personal Injury Solicitors
- Welwyn Garden City Personal Injury Solicitors
- West Bridgford Personal Injury Solicitors
- Westminster Personal Injury Solicitors
- Weymouth Personal Injury Solicitors
- No Win No Fee Solicitors Guide
- Personal Injury Claims
Thank you for reading our Whiteley personal injury solicitors guide.