Had an accident that wasn’t your fault? What you shouldn’t do is feel intimidated about making a claim. What you should do is talk to the helpful personal injury lawyers at Pickering & Butters: it really could make all the difference.
Whether you’ve experienced an accident in the workplace, on the road, in a public place, at home or even in hospital, we are here to help. Our specialist experienced personal injury lawyers will take a genuine interest in how your accident has affected your life and will work swiftly, pulling out all the stops to get you the care you need to return to normal.
Achieving the maximum compensation possible and making sure all losses are covered are, of course, important, but for us, it’s so much more. We want to see you quickly back on your feet or as close as possible to where you were before the accident. So we’ll source any specialist medical or rehabilitation treatment you need and arrange for any alterations at home so life can be as easy as possible. It’s all part of the service.
Our experts provide specialist advice and have a proven track record of success in all types of personal injury claims in Stafford & Rugeley, including:
- Road traffic accidents
- Medical Negligence
- Accidents at work
- Slips, trips and falls
- Injuries caused by animals
- Criminal injuries
- Head injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Fatal accidents
- Industrial disease
- Overseas/holiday accidents
- Sports-related injuries
If you are thinking about making a compensation claim for a personal injury, there is a great deal to think about: What can I claim for? How much can I claim? Who do I claim against? When should I start the process, and how does it all work? A personal injury solicitor near you will be able to assist with any queries you have regarding the claims process.
Free initial interview for your personal injury claim
Need assistance with a personal injury claim? Why not take advantage of our free initial interview with our personal injury claims solicitors in Stafford & Rugeley?
We are here to answer all these questions and any more you may have. If you are ready to see if you have a claim, talk to us today. We can see you either at our offices or visit you at home or in hospital at a time to suit you. It’s a chance for us to talk about the likely outcome of your claim, and our experience will tell us whether you have a good chance of success.
We will only advise you to go ahead if this is the case. The costs involved and the practicality of making your claim will also be discussed, and we’ll clearly explain all the various ways of funding your claim too, which may include a Conditional Fee Arrangement (No Win, No Fee).
You can usually appoint a solicitor of your own choice with legal expenses insurance.
Don’t forget that claims often have time limits, so it’s more beneficial to act quickly to avoid the cut-off point.
Speak to our personal injury claims solicitors today
Personal injury compensation claims – key things to know
What is a personal injury claim?
A personal injury claim can be made when an individual has been injured in an accident that was caused by a third party. The actual claims process is an attempt to obtain compensation for the damages caused to the injured party.
How many personal injury claims go to court?
We cannot give an exact amount as all cases will be different, but not all personal injury claims will need to go to court. Many claims can often be resolved outside of court through the means of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods. There are the odd occasions where court litigation is more appropriate, and a judge will find a suitable resolution.
How long do you have to make a spinal injury compensation claim?
For personal injury claims that are made in the UK, the claimant generally has three years to bring forward a claim. The time frame will only begin when the claimant is aware of the injuries they have sustained and that it was caused by another person’s negligence. This is known as the ‘date of knowledge’.
However, there are other factors which can impact this time frame, meaning that it can be extended. For example, if the injured party was under the age of 18 at the time of the accident. This gives them a final deadline of their 21st birthday.
What happens if I lose my personal injury claim?
At Pickering & Butters, we provide our services on a no win, no fee basis, otherwise known as a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’. What this means is if you lose your personal injury claim, you will not owe any legal fees to our solicitors. At Picking and Butters, we only charge a legal fee where your case wins its compensation claim.
How long does a personal injury claim take?
How long your personal injury claim takes will entirely depend on the circumstances of your case. Therefore, we are unable to provide an accurate time frame for how long the claim will take to finalise. For more complicated matters where disputes arise, you may find that matters take considerably longer, especially if Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) or court litigation is necessary to obtain the outcome you desire.
Once the outcome has been decided in favour of your personal injury claim, you should expect to receive the compensation in a maximum of a month. Where the court provides a positive result, they often give a payment deadline.
How much compensation can you get for a personal injury?
How much compensation you can receive for your personal injury will depend on a number of factors. Generally, it is possible to claim the following damages:
- Pain and suffering – including the severity and disruption caused
- Loss of amenity – where you are unable to carry out activities you once enjoyed
- Loss of earnings – loss of money due to being unable to work because of the injuries sustained
- Potential future loss of earnings – where you are prohibited from working in the future due to your injuries
- Medical costs – including transport to and from appointments relating to the injury
Why choose Pickering & Butters for your personal injury compensation claim?
It is important to realise that not every situation leading to harm, loss or injury results in compensation. The first thing we'll do is offer free practical and clear advice on your chances of receiving payment to compensate you for harm, loss and often anxiety. In other words, we’ll tell you how it is rather than what you want to hear.
Our Pickering & Butters Litigation and Personal Injury team is headed by expert James Wallbank who has well over a decade of experience, including spinal injury claims.
James is supported by Managing Partner Jan Boulter, who has over 20 years’ experience handling personal injury compensation claims.
Ensuring that we provide high quality, personal service is of top importance to us at Pickering and Butters, and we can offer our clients:
- A friendly, sensitive approach – we know how difficult it can be to make the decision to pursue compensation, so work hard to make our clients completely comfortable
- Honest advice about your chances for success – we will never suggest moving forward with a claim unless we believe there is a realistic prospect of securing compensation
- A clear indication of how much compensation may be available – so you can make an informed decision about moving forward
- No legal jargon – we will always explain everything you need to know and answer your questions in plain English
- The best chance of getting maximum compensation without court proceedings – drawing on our years of experience and strong alternative dispute resolution skills, we are able to resolve most claims without the need for a court hearing
- A free initial interview – where you can tell us all about your claim, and we can provide initial advice with no obligation to go ahead unless you are completely happy to do so
- A range of flexible funding options, including no win, no fee – this helps to ensure our legal services are available to everyone while removing the financial risk of making a claim
We are a regulated firm of solicitors, and as members of the Law Society's Personal Injury Panel and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), we have been officially recognised for our specialised knowledge, success and experience. We also have excellent connections with medical experts, barristers, accountants and expert witnesses, all of which puts us in the best possible position to achieve all you need to get you back on track.