Catastrophic & Serious Injury Compensation Claims

Suffering a serious injury is  likely to have long-term consequences to your health, ability to work and other areas of your life, as well as being highly upsetting to deal with. In many cases, claiming compensation is the only way to get the support you need for your recovery and the impact of your injuries on you and your loved ones.

Serious and catastrophic injuries are usually complex and high value, so any claim is likely to be strongly contested by the defendant. You therefore need the support of an experienced legal team who know how to build effective claims, provide robust representation and get fair compensation for your injuries as quickly as possible.

Our Personal Injury team are highly experienced in dealing with claims for catastrophic and serious injuries, so can make sure you have the very best advice and support when making a claim. Using our expertise, we can increase your chances of winning fair compensation while making the claims process faster and less stressful.

When you use our personal injury claims service, you will be guaranteed the personal attention of a qualified solicitor who will be a consistent point of contact at every stage of the claims process. This means you will always know who to talk to if you have a question or want an update on the progress of your claim.

We offer ‘no win, no fee’ deals and a free initial consultation so you can find out more about making a claim, with no obligation to work with us afterwards if you decide not to take your claim forward at this time.

Book your free initial consultation now

To arrange your free initial consultation with our catastrophic and serious injury claims solicitors, please contact your local team in Ash Vale, Farnborough or Fleet.

Or you can use our quick online enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.

Our expertise with catastrophic and serious injury claims

For many years, we have advised and represented clients from all backgrounds dealing with the consequences of serious and catastrophic injuries. Our team have built an excellent reputation for success when dealing with even the most complex and contentious claims, often securing compensation where other personal injury firms have failed to do so.

We can help with all types of catastrophic and serious injury claims, including:

We offer strong skills in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), meaning we can often settle claims out of court, so you get compensation faster, with less stress and lower legal fees.

However, our team is also highly experienced in pursuing claims through the courts, so we can offer you the hard-headed representation and close personal support you need if formal proceedings are required to get you the compensation you deserve.

Wheelers Solicitors is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) providing assurance that we continually meet the highest legal standards.

Serious and catastrophic injury claims explained

Who is entitled to accident compensation?

Not everyone who is injured in an accident is owed compensation, so the first step in the claims process is finding out if you are entitled to damages for your injuries.

Generally speaking, you are likely to be eligible for compensation if your injuries were caused by negligence or deliberate action on the part of another person or persons. In other words, if the cause of your injuries was “someone else’s fault”, then you are likely to have grounds for a claim.

Our serious injury solicitors will work with you to quickly establish who was at fault and gather the necessary evidence to prove this, helping to build a strong claim that gives you the best chance of securing fair compensation.

How much compensation can you get for a serious injury?

Obviously, knowing how much your claim is likely to be worth is really important when thinking about making a claim, especially where you have serious injuries and significant needs that you need help with.

The value of compensation you are entitled to will be based on the seriousness of your injuries and the impact they are having on your life – including financially. We will always make sure you are fully compensated for the true cost of your injuries, including:

  • Loss of income (including future income)
  • Paying for treatment (including physiotherapy & counselling)
  • Loss of amenity (having to give up activities you previously enjoyed e.g. exercise and other recreational activities)
  • Pain & suffering

For a general indication of how much your catastrophic or serious injury claim may be worth, please take a look at our handy claims valuation tool.

How long does it take to get compensation for a catastrophic or serious injury?

This will depend on the circumstances, but for serious injuries it is important to be aware that claims are likely to take years rather than months. This is because there is a need to gather a wide range of evidence to make sure your claim is as strong as it possibly can be and because defendants are less likely to quickly accept liability or agree to the amount of compensation being sought due to the high value of these types of claims.

However, because our team have a strong focus on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), we can often resolve claims faster and get you compensation sooner with an out-of-court settlement. We can also help you to secure interim payments where appropriate to fund essential medical costs and other financial needs while your claim is ongoing.

What is the time limit to claim compensation for a serious injury?

You will normally have 3 years from the date of your injuries to make a claim, however, there are exceptions to this where you may have longer to claim.

If the injured party was under 18 at the time of their injury,  then the 3 year time limit begins to run from the date of their 18th birthday.

If the injured party has been left without the capacity to make a claim themselves, e.g. due to a serious brain injury, then there is normally no time limit for someone else to claim for them. If capacity is regained the 3 years time limit will begin to run from this date.

How do ‘no win, no fee’ serious injury claims work?

Most personal injury claims we deal with are funded using Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs), commonly called ‘no win, no fee’ Agreements.

As the name implies, this means that we only apply our legal fees if we win damages for you, so if your claim doesn’t result in any compensation, you won’t owe us anything.

For a successful claim, our fees will be calculated based on a percentage of the damages, so you will always keep the majority of your compensation. In many cases, our fees can be recovered from the other side, meaning that even where your claim is successful, there will not necessarily be any legal costs to you.

Can you claim compensation for someone who died in an accident?

Yes, it is often possible for the dependants of someone who has died in an accident to claim compensation. You will usually have 3 years from the date of death to make a claim and compensation can cover various things, including:

  • Statutory bereavement damages (currently set at £12,980)
  • Your pain and suffering
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of financial dependency (both past and future)
  • Loss of the value of care and other services the deceased provided
  • Other expenses such as travel, damage to personal possessions/property, etc.
  • Psychological injury suffered by those who witnessed the accident

Does compensation affect benefits?

When you receive a substantial sum of money as compensation for a serious injury, it will significantly alter your financial situation with the potential to affect your ability to claims means-tested benefits if the right measures are not put in place.

 A Personal Injury Trust can be set up to hold your compensation. This allows you to use the damages you receive while ensuring they do not affect your entitlement to means-tested benefits.

Have a question we haven’t answered?

Still looking for answers? Why not take a look at our personal injury claims page or ask us a question and we’ll get back to you quickly.

Talk to our catastrophic and serious injury solicitors

To arrange your free initial consultation with our catastrophic and serious injury claims solicitors, please contact your local team in Ash Vale, Farnborough or Fleet.

Or you can use our quick online enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.