Multiple Injury Claims
All incidents are distressing, but an incident that results in multiple injuries is particularly traumatic for the victim and their loved ones. At Hugh James, we know the potential life-changing repercussions multiple injuries can cause and take pride in helping people claim compensation to aid recovery.
Multiple injuries are commonly known by medical professionals as ‘polytrauma’.
Polytrauma can include:
- Severe fractures
- Internal organ loss or damage
- Head/brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Severe skin or tissue damage
- Limb loss
- Neurological injuries
These types of injuries can be complex and lead to long-term or even permanent impairment.
Rehabilitation for polytrauma should be timely and must be significant. Many victims require ongoing, acute care. Having access to a robust case management is imperative to polytrauma recovery.
If you or a loved one has suffered multiple injuries, it can leave you feeling very unsure about the future. The psychological impact often brings anxiety and a loss of confidence. Many people find their life changes and become more challenging, with work and social aspects restricted considerably by the injuries. We want you to receive the immediate and ongoing support and compensation you deserve to ensure your recovery process is as full and complete as possible.
Our specialist team can assist with multiple injury/polytrauma claims caused by:
- Road traffic collisions
- Falls from height
- Accidents at work
- Attacks and violent crime
- Sporting accidents
The emotional trauma linked to polytrauma can be significant and life changing. Compensation can help you find qualified care to support you through your rehabilitation process.
Multiple severe injuries may require long-term, consultant-led care, which for many means a considerable upheaval for family and work life.
Making a compensation claim offers guidance and a safety net to ensure you can focus entirely on your recovery journey without financial pressure.
We understand the strain polytrauma can have on family life, personal relationships, careers and an individual`s mental health. Recovery is not simply about healing wounds; it is about helping you find the best way to take control of your rehabilitation journey. Our fully qualified, skilled team help many people access the help, support and compensation they need to rebuild their lives and independence.
What is the cost of bringing a multiple injury compensation claim?
It costs nothing to get an initial opinion on whether you should bring a claim. After an initial assessment has been carried out, we will advise you whether we consider there is a reasonable chance of a claim succeeding and you can then decide whether to instruct us to act on your behalf.
If you choose to do so, we will offer to represent you on a “no win, no fee” basis where possible, which means you will not be charged legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. If you win, compensation will be awarded to you. A success fee will be deducted from that compensation and the balance of your legal fees will be covered by the defendant. I wouldn’t put it like this!
We understand that it can be daunting to contemplate the cost of bringing a claim. Therefore, before you decide to instruct us, we will discuss with you fully how the claim will be funded, and answer any questions you may have.
How do I start a compensation claim?
During your free, no obligation consultation our specialist solicitors will discuss whether you can make a claim, considering the facts of your case. If it looks like negligence (blame) can be established, we will discuss your options available to you. and provide you with a step-by-step breakdown of the steps needed to proceed with a claim.
Why choose Hugh James as your solicitors?
Hugh James has extensive experience in handling compensation claims for people who have suffered multiple injuries, both in the UK and abroad. Our team of specialist lawyers provide expert advice and services to ensure that you receive appropriate compensation leaving you to focus on your recovery.
Our lawyers have been consistently ranked in the top tiers by the independent legal guides, Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, as leaders in the field of personal injury and specifically catastrophic injury litigation.
Our specialist team includes welfare benefits advisors and a qualified social worker who can assist with all kinds of immediate financial challenges and practical needs.
We offer free initial advice and guidance, without obligation and “no win, no fee” agreements should the claim proceed.
Our specialist solicitors can advise you on the following:
- the Hugh James Emergency Fund and how it can assist you and your family;
- obtaining private rehabilitation;
- your compensation;
- interim payments;
- welfare benefits and other financial support;
- employment concerns;
- charities that can assist;
- wills, trusts and powers of attorney;
- dealing with your mortgage, credit card and loan providers;
- investigating any insurance cover, you may benefit from;
- social services and local authority funding for care and equipment; and
- human and disability rights.
Your questions answered
The process can be a lengthy one, requiring detailed evidence to show the full impact on you and your family. Your specialist injury lawyer will do all the hard work for you, but you may need to meet with specific experts to show what has happened to you. You may also be required to attend court if a settlement cannot be reached through out of court negotiations. Most cases do however settle out of court.
Choosing the right lawyer who is a specialist in polytrauma claims is key to ensuring the process is properly managed. Don’t be afraid to ask them about their experience and past cases they have dealt with. A lawyer who is used to dealing with the insurance companies and defendant solicitors who work in this area will fight on your behalf from day 1, seeking an early admission of liability, ensuring you receive early interim payments to pay for equipment you need for your rehabilitation, treatment and daily living and progressing your claim to obtain the best possible award of compensation. Your lawyer will travel to meet with you face to face, regardless of where they are based and will also use video calls, telephone, email, and other methods of communication to suit your wishes. We recognise that it is important to have regular communication with you, so you are fully informed and in control of your case.
The Hugh James Serious Injury Team has been consistently top ranked by independent legal guides for their expertise in this area of law. We offer free consultations, allowing you to ask us any questions you may have, without obligation.
We recommend that you contact a solicitor as soon as possible. This is because personal injury cases are subject to strict time limits.
Commonly, the time limit is three years from the date an incident occurred, or from the date you were diagnosed. The rules can be extremely complex, and it will be difficult to know which time limits apply to you until further investigations are made. In some cases, these limits can be extended depending on the circumstances so do not just assume you are out of time. You should still seek legal advice so it can be investigated.
Your free initial appointment with Hugh James will allow us to explore whether your case is within the required time limits or subject to any exceptions.
A claim for a child can be made up until their 21st birthday. Claims relating to children must be made by an adult acting on their behalf.
If a claim is brought on behalf of someone who does not have mental capacity, the three-year time limit does not apply. If, however, mental capacity is regained, the three-year period will start at this time. This is a complex area and if this applies in your case, we will explain to you what this means and take the necessary steps to protect your position.
We will discuss time limits with you during the initial consultation.
It is important to remember that every case is different, and no two people are affected by an injury in the same way. We will look at compensation for your injury as well as the financial losses that you have now and will face in the future because of the incident. These are known as General Damages and Special Damages.
This part of the claim is to compensate you for the injury itself; the pain and suffering that you have gone through and will continue to experience. It also considers what you would have been able to do had it not been for the incident.
So we can accurately assess this part of the claim, we will arrange for medico-legal reports from various leading specialists. They will examine you and have access to your medical records and be able to provide an accurate diagnosis and prognosis within their reports. Once we have this evidence, we will be able to advise you how much we think your claim is going to be worth.
This part of the claim looks at past and future financial losses that have already been incurred or will be incurred as a direct result of the incident which caused your injuries.
Past losses can include:
- private medical treatment and rehabilitation;
- prescription charges/medication;
- the purchase of aids and appliances;
- loss of earnings;
- travel expenses;
- care costs;
- personal belongings and clothing damaged in the incident; and
- housing adaptions.
Future losses can include:
- loss of earnings;
- loss of pension;
- accommodation costs;
- future private medical treatment and rehabilitation;
- aids and appliances.
These lists are not exhaustive. We will consider everyone’s individual and unique circumstances to ensure everything is included.
It is helpful to start keeping a list of things that you have had to pay for as a direct result of the incident. We will need to prove all financial losses and documentary evidence such as wage slips, receipts and invoices will be very important to prove your special damages claim. It may also be sensible to keep a log or brief diary of problems that you encounter day to day.
Only a very small number of personal injury claims will proceed to trial, although we prepare every case fully as if it was going to court just in case that is necessary to get you the right result.
The whole process encourages parties to work together and co-operate as much as possible so that any claims for compensation can be settled without the need to go to court, which can save both time and expense.
A lot of people are naturally nervous and uncomfortable about going to court. We understand this and will advise and support you every step of the way, should your case need to go to trial.
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