If you have been genuinely injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, and even suffered financial loss as a result, you deserve compensation. No win, no fee.*
Our Personal Injury department is headed up by Senior Partner, Simon Cottrell and specialises in road traffic accidents, accidents at work, public liability and highway tripping claims. The department is made up of solicitors and experienced litigation executives, each of whom, unlike some other firms, have low case loads allowing them to complete cases more quickly and efficiently.
We deal with thousands of personal injury claims every year, from minor wounds to severe injuries, and aim to make your claim as stress-free as possible.
What is considered a personal injury case?
A personal injury claim is a claim for physical or psychological injury which has arisen as a result of the negligent acts or inactions of someone else. We deal with a variety of different personal injury claims including road traffic accidents (whether you are in/on a mode of transport or are simply a pedestrian), accidents at work, public liability accidents (eg, slips/trips/falls or other injuries caused in a place accessed by members of the public), holiday sickness on an all-inclusive holiday and criminal injury cases (injuries caused by criminal acts, eg assault/GBH). Our team have a wealth of experience from low-level injuries through to serious life-changing injuries.
How long do I have to make a personal injury claim?
The general rule is that adults have 3 years from the date the act that caused the injury/illness occurred by which to start court proceedings. So, for example, 3 years from the date of a road traffic accident, incident at work or the onset of illness on holiday. There are exceptions to this rule that you should know about and these include:
How long will my personal injury claim take?
A straight-forward claim can be settled within four months, but others may take a lot longer depending on what you want to claim for and whether liability is admitted or not.
How much am I likely to get?
This depends on the type and the duration of the injuries suffered. When any offer of settlement is made, we will let you know the amount and give you advice as to whether this amount is too low or just right. While there are no fixed amounts for injuries, there are past reported cases and judicial guidelines which we consult to give us a good idea of what you should receive.
When will I receive my compensation?
It can take up to six weeks to receive your compensation cheque once you accept an offer but it often arrives much sooner than this.
Will I have to go to court?
Over 95% of claims never go to a Court hearing, so it’s unlikely. We can explain the process in further detail to you.
Hayley qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and joined GW a few years’ later. she manages the employee liability, public liability and serious injury teams.
*Certain exceptions apply.