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Complex/Serious Personal Injuries

Our Personal injury solicitors in Bedford have the specialist expertise to help you make a compensation claim for a catastrophic injury. We are on hand to help you throughout the recovery process by securing the compensation that you deserve.

Serious injury claims, also known as catastrophic injury or large loss claims, include accidents that have caused life changing injuries such as spinal injuries, severe head/brain injuries, amputation, traumatic injuries and fatal accidents.

These claims are often complex and take a long time to resolve. Our specialist team have the legal knowledge and experience to help you through the process.

Serious injury claims often involve significant sums of money and our team will be able to discuss the potential claim amount with you from the outset.

No two injuries are the same and so our service is tailored to take your individual situation into account, as well as the longer-term challenges that you may face. These may include your financial, mobility and rehabilitation needs, alongside specialist medical care, case management and emotional support.

Here are some of the common ways in which serious injuries can be caused:

  • Road traffic accidents
  • Workplace accidents or injury
  • Medical negligence
  • Accidents in a public place
  • Public transport accidents
  • Use of defective goods or products
No matter what the circumstances were that caused the injuries, we know that the consequences can be severe, impacting upon every aspect of your life.

I had a serious accident, what do I need to do in order to claim for compensation?

If you want to take legal action and claim compensation for a personal injury, you will firstly need to obtain advice from a solicitor specialising in this complex area of law.

It is advised that you do this as soon as possible as there are strict time limits on submitting a claim and evidence can be collected early on.

Claims for negligence in general need to be submitted within 3 years. This means that court proceedings must be issued within 3 years of you first being aware that you have suffered an injury. That are a few potential exceptions to this rule and our team will be able to advise you on any upcoming deadlines.

In some cases, a court may decide to extend a time limit, depending on the circumstances of the case.

To claim compensation for a serious injury, you need to be able to show that your injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence. If our specialist team believe that we can help you make a claim, then we will help you gather as much evidence as possible relating to the accident which caused your injuries, including witness statements, CCTV footage and photographs etc.

We will also arrange for you to undergo an independent medical assessment so the findings can be written up in a report.

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What can I claim for?

In general, claims for compensation are broken down into two main categories:

General Damages

General damages are awarded for ‘pain, suffering and loss of amenity’. This means the general damages you get will be calculated based on the seriousness of your injuries, and the specific impact that these have had on your life and that of your loved ones.

Special Damages

Special damages are for any other costs or losses incurred because of the accident. These will vary on individual circumstances, and may include:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Family loss of earnings
  • Care and other support costs
  • Medical treatment/prescription costs
  • Housing modification costs
  • Travel
  • Damage to property and possessions

This is not an exhaustive list. Special damages have been successfully sought for several other expenses where a loss that can be quantified financially.

How long does the process take?

The length of time required to settle a long and complex injury claim can vary significantly and it is best to speak to us to find out more information and estimated timescales.

Numerous factors can affect the length of time a claim takes to complete, including:

  • The type and seriousness of the injuries or illness
  • The circumstances of the accident
  • The time it takes to gather medical evidence
  • Whether the other side accepts liability
  • If it is clear who is responsible

In exceptional cases, such as complex medical negligence, the medical assessment could be an ongoing process.

No Win No Fee

Most personal injury claims that we deal with are handled for our clients on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that there is no financial risk to you in making a claim.

Our team will be able to tell you whether we can act for you on this basis and we will explain how this will work in practice.

Why Choose Us?

Our solicitors are experts in personal injury claims and work tirelessly to secure the
compensation that you deserve.
We have helped many individuals across the country through the sensitive process
of claiming for a serious personal injury claim and can assist wherever you are based.

How to Get in Contact

Please call us on 01234 350 244 or email us at info@dvsolicitors.com for further information and advice about our services. We will happily provide you with a free initial discussion about your individual circumstances.
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