We see our role as being your experienced guide taking you step by step through the legal process to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family. We take great care to communicate with you in a clear and intelligible way keeping you fully informed about the progress of your claim.
Funding a case
We understand that clients will be concerned about the funding of their claim. We explain, in a straightforward way, the various different options available for funding a case, including “no win, no fee” agreements (conditional fee agreements), legal insurance funding, legal aid, contingency fee agreements or private funding. We help identify the most appropriate choice for each client.
There are time limits for pursuing a case for compensation. Court proceedings must generally start within 3 years of your injury , or the date of knowledge if it is later. However, your lawyer will discuss with you whether you are in time to bring a claim. However, if you were under 18 years of age when the injury occurred time does not begin to run until your 18th birthday, so you can start court proceedings at any time up to your 21st birthday. For brain injured clients who lack or have been unable to regain capacity then limitation will not be applicable until and if they regain capacity.
If your case is successful, you will be awarded compensation. The courts will determine the amount by considering the following:
1. Compensation for pain, suffering and loss of quality of life
These are also known as ‘general’ damages and refer to the compensation you will receive for type and severity of the injury you received and its impact on your normal everyday life.
2. Compensation for your past financial loss
This compensation covers all the financial losses that you have incurred because of your injury. This will include loss of earnings, private medical treatment, medical equipment and aids, travelling expenses and any post-hospital care including care provided by family and friends.
3. Compensation for future medical care, losses and expenses
Your injury may have long term implications, so compensation will be sought to take into account future loss of earnings, medical care and treatment, case management support, house adaptations, specialist equipment or aids and transportation costs.