Serious injuries, sometimes referred to as catastrophic injuries, have an immediate and enduring effect on the injured person and their family. At Thompsons Solicitors, our expert serious injury legal team understand that specialist care and support is essential and we will ensure you get the special equipment, adapted accommodation, rehabilitation, medical care and financial support needed as soon as possible.

As part of your serious injury compensation claim, we work with specialists to quickly establish the extent to which the injury has affected you or your loved one, and will build a case for compensation that looks at the long term picture, while also ensuring any immediate care or rehabilitation needs are met through interim payments (an immediate payment for an immediate need).

In addition to legal expertise, we also provide access to our client support coordinators, case managers and specialist heath and care professionals, so you can focus on rehabilitation and recovery.


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We offer a consultation and initial advice entirely free of charge and can advise you on the funding methods available for your serious injury compensation claim. It will be free if you are a trade union member, and if not there are other payment options available such as Legal Expense Insurance and Conditional Fee Agreements – often called “no win, no fee”.


1. What is a serious injury?

Serious injuries are catastrophic injuries that have a profound and often long-lasting impact on a person and their family, such as spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, amputations, serious burns, serious medical injuries caused by clinical negligence and fatal accidents.

2. What is a serious injury claim?

A serious injury compensation claim is a way to access both financial compensation and rehabilitation services to help you rebuild your life after a catastrophic injury. Making a serious injury claim, supported by Thompsons Solicitors’ expert serious injury solicitors, will secure funding for rehabilitation, treatment, adaptions to homes or cars and ease the financial burden of lost earnings. If you have suffered a serious injury that wasn’t your fault, contact our specialist solicitors to investigate a claim for compensation.

3. Who can make a serious injury compensation claim?

Anyone who has suffered a serious injury through no fault of their own in the last three years should contact Thompsons Solicitors to find out if they can make a claim. If the injured person is below the age of 18, a relative or close friend can act on their behalf.

4. A loved one has been seriously injured. Can I start a claim on their behalf?

If a loved one or relative suffers a serious injury and is no longer able to represent themselves, it is possible to start a claim on their behalf, as a ‘litigation friend’. For more information, contact Thompsons Solicitors’ serious injury lawyers on 0800 0 224 224.

5. Can Thompsons Solicitors help me access specialist treatment and rehabilitation?

Absolutely. Thompsons Solicitors has a long history of helping people who have had serious injuries to adapt and change their lifestyles. In all appropriate cases, we will work with the injured person and their family to appoint a client support coordinator or a case manager who can advise on benefits, rehabilitation, home adaptations and specialist treatment. We can also put you in touch with specialists, as well as partner charities and support groups. The cost of these experts can be claimed for in your case.

6. What is the time limit for making a serious injury claim?

In the UK, there is a three-year limit on making a claim. The limit applies from the date of the accident, or the date you were aware of the injury. There are limited exceptions to this rule so we recommend speaking to our experienced serious injury lawyers as soon as possible.

7. How much compensation will I receive?

Compensation is calculated based on a variety of factors, including the impact on your lifestyle, expenses incurred as well as loss of earnings and ongoing care costs.

Each year, Thompsons Solicitors recovers millions of pounds in compensation for injured clients pursuing brain injury compensation claims, spinal cord injury claims, amputation claims and serious medical injury claims.

8. I have suffered a serious injury that has left me unable to work. Can I claim compensation?

Any claim for compensation should take into account loss of earnings and the long-term economic impact of your injury. Thompsons Solicitors’ serious injury experts will strive to ensure you do not end up losing out financially because of someone else’s mistake.

9. How much will it cost me to make a serious injury claim?

There are several ways to fund a serious injury claim for compensation. If you are a member of a trade union, your membership entitles you to free legal advice and support from Thompsons Solicitors.

If you’re not a trade union member, our lawyers can talk you through other funding options, including a conditional fee agreement, otherwise known as ‘no win, no fee’. More details are available on our fees and payment page.

10. How do I make a claim?

To find out if you can make a serious injury compensation claim, simply fill in our online claim form – it takes minutes and one of our legal experts will be in touch within 24 working hours to discuss your case. Alternatively, call us on 0800 0 224 224.