Serious injury claims

Serious injuries, sometimes referred to as catastrophic injuries, have an immediate and enduring effect on the injured person and their family.

If you or a family member has been involved in an accident that has caused life-changing injuries, our specialist team can support you with making a serious injury claim.


Our serious injury lawyers work with specialists to quickly establish how the injury has affected you or your loved one. Our team will build a case for compensation that looks at the long-term picture, while ensuring any immediate care or rehabilitation needs are met through interim payments (an immediate payment for an immediate need).

At Thompsons Solicitors, our expert serious injury solicitors understand that specialist care and support is essential. We provide access to client support coordinators, case managers and specialist health and care professionals. We will also ensure you get the special equipment, adapted accommodation, rehabilitation, medical care and financial support you need as soon as possible.

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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. Examples include spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, amputations, serious burns, and serious medical injuries caused by clinical negligence and fatal accidents.

2. How can I make a serious injury claim?

If you have been seriously injured in an accident, you are entitled to make a catastrophic injury claim to help you rebuild your life after a serious injury. Our expert serious injury lawyers can 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 team on 0800 0 224 224 or complete our online claim form to start your claim.

3. Who can make a serious injury compensation claim?

Anyone who has suffered a catastrophic injury through no fault of their own in the last three years should contact Thompsons Solicitors to find out if they can make a serious injury 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?

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

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 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 as part of 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 serious injury claim. The limit applies from the date of the accident, or the date you were aware of your 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 serious injury claims.

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

Yes. Any claim for compensation should take into account loss of earnings and the long-term economic impact of your injury. Thompsons Solicitors’ serious injury lawyers 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. We offer a consultation and initial advice free of charge and can advise you on the funding options available to fund your serious injury claim.

You can find more details about our funding option on our fees and payment page.

10. How do I make a serious injury claim?

To find out if you can make a serious injury 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 to speak to one of our serious injury lawyers.