Thompsons' guide to personal injury damages
Thompsons Solicitors is committed to standing up for you.
Unlike non-specialist lawyers, our solicitors only support the injured and their families – you’ll never find us representing an insurance company or an employer.
With nearly 100 years’ experience of representing clients and winning personal injury damages, you can rest assured our solicitors will fight your case with professionalism and compassion, and support you throughout. We also work closely with support groups and charities to make sure you have access to the best care and rehabilitation services to aid your recovery.
If you have been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, Thompsons can help you make a claim. Here are some of the types of personal injury damages you can claim for:
- Brain and spinal injuries
- Broken bones
- Food poisoning
- Work-related diseases
- Asbestos-related disease
“In 2016 and 2017, we secured over £340m in personal injury compensation for our clients”
Once you’ve given us the details of your accident or injury, we’ll tell you if a likelihood compensation is likely to succeed, based on our decades of expertise.
To help your claim, you should report the accident to whoever you believe was responsible for it as soon as possible. Make a note of the incident in any accident book where your injury took place, take names and addresses of witnesses and if appropriate take photographs of the area. Remember to keep receipts as evidence if you are intending to claim compensation for expenses such as prescription costs and travelling.
If you’re thinking about making a personal injury claim with Thompsons, read more about how we can support you and your family on our Standing Up for You page.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PERSONAL INJURY DAMAGES
You will understandably have many questions when pursuing a personal injury damages claim. Take a look below to find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:
If I make a claim for personal injury compensation, how much will I get?
The amount of personal injury compensation you could receive depends upon the extent of you injuries and the impact they have had on your daily life. Once our team has spoken to you and assessed your personal injury claim in more depth, they will be able to provide you with an estimate as to how much compensation they think you could be awarded. Generally, the more severe your accident, the more compensation you are likely to get.
How are personal injury damages calculated?
Thompsons’ lawyers will consider the severity of your injury and the impact it has had on your life. They will look into your financial losses, such as loss of income, and medical expenses incurred as a result of your injury and use that information to calculate what they believe should be your personal injury damages.
Are personal injury damages taxable?
No. The law says that any compensation secured for personal injury damages are tax-free, which means you are entitled to keep 100 per cent of your settlement.
Does personal injury compensation affect benefits?
Your eligibility to claim housing benefit or income support following your accident could be affected if you receive a significant amount of compensation, however, making a compensation claim shouldn’t affect your benefits if you’re already on state benefit or income support. If you have received benefits as a result of your accident, then the amount of compensation you receive could be reduced.
What if my accident happened in a public place?
You are still entitled to claim for personal injury damages if your accident happened in a public place. The person or company owning or responsible for maintaining the public area should have a public liability insurance policy to compensate members of the public for any injury they sustain while on the property. Your claim for damages will be made against that insurance policy.
How do personal injury settlements work?
If you have made a personal injury claim with Thompsons, our solicitors will work fast to secure a settlement and get you the support you need. Once you have submitted your claim, one of our solicitors will be in touch for further details and to gather the evidence needed to support your case. We will need to prove your injury, illness or disease was caused by the negligence (fault) of someone else in order for your claim to be successful.
The time it takes to settle a personal injury claim depends on the facts of the case and the impact your accident has had on your health and daily life. Thompsons aims to get you the best personal injury claim outcome in the shortest time possible.
Are there any caps on personal injury damages?
Every case is unique, and compensation will vary accordingly. There are no financial caps on personal injury damages. Our specialist solicitors will discuss with you how much you are likely to receive.
Will I have to go to court to obtain my personal injury compensation?
Very few personal injury compensation claims actually go all the way to a court hearing, as court hearings lead to an increase in the legal costs.
In extreme cases, where there is a dispute, you may have to attend court, however, your solicitor will talk you through the whole process to make sure you know what’s going to happen.
Do I have make a claim within a particular timeframe?
Thompsons Solicitors has decades of experience in running and winning personal injury claims for hundreds of thousands of people. If you have had an accident within the last three years that wasn’t your fault, call Thompsons Solicitors on 0800 0 224 224 for expert advice or fill out our online claim form.
For more information on personal injury damages, visit our personal injury claims page or contact Thompsons Solicitors on 0800 0 224 224 to discuss your claim.