Bates Wells & Braithwaite Personal Injury Services

If you have suffered an injury, your life may have changed and you are worried about the financial impact of your injuries and you may not be able to work.

Our team of approachable and friendly solicitors will help to guide you through each stage of your claim/the process of making a claim.

We will make sure that you are seen by the right medical expert to advise on the treatment and support to make a good recovery.

See our Personal Injury Services below;

PERSONAL INJURY LAW
Free Initial Consultation

We will arrange a free initial meeting with you at home, hospital or at our office to discuss with you whether you have a claim, without any obligation to you.

How We Can Help

We understand how your accident and injuries affects you, your life, work and future. By putting you first and working with you, we will ensure that your claim is resolved on the best possible terms as soon as we can and we will keep you fully informed along the way. This approach has enabled our specialist team of solicitors to recover in excess of £15 million for our clients.

Types of Claim

We have extensive experience and knowledge across the range of injury claims, which may include:

  • Road Accidents;
  • Injuries at Work;
  • Accidents in Public Places;
  • Slipping/Tripping Claims;
  • Medical/Dental Negligence;
  • Criminal Injuries.

Funding your Claim

We deal with most claims on a no win/no fee basis, the specifics of how this works will be explained to you during your first meeting.

Injury Claims – FAQ

Legal Fees and How a “no win/no fee” Agreement Works

Most of our claims are handled on a no win/no fee basis. This means that if you win, most of your legal costs are paid in addition to your compensation. You are guaranteed to keep at least 75% of what you win. If you lose only in certain limited circumstances will you have to pay your legal costs. It is possible to insure against having to pay any costs.

What can I claim for?

To recover compensation you must prove someone else caused your injury. Compensation for your injuries depends on how seriously you have been hurt, how long it takes you to recover and whether you recover fully and the impact of your injuries on you and your home, work and social life after the accident and in the future.

You may also be able to claim for loss of earnings, care and assistance, treatment costs and items damaged in the accident.

When we know more about your injury and its effect on you, we will obtain expert medical evidence to advise you on how much your claim is worth.

Time Limits for Bringing a Claim?

Generally, a claim must be brought within 3 years of the date of the accident/injury, however, there are exceptions, e.g.:

  • If you were not aware that you had suffered injury until sometime after the incident, you may have 3 years from the date that you first became aware of your injury.
  • If you did not realise that an injury was due to a past incident, you may have three years from the date that you knew of or should have realised the link between your medical problems and the incident.
  • If you are under 18 the 3 year period starts when you are 18 and you have until your 21st birthday to bring the claim. 
  • For accidents on water and in the air the limit is 2 years.

How Long Will My Claim Take?

This depends on a number of factors including the severity of your injury, the time it takes to recover and whether the other party accepts and deals with your claim. A straight forward claim involving less serious injuries can often be concluded within 12 months

There are risks if you settle your claim too quickly as once the settlement is reached, you cannot obtain more compensation at a later date, even if your injuries get worse rather than better.

Will I Have To Go To Court?

Very unlikely. Over 90% of all claims are resolved without the need to make a court claim. Most court claims for injury are concluded by negotiations without the court having to decide the claim.

Free Initial Consultation

We will arrange a free initial meeting with you at home, hospital or at our office to discuss with you whether you have a claim, without any obligation to you.

How We Can Help

We understand how your accident and injuries affects you, your life, work and future. By putting you first and working with you, we will ensure that your claim is resolved on the best possible terms as soon as we can and we will keep you fully informed along the way. This approach has enabled our specialist team of solicitors to recover in excess of £15 million for our clients.

Types of Claim

We have extensive experience and knowledge across the range of injury claims, which may include:

  • Road Accidents;
  • Injuries at Work;
  • Accidents in Public Places;
  • Slipping/Tripping Claims;
  • Medical/Dental Negligence;
  • Criminal Injuries.

Funding your Claim

We deal with most claims on a no win/no fee basis, which generally means you will not have to pay a penny out of your own pocket.

Injury Claims – FAQ

Legal Fees and How a “no win/no fee” Agreement Works

Most of our claims are handled on a no win/no fee basis. This manes that if you win, most of your legal costs are paid in addition to your compensation. You are guaranteed to keep at least 75% of what you win. If you lose only in certain limited circumstances will you have to pay your legal costs. It is possible to insure against having to pay any costs.

What can I claim for?

To recover compensation you must prove someone else caused your injury. Compensation for your injuries depends on how seriously you have been hurt, how long it takes you to recover and whether you recover fully and the impact of your injuries on you and your home, work and social life after the accident and in the future.

You may also be able to claim for loss of earnings, care and assistance, treatment costs and items damaged in the accident.

When we know more about your injury and its effect on you, we will obtain expert medical evidence to advise you on how much your claim is worth.

Time Limits for Bringing a Claim?

Generally, a claim must be brought within 3 years of the date of the accident/injury, however, there are exceptions, e.g.:

  • If you were not aware that you had suffered injury until sometime after the incident, you may have 3 years from the date that you first became aware of your injury.
  • If you did not realise that an injury was due to a past incident, you may have three years from the date that you knew of or should have realised the link between your medical problems and the incident.
  • If you are under 18 the 3 year period starts when you are 18 and you have until your 21st birthday to bring the claim. 
  • For accidents on water and in the air the limit is 2 years.

How Long Will My Claim Take?

This depends on a number of factors including the severity of your injury, the time it takes to recover and whether the other party accepts and deals with your claim. A straight forward claim involving less serious injuries can often be concluded within 12 months

There are risks if you settle your claim too quickly as once the settlement is reached, you cannot obtain more compensation at a later date, even if your injuries get worse rather than better.

Will I Have To Go To Court?

Very unlikely. Over 90% of all claims are resolved without the need to make a court claim. Most court claims for injury are concluded by negotiations without the court having to decide the claim.

Our team of specialist personal injury solicitors have extensive knowledge and experience which will enable us to deal with all aspects of your injury claim or any questions you may have about your accident or its effect on you. 

Call us on 01787 880440 or complete our online enquiry form  so that we can arrange to speak to you.

Mark Heselden

Mark obtained a Masters Degree in international commercial law and after working with the Treasury Solicitor’s Department and then a City firm he joined Bates Wells & Braithwaite in 1993.

He is the Managing Director and specialises in personal injury litigation. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and formerly ran the East Anglian regional branch of APIL. He also acts as an executor and trustee where there is conflict among trusts and estates.

A former parish councillor and school governor, Mark spends most of his spare time in the local area though does often travel to Switzerland where his son lives.

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