Catastrophic Injuries Claims
A catastrophic injury to the brain or spinal cord can cause severe damage with lifelong consequences. The effects can include paralysis, cognitive difficulties, problems with communication, emotional issues and more, often meaning the person who suffers the injury is left unable to work and care for themselves.
In these situations, it is often essential for someone who has suffered a catastrophic injury to be able to claim compensation. This can provide the money to pay for treatment, care support, medication and special equipment, replace lost income and fund any other help they need to ensure their wellbeing and allow them the best possible quality of life.
At Graham Evans & Partners, we have decades of experience handling all types of personal injury claims, including those related to catastrophic injuries. Our team will help to provide the injured person and their family with support and address rehabilitation and welfare issues as early as possible. In cases involving serious injuries we can arrange for a family member to act on the injured person's behalf through the Court of Protection.
Catastrophic injury claims are inevitably complex and the damages awarded can be significant, not least because the injured person may require care for the rest of their life. We recognise that money cannot always fully compensate for the injury, but it can help people to cope with the consequences and make life significantly easier.
Because of the complexity surrounding these types of claims, it is important to have a specialist solicitor from the outset to assist with the claim and maximise your chances of success. Our personal injury lawyers have extensive expertise in handling complex catastrophic injury claims and brain injury claims, having recovered considerable sums for our clients over the years.
If you or a loved one have suffered a catastrophic injury and wish to make a claim for compensation, please get in touch with our catastrophic injury claims solicitors in Swansea, Bridgend and Port Talbot.
How catastrophic injury claims work
We can support you and your loved ones at every step when making a catastrophic injury compensation claim. Our goal is to help you gain support and assistance to help with care needs as early as possible via and then achieve a fair settlement as quickly and cost-effectively as possible while keeping the process as free from stress and conflict as we can.
Time limits for catastrophic injury claims
You will normally have 3 years from the time an injury occurs to start a compensation claims, however, there are exceptions to this time limit that may apply depending on the circumstances.
If the person who suffered the injury was under 18 at the time, the 3-year time limit only takes effect from their 18th birthday. This means they effectively have until their 21st birthday to start a claim.
Where the person who suffered the injury has been left without the capacity to bring a claim on their own behalf, e.g. due to serious brain damage, there is no time limit for you to bring a claim for them.
Funding a catastrophic injury claim
We want everyone to have the option of pursuing compensation when they or a loved one experience a catastrophic injury, so offer several options for funding your claim.
Many of our clients work with us on a no win, no fee basis (also known as a ‘conditional fee arrangement’). With a no win, no fee catastrophic injury claim, you do not need to pay us anything up front, instead you only pay us if we win a settlement for you. Our fee will be calculated based on a capped percentage of any compensation we secure for you, meaning you will never be left out of pocket.
Alternatively, some of our clients fund their claims using legal expenses insurance. This is often included as an optional extra with home insurance policies and other types of cover, so it is worth checking if you have legal expenses cover when considering making a claim.
For a no obligation discussion about starting a catastrophic injury claim, including more information about your funding options, please get in touch.
Your questions answered about catastrophic injury claims
How much can I claim for a catastrophic injury?
This will depend on a number of factors, including exactly how serious your injuries are, the degree of liability the responsible party accepts or is found to have by a court and the impact on your life.
You can normally claim two types of damages – special damages and general damages. Special damages cover specific financial costs associated with your injury, such as lost income and treatment costs, while general damages cover non-financial losses, such as pain and suffering or reduced quality of life.
How long do catastrophic injury claims take?
Claims can take anywhere from months to years to resolve, depending on the circumstances. As catastrophic injury claims tend to be relatively complex, they often take longer that some other types of personal injury claims. Anything from 6-18 months is common to resolve this kind of claim, while it is not unusual to take well over 2 years to reach a conclusion. The medical position tends to dictate how long a claim takes to settle.
Do you have to go to court to claim compensation for a catastrophic injury?
Most claims are now resolved outside of a court, either through early conciliation or a pre-trial settlement. Our expertise in alternative dispute resolution means we can increase your chances of securing a fast settlement without the need for you to appear in court. However, if your case does go to court we will ensure you have all the support you need and the best possible representation.
Can I make a catastrophic injury claim for someone else?
It is common for people to start a compensation claim for a catastrophic injury on behalf of a loved one as these types of injuries often leave people unable to make a claim on their own behalf. We can offer all the help and support you need to navigate this often confusing and intimidating process to ensure you have the best chance of securing a fair settlement for your loved one.
Our expertise in catastrophic injury claims
Graham Evans and Partners has been helping individuals and families across South Wales to claim compensation for catastrophic injuries for more than 30 years. We have a strong track history of success, having secured settlements for our clients ranging from thousands to millions of pounds.
Personal injury claims and medical negligence are two of the core specialisations of our firm, giving us exceptional knowledge and experience of what is needed for a successful claim. We can confidently guide you through the entire claims process, making sure you case is built and presented in the strongest possible way, giving you the best chance of achieving a fair outcome.
We are accredited by the Law Society Personal Injury law and are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), reflecting our particular expertise in this area of the law. Our team includes Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) accredited personal injury specialist and senior litigator with APIL, as well as a former Deputy District Judge. We are also corporate member of Headway, the UK’s leading brain injury charity.
Our firm is SRA regulated providing assurance that our standards and practices are continually assessed, so you can have confidence that we always offer the highest legal and professional standards.
Start a catastrophic injury claim today
If you or a loved one have suffered a catastrophic injury that was not your fault and want to find out more about claiming compensation, contact your local Graham Evans & Partners office or use the contact form at the top of the page to request a call back.