Personal Injury Claims

Accidents

If you have had an accident and it was not your fault then you may be able to claim compensation for any injuries and financial losses which you have suffered.

We can help you to claim compensation for all types of accident from road traffic accidents to slips and trips.

Clinical Negligence

If you received medical or dental treatment which was unsuccessful or cause you injury you may be able to claim compensation from those treating you if you can show that the care provided by them fell below that which would be expected of a reasonably competent clinician.  Clinical (or medical) negligence is not always straight forward to prove because in addition to showing your treating clinician was negligent; you also need to prove that the negligence caused your injury rather than your underlying medical complaint being the cause.

We are experienced in investigating  the circumstances of your treatment and providing sensible robust advice about your prospects of successfully bringing a claim.

We are also experienced in acting on behalf of families whose loved ones have died as a result of clinical negligence.

Industrial Diseases, Deafness and Stress


You may have suffered work related diseases such as tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, epicondilitis, vibration white finger, dermatitis, asbestosis, mesothelioma or pneumoconiosis.

You may have suffered from noise induced deafness or work related stress.

Do you have a claim?

There is no automatic right to compensation. To succeed you must show the third party or your employer was negligent or in breach of a statutory duty. There are strict statutory time limits affecting personal injuries so it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible after an accident.

To advise whether you could succeed, we must ascertain the facts and this will involve taking a detailed statement from you and studying the relevant papers.

We can offer a free initial interview up to 1 hour.

How much can you claim?

The aim of the courts in England and Wales is to put the innocent party into the position he would have been but for the negligence/breach of statutory duty.

Compensation covers pain, suffering and loss of amenity, as well as out of pocket expenses such as lost earnings and the cost of care.

It is not just the losses which you have suffered to date. If your injuries mean that you will have a reduced earning capacity in the future, or may be unable to work at all you may be entitled to compensation for future losses.

Our service

James Bell (Partner) is a member of the Law Society's Personal Injury Panel. He and Claire Harrison (Solicitor) have many years of experience acting for claimants and the insurers of employers and occupiers of premises. Our litigation team have a combined 35 years experience in dealing with these claims both for Trade Unions and for Insurers and have been involved in many high profile cases involving large employers. Since the formation of Bell Park Kerridge they now act predominately for claimants.

Their combined experience gives clients the benefits of:

  • Commercially aware and robust advice at the outset;
  • Minimal reliance on Barristers for advice, drafting, Court documents and advocacy;
  • Awareness of the many different routes to dispute resolution
    negotiation / mediation / arbitration / litigation
  • A database of approved experts with a proven track record;
  • First class legal knowledge


What will it cost?

The majority of personal injury claims where liability is admitted (including road traffic, accidents, occupier’s liability and some employer’s liability claims up to the value of £25,000) are now dealt with under the claims portal system where fixed recoverable costs are paid by the insurer.  The remaining costs are to be paid by the Claimant so we put the emphasis on providing robust cost effective services to keep the costs you pay to a minimum.

QOCS (or qualified one way costs shifting) means that Claimants are no longer normally required to pay a Defendant’s costs, even if they do not succeed in their claim.

There are a number of ways of funding the claim, which we would be pleased to discuss in more detail:

  • Legal Expenses Insurance;
  • Conditional Fee Agreements (the so called "no win/no fee agreement")
  • Damages Based Agreements
  • Hourly rates for agreed levels of investigation and advice;
  • Fixed price quotations for agreed levels of investigation and advice.

 

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