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Personal injury and medical negligence solicitors

Specialists in serious injuries and complex medical negligence claims

If you’ve suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one as a result of another person’s actions or negligence, our personal injury and medical negligence solicitors have the specialist expertise to get you the maximum amount of compensation you need to rebuild your life and regain your independence.

Your recovery, rehabilitation and quality of life are of the utmost importance to us. Our solicitors are amongst the most experienced in the country, with the knowledge and understanding to achieve the best possible outcome for you, for life.

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The types of claim we can help you with

Our expert solicitors have extensive experience in complex serious injury and medical negligence claims. If you don’t see yours listed here, we may still be able to help you. Book a free consultation so we can assess your situation and advise you on how likely your claim is to be successful.

Head and brain injury solicitors

Award-winning claims solicitors. Experts in compensation claims for the most serious brain or head injuries. Free consultation 0800 316 8892. No win no fee available.
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Spinal injury compensation claims

Award winning spinal injury solicitors ready to help you claim compensation & rebuild your life. Free consultation 0800 316 8892. No win no fee available.
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Fatal injury claims

Has a loved one died in an accident or from their injuries? Call 0800 316 8892 for a free claim assessment with a specialist personal injury solicitor.
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Misdiagnosis claims

Expert medical negligence solicitors. Claim compensation for serious injuries resulting from misdiagnosis. Free consultation 0800 316 8892. No win no fee available.
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Birth injury claims

Trusted, recommended medical negligence solicitors specialising in complex birth injury claims. 0800 316 8892 free consultation. No win no fee available.
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Surgical negligence claims

Expert surgical negligence solicitors ready to help you claim compensation for a surgical mistake. Free claim assessment 0800 316 8892. No win no fee available.
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Brachial plexus claims

Specialist solicitors experienced in complex and serious brachial plexus injury claims. Call 0800 316 8892 for your free consultation. No win no fee available.
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Motorbike accident claims

Our specialist solicitors can help you claim compensation following a serious motorbike accident. 0800 316 8892 free initial consultation. No win no fee available.
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Why choose our medical negligence and personal injury solicitors?

  1. Recognised personal injury solicitors and medical negligence experts – we are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, Action v Medical Accidents and the Law Society – independent bodies who rigorously assess us to ensure we provide quality and value for money.
  2. Proven track record – we have an excellent track record of winning compensation claims, including many worth several million pounds.
  3. Partner led service – your claim will be overseen by a Partner, who is also one of our most senior lawyers, ensuring you always receive the best advice and service.
  4. Where you need us – with offices across the country our solicitors are never too far away to give you the time and attention you deserve.
  5. Expert legal advice beyond your claim ­– as a full-service law firm we can advise you on any legal matter arising from your injury, from employment and buying property to managing your financial affairs if you’ve lost capacity to do so yourself.

The importance of choosing the right solicitor

The choice of which solicitor to use is yours, so choose wisely.

Many personal injury law firms and claims management companies advertise themselves as specialists in more serious and life changing injuries, when in reality, you receive a low-quality service from unqualified staff.

Insurance companies have also been known to incorrectly imply that you must use a solicitor appointed to their panel (who they have a commercial arrangement with), regardless of whether that solicitor is hundreds of miles away from you or lacks the necessary skills to handle your claim.

When you’re forced to live with the devastating reality of a serious or catastrophic injury through no fault of your own, your claim needs to be dealt with swiftly by a reputable solicitor with the specialist expertise and experience to fight for what you deserve.

That solicitor is Clarke Willmott. As one of the country’s leading personal injury and medical negligence solicitors, we have extensive and proven expertise handling the most complex of serious injury claims. For us, nothing means more than your recovery and the quality of your life, for the rest of your life.

 What our clients say

“Our case has been going on for many years and through that time I was always updated with the progress of the case. I always felt I could ring and ask questions and when I phoned always got to speak to our Solicitor. Even though it at times has been a stressful experience it was made better by having a fantastic Solicitor who showed great empathy and compassion. We couldn’t have asked for a better service. Thank you.”

Jo-Ann from Bristol

“Having had such a traumatic accident, the burden of a personal injury claim has been quite tough to cope with, but it would have been much worse had you not kept me up to date so often, explained everything clearly and guided me to this positive outcome. I am enormously grateful to you, and all those at Clarke Willmott involved, for the professional and considerate way my claim was handled from day one.”

Cerith from London

“Thank you. You will never know how much this payment means to us. The relief knowing that we will have a reasonable sum to purchase the help that we will need is immense. So we thank you so much for your work on our behalf. You are a true professional and we would have no hesitation in recommending you or your firm should the opportunity arrive.”

Mike and Charlotte from Bristol

“Thank you so much for all your help and advice. Emily is in a much better place now and you have made a big difference to her life, more than just the money!” 

Andrew from Kent

Personal injury and medical negligence claims FAQs

How much compensation will I get?

How much compensation you receive will depend on the severity and duration of your injuries, and the effect they have on your everyday life and your future. What we can say with confidence is that our personal injury solicitors and medical negligence specialists have the experience, expertise and commitment to get you the maximum compensation possible for your situation.

We will usually be able to accurately value how much compensation you could get once we have the independent evidence from medical professionals experienced in dealing with your specific injuries or illness.

How can I pay for my personal injury or medical negligence claim?

Your main worry about pursuing a medical negligence or personal injury claim may be how you will pay for it. There are various options available to fund your compensation claim, so you can be confident of receiving our advice whatever your financial situation.

1. Legal expenses insurance

You may have legal expenses insurance (LEI) as part of your motor or household insurance without knowing it, and if so, it could help you fund your compensation claim.

2. No win, no fee or conditional fee agreements

‘No win no fee’ – also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) – is where your solicitor shares the risk of your claim, meaning your legal fees will only be paid if your claim is successful. If you ‘win’, your solicitor will recover the majority of your legal fees from the Defendant but if your claim is lost, they will not be paid.

A Conditional Fee Agreement entitles your solicitor to charge you a ‘success fee’ of no more than 25% of the compensation they recover for you. This fee is a reflection of the level of risk taken by your solicitor, i.e. the likelihood of your case being unsuccessful and your solicitor not being paid at all.

3. After the event insurance

‘After the event’ insurance (ATE) is sometimes available to cover your risk of having to pay your case expenses. This can include experts’ fees, court fees and the Defendant’s costs if you don’t accept their offer of settlement or lose your case and the Court orders you to pay. ATE insurance is often used in conjunction with a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

There are several types of ATE insurance policy available. Some defer payment of the premium until the case concludes, where others write off the premium if your case is unsuccessful. The premium will be deducted from the compensation you receive.

4. Trade union or other professional body membership

If you’re a member of a trade union or other professional body, you may be entitled to funding for your claim from that body.

5. Privately funding your compensation claim

If you wish to fund a claim privately, we can advise you on the costs involved in undertaking an initial investigation and bringing the claim, so you know how much you will have to pay.

Does my claim qualify for Legal Aid?

Legal Aid funding is no longer available for personal injury claims, although it may be available in exceptional circumstances, for example in cases of abuse or for assistance at inquests.

The only type of medical negligence claim entitled to Legal Aid is injury during pregnancy, labour or the first eight weeks of life. If you have a claim of this nature and are entitled to Legal Aid, we’re one of the few firms to have a Legal Aid contract, so we can act for you. In such cases, we will advise you whether you qualify for legal aid.

If you decide to move your case to us mid-claim and already have Legal Aid, it can be transferred to us.

Can I change solicitors during a personal injury or medical negligence claim?

If you’re unhappy with your current solicitor, you’re perfectly within your rights to change solicitor. Many firms claim to have the specialism, expertise and experience necessary to handle complex claims, but in reality, they are not able to give you the service you need or deserve.

It’s not always straightforward to change solicitor part way through the process, but if your claim is complex and of potentially high value, a change may be what’s needed to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

If your claim is relatively simple or you’re claiming compensation below £25,000, changing your solicitor is likely to be more difficult and may not be worthwhile.

Do I have to use or stay with my insurer’s appointed panel solicitors?

No, you don’t have to use or stay with the solicitors appointed to you by your insurer. By law, you’re free to choose your own solicitor at any time, whatever your insurers may tell you.

However, if you choose a solicitor not on their panel, insurers may not be obligated to pay for your legal representation.

If you have legal expenses insurance, we will write to your insurer on your behalf and seek their agreement to fund your claim.

Can I move my claim to Clarke Willmott?

Yes, you can move your claim to us. We’re often asked to take over a personal injury or medical negligence claim part way through – particularly in complex cases where the previous solicitor doesn’t have the necessary knowledge and specialist expertise required.

If you’re unsatisfied with the advice you’re receiving or how your claim is progressing, contact us to arrange a free, no obligation meeting with one of our personal injury or medical negligence solicitors.

If we can help you, we’ll agree how your previous solicitor’s legal fees will be dealt with before sending you a Form of Authority to complete and sign, which gives your previous solicitor permission to release your file to us.

What are the time limits for making a claim?

Most personal injury and medical negligence claims are subject to a limitation period of three years from:

  • The date on which the accident or death occurred
  • The date of knowledge of the injury or death (if later)

Therefore, if a claim has not been settled by agreement or court proceedings have not commenced before the applicable time limit, the claim may not be allowed to proceed.

There are important exceptions to this three-year limitation period:

  • If the claimant lacks mental capacity – if the claimant lost mental capacity on the date of the injury, the limitation period does not apply. However, if they lost capacity at a later date within the limitation period, the Court will take into account the duration of the disability when deciding whether or not the limitation period still applies.
  • Claims involving children – the three-year limitation period starts to run once the child turns 18. Therefore, you have until age 21, subject to the passage of time issue detailed in the bullet point above, to formally initiate a claim.
  • Criminal assaults and Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority claims – the time limit is usually two years subject to the stipulation that claims must be made as soon as possible for CICA claims.
  • Aircraft and boat accidents – there is a limitation period of two years on claims for injuries suffered in an aircraft or boat accident.
  • Accidents abroad – these vary from country to country, but some time limits are very short.

What can I claim compensation for?

You can claim compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured, as well as your financial losses resulting from your injury, both in the past and future:

  1. General damages – non-financial losses
    Compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of lifestyle caused by your injury or illness. Awards for pain and suffering are calculated according to the Judicial College Guidelines which set out brackets of awards for different types of injury.
  1. Special damages – financial losses
    Compensation for expenses and loss of earnings in the past or that you’ll incur in the future as a consequence of your injury or illness. For example, medical treatment and equipment, care, paid help (including cleaning, gardening etc), and accommodation (adaptations or new accommodation).

How will my compensation be calculated?

A number of factors will be carefully considered when deciding how much compensation you should be paid, including:

  • The nature of your injury
  • The severity of your injury
  • The impact of your injury on your day-to-day life and ability to work
  • The pain and suffering and emotional distress you have endured
  • The cost of medical treatment, equipment, rehabilitation and ongoing care
  • The earnings you have lost already and will lose out on in the future
  • The costs of making adaptations to your home, or having to move to more suitable accommodation

Can I get financial assistance before my claim is finalised?

Yes, you can get financial assistance before your claim is finalised. To ease the financial pressure and allow you to concentrate on your rehabilitation, we can request an interim payment on your behalf from the Defendant’s insurer. We can also advise you on state benefits you may be entitled to.

How will my immediate care and treatment needs be met?

We’ll arrange for an immediate needs assessment report to be prepared which will set out your treatment needs and priorities. Then, if appropriate, we’ll instruct a case manager who’ll be responsible for coordinating your treatment and care. In most cases, these costs will be covered by the Defendant’s insurer.

Will I have to go to court?

Don’t be put off making a claim by the thought of going to Court. Most personal injury and medical negligence claims are resolved without you having to go to Court, even where Court proceedings have started. The Court strongly encourages early settlement of claims and there are plenty of opportunities to negotiate settlement.

In the unlikely event that your case goes to trial, we will assist you every step of the way and ensure you have the help and support you need.

Will I have to meet the defendant?

Whether you will have to meet the defendant will depend on your case. In the vast majority of claims you will only meet the Defendant if your claim goes to court. Most Defendants are insured against claims, so we only have to deal with their insurance company and their appointed lawyers.

You may have to meet the Defendant during a fatal injury claim where there is an inquest, or in cases where there is a Health and Safety prosecution.

If you did have to meet the defendant at an inquest, hearing or trial, don’t worry, we will prepare you for what to expect.

Speak to our experts

Contact us online or call 0800 316 8892 now to discuss your claim with one of our specialist personal injury and medical negligence solicitors. This consultation is free and you’re under no obligation to do more.

Your key contacts

Marguarita Tyne

Head of Personal Injury & Medical Negligence

Marguarita Tyne is a claimant clinical negligence solicitor who investigates and brings claims on behalf of patients who have been injured during the course of their medical treatment, acting mainly (but not exclusively) for brain injury claimants in high value and often complex litigation.
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Kerry Fifield

Partner and Clinical Negligence Team Manager

Kerry’s primary focus is the needs of the client and their family when pursuing a claim, taking into account that each client is an individual with specific requirements who needs to be supported in addition to the legal investigation.
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Lee Hart

Personal Injury Team Manager

Lee works closely with severely injured people and their families, leading them through the claims process and ensuring they get the best treatment, rehabilitation and care so that they can get their lives back on track as quickly as possible.
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