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What is considered a personal injury?

A Personal Injury is any injury that occurs to an individual, causing negative ramifications where the injured party may be entitled to claim compensation.

The most common Personal Injuries we see include falls, an injury sustained in the course of work or whilst visiting a private/commercial property, trips or slips on the road or in a supermarket, injuries on a bus, train or airplane. However, a personal injury accident can take a variety of forms in day-to-day life.

We specialise in the following forms of Personal Injury:

Possible ramifications of a Personal Injury

Personal injury is a serious matter, and depending upon the severity of the injury sustained, could be life-changing.

Following a Personal Injury, the injured party may experience the following:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Reduced income
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Debilitation of quality of life

When a person has experienced any of the above negative impacts, they may be entitled to claim compensation.

As public knowledge and awareness of legal rights increases, more people are exercising these rights through legal action.

Types of Injuries

Chronic pain

The generally accepted medical definition of chronic pain is any pain which last longer than 12 weeks in duration.

About 25% of people who have chronic pain will go on to develop Chronic Pain Syndrome. This is pain that last longer than 6 months and is often accompanied by anxiety, depression and loss of sexual desire.

Insurers will often argue against chronic pain claims, however, this area of medical science has come a long way in recent years and the reality of this form of injury is far more recognised within the profession.

In saying that, top pain experts with the requisite expertise are few and far between, making it ever-more critical to choose a legal team with expertise in this area.

Neck, back and spinal injuries

Injuries to the cervical and thoracic spine are common following trauma injuries, with vertebrae in the neck and back often becoming damaged or fractured during accidents.

X-rays and MRI scans can detect if a fracture or damage to the discus either side of the spine has occurred but even if there are no fractures, the force of the impact can lead to tissue damage surrounding the vertebrae.

This soft tissue damage to the neck and back is sometimes referred to as whiplash, which can result from the acceleration and deceleration of the impact, traumatising the spine. Whiplash is a genuine and sometimes crippling condition which can overlap into treatments used for chronic pain such as steroid injection treatment, beta blocks and even surgery.

Knee injuries following Trauma

Injuries to the knee are common following trauma, with some knee injuries more common than others; including a broken or fractured patella, ligament sprains, knee bursitis, meniscus tears and knee cap or jointt dislocations.

Lligament sprains occur when tendons or muscles surrounding the knee are stretched, usually due to hyperflexion or hyper extension of the knee. Knee bursitis can also occur when a fluid filled pouch in the knee is irritated or inflamed. Tears of the meniscus can occur from damage to the inside of the knee. Knee cap dislocations can occur following high velocity impact collisions and are usually relatively easy to fix and put back into place, while knee joint dislocations are more complex and will often require surgery.

Brain Injuries

Post-concussion syndrome is one form of brain injury that can occur. This is a syndrome which manifests in symptoms such as dizziness, poor short-term memory/concentration and headaches, all of which may be present for weeks or even months, but there are few options in terms of effective treatment.

Brain injury severity is conventionally categorised by the Mayo classification; mild, moderate and severe. Glasgow Coma Score is a strong guide to the severity of the brain injury too, and is usually determined by ambulance paramedics and/or Accident and Emergency personnel. Scanning is essential to determine severity of brain injury.

Brain injuries, even in a mild format, can result in cognitive impairment including memory and concentration impairment, personality changes and verbal and literal impairment. There is often very little effective treatment available.

Psychological injury

It is extremely common to suffer some sort of psychological injury following an accident and this is something that is becoming more widely recognised.

This may take the form of mere anxiety or stress, fear of travelling or driving a car, riding a bike or something more deep-seated manifesting in post-traumatic stress disorder and/or depression.

Post-traumatic stress disorder typically involves reliving the accident; either constantly going over it and/or suffering nightmares. Treatment is available to specifically deal with this type of trauma and, statistically, treatment has a very good success rate.

It is possible to recover damages for psychological injury, even if no physical injury is sustained.

Choosing experienced Solicitors with knowledge of the best medical consultants throughout the country is crucial, as many insuers and defence teams with downplay symptoms and challenge the severity or long-term impacts. 

Legal representation for personal injury claims

Personal injury cases are highly intricate with interwoven areas of law, so the use of expert legal advice and guidance is particularly important and recommended.

There is so much at stake in these situations and so any risk of reduced compensation, or even a complete loss of any compensation, through a technicality or otherwise should always be avoided.

The KLS Law solicitors specialising in personal injury claims can help you achieve the no win no fee compensation you are entitled to.

Our personal injury solicitors are here to support and advise you with any aspect of your personal injury claim, which extends much further than the process required to receive the compensation owed to you.

Medical reports to support your case

The KLS Law team can assist you in accessing quality medical care, rehabilitation and support, with medical professional connections throughout the UK. They can swiftly produce a compliant Medico-legal report that will support your case.

These medical experts are not only highly sought in their specialist area, they are also experienced in looking after individuals involved in legal cases with the need for Medico-legal reporting.

The KLS Law head office is based in Warrington and regularly meet clients at a location convenient to them. KLS Law also has an office in the City of London.

To arrange a time to speak with one of our leading personal injury solicitors, call 0800 015 1470 or email the KLS Law team today. Our personal injury claims solicitors are always happy to help with a confidential chat and no obligation to proceed.

search Case Study: Psychological impact of road accidents

Our Client, a female in her mid-40s who was an Accountant at a top company in the North West, suffered an accident when a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) lorry collided into her vehicle on the motorway, where her and her vehicle was dragged along by the HGV.

The client sustained some minor physical injuries but her main injury was psychological. She developed a fear of car travel, which meant her career progression was impeded, as she could only apply for jobs very local to where she lived.

Despite receiving treatment which did help her, she had not sufficiently recovered and a future loss of earnings claim was presented. A settlement was achieved of around £90,000.

search Case Study: Success despite Insurer contesting injuries

A lady in her late 50s sustained trauma to her face when a sign in a shop fell upon her face, causing injury to her nose which required rhinoplasty and extensive further symptomology including trigeminal neuralgia, atypical facial pain and other pain which extended and radiated beyond her face to other parts of her body.

The client suffered extensive psychological trauma including depression and PTSD, and was no longer able to work. In the course of the accident, she also twisted her neck and back. Pain expert reports were obtained to support the claim.

The insurers for the shop, however, obtained their own reports contesting the fact that the injuries were accident related. At a joint settlement meeting, however, the matter was resolved in our client’s favour for a high 6 figure sum.

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Questions & answers

Am I entitled to make a claim?

In order to make a successful personal injury claim you must be able to prove that you suffered an injury as a result of someone else either doing something they should not have done, or not doing something they should have done.

This can often be complicated and our team will be able to fully advise you.

How much time will my claim take?

Personal injury cases can range from very straightforward to extremely complex. If your claim is simple, then it may be resolved in 6 months to a year.

More complicated claims with more serious injuries may take longer, usually because you will have to wait for your injuries to either fully recover or stabilise before you know what damages you are entitled to.

If the accident has caused you financial difficulties, the Defendant may agree to make a part payment of your damages, or provide care and treatment, while the claim is ongoing.

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