Were you injured in an accident that was not your fault?

Has your ability to work or daily life been affected by your injury? We're here to help.

Whether you were injured as the result of a negligent driver, employer or any other party, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim.

Each year, we help hundreds of people in Dickens Heath, West Midlands and throughout the UK get compensation for:

Will I be able to make a claim?

You should be able to claim financial compensation for your injury if the accident (or 'date of knowledge') happened:

  • within the last three years (except in the case of children), and;
  • another person was negligent or at fault, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Are there any other factors that could affect my right to claim?

Yes. There are quite a few other factors that can affect whether a successful claim will be possible, such as the accident circumstances or if there is an uninsured driver involved.

Why not speak to a personal injury solicitor now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you have a claim. If you prefer, you can check your claim online with our Instant Claim Checker.

Can I start an injury claim on behalf of a child?

You can claim injury compensation yourself, at any time until you are 21 years old, whether you were injured at school, in a playground or any other circumstance. An injured child's parent or legal guardian can start a compensation claim on behalf of the child, as a 'litigation friend'.

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How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Calculate my injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

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Dickens Heath road accident claims

If you have been injured on Dickens Heath's roads, or anywhere in the UK, you may be entitled to claim compensation. An injury claim may be possible if you were injured:

  • As driver or passenger
  • On a motorbike or bicycle
  • As a pedestrian
  • On public transport

Whether you have been hurt in a crash at a junction, or you were involved in a cycling accident, our expert team can help. Our guide sets out what you need to do to make aroad accident claim.

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Road accident compensation claims

Dickens Heath work injury claims

You may be able to claim work accident compensation if you've been injured as a result of your employer's negligence.

By law, all employers owe their workforce a duty of care. Whether you sustained an injury when working as a firefighter or a care home worker, our guide to work accident claims sets out everything you need to know about making a successful claim.

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Dickens Heath medical negligence claims

Clinical negligence (medical negligence) describes when someone suffers injury or illness as the result of a GP, nurse or other medical professional's lack of care. If you have been affected by medical negligence, our panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against a private clinic or NHS trust covering Dickens Heath.

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Dickens Heath occupiers liability accident claims

Owners and operators of privately-owned land or property are known as 'occupiers'. Occupiers have a duty to take reasonable care to ensure the safety of anyone on their property.

Whether you were hurt in a supermarket or at a public swimming pool, and another party was to blame, you could be able to claim compensation.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a public place, we can help.

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Occupier's liability injury compensation claims

Compensation claims for serious injuries

A serious or catastrophic injury is when the injury results in, long-term medical problems, lengthy or ongoing medical treatments, permanent disability or reduced life-expectancy. Serious injuries typically include brain or spinal injuries, and can also include other injuries and chronic conditions.

If your life, or the life of a family member, has been affected by a serious injury, we can help.

A claim will ease the financial burden, helping you and your family to focus on your recovery. Our panel of expert personal injury lawyers coordinate with insurance providers and medical professionals, so you get the rounded support you need.

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Will I have to visit a solicitor's office to start a claim?

No.You will not need visit a solicitor's office. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical assessment, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery. Our personal injury solicitor panel helps claimants in Dickens Heath, and across the UK.

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Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Dickens Heath No Win, No Fee solicitors

A No Win, No Fee agreement protects you by ensuring that you will not need to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. No Win, No Fee agreements are also called a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA.

Dickens Heath injury claimants will also not have to pay any fees upfront with a CFA.

No Win, No Fee guarantee

Our panel of No Win, No Fee solicitors have helped injured people in Dickens Heath, West Midlands and throughout the UK make a claim without any financial risk.

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your personal injury solicitor will receive a success fee when they settle your injury claim. This fee is deducted from your final compensation.

By law, a solicitor's success fee can be up to a maximum of 25%, whichever law firm you choose.

You can discuss the success fee percentage with your injury lawyer before the claim process starts.

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Making a No Win, No Fee claim

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

You will not have to pay any legal fees if your solicitor does not win your injury claim. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure you will have nothing to pay.

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Making a No Win, No Fee claim

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims in Dickens Heath and cross the UK.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

  • 8am to 9pm weekdays
  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:

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Frequently asked questions

Have you helped many Dickens Heath injury claimants?

We help 100's of injured workers, road users and other claimants in Dickens Heath and West Midlands every year.

A specialist solicitor will fight hard to settle your claim and recover the best possible compensation sum, regardless of whether you were injured due to a negligent diagnosis or in a car or bike accident.

Are claims run on a 100% No Win, No Fee basis?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. You don't have to pay any costs upfront, and only pay a standard success fee at the end, if you win your case.

Dickens Heath injury solicitor reviews

All solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Despite the strict professional standards that lawyers must meet, the quality of service they deliver can vary. Online reviews and word of mouth can help you decide which solicitor is the right fit for you.

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What are the road accident statistics in Dickens Heath?

Our group of certified injury lawyers have vast experience in achieving the highest compensation for people injured in a car or motorbike accident in Dickens Heath.

Vehicle accidents in Dickens Heath are quite common. Government data indicates there were 2806 road accidents in Birmingham in 2021 (2424 slight accidents, 359 accidents and 23 fatalities).

What are the statistics for work accidents in Dickens Heath?

Birmingham Health and Safety Executive data for 2021 revealed there were 850 non-fatal and 1 fatal work accidents. The injured worker was required to take 7 or more days off work in 628 cases.

Work accidents in Birmingham (HSE)Reported Injuries
Undefined18%
Electrocution0%
Machinery related0%
Explosion related (e.g. dust)0%
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. TCE)1%
Fall from height6%
Injured by an animal4%
Lifting20%
Physical assault20%
Slip or trip19%
Struck against4%
Hit by vehicle2%
Struck by object6%
Trapped by something collapsing0%

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. It is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person, in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If, for example, an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process for them.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the personal injury solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

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Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly to blame?

Even if you feel you were partly responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.

You may also still be able to claim if something you did (or failed to do) meant your injuries were more serious than they might have otherwise been (e.g. you were knocked off your bike, but you weren't wearing a helmet).

If you were partly to blame, this is known as contributory negligence. Successful claims are often made on the basis of contributory negligence, although compensation may be reduced.

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Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The time needed to resolve a compensation claim and pay out compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can sometimes take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

This table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)  Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 2%) of personal injury claims go to court - typically only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved.

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Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Can I get an early (interim) compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid out to you before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

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Can I get interim compensation payments?

Chris Salmon, Director

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Chris Salmon, Director