If you or your loved one suffer a catastrophic injury as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, we appreciate what a difficult time this is for you and your family.
At Jefferies, our experienced solicitors have helped individuals who have sustained a range of injuries, from amputation of limbs to spinal injuries and acquired brain injury.
We can provide you and your family with financial, practical and emotional support alongside a professional and sympathetic legal service.
Call us today on 0800 342 3206 to discuss your circumstances and find out if you are eligible to make a claim.
What is a Serious or Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic or serious injury is one that has seriously impacted your life and can be either physical or psychological. Injuries can have long-lasting effects and individuals often require long-term care, rehabilitation and support is required.
Some of the most common causes of catastrophic injuries are serious road accidents, often involving motorbikes or HGV lorries, slipping and falling accidents, accidents at work involving machinery, falls from height and clinical negligence. The most common types of serious injury include:
- Brain injuries
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord and other spinal injuries
- Severe burns and lacerations
- Loss of sight
- Fatal accidents
- Wrongful death
- Severe facial disfigurement and psychological damage
With you from start to finish
Following any kind of serious injury, be it an acquired brain injury, spinal injury or serious psychiatric injury, you and your family need the right support and information. We will be there at every step of the way.
A bespoke service for you
Getting a fair compensation package involves us getting to know you and your family’s circumstances. Shortly after you instruct us, one of our experienced solicitors will visit you at home to better understand your situation and the difficulties you are facing.
While working for you, we can help you secure:
- Access to interim funds whilst your case is ongoing so you can support your family financially while you or your loved one are recovering
- Access to specialist care, therapy and support to aid rehabilitation
- Access to specialist case managers who can coordinate your treatment and rehabilitation
- Adaptations to your home to allow you or your loved one to be properly cared for
- Compensation to safeguard your family’s future if you cannot return to work
If your injury occurred because of the negligence of someone else, you are entitled to claim compensation for your pain and suffering.
Compensation provides the means for you to get your life back on track. In addition to claiming compensation for the injury itself, during the claims process, you will also be able to recuperate any expenses you have had to pay out or losses you have incurred as a result of your injury.
Some people who have suffered a catastrophic injury rely on the support of a homecare assistant and others have relatives who look after them full time. All of these will have a financial effect on you and/or your family. If you require care because of your injury, your claim will cover the expense of this.
In the event of a serious injury, financial worry is the last thing you need.
Whilst the primary purpose of compensation is to provide you and your family with long-term security, we can help ensure that your immediate financial needs are met through the provision of interim payments in advance of your final settlement.
Interim payments help to relieve financial pressure so that you can concentrate on your recovery.
We understand that following a catastrophic injury, compensation is just one part of the complete package of support you require.
Rehabilitation is essential in making sure you or your loved one are able to make the best recovery. Its aim is to restore an individual to as independent a lifestyle as possible following an injury, through the provision of specialist care and therapy.
Early access to good rehabilitation can make a significant difference to the speed of your recovery.
Access to private rehabilitation
As part of your compensation claim, we can assist you or your loved one to access the rehabilitation needed by securing the financial means to obtain these services early on in your claim where interim funds are available. This allows you to access the rehabilitation services you need, including:
- speech and language therapy
- occupational therapy
- psychology services
If appropriate, our solicitors are able to secure the funds for, source and appoint an appropriately qualified and experienced case manager.
Your case manager will carry out an initial assessment of care, therapy and assistance required. They will then be responsible for the coordination and implementation of a specialist rehabilitation package for you. This can include private care and treatment such as speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or neuropsychology.
They can also help organise any housing adaptations or purchases and, if necessary, arrange for the help of a support worker to assist you on a day-to-day basis.
Court of Protection
If you or your loved one lacks the capacity to make decisions, we can advise on the appointment of a Deputy who will make an application to the Court of Protection on your behalf. Your Deputy will also help to look after finances and assist you in making decisions about care and other requirements going forward.
In the case of high-value serious injury claims, we can help organise financial advice so that your settlement money is properly managed.
Personal injury trusts
It may be advisable to set up a personal injury trust to ensure that, despite your compensation settlement, you or your loved one are still able to receive the state benefits you are entitled to, such as income support or housing benefits.
We can direct you to an experienced financial advisor who will provide you with help and advice on setting up and managing a personal injury trust.
Making a serious or catastrophic injury claim
Serious injury claims can be complex. This is particularly true of those that involve multiple injuries or those where there has been clinical negligence.
At Jefferies, our solicitors have experience in all areas of personal injury law. We understand the difficult circumstances leading up to making your claim and we will support and advise you through every step of the legal process. If you are looking for information on benefits and/or organisations that can help you with your specific condition, we can often point you in the right direction. Our aim is to look at your circumstances in detail and ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation.
We work on a no-win, no-fee basis
When it comes to funding a serious injury claim, there are a number of options available. While our clients do sometimes fund their claims privately, we usually work on a no win, no fee basis.
This means that if your claim is unsuccessful, assuming you have followed our advice, there is no financial risk to you and your family. If you win your claim, we will work to recover the majority of our legal costs and disbursements from the other side.
For more information, call us for free, no-obligation advice on 0800 342 3206.