Leading Personal Injury Lawyers in London
If you have suffered a personal injury, an accident at work or want to make a claim for an illness, our team of personal injury solicitors in London can help.
Our personal injury specialists are led by Leticia Williams and all in the team are dedicated to helping those affected by the negligence of others.
We have over 40 years’ experience helping individuals and their families through what can be a very stressful and emotional time.
Our incredible track record of successful settlements of personal injury cases has garnered fantastic reviews from our clients as well as a number of awards and commendations including consistently high rankings in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners UK.
Our specialist personal injury claims team is accredited by APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) and many are individual members of The Law Society Personal Injury Panel.
Personal Injury Services:
The work we do
Our personal injury lawyers have obtained millions of pounds in settlements for our clients, to cover lost income when they are unable to work, home adaptations they may need to make and other damages.
We place your rehabilitation and recovery at the centre of your case and claim. That’s why we can also help access private treatment and rehabilitation that may not be available on the NHS.
To make sure we can fully support our clients, we are committed to partnerships and working links with many charitable and support groups who work in this area, including:
- Child Brain Injury Trust
- United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum
- Brake – the road safety charity
Our successful cases and the compensation we win for our clients show what our teams are able to do and the people they have helped.
"HODGE JONES & ALLEN SOLICITORS HAS BEEN FANTASTIC PROCESSING AND SETTLING MY INJURY CLAIM. IN PARTICULAR CLAIRE SADLER, SHE HAS BEEN EXCELLENT THROUGHOUT MY CLAIM PROCESS."
Compensation is only part of the work we do, our personal injury solicitors also help access rehabilitation and medical care to help you make the best recovery possible.
Our personal injury claims work on a no win, no fee basis. This means that you’ll only pay us for our services if we win your case.
What is a personal injury claim?
A personal injury claim is a claim for compensation for a physical injury, disease or illness, or a psychological injury/ condition that has been caused by someone else’s fault or negligence. In some cases, it may result in death giving rise to a fatal accident claim.
Your personal injury claim may be the result of:
- Car or road traffic accident – as a driver, cyclist or pedestrian
A personal injury can be detrimental to the quality of life of the injured person, either temporarily throughout the healing process, or permanently in cases of severe life-changing or catastrophic injuries.
To make a personal injury claim there are steps to follow.
Specialist personal injury solicitors
Our London team of personal injury solicitors includes leading legal specialists dealing with a wide range of cases and everyday are helping people start their claim for personal injury compensation. Get in touch with our team and they will arrange a time to speak with you to find out more about the accident, your injuries and then advise on the best course of action.
All our personal injury lawyers will be open and transparent with you. Their number one priority is to listen to your situation and to advise on best next steps. They are experts at fighting for what’s right and gaining the compensation you deserve.
We are independently accredited by external organisations that recognise specialist personal injury skills. We are proud to be accredited by APIL who are a not for profit organisation representing injured people and to work with and support national charities including the Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT) and the Sudden Bereavement Helpline.
Personal Injury claims advice
Our personal injury solicitors deal with a wide range of personal injuries and life-changing situations, such as:
Our specialist solicitors have extensive experience of acting for both children and adults with brain injuries. We understand that every brain injury is different and offer a tailored approach to each case.
If you have been injured in an accident at work that has taken place within the last three years and can show that it was not your fault, we may be able to help you claim for compensation.
When travelling abroad on holiday or for business, few people think about what would happen if you had an accident in a foreign country. We have helped thousands of people claim for accidents abroad.
Undergoing an amputation can be a traumatic and life-changing experience for both yourself and your loved ones. Our team of highly experienced, specialist personal injury lawyers will support you at every stage of your recovery.
Our London-based team of solicitors have the specialist skills and knowledge needed to help clients seek compensation for asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.
Whatever sport you play and no matter what age you are, there’s always the risk of suffering an injury. If you have suffered a sporting injury within the last three years due to an incident that could have been prevented and which was someone else’s fault, our team can help you claim for a settlement.
We know the death of a loved one can leave you struggling to cope both financially and physically. Although no amount of money can make up for the physical loss, we’ll work with you to claim fatal injury compensation to help you adjust in the short and long-term.
Our expert team deals with many different types of car injury claims every year, from broken legs to those with more serious injuries, including spinal injuries, amputation and brain injuries.
Whether your slip or trip was an accident at work, in a shop or on the pavement, you may be able to make a personal injury claim. A claim for compensation could help you overcome the loss of earnings as well as cover any future medical costs.
Our specialist personal injury solicitors have over 40 years’ experience in dealing with burns and scalding injuries. We have often helped clients get the compensation they deserve as well as any necessary treatment for their injury.
Whether your dental injury occurred during a work accident, trip or car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Our specialist team can take on your case and get you the compensation you deserve.
In cases where a potentially faulty product is responsible for your injury, it may possible to bring a claim for compensation against the manufacturer, suppliers, distributors or retailers. Our specialist team will assist you throughout your claim.
We understand the impact a spinal injury will have on almost every aspect of day-to-day life. We will assist and support an injured person in adapting to the changes and challenges they will face.
Around two million people in the UK live with some degree of sight loss. At Hodge Jones & Allen, our personal injury specialists are here to support you and your family following sight loss caused by injury.
How to make a personal injury claim
1. Carry out a free initial consultation.
Get in touch with us. We will ask you about what has happened, the injury and assess the best way to help you.
2. No Win No Fee agreement. This means you won’t have to pay anything upfront, and there are no financial risks or obligations to you if your claim is unsuccessful provided you have taken out After the Event Insurance (ATE).
3. Contact the insurers of the party who was at fault. We contact the insurers of the party at fault for your accident to seek their agreement to fund early rehabilitation and an admission of liability.
4. Seek an early interim payment. This is to help relieve any financial pressure and to fund medical and rehabilitation treatment as well as expenses whilst we finalise your claim.
5. If they do not accept responsibility, we will gather additional evidence to prove their fault. Evidence will also be needed to support your claim for damage. This can include independent medical expert evidence, witnesses who can attest to how much help you have needed after the accident, and anyone else we feel would support your case.
6. If your claim is successful, we will fight to get the best possible compensation. You’ll then receive your settlement.
No Win No Fee personal injury claims
Whether you’re making a work accident claim, or another form of personal injury, all our cases are offered on a no win, no fee basis.
This means you’ll only pay us for our help if we win your case.
How long will your personal injury claim take?
A personal injury compensation claim can vary in terms of how long it will take to complete.
For a very simple claim, where there is an admission of liability and the injury is relatively minor, this can be a matter of weeks.
If there is no admission and the injuries are more serious then this can take longer as it will involve more in-depth evidence gathering and consultation with experts. It may also be necessary to issue court proceedings.
“LETICIA, YOU HAVE BEEN AMAZINGLY KIND AND SUPPORTIVE THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS AND WE APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE."
Our client was cycling in London when a car coming from the opposite direction, pulled across his path into a parking bay and knocked him off his bike.
Our client was riding a motorbike which hit another motorbike which was lying down in the road after a previous accident. He was subsequently hit by a car killing him.
Our client was employed as a forklift truck driver. His work colleague was operating a forklift truck and moving a concrete block (of an estimated weight of 2 tonnes) when he dropped it onto some timber, which fell, injuring our clients leg and crushing his ankle. As result, our client sustained significant physical problems and psychological symptoms.
Our client was walking home and as he went to cross a pelican crossing that was showing a green man, he was hit by the defendant at least 40mph who had run a red light.
Our client was a passenger in a car. Unbeknown to the client, the driver of the vehicle was driving without insurance. The driver of the vehicle in which the client was travelling was speeding and he lost control of the car and crashed into a lamppost. The client suffered significant injury. The client was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car.
Client was a pillion passenger on a motorbike driving on the main road. A car pulled out of the side road and collided with the motorbike and knocked our client unconscious.
The Claimant was cycling along Albert bridge, he was waiting for the traffic lights to turn green before he cycled off the bridge. When the lights turned green, the Claimant proceeded forward. Then the Defendant came from the right hand side and collided with the Claimant, in result, knocking him off his bike on to the road. This caused the Claimant to sustain injuries and losses.
Our client was staying at a hotel during her visit to London. Three days into the trip, the client stepped into the bathtub, when the water was not turned on, and as she stepped in, she slipped and fell down. The client advised that there were not any handles on the wall or the tub to help her get in. Since the accident, she has not had time off from work, and the injury has affected her workload. She also has to get friends to take her shopping and do her chores for her, as she cannot drive and carry out everyday tasks.
Our client was walking to work on a day when it was raining heavily. He stepped on newly laid marble flooring outside a restaurant which was very extremely slippery causing him to fall heavily onto the ground.
Client hit on the leg by a reversing car. She had an operation on her knee and a plate was put in. She will not be able to walk for 3 months.
Who pays the compensation?
If your claim is successful, the party who is at fault will usually pay.
How much will a claim cost me?
Under a ‘No win, No fee’ agreement, you will receive damages if you win your case. If you lose your case, your accident claim will not cost you any money in legal fees. Alternative funding options are also available to you depending on the circumstances of your case. We can explore these with you when you call.
Hodge Jones and Allen will arrange an insurance policy for you. The policy covers any liability to pay for disbursements and the costs of your opponents. The premium for the policy is self-insured which means you do not have to pay for the policy in advance.
Is there a time limit for making a claim?
With any personal injury claim, there are strict time limits that need to be adhered to. You have three years after the injury occurred, which is usually the date of the accident, to make your claim.
There are some exceptions to this rule for claims for medical accidents (known as medical negligence), where the injury or condition may not become apparent for years. In these circumstances, the period may begin on the date that you became aware.
What’s the difference between general and special damages?
Personal injury compensation is assessed by looking at two types of settlement.
- General damages – the actual injury element of the settlement.
- Special damages – the financial losses that flow from the injury
This covers for the physical and/or mental pain and suffering, disfigurement or impairment, and lowered quality of life (due to physical and mental limitations, such as no longer being able to undertake previous favourite sports or hobbies).
These are for the financial losses that are a direct result of your injury. The most obvious of these are loss of earnings due to incapacity to work. This would include remuneration if the medical evidence indicates that you are unlikely to work in the future. A pension loss calculation may also be appropriate.
Additionally, the time a loved one spends looking after you in the immediate aftermath of the accident can be recovered. Treatment expenses, such as physiotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), prescription costs, unused gym membership, travel expenses to and from the hospital and damaged items of clothing also fall into this category.
This is not an exhaustive list as every case is different. We will discuss this with you and make sure that all financial losses that can be recovered are included.
Generally, you have three years from the date of an accident through negligence to make a personal injury claim – so don’t delay – get in touch today.
Should I pursue a personal injury claim?
If you have suffered an injury as a result of another person’s negligence, you have a legal right to make a claim for compensation.
The amount of compensation you receive will reflect the seriousness of the injury. Compensation may be awarded for ongoing medical care, lost earnings and other expenses that can make a massive difference to your life at a difficult time.
What are disbursements?
They are costs that our solicitors will have to pay to third parties to help prepare for your case, such as hiring a medical expert or court fees.
What do I receive if I win my case?
- You will receive damages awarded plus fixed or assessed costs
- You will not recover the insurance premium, our success fee and some basic charges
- We aim to keep deductions to a minimum, these will include any unrecovered costs
What do I have to pay if my claim is unsuccessful?
- With a self-insured premium, you do not have to pay the cost of insurance
- All costs are waived (‘No win No fee’)
- Your disbursements will be paid by insurance
Under the rules of the court, your opponent’s costs are not payable by you unless:
- Proceedings have been struck out
- Your claim is found to be fundamentally dishonest
- Your claim includes a claim for the financial benefit of someone else.
NOTE: You will not have to pay any expenses as your case proceeds, Hodge Jones and Allen will pay them on your behalf.
Can I make claim if I was injured while abroad?
Yes, you can make a claim if you were negligently injured while abroad on holiday or for work. As your injury occurred outside England and Wales, the law of the country where you were injured may apply. Our specialist solicitors will be able to advise you directly when you call us.
What types of personal injury can I claim for?
If the accident was not your fault and someone else is negligent, we can make a claim against them directly, or against their insurance company.
You can claim compensation for different types of physical and mental injury, these include:
- Accidents at work
- Road traffic injuries
- Medical negligence
How much compensation from a personal injury claim can I expect to receive?
The compensation awarded to you will be dependent on the type and seriousness of your injury, as well as the circumstances around the incident.
How compensation from personal injury cases is calculated depends on the individual case and includes loss of earnings and medical expenses.
How long will it take to settle my claim?
For less complex cases (where liability is not disputed) your case may be settled within six to nine months. The length of your case will depend on a number of factors. These include:
- The extent of the injuries faced
- The length of time you have been in hospital and/or at home and off work
- Care required
- Whether the other side denies responsibility
Our solicitors will be able to give you a better idea of timescales once you have told them more about your case. We promise to keep you updated throughout the process.
What is a no win no fee personal injury claim?
A No Win No Fee or Conditional Fee Agreement are needed in the vast majority of personal injury cases. This type of agreement means you will not be required to pay legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful.
What costs would my personal injury compensation cover?
The compensation you would receive is split into two areas:
1. General damages – pain and suffering caused by the accident. The level of damages are based on the severity of your injuries and the length of your recovery time.
2. Special damages – these cover financial losses that have occurred as a direct result of your accident. Current and predicted expenses as a result of your injury are recorded including any medication and treatment costs, travel costs and loss of income.
Will I need to have a medical examination?
Yes, we will need to see your medical records and you will need to undergo a medical examination. Don’t worry though all this will be arranged for you and will be conducted by a medical expert.
Our personal injury solicitors will always want to achieve the best possible outcome for you and they will spend time gaining all the relevant details from you regarding the incident and your injuries. They will wish to understand early on the injuries you have sustained, any complexities and how long it is likely to take for you to recover and whether there will be any lasting injuries or effects that you will need to deal with.
Give the team a call and they will discuss the procedure in more detail with you. We want to make sure all our clients completely understand the process and are clear on every step they will need to take.