The team at Morrish Solicitors is a leading light in Personal Injury law, with a respected history of recovering headline-grabbing awards for our clients, injured as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Our department head Martin Bare, Partner, is a past President of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and has had many papers published on current issues relating to personal injury. He lobbies for improvements in civil laws relating to personal injury and the rights of injured victims of accidents. Our team of lawyers has extensive experience across a spectrum of severity, including Catastrophic Injury, Spinal injuries,Occupational diseases, Road Traffic Accidents, Workplace Accidents, Infant claims, Product Liability and Defective Product Litigation. We aim to provide the best possible service to our clients.
Personal injury claims are subject to strict deadlines. By law, you must normally submit your claim to the court within 3 years of your injury.
Any member of our team will be happy to advise you in a free initial consultation. Most of our work is carried out on behalf of Trade Unions and their members. We are happy to be instructed by individuals who do not have the valuable benefit of Trade Union assistance and can advise them on alternative sources of funding. ‘No win no fee’ arrangements may also be available.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have sustained an injury due to the negligence of another, it is likely that you will be entitled to make a personal injury claim. When you contact us, we will assess very quickly whether or not you have a valid accident claim. It may be that you are entitled to accident compensation for your injuries. A damages payment can represent what it takes to return you to your original state before the accident took place.
By their nature, accidents vary enormously and no two injuries are exactly the same. A car accident differs from a work accident which differs from professional sports injuries. You want your personal injury lawyer to assess your situation on its own merits.
Please speak to one of our expert injury lawyers today for free legal advice on your situation.
There are strict time limits which apply to personal injury claims. In most cases, if you are 18 or over and have been injured, you have 3 years from the date of your accident in which to formally commence legal proceedings.
Because it takes time to assess your case, gather medical evidence and contact insurers, if you have had an accident, you must seek legal advice as soon as possible.
However, time limits can vary and sometimes the time limit can be shorter than 3 years. We recommend, again, that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.
The rules for claims of Industrial Disease, also called Occupational Disease and Occupational Illness, are different and rather more complicated. You must start legal proceedings within three years of the date you knew, or should have known, that your condition is work-related. Delaying your claim can mean losing your right to claim. Therefore, please do not delay in contacting us for further expert free legal advice.
If you have suffered an accident, illness or disease which happened more than three years ago, it is less likely you will be able to make a claim.
However, you should contact us because circumstances of your case may mean your claim is still valid. For instance, with claims of Industrial Disease, also called Occupational Disease and Occupational Illness, the time limit applies to the date at which you knew or should have known your illness was work-related. For instance, if you knew your workplace in the 1970s had traces of asbestos but were only recently diagnosed with Mesothelioma, a serious asbestos-related disease, the time limit for your claim might apply to three years from the date you were diagnosed.
If you lose your case, you don’t pay a penny. If you win, then unless you are covered by your Union’s legal scheme, you will have to pay some fees out of what you win (but nothing along the way).
We offer quality free legal advice – advice without upfront fees. Cases for members of Unions we act for will receive 100% of compensation. If your case is successful, a contribution toward our costs is paid by the other side and their insurers, and the arrangement we have with the Union sorts out the rest. As a leading Trade Union law firm, we proudly assist Trade Union members needing quality legal advice.
We are also able to help those without the benefits of Trade Union membership and can offer appropriate funding options, including Legal Aid in birth injury cases. If your claim is unsuccessful, we will not charge you anything.*
* Explained fully by us and in our Client Care Documentation and Terms and Conditions of Business.
Every claim is different, and sometimes court proceedings are unavoidable. Even after court proceedings commence, an out of court settlement can still be reached, avoiding the need for court. As litigation specialists, we have a well deserved reputation for being meticulously prepared and keeping our clients informed of their options at each stage.
In our legal system, the payment of compensation is intended to place the injured victim in a position as close to that as if your accident, injury or illness had never happened.
We seek to recover compensation for both your injury and all consequential losses including, for example, loss of earnings. We take a holistic approach which also focuses on your need for rehabilitation. For many accident victims, a key part of their rehabilitation involves being able to return to work and once again becoming an active member of society.
How much compensation will I receive?
Each case is assessed individually. However, there are guidelines in place to ensure that similar injuries are compensated in a consistent way.
The total amount awarded to you in a successful personal injury claim is based on many factors including the nature and severity of your injury, and any consequential damages such as loss of income.
The compensation amount awarded for a specific injury (excluding any consequential damages) is based on a set of national guidelines, listed here:
- Amputation of both arms (£140,500 – £174,500).
- One arm amputated from the shoulder (not less than £79,000).
- One arm amputated above the elbow (£63,625 – £76,350).
- One arm amputated below the elbow (£56,000 – £63,625).
- Severe arm injury (£56,000 – £76,350).
- Simple fractures (£3,800 – £11,200).
- Severe elbow injury (£22,650 – £32,000).
- Moderate or minor elbow injury (up to £7,375).
- Severe wrist injury (£27,750 – £34,850).
- Minor and temporary wrist injury (£2,000 – £2,800).
- Hand injury. Total or effective loss of both hands (£81,500 – £117,000).
- Trivial thumb injuries (up to £1250).
- Severe back injury (£22,650 – £98,500).
- Moderate back injury (£7,125 – £22,650).
- Minor back injury (£4,575 – £7,125).
- Quadriplegia (£188,250 – £235,000).
- Paraplegia (£127,250 – £165,500).
- Severe neck injury (£14,500 – £86,500).
- Moderate neck injury (£4,575 – £14,500).
- Minor neck injury (£750 – £4,575).
- Severe shoulder injury (£11,200 – £28,000).
- Serious shoulder injury (£7,375 – £11,200).
- Moderate shoulder injury (£4,575 – £7,375).
- Minor shoulder injury (£2,550 – £4,575).
- Claims vary according to gender:
- Female very severe facial scarring injury (£28,000 – £56,500).
- Female trivial facial scarring injury (£1,000 – £2,000).
- Male very severe facial scarring injury (£17,550 – £38,175).
- Male trivial facial scarring injury (£1,000 – £2,000).
- Noticeable laceration or single disfiguring scar (£4,500 – £8,200)
- Very severe brain damage (£165,000 – £235,000).
- Minor brain damage (£9,000 – £25,000).
- Frontal bone fracture to the face (£14,000 – £21,350).
- Fractures to the nose (£1,000 – £13,500).
- Cheekbone fractures (£1,400 – £9,150).
- Jaw injury (£3,800 – £26,500).
- Several front teeth lost or seriously damaged (£5,100 – £6,600).
- One front tooth lost or seriously damaged (£1,300 – £2,300).
The final amount awarded depends on the extent of discomfort suffered during each subsequent treatment. Any difficulty with eating increases the award level.
- Chest injury. Minimum (up to £2,300). Maximum (£58,500 – £87,500).
- Lung disease. Minimum (£1,300 – £3,175). Maximum (£58,500 – £79,000).
- Asbestos related disease. Minimum (£4,000 – £6,100). Maximum (£48,850 – £74,300).
- Asthma. Minimum (up to £3,000). Maximum (£25,000 – £38,175.)
- Male reproductive system injury. Minimum (around £3,800). Maximum (around £86,500).
- Female reproductive system injury. Minimum (around £5,850). Maximum (£67,200 – £98,500).
- Kidney injury. Minimum (£18,100 – £25,000). Maximum (£98,500 – £122,000).
- Bowel injury. Minimum (£7,375 – £14,000). Maximum (up to £87,000).
- Bladder injury. Minimum (£13,500 – £18,100). Maximum (up to £81,500).Spleen injury. Minimum (£2,550 – £5,100). Maximum (£12,200 – £15,250).
- Hernia injury. Minimum (£2,000 – £4,300). Maximum (£8,650 – £14,000).
- Both legs lost totally (£140,500 – £165,500).
- Both legs lost below the knee (£117,000 – £157,750).
- One leg lost above the knee (£56,000 – £81,500).
- One leg lost below the knee (£52,950 – £76,350).
- Most serious leg injury (£56,000 – £79,000).
- Moderate leg injury (£16,300 – £22,650).
- Fractures with incomplete recovery (£10,500 – £16,300).
- Simple fracture (up to £5,350).
- Severe knee injury (£40,750 – £56,000).
- Moderate knee injury (up to £8,150).
- Achilles Tendon injury. Most serious Achilles tendon injury (up to £22,900).
- Minor Achilles tendon injury (£4,000 – £5,000).
- Both feet lost (£98,500 – £117,000).
- One foot lost (£48,850 – £63,625).
- Very severe foot injury (£48,850 – £64,625).
- Modest foot injury (up to £8,150).
- All toes lost (£21,350 – £32,800).
- Big toe lost (£18,325).
- Very severe toe injury (£7,500 – £10,500).
- Moderate toe injury (up to £5,600).
- Very severe ankle injury (£29,000 – £40,750).
- Moderate ankle injury (£7,625 – £15,500).
- Modest ankle injury (up to £7,500).
- Severe pelvis or hip injury (£22,650 – £76,350).
- Moderate hip or pelvis injury (£15,500 – £22,650).
- Pelvis or hip injuries of lesser severity (£7,375 – £15,500).
- Lesser hip or pelvis injury (£2,175 – £7,375).
- Total loss of vision and hearing Maximum (up to £235,000).
- Total loss of vision only (around £155,250).
- Loss of sight in one eye with reduced vision (£37,150 – £104,500).
- Total loss of one eye (£32,000 – £38,175).
- Loss of sight in one eye (£28,750 – £32,000).
- Minor eye injuries (£1,300 – £5,100).
Hearing injury or impairment
- Total deafness and loss of speech (£63,625 – £81,500).
- Total loss of hearing in one ear (£18,325 – £26,500).
- Partial hearing loss / Tinnitus (£4,300 – £7,375).
- Severe Tinnitus (£17,500 – £26,500).
- Injuries effecting your ability to taste and smell:
- Loss of taste (£11,200 – £14,500).
- Total loss of taste and smell (up to £22,650).
- Severe psychiatric damage (£32,000 – £67,200).
- Minor psychiatric injury (£800 £3,250).
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
- Severe PTSD injury (£36,650 – £58,500).
- Minor PTSD injury (£2,300 – £4,825).
- Chronic Pain syndrome (£6,350 – £37,150).
- Fibromyalgia (£19,850 – £37,150).
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (up to £28,750).
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (£14,750 – £58,500).
- Somatoform Disorder (up to £26,500).
What should I do next?
If you or a family member has suffered injury, disease or illness as a result of someone else’s negligence, please contact us today for advice. Complete our accident claim online form or call 033 3344 9600 to speak to one of our experienced solicitors who can help you with your claim.
For further information, take a look at our personal injury factsheets:
- What is my claim worth?
- Only 0.6% of medical accident victims bother to claim
- Head and Brain Injuries
- Spinal Injuries
- Fatal Accidents and Injuries
- Asbestos – The Miracle Mineral
- Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
- Making a Claim for Compensation
- Welfare Benefits – off work due to injury?
- E.Coli infections and compensation claims
- Work Accidents
- Road Traffic Accident
- Personal Injury Services
- Accidents Caused by Work Colleagues Negligence/ Fault
- Defective or Faulty Work Equipment
- Manual Handling
- Slips and Trips in the Workplace
- Travelling in a Work Vehicle
- Unsafe Working Methods
- Of Injuries and the Law
- Morrish Solicitors Response to Jackson Reforms
- The ‘W’ Word
- Accidents in the Workplace Infographic