When you’ve suffered an injury from an accident due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, and related losses. However, determining the value of your personal injury claim can be a complex process that depends on various factors. At Brian Barr, we specialise in handling cases involving chronic pain and critical illness. Each case is unique. We will work tirelessly to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. There are a number of key factors that will play a role in evaluating the value of your personal injury claim.
- Severity of injuries:
The severity of your injuries is a primary factor in determining the value of your claim. More severe injuries that result in long-term disabilities, such as chronic pain or critical illnesses typically lead to higher compensation. Medical documentation, including diagnoses and treatment plans, play a crucial role in assessing the severity of your injuries, and that is why we work with medical specialists to build a strong case for you.
2. Medical expenses:
Your medical expenses, both current and future, are a significant part of your claim’s value. Whilst many of this may be covered on the NHS, many times you will need access to specialist facilities and rehab centres or access to treatment with shorter waiting times. We will seek expert medical opinions to estimate future medical expenses accurately such as hospital bills (in the case of private treatment), surgeries, rehabilitation, medication costs, and ongoing treatments.
3. Lost wages and income:
A key area of concern to our clients is always loss of income, and again this will vary from person to person depending on your job and potentially your age (i.e. how close you are to retirement). If your injury has forced you to miss work or impacts your ability to earn a living in the future, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and diminished earning capacity. Calculating this aspect requires a thorough analysis of your employment history and potential career trajectory.
4. Pain and suffering:
Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, are challenging to quantify but are an essential part of personal injury claims. We always look at the bigger picture – the severity of your pain, emotional distress, and diminished quality of life which will influence the compensation you receive for these intangible losses.
5. Pre-existing conditions:
If you had pre-existing medical conditions or injuries that were aggravated or exacerbated by the accident, it may complicate the assessment of your claim’s value. However, this does not mean that your claim will not be successful. Expert medical opinions are often needed to establish the relationship between the accident and your condition. At Brian Barr Solicitors, we often act for clients in chronic pain cases who already have had a previous diagnosis of fibromyalgia or CRPS.
6. Evidence and documentation:
The strength and quality of the evidence we present plays a significant role in determining the claim’s value. This includes medical records, accident reports, photographs, witness statements, and any other relevant documentation. It can be a lengthy process to build a strong case, but this gives us the best chance of securing you the compensation you deserve.
7. Legal representation:
Lastly, but most importantly, having experienced specialist personal injury solicitors like Brian Barr on your side can make a substantial difference in your claim’s outcome. We can not only negotiate effectively on your behalf, but we know the questions to ask and have a network of medical professionals that we work closely with, ensuring that you receive fair compensation.
Whether it is fibromyalgia, FND, chronic pain, CRPS, a brain or any other type of injury, every personal injury case is unique, and the combination of these factors above can vary the amount of compensation greatly. To maximise the value of your personal injury claim, it is essential to consult with experienced and specialist solicitors who can assess your case thoroughly, gather the necessary evidence, and navigate the legal process to secure the compensation you deserve. We settled a claim for a client for £200,000 after being advised by his previous solicitor that his case was only worth up to £10,000. We regularly have cases transferred to us because of our specialist knowledge.
If you or a loved one is dealing with chronic pain or a critical illness due to an accident that was the fault of another, do not hesitate to reach out to Brian Barr Solicitors. We are dedicated to advocating for your rights and helping you obtain the compensation you need to rebuild your life.