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Introduction to Compensation

Over the years we have heard the same thing said by many of our clients after they have received their compensation from making a claim - that the compensation will never make up for what has happened to them but it will certainly help them get on with their lives.

Compensation can prove vital in some cases, such as where a disability requires adaptations to be made to the injured person's house or car.  Compensation can also make a huge difference to someone's life who has lost a relative in an accident who had previously supported them financially.  Compensation is sometimes needed to fund medical care for an ongoing injury / illness or even to make up for lost earnings where an injured person is not able to earn a living to pay their bills because of their accident.

Can I make a Personal Injury Compensation Claim?
  How to know if you are entitled to compensation
What will happen after I start my claim for compensation?
  How your claim for compensation will progress
What Can I Claim For?
  Different types of Compensation
News about Compensation
  News Stories Thompsons have published about compensation
Compensation Claim Advice
  How to start your claim for compensation

Can I make a Personal Injury Compensation Claim?

How to know if you are entitled to compensation

If you are unfortunate enough to develop an illness or be involved in an accident and suffer an injury as a result of another person’s negligence, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation.

Claims for compensation can lead from all sorts of situations including accidents at work, road traffic accidents and slips and trips.  At Thompsons we deal with claims for compensation arising from all of these situations but also have expert solicitors who specialise in making compensation claims for people who have been harmed by clinical negligence and also for people who have been affected by industrial diseases such as occupational deafness or an asbestos related illness.

Providing you were not at fault and you suffer an injury or develop an illness as a result, then you should be able to make an accident compensation claim.

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What will happen after I start my claim for compensation?

How your claim for compensation will progress

With all personal injury compensation claims, you would need to prove that your injury, illness or disease was caused as a result of the negligence of another party and once you appoint a personal injury compensation solicitor, they will assist you in compiling your evidence and presenting it to the third party insurers.

Every personal injury compensation claim is very different and while some are settled within a matter of weeks or months, others can take years. Most cases are settled out of Court; however, some will need to progress this far.

At Thompsons we will always give you an honest opinion as to whether we think your claim for compensation will be successful and we will always endeavour to obtain the maximum amount of personal injury compensation for you in the minimum amount of time. 

After speaking to you to establish the facts of the case and gathering evidence of the accident and injury our lawyers will keep you advised of their progress with your claim for compensation at regular intervals.

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What Can I Claim For?

Different types of Compensation

Compensation is normally split into two different categories known as general damages and special damages.

General damages take into account the pain and suffering you have sustained as a result of your accident and medical evidence will be used to support this part of your personal injury claim for compensation. Notes will be gathered from your own medical records and it may also be necessary for you to visit a private medical specialist.

General damages will also compensate you for the inability to carry out day to day tasks or hobbies which you enjoyed before such as gardening, DIY or sports.

In cases involving injured Public Service Workers, who cannot return to work, such as police officers, nurses or fire-fighters, additional compensation may be awarded for loss of congenial employment. This is awarded on the basis that their employment was “more than just a job” to them.

Special damages include compensation for any lost earnings and this includes any future earnings if your injury is serious enough to prevent you working later in life. Likely future promotions and pensions will also be taken into account.

Special damages are intended to reimburse you for any expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.  For example the cost of travelling to and from hospital, the cost of medication, nursing care, rehabilitation costs or any aids necessary such as a wheelchair or stair lift.  You will also be entitled to claim compensation for modifications to your house or car if these are necessary to your condition.

Special damages also compensate you for damage to property such as car repairs after a road traffic accident or a policy excess paid by you to your insurers.

In cases involving a fatality, additional sums will be awarded for funeral expenses and the ability for any dependent relatives to live will also be taken into account.

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News about Compensation

News Stories Thompsons have published about compensation

At Thompsons, we publish many news stories about developments in the legal sector as well as about clients we have helped recover compensation.  You can read all of our news stories by visiting our News Desk; however, below we have listed a selection of some of the news stories you might be interested in reading.  These stories are specifically about compensation.

31st July 2013 - Thompsons Solicitors calls for car insurers to be given a deadline to reduce premiums – or face a windfall tax
14th June 2013 - Financial Conduct Authority falls short of addressing misleading insurance industry claims, says Thompsons
11th June 2013
- Thompsons Solicitors calls on car insurers to stop wasting money on lobbying and cut premiums
28th May 2013
- Admiral pays out huge dividend to shareholders while motorists continue to pay high premiums
22nd May 2013
- Mesothelioma Bill: no act of benevolence, says Northern TUC Asbestos Support and Campaign Group
20th May 2013
- Analysis reveals car insurance companies are making huge profits and could reduce premiums
20th May 2013
- Car insurers - profiting from motorists
17th May 2013
- Mesothelioma Bill no act of benevolence
9th May 2013
- Insurance industry motivated by profit, not concern for consumer, Thompsons tells parliamentary committee
24th April 2013
- Amends to Enterprise Bill “no advert for democracy” say Thompsons Solicitors
8th March 2013
- Raising the small claims for road traffic accident claims will encourage not reduce fraud
11th December 2012 -
Whiplash consultation risks denying access to justice to genuine claimants
31st October 2012
- Thompsons welcomes safety statistics but warns Government reforms could wipe out a century of progress
25th July 2012 -
Insurance Fund of Last Resort
19th December 2011 -
Government must act on employers liability insurance bureau after another worker loses out
14th December 2011 -
NI assembly reverses asbestos compensation law
12th October 2011 -
Ruling recognises rights of asbestos victims above insurers interests
12th October 2011 -
Civil servant condemns hounding by car insurers after accidents
11th August 2011 -
Thompsons named Personal Injury Law Firm of the Year
15th April 2011
- Asbestos compensation victory for pleural plaques sufferers exposed North of the border
30th March 2011 - Thompsons McClure welcomes asbestos Bill
29th March 2011 - Civil Justice Reforms will deny access to justice for thousands of injured people
19th May 2010
- Thompsons’ South Shields office recovers £2.7m
12th May 2010
- Widow’s call for ELIB
10th February 2010 - Thompsons welcomes plans for Insurance fund of Last Resort
10th December 2009 - Union secures nine times more compensation for member
1st September 2009 - Teenager's compensation trebled by Thompsons
21st July 2009 - Cautious welcome for asbestos claims announcement
20th March 2009 - Insurers challenge asbestosis compensation
12th March 2009 - Employers’ liability Bill launched in Parliament
11th March 2009 - Campaign given backing by MP
2nd March 2009 - MPs call for an Employers’ Liability Insurance Bureau
24th February 2009 - David Miliband raises concerns with Government Colleagues
19th February 2009 - Compensation quadrupled for GMB member
23rd January 2009 - Uninsured employers are getting away with murder - Thompsons calls for an insurance fund of last resort
20th January 2009 - Pleural Plaques Campaign is launched
21st November 2008 - Union Trebles Compensation Payment to £6,500
21st November 2008 - Unite defends the right to Mesothelioma Compensation
23rd October 2008 - Thompsons warns of harsh new rules for victims of criminal injuries
1st October 2008 - UK’s most experienced trade union law firm calls on Government to take bold steps to restore pleural plaques compensation
21st August 2008 - Hartlepool Family given go ahead to Claim Compensation
30th June 2008 - A dedicated team of lawyers who fight for compensation on behalf of people suffering from asbestos related disease have recovered more than £11.6 million for clients in the last 12 months.
23rd June 2008 - Almost £2 million in compensation has been recovered from a defunct asbestos company and paid to asbestos victims and their families
6th June 2008 - Pleural Plaques Debate
2nd June 2008 - Unite backs High Court test case on behalf of thousands of asbestos victims
27th March 2008 - MPs have vowed to help a group of mesothelioma sufferers and their families fight for fairer compensation for bereavement
14th January 2008 - Justice for families affected by asbestos
19th December 2007 - Increase in compensation for bereavement
17th October 2007 - Asbestos Victims Let Down By House of Lords Decision
12th October 2007 - Mesothelioma sufferers call for fairer compensation
11th October 2007 - Thompsons Solicitors reaction to MoD announcement
10th October 2007 - Justice for families Affected by Asbestos
3rd October 2007 - Tories playing politics with injured people
2nd August 2007 - Thompsons calls for increase in compensation for victims of asbestos cancer
13th July 2007 - Injured people rejecting the Government’s claims reforms
22nd June 2007 - Asbestos-Related Pleural Plaques Appeal in the House of Lords
2nd November 2006 - Hairdressers could be entitled to claim compensation if they develop dermatitis
19th October 2006 - Thompsons offers funding for clinical negligence claims
12th July 2006 - Firefighter praised for wanting to help people
27th March 2006 - Man from Middlesbrough secures £2.5M in compensation following horrific car crash
14 March 2005 - Road crash victim says keep small claims limit
25 January 2005 - Landmark ruling against Corus UK for vibration exposure
13 March 2003 - Landmark settlement brings justice for thousands of SA former asbestos miners

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Compensation Claim Advice

How to start your claim for compensation

If you or someone you know thinks they have a valid compensation claim, telephone us now for accurate claim advice.

There are strict time limits in place to make any compensation claim.  For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury matters. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a compensation claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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