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Serious Injury Lawyer: Our Member Firms

Major Trauma Group provides an An overview on how a serious injury lawyer from one of our panel firms can assist in your recovery and help you obtain compensation.

At Major Trauma Group (MTG), we understand the effect and impact that a serious injury can have on someone’s life. After an accident, emotional trauma, financial burdens, and physical pain can change the victim’s life path significantly. 

If you have suffered a serious injury and want more information on how to make a personal injury compensation claim, then our member firms can help. The personal injury lawyers on our panel work hard to assist victims in claiming for personal injury compensation often on a no win, no fee basis. We pride ourselves on our sensitive yet professional approach and high-quality legal advice. Please get in touch with us today to find out more. 

What is a serious injury?

A serious injury is typically defined as an injury that requires immediate medical attention and may result in significant physical harm or impairment.

This can include injuries such as multiple bone fractures, severe burns, deep lacerations, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, internal organ damage, and injuries requiring surgical intervention. 

Serious injuries often have long-term consequences and may require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery time. The severity of an injury can vary depending on factors such as the type and extent of the injury, the victim’s overall health, and the availability and quality of medical care.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury, then it is important to seek both medical and legal advice as soon as possible. 

Accidents that may lead to a serious injury

Serious or life-changing injuries can result from a wide range of accidents. These injuries often have a profound impact on the individual’s life, affecting their ability to work, engage in daily activities, or live independently. Common types of accidents that can lead to such injuries include:

Road traffic incidents

  • Vehicle Collisions involving cars, motorcycles, trucks, buses, and other motor vehicles. High-speed collisions are particularly likely to result in serious injuries.
  • Pedestrian accidents occur when a vehicle hits a pedestrian, often leading to critical injuries due to the lack of protection.
  • Bicycle accidents are likely to lead to severe injuries. Cyclists are vulnerable to serious injuries when involved in collisions with vehicles or due to falls caused by road hazards.

Workplace accidents

  • Falls from height are likely to cause serious injuries. These accidents may include falls from ladders, scaffolding, or roofs, particularly in construction and industrial settings.
  • Injuries resulting from the operation of heavy machinery or equipment are common and may cause severe or life changing injuries.
  • Exposure to hazardous substances can lead to serious health conditions or injuries over time.

Slips, trips, and falls

  • Slips, trips and falls are common in public and private settings. These accidents can lead to severe injuries, especially for the elderly or those with pre-existing conditions.

Sports and recreational accidents

  • Contact Sports like football, rugby, or hockey can result in serious injuries. These may include traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal injuries, and fractures.
  • Recreational activities such as skiing, horseback riding, or rock climbing carry risks of serious accidents.

Medical negligence

  • Errors during surgery, misdiagnosis, improper treatment, or medication errors can lead to life-changing conditions or exacerbate existing health issues.

Falls from height

  • Falls from height are not exclusive to the workplace. These accidents can occur in various settings, including home accidents, leading to severe injuries.
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What is the process of making a serious injury claim?

Making a serious injury claim typically involves several steps, and we recommend you seek legal advice from a serious injury lawyer to navigate the process effectively. Some of the steps involved in making a serious injury claim include the following:

  • Seek Medical Attention: The first step is to seek medical attention for your injuries. Your health and well-being should be the top priority. Ensure that you receive proper medical treatment and keep detailed records of all diagnoses, treatments, and prognosis.
  • Document the Incident: Gather as much evidence as possible related to the accident that caused your injury. This may include photographs, videos, witness statements, police reports (if applicable), and any other relevant documentation. The more evidence you have, the stronger your claim may be.
  • Consult with a Serious Injury Lawyer: Our member firms at MTG are highly experienced in handling serious injury claims. Our lawyers can provide you with legal advice, evaluate the strength of your case, and guide you through the claims process.

How long do you have to make a claim?

The time limit for making a serious injury compensation claim is typically three years from the date of the incident that caused the injury. This time limit is set by the Limitation Act 1980.

However, there are some exceptions and variations to this general rule, including:

  • Date of knowledge: If the injury’s full extent or seriousness was not immediately apparent at the time of the incident, the three-year time limit may start from the date when the claimant became aware of the injury.
  • Minors: For individuals who were under the age of 18 at the time of the incident, the three-year time limit begins on their 18th birthday. This means that they have until their 21st birthday to make a claim. However, an adult may make a claim on behalf of the minor at any point before they turn 18. 
  • Mental capacity: If the injured person lacks mental capacity (such as due to a severe brain injury), there may not be a time limit for making a claim. The three-year time limit may not begin until the injured person regains capacity.
  • Fatal Injuries: In cases of fatal injuries, the family or representatives of the deceased typically have three years from the date of death to make a claim for compensation.
  • CICA claims: If a person was a victim to a crime, then they can make an application to the CICA (Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority) for compensation. The Limitation Period for making an application is 2 years from the date of the incident.
  • Boat or plane claims: If you had an accident on a boat or a plane, then you have 2 years to make a claim

Missing the deadline to file a claim can result in the claim being time-barred, meaning you may lose the right to seek compensation. Therefore, it’s crucial to seek legal advice promptly if you believe you have a serious injury compensation claim. A qualified serious injury lawyer can assess your case, advise you on the applicable time limits, and help you initiate the claims process in a timely manner.

How much compensation could you receive?

Compensation amounts for serious injury claims can vary significantly and are difficult to predict. Compensation will depend on factors such as the severity of the injuries and how impactful the injuries are on the victim’s life. 

Compensation is typically divided into two main categories. These are general damages and special damages.

General damages refer to compensation for the pain and suffering a person has suffered as a result of the accident and subsequent injuries, plus any loss of amenity.

The amount awarded for general damages depends on the severity and nature of the injury, its impact on the individual’s physical and mental well-being, and precedents set by similar cases in the past. 

Special damages cover expenses incurred as a result of the injury, such as rehabilitation costs, loss of earnings, loss of future earning capacity, costs of care, and travel expenses. 

Overall, the total amount of compensation you could recover will be a combination of general and special damages.

Each case is unique, and there is no fixed amount of compensation for any given injury, meaning your compensation amount will completely depend on the unique and personal circumstances of your case. 

Ultimately, the goal of serious injury compensation is to provide financial support to help the victim recover from their ordeal and move forward with their life as much as possible.

Our personal injury solicitors at Major Trauma Group have extensive experience in advocating for our client’s compensation amounts to fairly reflect their injuries, expenses, and way of life moving forward.

Please get in touch with a member of our team today to discuss how our serious injury lawyers could help you obtain the compensation you deserve. 

Rehabilitation therapies

Our member firms at Major Trauma Group are extremely passionate about the benefits of rehabilitation therapies for victims of serious injuries. 

Rehabilitation can be a crucial part of the recovery process for individuals who have suffered a serious injury. The goal is to help the person regain as much function and independence as possible to improve their quality of life. 

The specific therapies recommended will depend on the nature and severity of the injury, but some common approaches include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, cognitive rehabilitation and psychological therapy.

Why choose Major Trauma Group’s serious injury lawyer firms?

Our member firms at MTG can offer valuable assistance in making a serious injury compensation claim. The serious injury specialists on our panel understand that taking the step to make a claim can be daunting, which is why we are passionate about providing dedicated support to our clients every step of the way during the claims process. 

In most cases we can offer our expert legal services on a no win, no fee agreement basis, meaning you do not need to worry about the financial risk of making a claim. No win, no fee personal injury claims mean that access to justice is available for everyone, regardless of income or status. 

The member law firms on our panel believe that individuals who have suffered a serious injury through no fault of their own deserve access to the best quality medical care and rehabilitation support. The connections our lawyers possess with medical professionals enable us to offer private treatment options to aid in your recovery.

If you would like to chat with one of our specialist lawyer members, please contact us to start your claim today via email (, telephone (0330 311 2578), or contact us via our website

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Who are the serious injury solicitors of Major Trauma Group, and how can they help me?

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