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Welcome to Fletchers, one of the UK’s leading serious personal injury law firms.

For over 30 years, we’ve helped people who have experienced a serious injury claim millions of pounds in compensation they’re entitled to.

We handle all cases, including the most complex cases involving spinal cord injuries, amputation, and traumatic brain injuries. Compensation is not just about justice, it is about giving you the space you need to heal from your injuries and rebuild your life, free from the financial burdens of rising living costs and expensive medical bills.

At every step, we’ll be right there with you. Contact us for more information.

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Caroline Morris
Director of Serious Injury Law

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Caroline Morris
Director of Serious Injury Law

Meet your legal team

Starting your serious personal injury compensation claim

Our serious injury lawyers are there with you from your initial enquiry right through to the payment of your settlement and beyond.

Throughout the process, you’ll get practical advice and down-to-earth guidance on your case. We’re only ever a phone call or email away if you want to ask us something.

Let us help you start your serious personal injury compensation claim as quickly as possible.

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What are serious injury claims?

A serious injury is an injury which is traumatic enough to cause significant changes to your life, potentially over the long term. Examples may include a spinal cord injury that causes paralysis, a brain injury that causes some loss of functioning, or an accident that requires the amputation of a limb.

What are the common causes of serious injury claims?

Serious injuries can be caused by medical negligence, an accident at work, a road traffic collision like a motorcycle accident, an injury when taking part in sport or other physical activity, a slip, trip or fall, or severe burns from a fire.

What are the symptoms of serious injuries?

Symptoms brought on by a serious injury vary according to where the injury occurred. For example, the symptoms you experience from a serious brain injury might include difficulty with coordination and balance, and significant changes to your cognitive abilities or personality.

Symptoms of a serious spinal injury may include loss of movement or sensation in your limbs, difficulty breathing or coughing, loss of bowel or bladder control, or extreme back pain or pressure in the neck, head, or back.

Symptoms of a birth injury may include reduced muscle tone and strength (hypotonia), partial or total paralysis of facial muscles, seizures, and developmental delays in milestones such as crawling, walking, or talking.

How are serious injuries treated?

The treatment for serious injuries varies depending on the location and severity of the injury. For example, brain injuries may be treated by emergency surgery to alleviate pressure on the brain, physical and occupational rehabilitation therapy, medication and psychological support.

Spinal injuries may be treated by stabilisation surgery, medication-based pain management, nerve stimulation, physical rehabilitation, and assistive devices like wheelchairs or braces to aid movement.

Birth injuries may be treated by physical therapy to improve muscle function and coordination, surgical procedures to correct physical deformities or nerve damage, and ongoing developmental monitoring and support to address cognitive and physical delays.

Can I claim for a serious injury?

You can claim compensation for a severe injury that has life-changing or long-term consequences on your health and well-being if the accident that caused it was not your fault.

How much time do I have to claim?

There is a statutory time limit of three years after your accident to make a claim. A judge can extend this depending on the circumstances of your injury but there is no guarantee that they’ll do so.

How much does it cost to make a serious injury claim?

Fletchers works on a no-win, no-fee arrangement, sometimes called a “conditional fee arrangement”. If we take on your case, we’re confident we’ll be able to secure the result you want. If we take on your case but we can’t secure compensation for you, you don’t pay us a penny. If we are successful, we charge a fee of 25% including VAT of your compensation award. In most cases, there are no other costs but, in some, a client must take out “after-the-event” insurance. Our team will explain what this means if it applies to your case.


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Why choose Fletchers Solicitors?

We are specialist serious personal injury lawyers. That’s all our team does. That’s what we have dedicated our firm to become the very best at. Our expertise and track record in serious injury claims has been recognised and celebrated by institutions like The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. We have some of the very best legal talent at Fletchers, including APIL-accredited solicitors, so you’re in safe hands. Contact us today by email or phone, or fill out the form on this page.

Our mission is simple

Our mission is to help rebuild the lives of people who have suffered serious, life-changing injuries. For you, our goal is that you’ll have the space and the time you need to recover without worrying about money.

We want you to have the very best, fullest and most enjoyable life possible after your injury. This is something we’re passionate about. We support multiple charities, causes and organisations who share the same mission. We’re here to bring justice for you.

Serious Injury Claims – Frequently Asked Questions

What is classed as a serious injury?

The types of injuries that can be classified as serious are traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, severe burns, amputations, multiple fractures, and injuries leading to significant loss of vision or hearing. These injuries have a profound and life-changing effect on an injured person. Serious injuries require long-term medical treatment, sometimes for years after the accident occurs. This may include rehabilitation courses, occupational and physical therapy, psychotherapy and adaptations to your home or vehicle. Quite often, the injured person may require long-term care from a family member or medical professional.

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What is the average payout for a personal injury claim in the UK?

The average payout for a personal injury claim in the UK can vary widely depending on the severity of the injury, the circumstances of the accident, and other factors such as loss of earnings and future care needs. Generally, compensation amounts can range from a few thousand pounds for minor injuries to several hundred thousand or even millions of pounds for serious injuries

How is compensation calculated for pain and suffering?

The calculation for pain and suffering caused by a serious injury varies according to the location and severity of the injury as well as its long-term impacts.

Although the amount awarded is tailored to the injured person and their individual circumstances, insurers and courts often use the Judicial College Guidelines to help them determine a sum. For example, a severe back injury may attract compensation anywhere from a five to a six-figure sum, depending on the impact it has on the injured person’s life.

Part of this payment reflects the individual’s pain and suffering, sometimes called the “non-economic damage”. You may receive extra compensation on top to reflect your loss of earnings, medical and rehabilitation costs, adaptations to your home and vehicle, and so on.

How long does it take to receive an offer of compensation?

If you’ve suffered a serious injury and you apply for compensation through a solicitor, the claims process can take anywhere from one year, to several years to settle. How long it takes depends on several factors, one of which is how long it takes to gather the relevant information about your injury and the accident to build a strong legal argument.

If your injury was medically complex, it may take time to assess its impact on your life. If you experienced more than one injury in the accident, each injury will need assessing which can delay the process.

Another important factor is whether the defendant accepts full liability for your injury. If there is an argument on liability, it takes time to negotiate how to apportion this fairly. In most cases, the defendant’s insurer will be reasonable and cooperative. If they aren’t, we may recommend launching court proceedings against them. This will prolong the process further, but this is a very rare circumstance.

We understand that you’ll want your personal injury case to be resolved as soon as possible. When we make a claim on your behalf, our goal is to maximise the compensation you receive while keeping to a minimum the time it takes the compensation to get to you.

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Our team of experts help you every step of the way

We understand that bringing a legal case forward is a daunting prospect. That’s why we promise to guide you through the whole process and keep you informed at every turn. We are experts in our field, and we hope that our guidance and specialist knowledge will help lighten the load, during what is understandably a difficult time.

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Helping you to move forward after serious injury

We’ve successfully settled hundreds of catastrophic injury cases for our clients. We want to secure the best possible outcome for you and your family. That means more than just financial compensation. We go further by helping you choose the right prospect, build your resilience through physiotherapy, and adapt your home to suit your injury.

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