Personal Injury Claims

Personal InjuryIf you have suffered an accident or injury that was not your fault the Personal Injury department at McKeag and Co will be able to assist you.

We will act for you on a No Win No Fee basis which means that if your claim is unsuccesful you do not have to pay any costs at all, if your claim is successful you only have to pay to us a fee which is limited to 25% of the compensation you receive.

The department headed by senior partner Mr Philip Walton has extensive experience of dealing with all types of claim including road traffic accidents, injuries of all types at work, in the home, in shops or public places, trips in the street, occupier's liability and industrial disease. We also have the knowledge to deal with claims of all values from low impact road traffic accidents to fatal injuries and permanent disability.

Our aim is to secure the maximum compensation available to you and we will do our upmost to bring your claim to a successful conclusion even where other solicitors may have failed.

We specialise in civil and personal injury claims.  We offer advice on all types of matters including road traffic accidents, work related injuries, industrial disease, slip and trips, child injuries and fatal accidents.  We act in all claimants personal injury claims on a “No Win No Fee” basis as described above.  We are only paid on cases we win.

At the same time we have the in depth knowledge and expertise necessary to deal with complex claims. We regularly deal with high value matters using our own experienced solicitors and have over the years built strong relationships with barrister’s chambers around the country so we can obtain specialist advice in niche areas.

Contact us today on 0191 213 1010 and ask to speak to somebody in our personal Injury Department. Alternatively please use the contact form.

For further information on the Personal Injury service that we provide please click on a section header below:

1. The Claims Process

The Claims process can seem very daunting and we aim to make the steps as simple and straightforward as possible. A brief outline of the Claims process is described below and duringyour claim you will receive regular updates as to how the matter is progressing.
Each claim is different; however there are some keys steps central to claims of all values which can be broken down as follows.

1. The No Win No fee agreement and introductory letter will be sent to you.  We may also include a brief questionnaire. Return of these forms confirms your instruction to us to act on your behalf. These can be sent to you for completion but if you would prefer to make an appointment to complete these forms at our office or at your home, please do not hesitate to request this. 

2. We shall draft a letter of claim based on information that you will provide us with and which we shall sent to you for your approval. 

3. Once you have approved the draft letter of claim we shall forward the letter of claim to the Defendant. 

4. The Defendant or the Defendants insurer has time limits to acknowledge our letter of claim depending on the type of claim. 

5. Thereafter the Defendant or the Defendants Insurer then have set periods of time to refer the claim to their insurer and complete their investigations. 

6. Once this time period has expired the Defendant must provide us with an admission or denial of liability. 

7. We then arrange to obtain your medical records and provide you with an appointment with an appropriate specialist medical expert to provide a detailed report about your injuries.

8. During this period we shall also compile a statement of any financial losses that you have suffered. This can include medical and treatment expenses, loss of earnings, a contribution towards care and assistance provided by friends and family members as well as any other losses that can be directly attributed to your accident. Remember to keep a diary of these expenses together with any receipts as they accrue. 

9. On receipt of this report we shall approach the Defendants and together with your input negotiate an offer of settlement that fully reflects both the seriousness of your injuries and the level of financial loss that you have suffered.

If you would prefer to make an appointment to attend our offices to speak to a solicitor in person please do not hesitate to contact us on 0191 213 1010.

2. No Win No Fee Explained

We act in all Claimants personal injury claims on a “No Win No Fee” basis and will not charge you for any of the work that we complete on your behalf if the claim is unsuccessful, if your claim is successful we charge a fee which is limited to 25% of the compensation you receive. 
1.    If you lose your claim, you will not have to pay anything at all provided you co-operate with us reasonably and are always truthful.
2.    If you win your claim, your opponent pays our fees but you also have to pay a success fee, normally amounting to but more than, 25% of   your compensation payment.  This success fee includes VAT.
3.    Therefore if you lose your claim you pay nothing.  If you win your claim you pay a success fee of 25% of your compensation and retain the other 75% for yourself.  

If you have any queries about our No Win No fee agreement and would like to speak to a solicitor direct for advice before making a claim please contact us on 0191 213 1010.

3. Compensation

Your claim divides into two parts. Compensation for your injuries which will be valued using the experts report, case law and also compensation for financial losses that you may have suffered as a consequence of you injuries.

For more information about how to value the compensation for your injuries please click on the link below How Much Is My Claim Worth?

If you have any queries about your claim for compensation and would like to speak to a Solicitor direct for advice before making a claim please contact us on 0191 213 1010.

4. Time Limits

Please remember that in most cases you only have 3 years from the date of your accident within which to make a claim for compensation, under certain exceptional circumstances this 3 year period may be extended.  If you are under 18 at the time of the accident then the 3 year time limit does not begin until your are 18.

The sooner you instruct us the quicker we can act and advise you whether it may be possible to proceed even if the 3 years have expired.
If you were involved in an accident outside of the UK or if you are making a claim for compensation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authoirty then there is usually a 2 year time limit.

If you have any queries about the time limits that would apply to your claim and would like to speak to a Solicitor direct for advice before making a claim please contact us on 0191 213 1010.

5. How Much is my Claim Worth?

A JSB Guidelines document detailing the types and typical claim value of injuries can be found [here] in PDF format.

Alternatively use our Online Claim Calculator.

Contact our Personal Injury Department