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Personal Injury Compensation

Should you wish to pursue compensation for a personal injury, it is imperative to seek guidance from a solicitor with a specialism in such matters promptly due to stringent deadlines for initiating legal action.

Time Limits

Legal proceedings for a personal injury claim must be commenced within specific time frames. It is crucial to consult a legal professional without delay if you are considering a compensation claim.

The most frequent basis for a personal injury claim is negligence, with a three-year limitation period. This denotes that court actions must be initiated within three years from the date you first became aware of the injury.

Under certain conditions, a court might permit an extension of these deadlines based on the specifics of your case.

Funding Legal Proceedings

The costs associated with legal action for personal injury compensation can be substantial. You might qualify for financial assistance with legal expenses through a conditional fee agreement or an insurance policy. Many insurance policies for home contents, vehicles, or travel include legal expense coverage.

Conditional Fee Agreement (also known as No win No Fee)

Under a conditional fee agreement, your solicitor will not charge fees if your case is unsuccessful. However, you may need to cover the legal costs of the opposing party. Your solicitor is likely to advise taking out insurance to cover these potential costs. Should you win, the defendant typically covers your solicitor’s fees and expenses.

Not all claims will be suited to No Win No Fee arrangements. To discuss your circumstances, a FREE consultation with a specialist might be a good first step. First4Lawyers can provide a FREE consultation if you claim is suited to a No Win No Fee arrangement, as can other specialists in this area.

Selecting a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority

We list solicitors who are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority on this website. This means that they must be qualified, behave ethically and follow SRA rules. You can use our search tools to find Solicitors by your location or by their practice name if you know it.

The Law Society

For personal injury legal action, consult a solicitor accredited by the Law Society’s personal injury or clinical negligence schemes, based on your injury type. The Law Society provides details on accredited solicitors and their website is at

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

APIL is a non-profit organisation comprising solicitors, barristers, and academics specialising in personal injury. Its accreditation scheme ensures members’ proficiency in personal injury law, with accredited members possessing at least five years of experience. Visit the website at

Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS)

MASS consists of solicitors experienced in motor accident-related injuries. It offers a free initial consultation through its members. Learn more at

Support form Motoring Organisations and Trade Unions

If you are involved in a traffic accident and belong to a motoring organisation like the AA or RAC, you may be able to access specialised legal advice. Similarly, trade union members may receive legal representation for accidents, unsafe work conditions, or discrimination, often at no cost through the union.