Life Changing Injury Claims

If you have been left with life changing injuries in an accident that wasn’t your fault, First4Lawyers can help get you the compensation you deserve.


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What is a life changing injury claim?

Life changing or catastrophic injuries are generally those that have a major impact on the person affected – either through permanent disability, ongoing health problems or reduced life expectancy.

If you’ve suffered a life changing injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. This might apply if you’ve sustained an injury such as:

  • Brain damage
  • Full-body or partial paralysis
  • Loss of vision
  • A spinal injury
  • Amputation or the loss of a limb

This isn’t an exhaustive list, though. Whether you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, a road collision or through medical negligence, you could have grounds to make a claim.

It’s also possible to start the claims process on someone else’s behalf. So if your loved one is unable to bring a claim due to their injuries, you could do this for them as a litigation friend.

Get in touch with our friendly team for a free initial consultation to find out if we can help you.

Why should I make a life changing injury claim?

We understand that the thought of making a claim can seem overwhelming when you’re already dealing with such a significant life change. But if your injuries were caused by someone else, it’s only right that you get the compensation you deserve.

While making a claim won’t undo what’s happened, it could help you as you come to terms with your injury. As well as accounting for your pain and suffering, any compensation you receive will cover financial losses like lost earnings, the cost of further medical treatment and specialist equipment.

Taking legal action will also highlight the negligence that led to your injuries. So you could be helping to prevent the same thing from happening to someone else.

How can First4Lawyers help?

We work with experienced and compassionate personal injury solicitors who will work to get the best possible outcome for your claim. They’ll assess the extent of your injuries and gather evidence to give your case the greatest chance of success.

For these types of claims, we work on a No Win No Fee basis. So there will be no upfront costs to pay and if your case is unsuccessful, there won’t be any legal fees to cover. To learn more about how No Win No Fee works, give our knowledgeable advisors a call.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Our No Win No Fee solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This could be up to 25% but it won't be more than that, except in cases of road traffic accidents and housing disrepair. Changing laws mean our solicitors will now take a payment of 35% of the final compensation amount plus VAT for all road traffic accident and housing disrepair claims.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

Life changing injury claim FAQs

How long do I have to make a life changing injury claim?

You’ll generally have three years to make a claim after suffering a life changing injury. This could be three years from the date of your accident, or from when you first became aware of it – for instance, if the full extent of your injuries wasn’t immediately clear.

There are some exceptions to the time limits, though. If you’re claiming on behalf of a child, you’ll have until their 18th birthday to take legal action. After this, they’ll have until they’re 21 to start a claim themselves.

If you’re making a claim for someone who is lacking mental capacity, you won’t face any time limits. This could apply if your loved one has suffered a brain injury and they are unable to start a claim themselves.

We would always suggest seeking legal advice as soon as you’re able to. This can make it easier for your solicitor to access key evidence such as CCTV, witness testimonies and medical records. It may also be easier for you to recall the details of what happened.

How much could my life changing injury claim be worth?

Life changing injury compensation can vary widely, as every case will be unique. For example, someone who has undergone an amputation will receive a different settlement to someone who has sustained a head or brain injury.

But if your claim is successful, your compensation will likely be split into two categories: general damages and special damages.

General damages* will consider the pain and suffering caused by your injury, as well as the negative impact this has had on your life. For instance, you may have had to give up a hobby or favourite sport.

Special damages are different as they’ll cover the financial losses associated with your case. This could include lost earnings if you’ve had to take time off work, or the cost of medical treatment like physiotherapy.

*For a rough estimate of how much your claim could be worth in general damages, try our free compensation calculator.

I’ve suffered a life changing injury – what should I do?

If you’ve sustained a life changing injury, the most important thing to do is get the medical attention you need. Your wellbeing comes first, so this should be put before anything else.

After this, you could consider making a life changing injury claim. Our advisors are here to talk through your case with you and answer any questions you might have. We’ll then let you know if you have a strong claim.

If we think you could have a case for compensation, we’ll ask if you’d like to be put in touch with one of our dedicated solicitors. This decision will be completely up to you, and there will always be the option to call us back.

To find out more about the services we offer, give us a call on the number at the top of the screen, request a callback or start your enquiry online.

We’re here to help you through this difficult time.

Why choose First4Lawyers?

Whether you want to make an accident and injury claim, or need a solicitor for personal or business law matters - our friendly team are here to help, 24/7.

Free initial consultation

Our fully trained legal advisors are happy to offer initial guidance and advice for free

No Win No Fee*

No Win No Fee solicitors - you don't pay a penny up front when making a claim

No pressure

We offer advice with no obligation.  We never cold-call or apply pressure to our customers


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