Serious Injuries FAQs

Understanding what is involved in a claim for Serious Injury is important to those who need to go through this process. The very nature of a serious injury claim can mean that it is the family or friends of the victim that start the process of speaking with a Solicitor.

There are many questions that you will want answering before, during and after making a claim on yours or a loved ones case.

Adrian Cormack, our Serious Injuries specialist, answers some of these popular questions in the videos shown below. If you would like further advice on whether to make a claim or the best way to begin feel free to reach out to one of our experts.

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What are your specialisms?

What are your specialisms?

Adrian Cormack, has been a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) for over 20 years. The APIL is an organisation set up to protect the rights of people who suffer from an injury. Adrian is a senior litigator within the APIL and he is also accredited with the Legal 500 as being a specialist in brain injury.

 
Will I pay less?

Will I pay less?

Yes you will! Our overheads in Dorset are less, our hourly rate is less and therefore there is an advantage to instructing a provincial firm with national expertise rather than perhaps a London firm whose hourly rate is higher and therefore their success fee would be higher.

 
Why choose Coles Miller as your solicitor?

Why choose Coles Miller as your solicitor?

You should come to Coles Miller because we have empathy with our clients and a real expertise in a team that we have built up over 20 years with a range of specialisms. We have acted for some clients for over 20 years where we have won the case for them and we still continue to act for them through a trust which shows a certain degree of loyalty from the client that wouldn't stay with us if they were not perfectly happy with the service that we provided and the expertise that we bring. That expertise starts from the minute that we take on the case with the experts that we are able to call on. We have a team of people here that are fairly tenacious, they're nice people but they're lawyers at the end of the day and they're fairly vigourous in the way that they pursue a case! We have a really good track record of winning and keeping the client happy even after the case is settled.

 
What should I do if I'm unsure?

What should I do if I'm unsure?

We completley understand if you're not sure about claiming for an injured party in a very serious accident. You've been visiting this person for weeks and months and you're physically exhausted. You're having to work, perhaps do flexi-work and having to make all these arrangements for family members to attend the hospital. Once the injured person is out of hospital you might think 'now we can relax'. But you don't want to leave it too long to start making a claim, particularly if they have been in hospital 2 or 3 months. you don't want to leave it too long as the liability evidence may get a bit stale. It might be the last thing the family want to do but it's probably the most important next step - go and see a solicitor who knows what they're doing and can preserve the liability evidence and start the claim going, arranging a medical report on which to base the claim going forward.

 
What satisfaction do you get as a solicitor?

What satisfaction do you get as a solicitor?

I enjoy what I do even though at times you are dealing with tragic circumstances. There are countless cases where we've acted for a family where their family member has nearly died and that, of course, at the beginning is all they are really concerned with.The reality comes later when they are discharged from hospital and we have to get interim payments to cover their care and their loss of earnings. It's a hugely long process, but very rewarding when you come out of it with a substantial sum of money which can then be invested for the family for many years. I have been a personal injury lawyer for over 20 years and I have acted for some cleints in this area for over 17 years. Whilst we have settled the case we still deal with the family day to day with all their ongoing difficulties and care.

 
What is your success record for interim payments?

What is your success record for interim payments?

There are no typical clients but we can always get interim payments from the defendents, particularly more serious cases. If you have a very serious brain injury or spinal injury it may be years before the final medical assessment can be made and really the interim payment is the life blood of families because it will cover lost earnings and the care that the family will need in the interim period before the final assessment can be made. We have huge experience in gaining  interim payments and it is something we look at in each and every case.

 
What is the APIL?

What is the APIL?

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers is a professional body set up by claimaint personal injury lawyers nationally to share expertise and ideas. They are also a lobby body to protect the interest of claimaints. Adrian Cormack has been a member for over 20 years and he is a senior litigator with APIL . Adrian is also listed in the Legal 500 as a specialist in brain injury.

 
What is a conditional fee agreement?

What is a conditional fee agreement?

A conditional fee agreement sounds complicated, it's not! It is the name of the No Win No Fee arrangement that we have with our clients. You should be reassured that there is no cost to you should you lose and if you win, you should be reassured that it is only the success fee from your damages that we take, which can't be more than 25%.

 
What happens after my case is won?

What happens after my case is won?

Adrian Cormack, our Serious Injuries specialist, answers some of these popular questions in the videos shown below. If you would like further advice on whether to make a claim or the best way to begin feel free to reach out to one of our experts.

 
No Win, No Fee - how much does Coles Miller take?

No win, No Fee - how much does Coles Miller take?

Adrian Cormack, our Serious Injuries specialist, answers some of these popular questions in the videos shown below. If you would like further advice on whether to make a claim or the best way to begin feel free to reach out to one of our experts.

 
What can I do to help you with my case?

What can I do to help you with my case?

Adrian Cormack, our Serious Injuries specialist, answers some of these popular questions in the videos shown below. If you would like further advice on whether to make a claim or the best way to begin feel free to reach out to one of our experts.

 
Is my case going to be stressful?

Is my case going to be stressful?

Adrian Cormack, our Serious Injuries specialist, answers some of these popular questions in the videos shown below. If you would like further advice on whether to make a claim or the best way to begin feel free to reach out to one of our experts.

 
How long will my claim take?

How long will my claim take?

Adrian Cormack, our Serious Injuries specialist, answers some of these popular questions in the videos shown below. If you would like further advice on whether to make a claim or the best way to begin feel free to reach out to one of our experts.

 
Does Coles Miller cover the whole of the UK?

Does Coles Miller cover the whole of the UK?

Adrian Cormack, our Serious Injuries specialist, answers some of these popular questions in the videos shown below. If you would like further advice on whether to make a claim or the best way to begin feel free to reach out to one of our experts.

 
Am I liable for any costs with No Win No Fee?

Am I liable for any costs with No Win No Fee?

Adrian Cormack, our Serious Injuries specialist, answers some of these popular questions in the videos shown below. If you would like further advice on whether to make a claim or the best way to begin feel free to reach out to one of our experts.

 
How does No Win No Fee work?

How does No Win No Fee work?

Adrian Cormack, our Serious Injuries specialist, answers some of these popular questions in the videos shown below. If you would like further advice on whether to make a claim or the best way to begin feel free to reach out to one of our experts.

 

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