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Our expert personal injury lawyers specialise in helping people who have suffered catastrophic or severe injury as a result of accidents, negligence or unsafe working conditions.

Our clients have suffered permanent disability from brain injury, spinal cord damage (SCI) and amputation, or lasting effects from severe physical and psychological injury. We help them secure timely, appropriate rehabilitation to maximise their recovery and compensation to meet their ongoing needs, whilst supporting them (and their family) as they adjust to life with a disability. 

Why choose Boyes Turner?

For more than 30 years, our personal injury claims solicitors have been recovering compensation for the people and families who need it most. In fact, our specialists have built up a combined 60 years’ worth of personal injury claims experience. This provides us with the skills and knowledge to take on the most complex personal injury claims with confidence.

Kim Milan

Partner

Meet the team

For more than 30 years, our personal injury claims solicitors have been recovering compensation for the people and families who need it most. In fact, our specialists have built up a combined 60 years’ worth of personal injury claims experience. This provides us with the skills and knowledge to take on the most complex personal injury claims with confidence.

How our solicitors can help you

Our service to our clients includes:

  • Free, confidential advice from experienced, specialist solicitors;
  • No win no fee conditional fee agreements (CFA);
  • Expert handling of every claim - our lawyers have:
    • over 25 years of experience, industry knowledge and serious injury claims expertise; 
    • top-tier ranking by the Legal 500 and Chambers Directory;
    • accreditation/membership of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel, APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers), Headway, SIA (Spinal Injuries Association), Major Trauma Group, Cycle Smart;
    • expertise in the most severe and complex injuries;
    • a commitment to help our clients achieve their best recovery through funded rehabilitation;
    • an outstanding track record of successful settlements for clients in difficult/complex cases;
  • Interim (advance) payments in appropriate cases, to start making a difference straight away;
  • High value settlements which meet our clients’ lifelong needs;
  • Ongoing support with:
    •  managing, protecting and accessing compensation funds from our experts in:
      • Court of Protection deputyship;
      • personal injury trusts/special needs trusts;
    •  special educational needs (SEN).

We are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for our severely injured clients even in the most complex or challenging cases. This enables us to help people whose claims need specialist handling because:

  • they have suffered injuries of maximum severity resulting in lifelong disability;
  • their injuries are complex or compounded by psychological injury, chronic pain or neurological disability;
  • our client needs extensive multi-disciplinary treatment or rehabilitation;
  • the circumstances of the accident or nature of the injury are highly sensitive, needing careful handling;
  • multiple members of the same family or friendship group were involved or injured in the accident;
  • establishing liability for the accident is complicated by circumstances or lack of witness evidence;
  • more than one person/organisation’s negligence caused the accident - multiple defendants to the claim;
  • someone else caused the accident but our client’s own actions could be regarded as contributory negligence.

What is a personal injury claim?

A personal injury is an injury to the body. Sometimes the physical injury or the circumstances in which that injury was suffered also leads to a psychiatric or psychological injury. 

When someone is injured as a result of another person or organisation’s breach of their duty of care (negligence), the injured person may be entitled to claim compensation for their injury and its financial consequences. The claim for compensation is made against the person or organisation that was responsible for the injury and is usually met by their insurer. The legal process of claiming compensation for injuries that are caused by negligence is known as a personal injury claim.

Boyes Turner’s personal injury team specialise in claims involving severe or catastrophic injury. Most of our clients have been injured in road traffic accidents (RTAs) and accidents at work.

    Who can we help make a personal injury claim?

    If you have suffered a serious injury as a result of somebody else’s negligence (breach of their duty of care), we may be able to help you make a claim for compensation.

    Depending on the circumstances of your accident and the severity of your injury, we may also be able to help you claim compensation:

    • where someone else was responsible for causing the accident but you were also partly to blame
    • where your injuries were caused by an untraced driver in a ‘hit and run’
    • where you were the victim of criminal violence.

    You can make a claim on behalf of:

    • yourself – for your own injuries;
    • an injured child who is under the age of 18 (as their litigation friend);
    • an injured adult who does not have mental capacity to claim for themselves (as litigation friend);
    • the estate of someone who suffered a fatal injury (as their personal representative/executor);
    • for your loss of dependency on someone who suffered fatal injury.

    What are the time limits for making a personal injury claim?

    For compensation claims relating to injuries which occurred in England or Wales the general rule is that court proceedings must be issued (formally started) within three years of the date of the injury. In most cases, before a claim can be issued work must be carried out to investigate the claim, notify the defendant and the insurance company against whom the claim is being made and obtain a medical report to support the claim. The sooner you contact us after an injury has occurred, the sooner we can begin to help you, and the better we can investigate and prepare your claim.

    Longer time limits apply to children, whose three-year time period only begins to run from the age of 18, meaning that their time limit expires when they reach the age of 21. As with adults, however, the sooner you contact us after your child’s serious injury, the sooner we can start helping the child and obtain financial help via the claim.

    Time limits do not apply for those who lack mental capacity. Where an injured person’s mental capacity is uncertain, we work closely with our Court of Protection team to determine whether our client has capacity to bring their own claim. As with other claims, it is always advisable to contact us as soon as possible after the injury, to ensure that evidence can be preserved, rehabilitation started (where needed) and financial help secured via the claim.  

    In exceptional circumstances the court may extend the time limit (or limitation deadline), such as in asbestos-related disease claims where it was not known that an injury had occurred until after the deadline for making the claim.

    If the injury occurred in an accident abroad [link to the new accidents abroad page when Kim has approved it], the law of the country where the accident happened will determine the time limit for making a claim. These time limits vary from country to country and can be much shorter than the deadlines in England and Wales. If you have suffered a serious injury that was not your fault whilst working, travelling, studying or on holiday abroad, you should contact us for advice straight away.

    What kind of accidents lead to personal injury claims?

    If you or someone in your family have suffered a serious injury in an accident which was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Accidents leading to injury can occur in many situations where negligent mistakes are made. To speak to one of our experienced solicitors, free and confidentially about whether you can claim, you can contact us here.

    Common causes of serious injury claims include:

    criminal injuries (CICA claims)

      What injuries can lead to a personal injury compensation claim?

      Our personal injury lawyers are specialists in catastrophic and severe injury compensation claims. Our clients have often suffered life-changing injury resulting in permanent disability. Our aim is to assist their recovery by securing funded rehabilitation whilst supporting them in adjusting to the  changes to their lives and securing compensation to meet their needs in the future.

      Our clients usually have suffered one or more of the following:

        What compensation can I claim for serious injury?

        The amount of compensation that an injured person receives in a personal injury claim depends on a number of individual factors:

        • the severity of the injury;
        • the extent of any permanent disability caused by the injury;
        • the impact that the injury has on their ability to live independently, study, work, or participate in leisure activities;
        • additional needs arising from their injury, such as care, specialist equipment or an adapted home;
        • their life circumstances before the accident;
        • their predicted lifespan;
        • litigation risk factors, such as contributory negligence.

        Depending on the client’s injury and the way it affects their life, their claim may include compensation for:

        • pain, suffering and disability;
        • rehabilitation:
          • funded directly by the defendant’s insurer;
          • funded from interim payments;
          • future rehabilitation costs funded from final settlement;
        • costs of care;
        • case management;
        • costs of medical or surgical treatment;
        • therapies:
          • occupational therapy (OT);
          • physiotherapy;
          • speech and language therapy (SALT);
          • psychological counselling;
          • pain management;
        • loss of earnings and pension;
        • additional costs of adapted accommodation;
        • assistive technology (IT);
        • prosthetics (after amputation);
        • specialist equipment and aids;
        • extra costs of transport or adapted vehicles;
        • special educational needs (SEN);
        • Court of Protection deputyship;
        • funeral costs (fatal cases);
        • bereavement damages (fatal cases);
        • loss of dependency on the deceased’s income or services (fatal cases).

        Compensation is carefully structured to make the best provision for the injured person’s needs. There are rules protecting compensation for children or adults who lack mental capacity. Compensation may be paid in one or more of the following ways:

        • Rehabilitation Code funding – paid directly by the defendant’s insurer to pay for the injured person’s rehabilitation;
        • interim (advance) payment whilst the claim is ongoing;
        • a lump sum settlement;
        • a periodical payments order (PPO) providing lifelong, annual, tax free, index-linked payments for essential costs, such as care and case management, or Court of Protection fees.

        Previous cases include:

        £3million compensation plus £225,000 of funded rehabilitation in an RTA brain injury claim for a young woman who was hit by a speeding car whilst crossing the road on a pedestrian crossing. With the help of brain injury rehabilitation, she managed to complete her education and regain some independence with supported independent living.

        £1million compensation in an accident abroad RTA claim for a man who suffered head and facial injuries when he was hit by a lorry whilst standing on the hard shoulder awaiting roadside assistance in France. His family were not involved in the accident but under French law we were able to secure additional settlements for them for the impact that our client’s injury had on the family. 

        £1million settlement in a fatal accident claim for the widow of a man who was killed when the intoxicated defendant driver’s HGV veered onto the hard shoulder fatally injuring him and another man. The HGV driver was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving whilst over the legal limit for drugs including heroine and crack cocaine and was sent to prison.

        Substantial compensation settlement in a fatal RTA claim for the bereaved husband and young child of a pregnant woman whose car was hit from behind by a driver speeding at over 100mph. The young woman and her unborn baby were both killed in the accident. At the inquest, we secured a verdict of unlawful killing which, if the defendant driver had survived, would have amounted to gross negligence manslaughter.

        £3 million CICA payment for a ‘shaken baby’ who suffered a brain injury, blindness, learning disability and behavioural problems. The Official Solicitor instructed us to take over the five-year-old boy’s existing claim. We secured interim payments to appoint a case manager who helped the boy through the transition from full-time education at a specialist school to living in a local authority assisted home. The final compensation payment will pay for him to live in brain injury specialist accommodation for the rest of his life, with ongoing support from his case manager and our Court of Protection deputyship team.

        £300,000 settlement in an accident at work claim for a labourer who suffered a moderate head injury when he was hit on the head by a co-worker’s pickaxe whilst working on the road. He was left with head injury and psychological symptoms and an increased risk of epilepsy. Following rehabilitation and training he was fit to return to all but heavy work involving use of machinery.

        £650,000 settlement in a difficult RTA brain injury claim for a teenager who was hit by a car whilst rollerblading across a poorly lit dual carriageway.  We overcame unsupportive witness evidence and the  driver’s insurer’s strong defence and secured a settlement which guaranteed substantial compensation for our client but reflected his ‘contributory negligence’ in failing to check that the road was clear before crossing.  Interim payments paid for the boy to have in-patient rehabilitation. Final settlement provided our client with £650,000, representing 40% of a full valuation of £1.6 million.

        Who can we help make a personal injury claim?

        If I make a claim for compensation, will I need to go to court?

        How long do personal injury compensation claims take?

        What compensation can I claim for serious injury?

        What is an interim payment?

        How do I get started with making a claim?
        How are personal injury claims funded?
        What injuries can lead to a personal injury compensation claim?
        What is a personal injury claim?
        What are the time limits for making a personal injury claim?

        Previous cases

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        "Happy to recommend your services"

        Thank you again for all you have done for us and the way you have done it. We would be happy to recommend your services to anyone else in a similar position.

        Boyes Turner client

        "I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in my recovery"

        "It really does turn your life upside down in a moment, not just for me but for my family as well. It’s been a difficult journey, sometimes very emotional, but I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in my recovery and in being able to tell this story tooMy story shows what can be achieved with the support of the right people and a little determination. I look back on where I was and I’m delighted with where I am now. I’ve still got a way to go and I still have some effects from the accident to deal with but I hope people see what I’ve achieved and it helps them as they begin their recovery."

        Jessica Stevens

        "We'd like to express our thanks to Kim and the team at Boyes Turner..."

        We’d like to express our thanks to Kim and the team at Boyes Turner for the expertise, experience and professionalism in handling our daughter’s serious injury claim following a road accident. From arranging a team of rehab specialists and the necessary funding to the negotiation of the final very satisfactory settlement, the whole operation has been conducted very smoothly and we can recommend their service to anyone in a similar position.

        "Thank you so much for all you have done..."

        Thank you so much for all you have done for C and the family. I know that you have absolutely given it everything you’ve got and your devotion and commitment to the case has been spectacular.

        Third party forensic accountant

        "I wanted to take the opportunity to express my thanks..."

        I wanted to take the opportunity to express my thanks to you for your professional attitude and handling of the claim throughout this tragic case.  It is in cases like this where the compensation can never compensate for the loss suffered, but hopefully it will help in some way to move forward.

        Third party insurer