Personal Injury Services

At Hayward Baker, we understand the huge impact a personal injury can have on your quality of life, both physically and mentally. A serious injury could have an effect for years, so it’s important you get the right assistance at every stage. We know that every injury is different, so whether it’s an accident at work, an incident on holiday, a road accident or a sports injury, our team of specialists are on hand to offer expert advice and guide you through the process of claiming compensation.

Click the links below for more information on any of the personal injury areas we specialise in. Here, you can see what sort of accident you could make a claim for, find out how much compensation you could be entitled to, and get information on how to start the process.

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Personal Injury Knowledge Centre

Meet the Team

Trevor Baker – Personal Injury Solicitor

Trevor Baker - Personal Injury Solicitor

Assistant:

Dennis Donnelly  (Personal Injury Claims Assistant)

Trevor is a Solicitor within the  Personal Injury Department at Hayward Baker Solicitors. He has over 20 years experience of acting for accident victims including those suffering serious head and spinal injuries and limb loss.

Trevor says:

“regardless of whether it is a minor whiplash claim or significant brain injury, it is important the lawyer brings an attention to detail to fully understand how the accident has affected any individual client. Only in this way can the lawyer obtain compensation and help the victim get back on track as soon as possible”

Trevor is a former accredited member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel and a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

In his spare time, Trevor is a licensed official with the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) and Motor Sports Association (MSA) and attends motorsports events in the UK and abroad. His current allocated racing series is the British Superbike Championship.

If you have had an Accident within the last 3 years  and would like to speak to a personal injury solicitor, call us free for a no obligation chat on 0800 1077 321 or contact us online.

Verity Taylor – Personal Injury Solicitor

Verity Taylor - Personal Injury Solicitor

Assistant: 

Ria Tallack (File Handler/Claims Assistant)

Verity is a Personal Injury Specialist Solicitor, having qualified in October 2004. She is a Litigator Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), a not-for-profit organisation which exists to fight for the rights of injured people.

Verity is adept at managing a wide range of claims from straight forward fast track matters to complex multi track cases. She deals with all aspects of personal injury claims including road traffic accidents, employers’ liability claims, public liability and occupiers’ liability claims.

She represents clients with a variety of injuries including serious orthopedic injuries, multiple fractures, fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, severe psychiatric injuries, head injuries and also those involved in fatal accident claims.

For clients with complex injuries, it may be the case that a full recovery from the injuries cannot be achieved. In these types of claims, Verity has succeeded in obtaining high awards of damages for her clients, who will have financial needs as a result of their accident which will continue for the duration of their lives. In all cases, she strives to achieve early interim payments and early rehabilitation for her clients wherever appropriate.

If you have had an Accident within the last 3 years  and would like to speak to a personal injury solicitor, call us free for a no obligation chat on 0800 1077 321 or contact us online.

Gary Lee – Chartered Legal Executive

Gary Lee - Litigation Executive

Assistant:

Angela Ansell (File Handler/Claims Assistant)

Since graduating in Law in 2000, Gary Lee has had a successful career in personal injury legal practice. Gary initially worked in Southampton where he was involved with the defence of clinical negligence and personal injury claims on behalf of the NHS, before joining Hayward Baker Solicitors in 2005 where he now acts for those claiming compensation after suffering an injury because of the negligence of another.

Gary acts for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists in the pursuit of damages, treatment and redress following road traffic accidents. Gary also has a considerable caseload involving those who have been injured at work. Such cases involve a range of causes with the most common being from the use of unsuitable or defective work equipment, falls from height, slips and trips from spillages or obstructions placed or left on workplace floors, construction site accidents and injuries arising from employees undertaking manual handling. Gary acts for those sustaining injury in public places including those injured as a result of slips and trips on defective public roads and paths, and those injured when visiting public places such as shops and supermarkets.

Gary is a Member of the Institute of Legal Executives and a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

If you have had an Accident within the last 3 years  and would like to speak to a personal injury solicitor, call us free for a no obligation chat on 0800 1077 321 or contact us online.

Alison Spriggs – Chartered Legal Executive

Alison Spriggs - Senior Legal Executive

Assistant: 

Ria Tallack (File Handler/Claims Assistant)

Alison is a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, having qualified in June 2000. She is also a Practitioner Member of the Association of Personal Injury Law. Alison has in excess of 17 years experience of running personal injury claims.

Originally from Winchester, Alison has previously worked at several local law firms where she obtained experience of running high volume and high value personal injury claims, before joining Hayward Baker in 2004.

Alison currently runs a varied personal injury case load with cases ranging from mid to high value. They include compensation claims following road traffic accidents, slips and trips, accidents whilst abroad or on holiday, and accidents at work.

She represents clients with a variety of injuries ranging from simple whiplash injuries and fractures to multiple injuries, complex regional pain syndrome, psychiatric injuries and limb loss.

Alison has a particular interest in employers liability claims including construction site accidents and also acts in fatal accident cases on behalf of the relatives of clients who have lost a family member or a loved one in an accident.

In her spare time Alison enjoys skiing, dog walking and cycling. She also enjoys going to the theatre, live music and foreign travel.

If you have had an Accident within the last 3 years  and would like to speak to a personal injury solicitor, call us free for a no obligation chat on 0800 1077 321 or contact us online.

Personal Injury FAQs

Can I make a Personal Injury Claim?

If you have had an accident in the last three years that was the fault of another person or organisation and you have suffered injury as a result of the accident, then you have a potential claim.

Bringing a claim can involve gathering both physical evidence and witness statements to support a case. It is therefore important to start your claim as soon as possible before evidence is lost and memories fade.

Even if your accident was more than three years ago you may still have a claim if you were under 18 years of age at the time. You should take legal advice upon this.

If you have had an accident within the last three years that was not your fault and you suffered injury then please call us on our freephone number 0800 1077 321 to speak to one of our personal injury claims specialists for free, no obligation advice

How long will my Personal Injury Claim take?

This will depend upon whether your claim is defended and how serious your injuries are. A simple case can be settled in six to nine months, although cases with more serious injuries can take two or three years.

There are two factors that affect the speed of a claim. First, there is blame. If the other party accepts their actions caused the accident it helps. If not, we may have to gather evidence to prove our case and this can take time. If the Defendant still fails to accept blame and the issue of proceedings becomes necessary, it may be two to three years before a case comes to court, depending upon the issues involved.

Secondly, the extent of the injuries can affect the speed of the claim. To value a claim we obtain a medical report from a Consultant. However, we cannot obtain this report until the injuries have settled and the Consultant is able to put forward a long-term prognosis.

This may be possible within a few months with less serious injuries but if continuing operations or treatment are required, it may be some time before we can get final medical evidence.

You can be assured that our aim is to progress your claim at every opportunity and to bring it to an early and successful conclusion.

If you have had an accident within the last three years that was not your fault and you suffered injury then please call us on our freephone number 0800 1077 321 to speak to one of our personal injury claims specialists for free, no obligation advice.

How much compensation will I get for my injuries?

If your claim is successful you will receive compensation for your injuries and reimbursement of your financial loss and expenses arising from the accident.

There is no tariff for injuries in the English legal system and each award of compensation is individually calculated depending upon the nature of the injuries and how they affect the person claiming.

This can include the period of recovery, the amount of medical treatment needed and whether there will be any long-term effects of the accident.

We use medical consultants to prepare a report upon injuries and this forms the basis of valuing the award.

Any expenses reasonably following the accident can be claimed. This may include loss of earnings, medical costs, travel expenses, costs of care and assistance during recovery, damage to property and possessions and any similar expenses.

We seek to recover an interim payment towards these expenses at the earliest possible stage where liability is accepted.

If you have had an accident within the last three years that was not your fault and you suffered injury then please call us on our freephone number 0800 1077 321 to speak to one of our personal injury claims specialists for free, no obligation advice. Alternatively, fill out or contact form above and we will call you.

How much will my Personal Injury claim cost?

We offer a FREE initial personal injury claim advice service. If you have been involved in an accident and would like to consider bringing a claim, please contact us on our Freephone number 0800 1077 321.

What is involved in making a Personal Injury claim?

You may be asked for information concerning the facts of your accident so that we can consider the issues relating to liability. We may need to contact witnesses and possibly arrange to inspect the accident location.

We shall also need information about your medical condition. We need to know the effect your injuries have had on you so that we can determine what kind of medical evidence we need and when.

The first stage is writing to the other person holding them responsible. Then they have to be allowed a reasonable period to investigate the claim.

Following the investigation, they have to indicate whether they are accepting or contesting the claim. Their decision will determine if we have to issue proceedings and possibly go to court.

What types of Personal Injury claims are there?

Road Traffic Accident

All users of the road including car drivers, motorcyclists and pedestrians owe a duty of care to other road users. If another person is in breach of his duty and causes an accident resulting in injury, the injured person may be able to bring a claim against the other road user. The starting point with a road accident ‘is was somebody else to blame’?

Slip, Trip or Fall Accident

Local Authorities owe a duty to keep the roads and pavements in their areas safe. If you have tripped over a raised paving stone or caught your foot in a pothole or similar defect and fallen sustaining injury, you may have a personal injury claim.

Accident at Work

If you have been injured at work and believe your employer did not take all reasonable steps to ensure you were safe, please contact us to see if you have potential claim.

Accident on Holiday

If you have been injured on a package holiday as a result of a problem or defect at the hotel or an accident while travelling, you may have a claim.

The holiday operator has to ensure the accommodation and travel arrangements he makes for you are of satisfactory standard including any official excursions on the holiday.

Military Claims

We specialise in military claims.

If you are a serving or retired member of any of the Armed Forces and wish to bring a claim against the Ministry of Defence for injuries suffered in service, we will be able to help you.

Will my Personal Injury claim go to Court?

About 95% of cases settle without having to attend court.

When we have concluded all steps to prepare your case including getting any witness statements, obtaining a medical report upon your injuries and getting evidence to support your financial losses, we will attempt to negotiate a settlement of a claim.

If liability for an accident is accepted then in accordance with the court rules, we must give the other party the opportunity to settle the claim before we begin court proceedings.

If liability is disputed or we are unable to negotiate a settlement, we may have to issue proceedings.

If that occurs the court will control the rate at which your case progresses and the steps which must be taken, with the aim always being to proceed to trial as soon as is practical.

We will use our every endeavour to bring your case to a rapid conclusion, although the timescale will vary depending upon the type of case and what is in dispute.

Just because proceedings are issued it will not automatically mean a case goes to court. However if a trial is necessary, in the last resort you will have to attend court to give your version of events or to give evidence of your injuries.

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