Personal Injury and MU Accidents Plus The MU Accidents Plus Legal benefits package, for you and your family, provides a range of services for MU members. Last updated: 07 January 2021 The MU has had a long-standing relationship with Thompsons Solicitors. As well as providing the MU Accidents Plus legal benefits, Thompsons have sponsored union activities and events. They are one of few law firms in the UK with a commitment to the trade union movement and refuse to act for insurers or employers, only for the injured and employees. MU Accidents Plus Legal benefits The MU Accidents Plus Legal benefits package, for you and your family, includes: Personal injury services, including road traffic accident injuries Clinical negligence services Low cost wills Fixed-rate conveyancing Holiday injury advice Criminal law advice Probate services Powers of attorney How to claim Call Thompsons’ free helpline number on 0800 587 1275, 8am to 8pm weekdays. When calling the Helpline number with regards to a personal injury, it is important to tell your advisor whether or not you would like to make a claim, or are only seeking advice. Personal injury claims The law on making a claim has changed, how will this affect me? In April 2013, the Government changed the law on how most personal injury claims are run, including how they are funded. This has left some people unsure about how, or if, they can make a claim following an accident or an injury. Rest assured that whilst the legal system has changed, our commitment to you has not. In these times of change, trust Thompsons as your union’s legal service to stand up for you and your family and guide you through the changes. Unlike claims made by high street law firms and claims companies that advertise on TV, you and your family keep 100% of your damages with the MU and Thompsons. How long after my accident do I have to make a claim for compensation? The simple answer to this question is three years from the date of the accident; however, there are a few exceptions to this rule. For example, if you were a child at the time of the accident or if you have been affected by an industrial disease, you may have longer to enter your personal injury claim for compensation. How much compensation am I likely to receive? It is very difficult to estimate how much personal injury compensation a person will receive until the full circumstances of the accident are known and we know a little more about the injured person. Contrary to popular belief, there is no standard amount of compensation for any particular type of injury. Each compensation claim is dealt with individually and on its own merits. Once one of our lawyers has spoken to you and assessed your personal injury claim in more depth, they will be able to provide you with an estimate as to how much compensation they think you should be awarded. Am I under an obligation to start a claim if I contact the legal service to discuss my accident? Absolutely not. However, our expert service is designed to progress members’ claims as quickly and efficiently as possible to deliver the best possible service and secure the maximum compensation. It is therefore important to tell your advisor in the first instance whether or not you would like to make a claim. Will I have to go to Court to obtain my compensation? Very few personal injury compensation claims proceed to Court as this leads to an increase in the legal costs, which would be payable by the person responsible for the injury or their insurer. If there is no dispute regarding who was at fault for the accident and no dispute about the level of injuries sustained, an insurance company will rather settle the claim outside of court to avoid paying the bill for the increased legal costs. In extreme cases, where there is a dispute, you may have to attend Court; however, your Solicitor will talk you through the whole process to ensure you are comfortable with it long before the final decision needs to be made.