If you have had an accident that was not your fault, determining how much compensation you may be entitled to is easy with Accident Advice Helpline. Simply log onto our website and use the 30-second tool to see how much you might be able to claim.
Using our 30-second tool could not be any easier. The tool, which is prominently displayed on the Accident Advice Helpline homepage and on pages throughout the website, asks four simple questions:
- Were you injured in the last three years?
- Was the accident your fault?
- Did you receive medical attention?
- Where were you injured?
Generally, a claim for compensation has to be lodged within three years of the incident occurring. This is what is known as the limitation period. After the three-year period has lapsed, the claim is considered time- or statute-barred. The three-year period will in general be dated back to the day on which the accident or injury occurred. There are exceptions, although these depend on the type of accident or injury involved. On occasion, the circumstances of the person making the claim are considered, and if an exception is deemed to apply, the three-year period will start from some time after the accident.
To claim compensation, the accident has to be attributable to someone else’s negligence and not your own. If you received medical attention following the accident, it is important to keep all documentation relating to the attention received, from prescription receipts to hospital and doctor appointment letters. Retaining documentation is very important in expediting a compensation claim and it may be that you will be entitled to compensation for medical costs, such as trips to and from the hospital, medications and so on.
Where you were injured – the arm, the leg, the head and so on – is another important consideration because the levels of compensation granted will vary depending on the type and severity of the injuries sustained. For example, if an injury sustained in an accident was severe enough to prevent you from working, then the level of compensation would have to be tied in with your impaired financial circumstances. Your legal representatives will be able to give you an indication of the level of compensation to which you may be entitled. Although no sum can be guaranteed, it is useful to know upfront what level of compensation you might be entitled to so you can judge the merits of taking a case.
Once you have completed the 30-second tool, Accident Advice Helpline will be in touch to discuss your case further with you. We draw on a panel of experienced legal practitioners from across the UK and have helped thousands of claimants since we were established in 2000. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get started on making your claim.
Date Published: October 8, 2013
Author: David Brown