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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Injury claim jargon buster: Small claims court


    At Accident Advice Helpline, we understand that the terms surrounding making a claim for compensation may be difficult to get your head around. As part of our service, as one of the UK’s leading law firms in all areas of personal injury compensation, we aim to ensure that the claim process is kept as transparent and straightforward as possible.

    What does the small claims court mean?

    The term small claims court is fairly self-explanatory but there are a few nuances to note as to how exactly it works. It is a section of the County Court that deals with claims for up to £10,000. This is likely to include defective product claims where a retailer has refused to provide a refund.

    The small claims court also deals with personal injury claims but it is important to note that the injury aspect of the claim must not amount to more than £1,000. This doesn’t mean that for example, were you to be injured as the result of a road traffic accident, that you can’t expect more than £1,000 in compensation, but rather of the total amount claimed, injuries account for only £1,000 and a possible further payout for repairs to your vehicle.

    Settling claims outside court

    Thanks for reading this short jargon buster article, now you know exactly what the small claims court does, but did you know that the majority of claims for compensation made through Accident Advice Helpline are in fact settled outside of court?

    Yes that’s right, our expert legal team works to ensure that an acceptable agreement is reached between all parties locked in a claim for compensation in as efficiently a manner as possible. This means that many of our clients will not have to make an appearance in court, which can be an extremely stressful and traumatic experience.

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    Won’t I be out of pocket?

    All claims for compensation made through Accident Advice Helpline are made entirely on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee basis, meaning that you won’t be out of pocket in the unfortunate event that your claim for compensation is unsuccessful.

    Contact one of our friendly, professional advisers today on 0800 689 0500, for more information. Our Freephone lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week, and you will be under no obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation that may be discussed over the phone.

    Date Published: March 2, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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