After having suffered an accident such as an accident at work, your earnings may be severely reduced or you may find you have no source of income at all. In this time, you will most likely still incur expenses for day to day living, as well as bills for repairing a damaged vehicle or property. Sometimes an insurance company will attempt to drag out a settlement in order to increase the pressure on someone seeking a compensation claim to accept a lower amount than they are rightfully entitled to.
Are injury defendants allowed to unnecessarily drag a compensation claim out?
All parties to a claim should be working together to ensure that a claim for compensation is resolved as quickly as possible. It should be the case that all parties view court proceedings as the last resort in overcoming an impasse in an amicable settlement. Unfortunately, this is not always the case when dealing with some defendants. If, however, a defendant is being uncooperative, then court proceedings will be brought promptly.
Due to the financial hardship that arises as the result of suffering an accident in your workplace, the courts have moved to redress the imbalance that can leave an injured party without a source of income. An interim payment can be awarded voluntarily by the defendant’s insurance company, or can be awarded by a court. An interim payment is a payout that you are likely to receive in compensation. However, there are a number of caveats to this; you will need to demonstrate a high likelihood of succeeding with your claim for compensation in order to avail of an interim payment.
Making a claim with Accident Advice Helpline
If you’ve suffered a work-related injury within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information. All of our claims are made on a 100% no-win-no-fee* basis, meaning you won’t be out of pocket in the unfortunate situation that your claim for compensation is unsuccessful. Part of the service with Accident Advice Helpline is making the claim process as transparent and efficient as possible. We ensure that for our clients, the majority of claims are settled outside court in a timely manner.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice