Occasionally an individual may feel that they are entitled to injury compensation but suffer disappointment when it is discovered they do not have grounds for a claim. The question that needs to be answered is, “Why and when can’t I claim?”
To be entitled to make a claim you should not have been responsible for the accident or incident that led to the injury. There are also strict time limits for claims. Usually the limit is three years, but on some occasions it might be longer.
Sometimes it is obvious that you were responsible for an accident; for example, you were involved in a road traffic accident and through your own carelessness you were responsible for causing it. In this instance you may well have been prosecuted for careless driving; however, there may be cases when liability is doubtful. In these cases it is worthwhile to seek legal advice to see if you really do have grounds for a claim.
Another situation when you might believe you can’t make a claim is if the deadline is likely to have passed. In these cases it may still be to your advantage to make contact with solicitors such as those at Accident Advice Helpline.
We have specialist solicitors experienced in a wide range of claims. They can be contacted via our free customer helpline and the initial consultation is also free. Based on the evidence you give us, we will be able to assess whether you have grounds for a claim and whether it is still within the time limits.
If we believe that you do have a case for a claim, we can also provide representation should the case go before the court.
In order to assess whether you are entitled to make a claim we will need certain information. This will include evidence statements from witnesses who saw the incident. If the police were called to the scene, the statement from the investigating officer will also be useful. The witness and police statements will help to establish whether you were the innocent party and can make a claim for compensation. Photographic evidence can also be helpful; consider keeping a disposable camera in your car or use the camera on your mobile phone.
The date of the incident will also be very important. If there has been an undue delay before considering a claim, this may damage the chances of you being able to pursue compensation; however, you should not try and second guess this. Check with our legal team to see whether you can still make your claim.
If you can make a claim, hopefully liability will be admitted and a level of compensation agreed without involving the courts. If there is no agreement on the level of compensation or liability is denied, we will be able to represent you in the courtroom.
You will not even be faced with having to pay an upfront fee, as you will be represented on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Date Published: October 14, 2013
Author: David Brown