How quickly is compensation for accident injury paid?
If you have won a case for compensation for accident or injury at work or in a road traffic accident, you will want to know how quickly you will receive the money. The vast majority of cases are agreed and settled by phone, in which case the payment will be made to your legal representative within days and you should receive the money very quickly after that.
Delays arise if the amount of compensation for accident is disputed and the case has to go to court. Once the solicitor has made the case to the defendant, if they offer a lower figure in settlement which is not acceptable, the claimant may decide to fight it in court, depending upon a number of factors, namely the strength of his claim and how he feels about it. He should also take his solicitor’s advice about the likely outcome. Nothing is cut and dried in these cases and it’s a matter of skill and judgement. After the judgement, whichever way it falls, again, the money should pass through the system quickly and the claimant should receive it without delay.
Before starting a claim for compensation for accident injury, it is important the claimant find out what fees and costs he is liable for both in the event of winning the case and of losing it. A winning outcome still may have charges to be deducted. From April 2013, the winner is responsible for meeting 25% of the “success fee”, paid to the legal representative, on a win, in addition to the legal fees which the defendant normally pays. Other costs which may apply are court costs and medical examination fee. Costs are always awarded by a court on a discretionary basis, according to the merits of the case, so an outcome should not be taken for granted.
In the event of your suffering an injury at work or on the roads and looking for compensation for accident injury, seek advice from Accident Advice Helpline or call our friendly, helpful operators on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 and see if you are eligible to start a claim.