FAQs about compensation for injuries
Q. Is it worth my making a claim?
A. It could be. Compensation for injuries is calculated according to the nature and severity of the injury. It is helpful for a claimant seeking compensation for injuries to use a compensation calculator. Certain injuries like whiplash, sprains and fractures, have a lot of precedent and it is possible to make an estimate of how much payment might be awarded.
Q. How accurate is the estimate of compensation?
A. It’s important to remember that an estimate is only a guide and not necessarily an accurate forecast of the amount of the award, but it does help the claimant’s solicitor to prepare the case.
Q. My injury seems trivial to others, but actually it has caused me loss of earnings and a good deal of extra expense. What can I do?
A. It is crucial that you had medical treatment as soon as possible at the time of the incident, especially in cases of knocks to the head and unconsciousness. Some injuries take time to show. If your injuries have been documented right from the start, again it helps the solicitor put forward a realistic claim for compensation needed for loss of earnings and expenses incurred for on-going medical treatment and other support, such as domestic help.
Q. Three years in which to claim gives me plenty of time, doesn’t it?
A. Not necessarily. Your solicitor needs time to prepare the case. There are documents to prepare, witnesses to interview and there’s evidence to prepare. Furthermore, the other side has three months in which to respond. If you want to claim compensation for injuries you should make it as soon as possible.
Q. How do I find a solicitor to represent me?
A. There are many companies online who offer legal services for personal injury compensation. You can make further enquiries through the The Law Society and professional organisations such as the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
Q. What is a compensation provider?
A. A compensation provider, such as Accident Advice Helpline, can help you find the right lawyer for you, from their network of legal partners in the UK.