There is no exact timescale for when your personal injury compensation claim might be concluded. Some claims are very simple and when the person or institution against whom the claim is made does not contest the issue the payment can be made quite quickly. Something that should be remembered is that except in certain special cases, the case should be opened within 3 years of the incident at issue. When you ring Accident Advice Helpline and speak to one of our experienced lawyers, they will be able to tell you whether your case is likely to take a long time or a little, but this can only be a guide – every case is different.
Personal injury compensation payments
You will not have to pay a fee to start your case and all of our lawyers work on a 100% no win no fee* basis, which is why we have Esther Rantzen, the consumers’ champion as our champion. There are no hidden costs and you won’t pay anything until the case is concluded; the fees are then deducted from your payment. This is very comforting to those thousands of people who feel they deserve personal injury compensation as they have been injured through someone else’s fault but fear that they can’t afford it. AAH is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard, and so you know you are in safe hands.
Some cases take longer
Some cases of personal injury compensation are relatively quick to settle but others, such as medical negligence or when there are no reliable witnesses to the incident, can sometimes take longer. There is usually no need to go to court, though – even the more complex cases can normally be settled over the phone although it does help if you have all the relevant paperwork to hand. Most records can be obtained but this all adds to the time factor and of course if you are in financial need because you are unable to work as you used to, this is a very important thing to bear in mind. Accident Advice Helpline deals with all kinds of personal injury compensation cases, so if you are unsure as to whether you have a case, give us a call and see if we can help. If you want a quick check first, try our 30-second test to see if you qualify and the likely level of compensation; this is just a guide but many people have found it helpful.