Claiming for personal injury compensation is often quite daunting for some people who may find it complicated. At Accident Advice Helpline, we understand this, so we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help address the most common concerns people have.
How long does it take to get personal injury compensation?
This can vary, depending on several factors. In cases where liability is admitted and the injuries are unlikely to develop into something serious, cases can be dealt with quickly, often taking just a few months. However, if blame is contested, or your injuries are very serious or complicated, cases can take much, much longer. However, in some instances, if a case is likely to last for several years due to the seriousness of the injuries, it may be possible to get an interim payment before the final award is paid out.
Do I have to go to court?
It is highly unlikely you will have to go to court. The vast majority of personal injury cases are settled out of court and in many instances we can handle your entire claim over the phone.
How much personal injury compensation will I get?
The amount of personal injury compensation will depend on how seriously you were injured and the impact those injuries have had on your life; the more severe the injury, the higher the payout. In addition, you can claim for any financial losses, so if you have had to take time off work or have had other costs associated with the injury, you will be compensated for these costs.
What is no win, no fee*?
No win, no fee* means we won’t charge you for our services unless we win your case. However, this does not mean there won’t be any legal costs at all, but we will advise you as to all the various funding options available.
What happens if I lose?
This too is very rare. Because we don’t get paid unless we win a case, we won’t take a case on if we think there is a good chance it won’t be successful. However, we cannot guarantee success in a personal injury case and while we work on a no win, no fee* basis, you may have to pay the legal costs of the other side if you lose, although this too is exceptionally rare and you can take out legal expenses insurance to cover any such costs.
Date Published: August 30, 2013
Author: David Brown