Even when you use a helpful company like Accident Advice Helpline, making a compensation claim can be an extra source of stress. Some cases take months, or even years, to process just because of the legal complexities involved, and you may find yourself worrying in the meantime. With this in mind, it really helps to know if you have a strong case or not before you start. Is your chance of success high enough to make claiming worthwhile?
Calculating the odds
The easiest place to start is our compensation calculator. This is really simple to use and it will take you less than a minute to enter your details. You will then receive an estimate of how much compensation you could be entitled to. This is based on average amounts won in cases similar to yours.
In order to have a valid claim, you must have been injured in an accident that was wholly or mostly somebody else’s fault. This will normally need to have occurred during the past three years (there are occasional exceptions) and you will need to have received medical treatment for your injuries, so that a medical professional can help verify what happened. You may also be able to claim if you have become ill as a result of somebody else’s failings.
Once it’s established that you can make a claim, your chance of success will depend on how strong the evidence is. How much you are entitled to will normally depend on how severely the accident has affected you.
Ask our advisers
When you want an individually tailored estimate of the strength of your case, you can call our advisers. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we’re always ready to take your call. Our advisers handle compensation claims full time and are specially trained so that they can work out what’s likely to happen with your case.
No claims organisation can guarantee you success, and individual situations will always vary, but our familiarity with the process means we can give you a good estimate. What’s more, our own pay depends on getting it right. We don’t get paid if we don’t win a case (if we do, we normally take our fee from the losing side), so we have no motivation to take on your case unless we think it’s valid. We’ll then do our level best to make it a success for you.
What you can do
Want to make your case even stronger? You can help by collecting evidence. It’s useful if you are able to do this immediately after your accident, but even if some time has passed, taking photographs of the location where your accident happened can be useful. It will also help if you can track down anybody who witnessed the accident. Don’t discuss it with them, just take their details and pass them on to your solicitor. They will be able to use the evidence that you gather to build up your case and increase your chances of success.
Date Published: September 30, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Personal injury claims