When you first think about claiming compensation for an accident, you probably imagine that your case will be taken to court. This is not always the case, which is not necessarily a bad thing – sometimes cases can be resolved in simpler ways and those involved can still get the money they deserve.
In order to proceed through the legal system, a compensation case needs to be valid. This means that it needs to be brought within the legal time limit, which is usually three years. If you are a child, these three years begin when you turn 18. Extensions to the time limit can be granted in rare cases. Your accident will need to have been caused by someone else’s actions or by the inaction of a person or organisation with a duty to keep you safe. You will also need to have been treated by a qualified medical professional shortly after your accident happened so that the origin of your injuries can be confirmed.
Building a case
If there is to be a chance that your case will be taken to court, you will need a solicitor. At Accident Advice Helpline we have talented solicitors with a wide range of specialities and we are very good at matching up experts with the people who need them, even at short notice. Because we work on a no-win, no-fee basis, you will not need to be rich in order to get high-quality representation.
Working with a solicitor, you can build up evidence to support your claim. This could include photos of your injuries or of the site where your accident happened. It could include a doctor or counsellor’s statement on how the accident has affected you over the long term. You may also be able to find witnesses to your accident and pass their details to your solicitor, who can take statements from them to use in your case.
Settling out of court
If you have a strong case and the people you are claiming from can see that they are likely to lose, their solicitors will often offer to settle out of court. By saving on legal costs, this can potentially make the case cheaper for them even if you get just as much compensation as you would in court. If an offer like this is made, your solicitor will negotiate on your behalf but will not agree to anything without your consent. It will be up to you to decide if you would prefer to avoid the court process and if the deal is good enough for you.
Going to court
If you do go to court, allowances will be made for any difficulties you continue to face due to your injuries. You will not normally need to testify for long, and your solicitor will advise you on what to say, as well as being there throughout to support you. Claiming compensation does not need to be a struggle and we at Accident Advice Helpline will do our best to make it a trouble-free process for you.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 29, 2013
Author: David Brown