Such has been the change around in some of the rules governing personal injury claims in recent years that you can be forgiven if you’re a little confused over what you are and are not entitled to. To help anyone making an accident claim in East Dunbartonshire, therefore, we thought it was a good idea to have a recap on all the things that could affect your chances of making a claim.
How to make an accident claim in East Dunbartonshire
First let’s look at the basic rules which thankfully are reasonably unchanged. Personal injury compensation will be considered applicable if you can show that the accident was not your fault and that, by extension, it was someone else’s fault.
The injuries you sustained will have to be bad enough to require medical attention. If not then there’s little chance we’ll be able to help.
The one thing that you might miss here is the timing. Something known as the three-year rule exists for personal injury claims, which means if you don’t claim before three years is up after an accident then you will not be entitled to any compensation at all.
Paying for your claim
Much of the changes have come in the way people pay for compensation claims. First of all legal aid was removed from the vast majority of personal injury claims which meant that people had to pay for their own cases. To counter this, no win no fee was brought in, which ensures that if you lose your case, your law firm picks up the tab. In return the government increased the amount law firms were allowed to charge for personal injury claims. In general they will charge 25% of a compensation claim.
More recently lawyers have been forbidden from claiming their success fees from the other side which means they have no choice but to claim this from you. This again increases the amount you’ll have to pay and means that the days when you could receive the entire compensation sum may well be numbered. As such it’s more important than ever to make sure you understand what you are entitled to claim and at what point.
There may well be more changes to come as the government seeks to make it harder to make a claim as part of their attempts to cut back on the number of spurious claims being made. This means it’s never been more important for people to get reliable advice which is what we offer at Accident Advice Helpline. By calling us up and speaking to one of our experts you can find out about making an accident claim in East Dunbartonshire or anywhere else in the country.
So if you’re looking for help with an accident claim in East Dunbartonshire, give our team a call to see how we can help on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 22nd September 2014
Author: David Brown