Frequently asked questions on bodily injury claims answered by Accident Advice Helpline, one of the leading and most reputable specialist law firms in the UK
What are bodily injury claims?
Bodily injury claims are also know as personal injury claims. The term refers to a claim for compensation for an injury to the body. Regardless of the severity, if someone else was responsible for your injury, claims experts can help your win the compensation you deserve.
The most common types of personal injury claims are:
- Road traffic accidents, particularly car accidents
- Accidents in the workplace
- Violent assaults
- Sporting accidents
- Medical and dental accidents (negligence)
What is the time limitation for making a claim?
You have 3 years from the date of your accident in which you can claim compensation. In some cases, it would be 3 years from the date you were aware you were injured. Children have three years from the date of their 18th birthday in which they can claim.
You can claim for any non-fault injury, regardless of severity. It could be whiplash, a broken leg, depression etc.
How much compensation can you claim for your injuries?
The amount of compensation you can claim will very much depend on the severity of your injuries and how they affect your daily life, health and well-being. The estimated recovery time will also be taken into account.
The other factor that will influence the total amount of compensation awarded is the financial loss you suffered as a result of the accident and the injuries you suffered. This will include loss of earnings, prescription charges, taxi costs to medical appointments etc.
How much will the legal fees be?
All of the solicitors that work with Accident Advice Helpline work on a no-win, no-fee arrangement. This means no up-front legal fees are requested and if your claim is not successful then you do not pay your solicitor’s fees.
How long does it take to settle bodily injury claims?
All bodily injury claims are unique. The severity of your injuries will greatly influence the length of time it takes to settle you claim. Whether the negligent third party accepts liability or disputes the claim will also affect the time it takes to settle the case. Some bodily injury claims take only a few months, whilst others will take longer.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline if you have any further question or would like to discuss you potential claim. Our helpline is open all day, every day for your convenience. You can also take our online 30-second test to see how much you could be awarded.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 9th December 2012
Author: David Brown