To claim or not to claim – that is the question! Personal injury claims in Canterbury can be long, drawn out and stressful and sometimes it feels as if claiming compensation can work against your best interests. Here are some of the things you should consider before you decide to make a claim.
Are you Entitled?
The first thing is obviously whether or not you are entitled to make a claim. Under the law there are a number of things you need to consider.
Was the accident your fault? Where there’s blame there’s a claim so they say, but if the blame lies with you, then compensation wise you’ll be up a certain well known creek without a paddle.
How badly were you hurt? If you did not require medical attention it is unlikely that we will be able to help you.
Did the accident happen in the last three years? Under UK law you have a maximum amount of three years which you can allow to go by before deciding whether or not you can claim.
Can you Prove It?
When you bring a claim you are in the position of having to prove guilt. Therefore if you do not have the evidence to back up what you say then you may not be able to win your case. A good place to start is by consulting a law firm and showing them what evidence they have. They can give you feedback about whether this is enough to prove your case, and also suggest more information you could provide which would strengthen your chances.
Can you Afford It?
With no legal aid available for the majority of personal injury claims, affordability is a major issue. However if you work on the basis of no win no fee you will be able to make a claim without worrying about what happens if you do not win. If you lose your case your firm will waive their fee. At Accident Advice Helpline we always work on the basis of no win no fee. We think it’s fairer for our clients and it reassures them that we have their best interests at heart.
However you should also look at how much the fees will be if you do win your case. No win no fee offers can mask all sorts of things including extra high fees so this is definitely something you might want to keep an eye on.
Making Personal Injury Claims in Canterbury
The last thing to consider is whether or not you have a firm which doesn’t know much about your type of claim. However as well as working on the basis of no win no fee, Accident Advice Helpline ensures that you can fight personal injury claims in Canterbury with a team that has been hand picked for your needs.
To find out more about personal injury claims in Canterbury, call us on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Alternatively, you could visit www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk for more information.
Date Published: 25th August 2014
Author: David Brown