If you have a claim for compensation, opening a personal injury lawsuit is a relatively simple matter and it begins with a call to Accident Advice Helpline. Once we have taken down the details of your accident, we will assess the nature of your claim and collect evidence that proves, beyond reasonable doubt, that the individual or organisation you wish to claim against was to blame for your accident.
If our investigations go well, and the evidence we acquire is supportive, we will attempt to negotiate the settlement of your claim. We will discuss the potential value of your claim with you, and may suggest making a Part 36 offer to the guilty party in an attempt to resolve your claim in a fast and efficient manner.
It is important to realise, however, that the guilty party can also make a Part 36 offer with the aim of finalising your claim. The advantage of Part 36 offers is that they provide you with the chance to settle your claim, without the need for court action.
What to do if a compensation award is acceptable
If the guilty party makes a Part 36 offer, we will advise you on whether it is acceptable. If you decide that the offer is sufficient, we will accept the offer on your behalf, marking the end of your claim.
Accident Advice Helpline can advise you what to do if a compensation award is unacceptable
If you believe that the Part 36 offer is unacceptable, you can take your claim through the courts. At your hearing, a judge will rule on your case and determine the size of your compensation settlement. To ensure that you benefit from a fair trial, the judge will not learn about the original Part 36 offer until he or she has ruled on your case.
What to do if a compensation award is unacceptable and the award at your trial is more favourable
If the judge offers a more favourable award, the guilty party’s Part 36 offer will have no effect. You will then be entitled to the higher award of compensation.
What to do if a compensation award is unacceptable and the award at your trial is less favourable
If the judge offers you an award that is no more favourable than the guilty party’s Part 36 offer, you will have to accept the lower award of compensation.
You can trust that Accident Advice Helpline will give you the best support and advice on what to do if a compensation award is unacceptable. If you have a personal injury claim and wish to receive the maximum possible compensation settlement, please call us today so that we can provide you with 100% no-win, no-fee representation.
Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone to chat to an adviser today.
Date Published: 11th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell