There is an old saying that you get out of something what you put in. This is certainly true of personal injury law and if you’re looking to claim compensation in Caerphilly after an accident, it’s worth doing a little bit more work to make sure you receive the full amount of compensation to which you’re entitled.
Making it too easy
The majority of personal injury claims that we deal with are pretty straightforward. It’s fairly easy to see who is in the right and wrong, and as a result the case is normally settled long before it gets to court.
But even these cases can create their own complications, especially when it comes to making sure that you receive full compensation for your accident.
Judging a settlement
If the other side believe they do not stand much chance of winning, they will quite possibly make a settlement offer. This is to avoid the cost of going through a lengthy court case. But, being the sneaky individuals they undoubtedly are the chances are this initial offer is going to be significantly below the amount you could claim if you hold out for more.
Estimating your claim
When you come to us, we offer the chance to estimate the likely amount of compensation in Caerphilly. This is not a guaranteed figure, but it is something which you can use as a yardstick going forward, and it does enable you to know roughly what you’re entitled to.
Timing your claim
Another thing which often sees people miss out is making a claim too early. While it can be tempting to take action for compensation as early as possible, this can often be counter-productive.
Compensation is assessed partly on the amount of money you’ve spent and missed out on in lost wages. If you claim before you’ve recovered, this will always be an estimate, so if your recovery takes longer or is more expensive than you thought you could end up paying more than you needed to. However, if you’ve already been awarded compensation based on your earlier estimates then you’re more or less up a certain well-known creek without a paddle.
It’s also a good idea to use a compensation estimate to make sure your lawyer does the best job possible. If the amount of compensation is significantly lower than you deserve then you might well be entitled to make a claim against the lawyer for misrepresenting your interests.
Paying for compensation in Caerphilly
Finally it’s always important to make provision for paying your legal fees. At Accident Advice Helpline, we work on the basis of no-win, no-fee* which means if we can’t help you win your case we won’t expect payment.
To find out more about how we can help you claim compensation in Caerphilly, call us on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 13th July 2014
Author: David Brown