Many people think they know about the demands of personal injury law but in truth they only understand the basics. In this article we’re going to look in more depth at the process of claiming compensation in County Durham and how you can improve your chances of getting full justice for your claim.
Claiming compensation in County Durham
Before you make a claim it’s a good idea to understand your situation as much as possible. Under UK law, you will be able to make a claim if you have been injured at some point in the last three years in an accident that was not your fault.
That sounds simple, but it’s worth looking a little more in depth at each of those points.
The three year rule: This is a time limit placed on all personal injury claims. If you wait more than three years beyond the moment of an accident before making a claim you will not be able to proceed, no matter how good your case is. The only exception to this is for children in which case they will have until their 18th birthday before the clock starts ticking on their claims.
Your injuries: It’s a common misconception that even the slightest injuries can count for compensation. In truth the only time you can claim will be if the injuries have had a significant impact on your quality of life. This might mean something relatively short lived which can be cured after a few months, or something more serious which takes many years to recover from.
Blame: This is obviously the most important. The accident must not have been your fault which means by extension it must have been someone else’s fault. You’ll have to demonstrate this to the court which is where things can sometimes become rather complicated.
Making your case
When anything goes to court it’s not just a question of being in the right; you’ll have to prove it. As the claimant it is you who has to provide proof, not the defendant, so if you don’t have all the information in order about your claim then you could end up missing out on compensation to which you should by rights be entitled to and that’s not something anyone wants to happen, so it’s always important to provide as much information and evidence as possible.
Paying for compensation in County Durham
If you come and work with us at Accident Advice Helpline, we’ll do everything in our power to make sure you have access to the best possible legal advice. However, we can’t guarantee success which is why we offer this reassurance. If you work with us to claim compensation in County Durham, you’ll do so on the basis of no win no fee, which reduces the risks of making a claim.
So, to find out more about how we can help you claim compensation in County Durham, give us a call on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Alternatively, you could visit www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk for more information.
Date Published: 4th August 2014
Author: David Brown