Can I claim compensation of loss of work?
If you were the victim of an accident that wasn’t your fault and your accident happened within the last 3 years, you can make a personal injury claim with the help of an accident solicitor.
Compensation covers not just pain and suffering. Compensation of loss of work during recovery can also be included in a claim and if you are unable to continue in your current job because your injuries were so severe that you’ll require on-going treatment or permanently disabled, your accident solicitor can include long-term or life-long compensation of loss of work in your claim.
How does the claims process work?
Firstly, your solicitor needs to know all the names and contact details for the people involved in your accident, including any witnesses who saw what happened. You’ll need to outline the circumstances that led up to your accident and why you think the other party is to blame for your accident and injuries. You also need to provide proof of the medical diagnosis and subsequent treatment you had by doctors at your hospital or through your own GP. Finally, you need to forward proof that you have lost out on income during recovery.
If you have lost your job because you were off work for so long or if you are unable to continue working in the same occupation because of the severity of your injuries, your solicitor will calculate what you would have earned in the years to come and this sum will be included in your claim.
Your solicitor will send an initial letter to the negligent party, asking them accept liability for the accident and why you think the other party was to blame. The other party has up to 3 months to respond to this letter.
If they accept responsibility for what happened, your accident solicitor will then discuss with you in detail what should be included in your compensation pay-out. For example, apart from pain and suffering and compensation for loss of work you can also claim for any expenses you had to pay as a result of your accident. The offer-to-settle letter will then be sent to the negligent party and their insurers are typically the ones who will forward your compensation cheque.
Only if the other party refuses to accept responsibility for the accident will your solicitor discuss with you if it’s worth your while to challenge the other party at court, where a judge will decide on the compensation you should be paid.
How do you find a no win, no fee* accident solicitor?
Contact Accident Advice Helpline on their Freephone numbers 0333 500 0993 or 0800 689 0500 and speak to one of their advisers about compensation of loss of work. All their legal partners provide no win, no fee* services, which means you won’t have to make an upfront payment for legal fees. Lines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.