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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Expert solicitor in Harpenden


    Are you trying to find an expert solicitor in Harpenden?

    If so, stop and read this guide which will answer all the questions you may have.

    When can I claim?

    The laws surrounding personal injury claims are pretty straightforward. Put simply you will be entitled to claim compensation if you’ve been injured in the last three years and the accident wasn’t your fault.

    That three year rule might catch people out as beyond this time any claim – no matter how valid – will be disqualified.

    Where should I take my claim?

    In most cases personal injury claims will be settled in the small claims court except those which are a little more complicated. As the claimant you will be in the role of the accuser in which case it will be your job to prove to the satisfaction of the court that the other side was at fault with the accident.

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    This involves having the evidence to support your case, so photographs of the scene and witness statements will all be helpful.

    How is compensation calculated?

    If the court decides in your favour their next job will be to assess how much compensation you will be entitled to. They will do this by looking at how badly you have been hurt and how severely the injury has affected your lifestyle. This could involve an assessment of the costs involved in getting treatment as well as the health implications of the injury.

    How long will it take?

    This could vary. The average time taken for cases is around six months – but they could last much longer depending on the complexity.

    Will I have to go to court?

    In most cases no. The other side does not want to go to court and if they think they are going to lose they will make a settlement offer. You can make a decision about whether or not you want to accept this or continue with the fight.

    How much will it cost?

    There will be a fee to pay which will probably come out of your compensation. This eases the blow, but you should be aware from the outset how much of your compensation might be taken.

    However, if you lose then it is worth finding a solicitor in Harpenden who works on the basis of no win no fee*. That means if you lose there is nothing to pay. Accident Advice Helpline is one of those firms who offers no win no fee* as standard. With us it’s a point of principle that nobody should have to pay unless they win their case.

    Finding an expert solicitor in Harpenden

    So, if you like all that and would like to find a top class solicitor in Harpenden, call us on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile.

    Date Published: 31st March 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.