If you have been involved in an accident or suffered an illness and would like to claim injury compensation using a personal injury lawyer you should first of all ensure you are eligible to claim.
Media reports about a UK claims culture have falsely created the impression you can file a claim for any injury and receive a financial reward worth thousands of pounds.
This is not the case and if you book an appointment with a personal injury lawyer, which may well cost money, only to discover your particular circumstances don’t qualify for a claim, then you will be very disappointed indeed.
To avoid this scenario read Accident Advice Helpline’s short guide on claims criteria.
Criteria for claiming
Generally there are three conditions any personal injury case must adhere to in order to be considered for compensation.
Firstly, the accident, injury or illness must have been caused by the actions or negligence of another person, company or organisation. However, in some circumstances you may be able to claim even if you were partially at fault.
Another important condition is the date of the incident. In most cases as long as the events that caused the injury or illness took place less than three years ago you should be able to claim. There are a few exceptions to this rule though. For example, you typically only have two years in which to file a claim for an accident at sea whereas for many industrial illnesses and diseases you may have a lot longer than three years.
Lastly, your injury or illness must have been bad enough that you visited a medical professional and there should be a record of this.
You can see that there are some exceptions to these general rules which is why we advise you thoroughly consider the circumstances of your own case before proceeding.
The best and only way to be fully sure of your eligibility though is to get the advice of a legal professional.
As already mentioned in the case of a local or small firm, like a lawyer in Halesowen, you may have to pay a consultation fee but there are other reputable services available.
Looking for a personal injury lawyer in Halesowen?
We do not have a personal injury lawyer in Halesowen working directly for us but this doesn’t matter, we can still help you claim as we are a national injury law firm that covers all areas of the UK. So if you need a personal injury lawyer in Halesowen or anyway make us your first point of call.
Calls to our helpline are free from a landline on 0800 689 0500 and there is no obligation to proceed with a claim afterwards. So you are in effect getting free, professional advice which is why we advise anybody who is considering claiming to contact us before going to a local lawyer in Halesowen, Bradford, Newport or anywhere else. From a mobile call 0333 500 0993, charges may apply.
If you’re not ready to speak to anybody about your case we have another tool you can use to check your eligibility, our 30-second test. Just by entering a few details it will tell you if you qualify to file a claim and provide an estimate of the sum you might receive.
Date Published: 9th February 2014
Author: David Brown