If you have suffered an injury in an accident, however major or minor your injuries, then you should consider the possibility of making a personal injury accident claim. If someone (or something) else was, at least in part, responsible for your injury then you have a possible ground for compensation.
If you have a possible personal injury accident claim for compensation then you will need to speak with a solicitor. Getting professional help to make your personal injury accident claim will ensure you get access to the information needed to make a successful claim, that you are fully advised about your legal rights to make a personal injury claim for those injuries. Take our 30 second test to get the ball rolling and see if you can make a personal injury claim for compensation.
How long after my accident can I go about making a personal injury accident claim?
You can start making a personal injury accident claim up to three years from the date of the accident; however, there are a few exceptions to this rule. For example, if you were a child at the time of the accident, if you have been affected by an industrial disease, you may have longer to enter your personal injury claim for compensation.
How much will I get through making a personal injury accident claim?
It is very difficult to estimate how much personal injury compensation a person will receive until the full circumstances of the accident are known and more is known about the injured person. Contrary to popular belief, there is no standard amount of compensation for any particular type of injury. Each compensation claim is dealt with individually and on its own merits.
What is an interim payment when I am making a personal injury claim?
An interim payment is an amount paid to you in partial settlement of your personal injury claim. When an interim payment is made, it does not mean that your claim has been fully settled and the third party insurers will still deal with other parts of your claim.
Does winning a personal injury claim mean I will have to go to court?
Very few personal injury compensation claims proceed to court as this leads to an increase in the legal costs, which would be payable by the person responsible for the injury or their insurer. If there is no dispute regarding who was at fault for the accident and no dispute about the level of injuries sustained, an insurance company will rather settle the claim outside of court to avoid paying the bill for the increased legal costs.
In extreme cases, where there is a dispute, you may have to attend court; however, your solicitor will talk you through the whole process to ensure you are comfortable with it long before the final decision needs to be made.
Accident Advice Helpline has years of involvement in the personal injury claim industry; and can guide you through the process from beginning to completion. Give our team a call on 0800 689 0500 to discuss things in more detail.
Date Published: 21st January 2013