If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault in the last three years, then you may be able to make a personal injury claim at court. You can also make a claim for a work-related illness, or any other illness, disease or condition that was caused by another person’s negligence.
If the person you believe was responsible for the accident in which you were injured admits liability for the accident and your injuries, then the claim can most likely be settled outside of an injury claim court. This means that the claim could be settled within six months. Your solicitor will have to calculate approximately how much you could receive in compensation in order for them to advise you to accept or reject any offer of compensation made.
To calculate roughly how much you could receive in compensation, your solicitor will need a full medical report and a prognosis regarding how long it will take for you to completely recover (if ever). They will have to do research into past cases where compensation has been awarded for injuries such as yours in injury claim court cases in the recent past. There are also the Judicial Studies Board guidelines to follow, which provide broad bands of the minimum and maximum amounts of compensation to be awarded for specific injuries.
Making a personal injury claim at court
If your claim cannot be settled out of court, your solicitor will have to advise you about whether or not it is worth you proceeding with your personal injury compensation claim. Injury claim court cases often take years to be heard, and if your case is flawed then you might not receive any compensation. On the other hand, if your solicitor is experienced and has managed to build a watertight case, you could receive the maximum amount of compensation possible for your injuries.
If you are unlikely to receive more than a few hundred pounds in compensation, then you may be advised not to bother with a personal injury claim at court.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you think that you have grounds for making a personal injury compensation claim for any type of injury or accident, you can contact us at any time for expert legal advice. We have 15 years’ experience in this area and work with a team of expert solicitors.
You can visit the Accident Advice Helpline website in order to discover who we are and how we may be able to help you, and perhaps you will take our 30-second test, which you will find on our landing page. This gives you an estimate of the amount you could be awarded if your claim were successful (whether in an out-of-court settlement or in an injury claim court case).
Then, you may wish to call us free of charge on one of our freephone numbers, which you can do at any time of day or night. Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. For expert legal advice, why not call now?
Date Published: 11th September 2013
Author: Rebecca Smith
Category: Personal injury claims