Making a claim for a personal injury case is a big life decision, so you shouldn’t take it lightly. To help you get started, and before you go looking for a personal injury lawyer, read this quick Q&A piece, which will tell you about what’s involved.
Am I entitled to compensation?
That depends on the answers to the following questions: Was the accident your fault? How badly were you hurt? Did the accident happen within the last three years?
Naturally, an accident must not be your fault if you are hoping to claim for an injury, but the injury must also have been serious enough to require substantial medical attention and have a significant impact on your quality of life. This could be in terms of mobility or any other health consideration, or it could equally be confined to the realm of finance. If it’s cost you money then it’s only reasonable that you should be reimbursed, and if it’s forced you off work for any time then you should get the earnings you would have earned back.
Where does the compensation come from?
It is unlikely that you’ll be claiming against an individual directly. More often than not, it will be an insurance company. For example, if you’re hurt at work, your company will probably have taken out employers’ liability insurance to cover them for any damage inflicted on people while they are in the office. It will be this against which you will be claiming.
How long will it take?
That depends. A simple case could take a couple of months. More often than not, the other side will seek to settle rather than go through a court case. However, if the accident is a little more complicated then you may need to wait for several years.
How much will it cost?
Court cases are expensive – this is true, and unfortunately the days when the government would pick up the tab are long gone. That means that if you are hoping to make a claim then you’ll have to pay for it yourself. However, there are ways around this — if you work on a no win no fee basis, you can move the risk of making a claim onto your legal firm.
Looking for a personal injury lawyer in Bigbury-on-Sea?
At Accident Advice Helpline we have people a large team of expert personal injury lawyers so we’ll be able to allocate you a lawyer who has just the right experience to handle your claim. What’s more, we’re one of those firms who work on the basis of no win no fee, so when you work with us you’ll know that if we can’t help you win your case, we won’t expect to be paid.
We do not have a personal injury lawyer in Bigbury-on-Sea 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 Bigbury-on-Sea or anyway make us your first point of call.
To find out more about finding a personal injury lawyer, give us a call on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 24th March 2014
Author: David Brown