Think you know enough about personal injury law and are ready to find a personal injury lawyer in Billingham? Well, before you do take a look at this guide which will tell you more about some of the little known facts people often don’t think about.
A three year limit
Three years might seem a long time to make a claim but time can slip by quickly, and ironically it’s the most serious conditions that tend to fall foul of this issue more often than any others.
They spend so much time working out how to deal with the injury and adjust to the new way of life that they don’t think about the more important consideration of whether or not they should be making a personal injury claim. All of a sudden they find that they no longer qualify which understandably comes as something of a shock.
Children are exempt
However, there is an exemption to this three year rule for children. Say a child is hurt while in their early teens. They then have a choice. Either they can make a claim there and then or they can wait until they are eighteen. That’s the moment the clock will start ticking so in reality they will have until the age of 21.
Criminal injuries can count
If you are injured in a crime then you could be entitled to compensation. However, you will not be eligible if you did anything to provoke the incident – such as if you threw the first punch. In those cases you’ll be judged as being at least partly responsible for the accident.
You won’t have to go to court. Or at least you probably won’t. Most claims are settled out of court as the insurance companies will probably see the writing on the wall and will prefer to avoid the expense of fighting a court case.
You may not get all your compensation
Lawyers can no longer claim their success fees from the other side so there is a good chance that they will settle out of court. If that happens then you will have a decision to make about whether or not you accept.
If you’re hit by an uninsured driver, normally you will claim compensation against the other driver’s third party insurance, but if they are uninsured then you can claim from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau that is there to protect motorists.
Looking for a personal injury lawyer in Billingham?
Finally not all lawyers are alike. If you’re looking for a personal injury lawyer in Billingham you’ll need to make sure they are suitable for the task. Check that they have similar experience to your type of accident and that they have the resources to continue a drawn out fight if necessary.
We do not have a personal injury lawyer in Billingham 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 Billingham or anyway make us your first point of call.
So, to find out how we can help you on a no win no fee basis, give us a call on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 28th March 2014
Author: David Brown