If you have been involved in an accident which was not your fault in the last three years, then you may have grounds on which to base a personal injury compensation claim. Although you have three years from the date of your accident in which to file a claim, the sooner you do so, the better for you, as sometimes claims take years to settle.
In some cases, the person you claim was responsible for the accident will accept liability, and in serious injury cases such as this, one may receive compensation within three to six months. If, however, the person denies responsibility, then the case may have to go through the court system. This process can take years rather than months.
Serious injury cases
All injury cases differ according to the severity of the injury, so no one can accurately tell you in advance how much compensation you might receive for your particular injury. Your solicitor will ask you to provide them with your medical report so that they can give you an estimated figure of the amount of compensation you could receive if your claim is successful. They will have to do research into injury cases similar to yours, in order to find out how much compensation was awarded. Only after doing this can they tell you approximately how much you could be awarded.
Making a personal injury compensation claim
You will need to find a personal injury solicitor to take on your case. You should get an initial appointment free of charge so that the solicitor can decide whether or not you have grounds for making a personal injury compensation claim. If they decide to take your case, a letter will be sent to the person responsible for your accident, which they should respond to within 90 days.
The person or their insurance company will perhaps make you an offer, which your solicitor will advise you to accept or reject, depending on whether or not it is reasonable. After that, if the offer is low, you may receive another offer. If this is not reasonable, you may be advised to take your claim through the courts.
Accident Advice Helpline
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we are a law firm with more than 15 years’ experience of helping people with their serious injury cases. You can find out more about who we are and our services if you visit our website, where you may want to take the 30-second test on our home page. This will give you an estimate of the amount you could receive in compensation.
Perhaps you would like to take advantage of our free helpline and discuss your serious injury cases with one of our advisers? For expert legal advice, call 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 10th September 2013