Serious injury can arise from all manner of accidents. From UK government figures, it would seem that road traffic accidents present the highest number of seriously hurt casualties, with just over 23,000 people sustaining serious injury as a result of road traffic accidents a year, according to 2011 figures.
If you were one of these people, or have sustained injuries as a result of another type of accident, then you may be entitled to claim serious injury compensation.
The process of serious injury compensation claims
Coming to Accident Advice Helpline is an excellent start. We have an enviable reputation built on four key principles: integrity, dependability, reliability and accountability. We do this by first making sure you have an eligible serious injury compensation claim.
We’ve developed a great assessment tool called the 30-second test. This quick test assesses your claim and lets you know if you have a successful claim. To make any compensation claim, your case needs to meet the criteria set down in law, so if you don’t match the criteria we won’t be able to take it forward.
Can I change my mind about making a serious injury compensation claim?
That’s not a problem. We are accountable to you, and even if the 30-second test tells us you have an eligible claim, we will not take your case forward until you instruct us to do so.
How do I find a serious injury compensation solicitor?
When you use Accident Advice Helpline, we refer you to one of our brilliant solicitors, who are experts in serious injury compensation cases. They will be able to give you much more detail and information on how quickly your case will progress through the legal system.
Will my serious injury compensation case take long to resolve?
It’s almost impossible to say here, but there are some factors that influence this — the main factor affecting the quick resolution of serious injury compensation cases being if the defendant does not accept liability. In other words, if the person or company you are suing for compensation does not accept they were to blame for the accident, and therefore your injuries, your case may have to go to court.
However, in our extensive experience, most defendants wish to settle out of court, as this is usually in their favour. They will make a serious injury compensation offer and your solicitor will advise you accordingly on whether to accept, but this is your compensation claim therefore all decisions are yours to make without pressure from us. If it goes to court, the judge will decide if serious injury compensation will be paid, and how much.
Will I have to undergo a medical assessment when I make a serious injury compensation claim?
This is a possibility, but your legal team will try to avoid as much disruption to you as possible. In more intricate and serious cases, independent medical assessments are sometimes required, but don’t let this put you off making a compensation claim.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline on our 24-hour helpline (0800 689 0500) to find out if you have a compensation claim to make.
Date Published: 2nd December 2012
Author: David Brown