Claiming compensation after a South Gloucestershire accident
If you are at home recovering from an accident you may be thinking about claiming compensation. Researching how to go about doing so can be a confusing process, we are a long-established injury law firm and have put together a short article about claiming compensation after a South Gloucestershire accident.
What is personal injury compensation?
Personal injury compensation is a non-taxable sum of money paid out to an accident victim either at the order of a court of law or after an out of court settlement. In the majority of cases, injury claims are settled out of court as this keeps legal costs down for all parties.
Personal injury claims take into account:
- The pain and stress of any injury or illness caused by your South Gloucestershire accident
- The resulting inconvenience it caused
- Financial losses and costs arising from the accident or the injury/ illness
You can claim compensation for any accident, regardless of where it took place, providing it wasn’t your fault and it happened within the past three years.
You can claim for any injury or illness, however serious. This injury/ illness can be physical OR psychological.
- To confirm whether or not you can claim compensation for your South Gloucestershire accident you can either call the Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. Or use the 30-Second Compensation Calculator online at www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk.
Filing a claim for compensation
If you are eligible for a compensation payment and would like to go ahead and claim you will need to employ the services of an injury lawyer.
Here you have two options, you can either use a lawyer who will require payment on an ongoing basis, from the initial consultation fee to the final bill. Perhaps you have a lawyer who has worked for you in the past? This may have its benefits but you could end up with a hefty bill to pay even if you lose your case – it is worth noting here that you cannot get legal aid for a personal injury claim.
Your other option is to use a lawyer who will work for you under a conditional fee agreement. Conditional fee agreements, or ‘no win no fee*’ agreements as they are better known, mean that you do not have to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. And knowing this, you can be confident that your lawyer is working their hardest to ensure that your claim is successful.
For your claim you may have to attend a medical for an impartial assessment of your injury/ illness. If you are required to attend a medical this will be arranged at a time to suit you, and it won’t be anything to worry about. Medicals are a normal part of the claim process.
If you would like to know anything else about claiming for your South Gloucestershire accident please call our helpline on 0800 689 0500.