Information about claiming for a Southwark accident
No doubt you are here because you’ve been injured in an accident and are thinking about claiming compensation. The internet is a veritable minefield on the subject of personal injury law; this short guide should provide you with some useful information that will help you decide whether or not to claim.
Are you eligible?
The first thing to do is to find out if you are entitled to compensation: If your accident wasn’t your fault and it took place within the past three years then you probably are, but you can confirm this either by using the compensation calculator online at www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk, or by calling the Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone where an adviser will be happy to help you.
What you can claim for
Your compensation payment will be for the pain and stress of your Southwark accident and any resulting injury or illness (physical or psychological) that you suffered a result.
You can claim for an accident that took place
- On the road
- On holiday
- At work
- As a result of using a faulty product or appliance
- After receiving inadequate medical care
- In a public place
- As a result of poor work carried out by a tradeperson.
You will also be reimbursed for any financial costs, or losses, arising from your Southwark accident. These costs could be:
- Lost earnings
- Travel expenses
- Child care costs
- Money spent replacing clothing or personal items damaged in your Southwark accident.
- The cost of private medical treatment
- The cost of hiring a temporary vehicle
- The cost of care.
Or perhaps your Southwark accident cost you some other way; keep a note of your costs, keep receipts and bank statements, and your solicitor will be able to help you decide what expenses to include on your claim form.
- Personal injury compensation payments are non taxable.
To get your compensation you will need to enlist the help of an injury lawyer; most personal injury claims are handled by lawyers who work under ‘no win, no fee’ contracts, minimising the financial risks to the claimant, who then doesn’t have to find the money to pay their fees upfront.
‘No win, no fee’
The other main benefit of the ‘no win, no fee’ system is that because injury lawyers get paid for positive results, you can be confident that your lawyer is working their hardest to make sure that your claim is successful.
- Most personal injury claims are settled out of court. This keeps costs down on all sides and of course means that the claimant doesn’t have to attend a court hearing.
Please note: You cannot get legal aid for a personal injury claim.
We hope this guide helps you in your quest for compensation, if you would like more information please call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 if calling from a mobile. Both lines are open 24/7.
Date Published: 5th July 2014
Author: David Brown