First of all, what you shouldn’t expect from UK specialists personal injury solicitors is to have a series of meetings in an oak-panelled office with expensive oil paintings on the walls. And you won’t have to meet a scary man in a three-piece suit with a pocket watch on a gold chain who is sat behind a leather-bound desk.
Most UK specialists personal injury solicitors these days are normal people working in normal offices – although you probably won’t have to meet your solicitor at all. Most personal injury compensation claims can be dealt with by telephone.
Dealing with UK specialists personal injury solicitors on the phone
Accident Advice Helpline has over 200 UK specialists personal injury solicitors and they deal with their clients’ personal injury compensation claims almost exclusively by telephone.
You will not usually have to attend any meetings and it is unusual for compensation claimants to have to attend court. You may have to attend one medical assessment to determine the nature and severity of your injury or injuries.
Accident Advice Helpline also has a dedicated telephone helpline. You can talk to the friendly and professional staff who man Accident Advice Helpline on freephone number 0800 689 0500 – or from your mobile 0333 500 0993.
How long does it take them to process a claim?
Each claim is different. Where the blame and the amount of compensation being asked for is not in dispute, the claim will usually be settled relatively quickly. However, if there is any disagreement over who was to blame for the accident, or if you cannot agree on the amount of compensation, the claim can take longer.
The Civil Procedure Rules set out the maximum length of time that a claim can take to process – and that time varies depending on the value of the claim. UK specialists personal injury solicitors such as will be able to advise you how these rules apply to your own compensation claim.
How much compensation can I expect to receive?
All claims vary so the amount of compensation cannot be guaranteed. It will depend on the nature of your injury, but it will also depend on your personal circumstances. A broken leg claim will result in more compensation if you are a professional footballer than it might otherwise be worth.
Having said that, UK specialists professional injury solicitors will be able to give you an idea of what your claim is worth – and when an offer of compensation is made, they will be able to advise you whether the offer is reasonable.
About Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline has specialised in helping people make personal injury claims following accidents for over ten years. Its patron is UK consumer champion and TV celebrity Esther Rantzen.
You can find out whether you are entitled to make a claim for compensation by taking the unique 30-second online test at Accident Advice Helpline’s website.
Date Published: 23rd June 2013
Author: David Brown