If you are thinking about making an accident claim, you may well find you have questions. We answer some of the FAQs related to accident claims as an initial step.
For further questions, please get in touch and we will be happy to help you.
Is Legal Aid available for Personal Injury Claims?
Why do I need a solicitor?
If you have been injured in an accident then it is important to get the right compensation. Look out for a specialist solicitor who is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
Remember you only have one go at an injury claim so it is important to get it right.
How long do I have to make my claim and how long do they take?
What happens if I am out of time?
The 3 year time limit is very strict but there are exceptions. You will need an experienced solicitor to explore with you whether one of the exceptions applies in your case.
Do I need witnesses?
Often the cause of an accident is disputed. Your version of events may not be accepted by the Judge, even if you are an honest person who always tells the truth. Sometimes it is not clear exactly where responsibility for an accident lies and in other cases people can deliberately set out to deceive the Court to avoid having to pay compensation. Your case can be strengthened by producing evidence. Sometimes that evidence is in the form of written statements from witnesses. In other cases there may be photographic evidence or even evidence from experts.
How much compensation will I get?
This will depend on :-
- The severity of your injuries.
- Losses and expenses you have necessarily incurred as a result of the accident or will incur in the future.
- Whether you were partly to blame for the accident, in which case a percentage reduction in your compensation will be made depending on the extent to which you are held to have contributed.
- From your own funds.
If you have more questions and would like to speak to someone for advice, please get in touch with a member of our Personal Injury department who will be happy to help