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Personal Injury Claim FAQs

Below are a few the common personal injury FAQs our panel of experts get asked. If you have a question we haven’t answered, get in touch – we would be more than happy to help.

How long will my case take?

Each case differs in circumstance, seriousness, and complexity so it really is “how long is a piece of string?” Having said this, our panel would look to settle a straightforward road traffic accident case within 6-9 months. Workplace accidents and slips & trips can take a little bit longer due to proving liability. Some complex and serious personal injury cases can take several years to settle, but this is very rare.

 

What is the process of claiming compensation?

Once you get in touch with ClaimExperts.co.uk, we will assign you to one of our panel of expert solicitors, taking into account your case in order to match you up with the best possible expert. You will then be contacted by them to confirm details of your accident. If you have an eligible claim, you will instruct one of the panel solicitors who will then begin your case. Evidence is gathered, a case is created, and a challenge is put forward to the other party. Contact with you is paramount throughout.

 

Do I have a personal injury claim?

In order to fully answer this question, you will need to get in touch. However, if you believe you have been injured as a result of the negligence of another person or organisation, then it is likely you will have a claim for compensation. Our panel will be able to help you determine whether the other party is to blame for your accident.

 

Is there a time limit for making a personal injury claim?

Yes, this is called the limitation period. In the UK, the limitation period is three years from the date on which the accident occurred, or, three years from the date you were aware of the injuries.

There are more complex rules for industrial disease cases, claims on behalf of children, fatalities, and for those who lack mental capacity.

If you think you have a claim, our panel advise you to get in touch as soon as possible to avoid being time-barred.

 

How much compensation will I get?

How much compensation you receive will depend on three things – what injuries you have suffered from, how they have affected your life, and how they might affect you in the future.

Our specialist panel of personal injury solicitors will be able to tell you relatively early on in your case how much you are expected to receive.

 

What can I claim compensation for?

Generally, you can claim damages for two things. These are: 1. your injuries, pain and suffering you have experienced and the resulting effect on your working and social life. 2. Any past and future financial losses experienced as a result of the accident, including any loss of earnings from missing work, any increased travel payments, increased living arrangement costs, and any cost of medical treatment.

 

Will I have to go to Court?

A very small amount of personal injury cases end up in court. Most are settled out of court after the Defendant admits liability. In the unlikely event your case does need to go to court, our panel will support and guide you through the process.

 

After my case is settled, how long will it take to receive my compensation?

If your case has settled and an amount has been agreed up, you can normally expect to see your compensation award in the form a cheque from anywhere between four to eight weeks. There are circumstances where this might be a little bit longer.

 

What does liability mean?

Admitting liability means admitting you are legally responsible. When we say we want the other party to admit liability, we are saying we want them to admit they were responsible for the accident, and therefore, accountable for the circumstances or factors that lead directly or indirectly to the accident. Getting the other party to admit liability is often the longest part of the process.

 

Is there really no cost to me if I lose my case?

That is correct. The majority of PersonalInjuries.co.uk cases are on a No Win, No Fee agreement. This is also called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) and simply means if you do not win your case, you do not pay us. Our panel will talk you through this when you contact us.

 

Are medical appointments compulsory?

Under most circumstances, yes, a medical appointment with an appointed medical expert is compulsory. This is to allow the medical expert to accurately determine your health after the accident, and provides good evidence when presenting your case.

 

I have recovered from my injury – Why do I have to attend a medical appointment?

If you have suffered from an accident that wasn’t your fault, and you believe you are fully recovered, it is still important to seek medical advice. The medical expert will assess how your injury has recovered, how it might have affected your health in the long term, and may even discover something you had not realised about your health. All of this can be used as evidence when building your personal injury claim.

 

There were no witnesses to my accident -  Can I still make a claim?

Yes, you can still make a personal injury claim if there were no witnesses. It is useful to keep as much evidence as possible, including exact dates and times, photos of the accident area, the weather at the time, workplace conditions, and bus or train tickets. Medical evidence can also be used to prove the accident occurred.

 

Can my employer sack me if I make a workplace accident claim?

In theory, no they cannot. If they do sack you as a result of a personal injury compensation claim, then that would be classed as unfair dismissal and you should seek further employment law advice. OUr panel would be more than happy to put you in contact with an expert employment solicitor if that were to happen.

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