Do I have a claim?
To have a successful personal injury claim you need to be able to show that you have been injured as a result of someone’s negligence, intentional misconduct or breach of a legal obligation such as Health and Safety regulations.
An insurance company have already offered me a compensation to settle my claim, should I accept?
If this happens, instruct Expert Law to take over conduct of your injury claim. We will contact you and discuss the best course of action to obtain the compensation you are legally entitled to.
Do time limits apply?
- If later, from the “date of knowledge” which means the date when you first knew that your injury was linked to a possible negligent act.
- In cases involving children, the three year period does not start until after their 18th birthday.
- In cases of fatal accidents, the time limit is only 2 years.
The above is known as the ‘limitation period’.
A lot of work needs to be done before the claim form can be filed with the court and its is best to contact a solicitor as soon as you become aware of a potential claim.
Can I still bring a claim if the accident was partly my fault?
For example, if the accident or injury you suffered was 25% your fault then an award of £10,000 compensation will be reduced to £7500.
How long will my claim take?
How much will my claim be worth?
Special Damages include any financial losses or expenses that you have incurred as a result of the accident. This may include loss of earnings, expenses incurred in travelling to and from your doctor’s appointments, prescription and treatment charges or the cost of care being provided.
General Damages is the sum awarded to reflect the pain, suffering and overall impact the injuries have had on your life. This is assessed with reference to medical evidence, published Court guidelines and similar cases that have been before the courts in the past.
A claimant has a legal duty to minimise their losses, such as returning to work as soon as medically possible.
Will any compensation I receive affect my state benefits?
If you receive state benefits as a direct result of your injuries, these may be deducted from your compensation monies and paid direct to the government by way of re-imbursement.
Our expert lawyers will advise you in greater detail about any affect to your state benefits should this situation arise.
Will I have to go to court?
If a Court hearing becomes necessary, then you will have full representation during the hearing and will receive full guidance and support throughout the hearing.