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Frequently Asked Questions About Accident Compensation

If you want to make an accident compensation claim read these handy FAQs

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Here are some FAQs which we are regularly asked by clients who want to claim accident compensation

Is it important that I live near my solicitor?

We’ve spent 20 years working with clients all over the UK. In our experience, distance doesn’t make much difference when seeking accident compensation. What matters is that your solicitor is a specialist personal injury lawyer who has the experience and expert knowledge to be in a position to give you the best chance of succeeding with your claim on the best terms. In any event, where necessary, we will go the extra mile (literally!) by visiting you in your own home in order to take detailed instructions, explain the claims procedure and respond to any questions or concerns.

How much accident compensation could I get?

It depends. Each accident compensation claim is different and the value of the accident compensation claim will vary according to a number of factors, including the nature and extent of the injuries, the timescale for recovery and, if a full recovery is not made, the seriousness of any ongoing symptoms. When you instruct us we”ll be able to give you a much clearer idea of the potential value of your claim. We will also be able to provide you with a definitive valuation of your accident compensation claim following receipt of medical evidence – which is usually easy to gather.

How long will it take receive accident compensation?

If your accident compensation claim is straightforward then it will be finalised within 4-6 months and possibly even sooner. However, all cases are different. In particular, it is crucial that if you have ongoing symptoms your case is not finalised prematurely. The reason for this is that the general rule is that any accident compensation paid to you will be on a full and final basis. It follows that if you settle your accident compensation claim and you continue with symptoms for longer than anticipated it will not be possible for you to claim additional accident compensation for any reason. Therefore, we may need to protect your position and closely monitor your recovery so that your accident compensation claim is settled at the appropriate time to ensure there is no danger of you being under compensated. Whatever the particular circumstances of your accident compensation claim you can be sure that we will progress matters as quickly as possible with a view to securing you the compensation you deserve.

But my accident was two years ago… can I still claim accident compensation?

The courts have laid down strict rules in relation to how much time a person has to bring their accident compensation claim. In general terms, in the United Kingdom, a person has three years from the date of the injury in which to commence legal proceedings for accident compensation. (This is where a number of prescribed documents in support of the claim are lodged with the court.) Where the injured person is under the age of 18 the court rules stipulate that the three year limitation period in which proceedings must be brought start to run on the person’s 18th birthday. The person therefore has up until their 21st birthday in which to commence legal proceedings for accident compensation. Nevertheless we strongly recommend that where the injured person is under the age of 18 the claim needs to be fully investigated as soon as possible in order to preserve evidence and guard against the danger of the evidence becoming stale.

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