Top Questions about Personal Injury Claims
Here are the answers to the top questions we get asked about Personal Injury Claims:
- How long does the claim take to process?
- Does my right to claim every expire?
- Do I have a valid claim?
- What will it cost me?
- How much money will I receive?
- What will I have to do?
How long does the claim take to process?
The time it takes to successfully make a claim varies from case to case however on average a claim can be completed within a few months. It is recommended to ask the solicitor how long your personal claim will take, when your personal circumstances are examined.
Does my right to claim ever expire?
The general rule is that a claim can be made within 3 years from the date of injury/accident, though some exceptions may apply. Be advised that injuries that have take place a long time ago will be harder to claims especially if medical evidence is scarce. The more medical evidence you have the more you are likely to receive compensation.
Do I have a valid claim?
Many people are not sure if they possess the right to claim. It is advised that you ask a solicitor to examine your particular circumstances. It is in the favour of solicitors to only take up cases they expect to win. If you are in doubt always ask as there are generally no fees for consultation.
The bulk of your legal fees will be covered by your settlement if you win your case. Your lawyer may be entitled to claim an additional 15% of the costs paid by the opposing side (referred to as party and party costs) from you.
What will it cost me?
In most cases nothing at all as solicitors fees are covered by your settlement if you win your case. Most solicitors operate on a no-win-no-fee bases. However, often if you withdraw from the claiming process before its completion the solicitor will bill you their expenses, so make sure you want to go through with it till the very end.
How much money will I receive?
Your compensation will depend on your personal circumstances and the extent of your medical evidence. You can ask the solicitor for an estimate but do remember that the amount is not guaranteed.
What will I have to do?
Thankfully not much. You can usually arrange for a solicitor to visit you for private consultation or even go through the entire process through phone/email/mail. You may be required to go for a medical examination with a specialists if deem required to gain more information or knowledge on your medical condition and consequent disabilities. It is also not uncommon for the opposing side solicitors to request you to attend for a medical re examination with their clients’ panel of medical experts to verify or investigate your medical condition.