FAQs

FAQs

Can I make a claim for compensation?

Will my claim cost me anything?

How do I make a claim?

How much compensation will I receive?

Will I have to to court?

How long will my case take?

What do I do next?

 

Can I make a claim for compensation?

If you have suffered an injury as a result of another party’s negligence then you may be able to claim compensation for your injury and any associated losses, such as loss of earnings. Please complete our claim form, or telephone us on 0800 1 44 40 55 if you need advice on your injury claim. Are there any time limits on making a compensation claim?

​Yes there are – in most cases you have 3 years from the date of the accident to make a claim. If the accident happened when you were less than 18 years of age, then you have 3 years from your 18th birthday to begin your claim. If you are suffering from an industrial disease, you usually have 3 years from the “date of knowledge” i.e. the date on which it was confirmed to you that your disease was caused by your working conditions. Please do not think because you worked there 20+years ago or they don't exist anymore that you will not have a claim. We will establish your date of knowledge and also you may have only been diagnosed recently.

It often becomes more difficult to provide evidence in support of your claim as time goes by. Your claim is therefore much more likely to be successful if you make it sooner rather than later.

Will my claim cost me anything?

​Accident Advice Solicitors offer free initial advice.

We have previously promoted that the client will receive 100% of damages ethos. However a recent change in legislation now prevents us doing so. Now under the terms of LASPO Act 2013 we are left with a situation where we must ask our clients to contribute towards their legal fees as that what the law suggests.

The only good news is we pride ourselves on always achieving the maximum amount of compensation and there has been an increase on damages as well (of 10%) so you the client should not lose a vast amount if you stick with the experts like us.

If your injury was sustained in a Road Traffic Accident where the responsible driver cannot be traced then your claim will be dealt with by the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) and not all costs can be recovered from the MIB, so a fee may be charged if the claim succeeds.

How do I make a claim?

​Please complete our claim form, or telephone us on 0800 1 44 40 55 to give us details of your claim. We will then advise you on how to proceed with the claim.

How much compensation will I receive?

It is not possible to give any firm advice on this at the start of a claim. The amount of compensation received varies widely depending on the type of injury sustained, the likely recovery time, the type or amount of treatment required, the impact of the injury on your lifestyle, any pre-existing conditions and any complications arising from the injury.

We will give you specific advice on the value of your claim when we receive medical evidence.

Will I have to to court?

​Over 95% of personal injury cases settle without the need for a trial and we will try to settle your case without going to court if at all possible. However, in some cases, legal proceedings are necessary in order to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation for your claim. If it becomes necessary to issue proceedings then we will deal with all the paperwork and preparation and will clearly explain the procedure to you.

How long will my case take?

​It is difficult to give guidelines on how long cases generally take. If liability is admitted and your injuries were not too serious your claim should be concluded within a few months. The more seriously you were injured, the longer your case is likely to take. If liability is disputed or we cannot agree a settlement of your case for any reason, we may have to take your case to court, which will often cause a delay.

Remember that in some cases, it may not be in your best interests to settle your claim too quickly.

However long your case takes, you will be given regular updates on progress.

There are things which you can do to minimize delays. If you receive a letter or a call from us asking to provide information or documents please try to get those documents to us as quickly as you can. Keep a diary of important events like medical appointments so that you can provide us with that information quickly and easily. Keep receipts for any expenses or losses you have suffered and send those to us promptly. Always keep copies of any documents you send to us.

What do I do next?

​Complete our claim form online, or telephone us on 0800 1 44 40 55 to discuss your injury claim.