- Am I eligible?
Your eligibility to make a personal injury claim depends on how your accident happened and when your accident happened. You have three years from the date your injuries became clear to make a personal injury claim. This is known as your date of limitation, or your date of knowledge. After three years personal injury claims are time-barred. Also to make a strong claim, somebody else also has to be liable for the accident. You can be partially liable but not wholly. The lesser your liability is, then the stronger your claim will be.
- How long will the claims process take?
Your solicitor should have experience handling your type of case and on that experience they should be able to provide you with a good estimate as to how long the claims process will take. The strongest claims can actually be processed in as little as 6-8 weeks. Solicitors for injuries may tell you that your claim will take a couple of months through.
- How much could I claim?
Generally speaking, there are very few accident claims that pay-out less than £1,000. Minor whiplash for example will get you £1,000-£3,000. How much compensation you could claim really depends on the extent of your injuries, your recovery period and your prognosis for the future. The worse these are, more you are entitled to. You can also claim back financial disadvantages related to your accident. So if you have had to miss work and you have lost income, then you can claim that back. However, any figure given to you will be an estimate.
- How strong is my case?
The strength of your claim relies heavily on evidence. Whether you have been involved in a road traffic accident or an accident at work evidence matters. The key piece of evidence is your medical history. Your solicitor will organise a medical examination on your behalf and the report produced from this will be used to come up with a fair and proportionate settlement demand. Depending on your type of accident, other forms of evidence like CCTV and witness statements will be gathered by your solicitor to build you a strong case.
- What fees will I have to pay?
Your solicitor’s fees should be clearly explained to you before the claims process begins. No win, no fee agreements are commonly used for personal injury claims. Under a no win, no fee agreement, you won’t have to pay your solicitor’s fees out of your own pocket win or lose. Your solicitor will not get paid if your claim loses and if your claim wins then they will recover their fees from the other side or from your settlement figures – up to 25%.