How much is my claim worth?
This question is almost impossible to answer during the early stages of a claim. We don’t deal with personal injury claims on a Conditional Fee Agreement (a "No Win No Fee Agreement") unless they are worth over £1,000 due to the small claims limit being £1,000. Anything under this limit means that parties usually each pay their own legal costs for bringing a claim. We are only able to advise you on the value of your claim once a medical report has been obtained from an independent medical professional, and this is at a later stage of the claim.
How long will my claim take?
This is also very difficult to answer. Personal Injury claims can take several years to finalise. Some aspects of the claim, such as giving the defendant time to respond, cannot be sped up. The duration of the claim will often depend on how long your injuries are likely to last for, as we always recommend you wait until your injuries have resolved before settling the claim so we can ensure you get the correct level of compensation for those injuries. We always say that claims take at least 6-12 months, but it could be longer if we need to issue court proceedings and take the claim to court.
How long do I have to make a claim?
Most Personal Injury claims have a three-year time limit to bring a claim. This is usually from the date of the accident but can sometimes be from the 'date of knowledge', particularly in cases of industrial disease such as COPD and deafness. Claims to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority have a two-year time limit to bring a claim, as do claims where the accident occurred over international sea or air. For claims for children, the three-year time period does not start to run until the child reaches the age of 18. Please give us a call if you are unsure about the time limit for bringing your claim.
What happens if I’ve already instructed a solicitor?
If you’ve already instructed a solicitor to deal with your claim and you’re not happy with them, we may be able to assist. We would need to obtain your file of papers from your existing firm to see what the position is, but please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.
We can help you with any of the following Personal Injury Claims: