When should you make a personal injury claim?
If you have been hurt as a result of someone else's negligence then you should consider making a claim for compensation.
If your claim is successful then you'll receive a lump sum payment, with no legal costs to worry about. But it is also worth considering that the party who is at fault is far more likely to rectify whatever it was that caused your accident. This means that others will be better protected as a result of your action.
How do you make a claim?
The first stage is to contact a lawyer who handles personal injury claims. Here at Edwards Hoyle we specialise in Personal Injury claims and nothing else. This means that we can give you a better service than a more general lawyer's firm might.
When you call us we will arrange an appointment with one of our experts who will look after you throughout the process. Our partners all have many years experience in personal injury claims and they are particularly good at helping take the worry from your shoulders.
At your first meeting we will assess the likelihood of success should you choose to pursue a claim, and we will recommend whether or not you should go ahead. We'll also give you an indication of what your claim may be worth, but you should remember that although the figure is based on our experience it can only be an indication and you may not receive as much as is suggested at this stage.
Will my personal injury claim cost me anything?
A personal injury claim will not cost you anything at all. If your claim is not successful our costs will be covered by an insurance called After The Event Insurance. We take out this insurance as soon as we accept your case, and if you are successful you will receive the full amount of compensation awarded. All of our costs will be covered by the party at fault.
What chance do I stand making a personal injury claim against a supermarket or the council?
It may seem daunting at the outset, but those responsible for public spaces including supermarkets, parks and even the pavements have a duty under the Occupiers' Liability Act 1957 to take reasonable care to keep their premises safe.
Claims against businesses are dealt with by their insurers and often will be settled quickly out of court to avoid further costs and expensive delays.
Bear in mind also that when you claim you bring the matter to the council's or business' attention meaning that they are more likely to rectify the situation that led to your accident.
Will I have to go to court?
It is highly unlikely that a case will even go to court as it is in the interest of the insurers to deal with any claims quickly and efficiently.
What if my accident was some time ago?
You have up to three years to make a claim, unless it takes longer for the symptoms to become evident as may be the case with an illness caused by conditions at work.