- I want to pursue a claim but will I have to pay?
All initial consultations, whether face to face or by telephone, are free of charge. Thereafter, we deal with claims on a No Win/No Fee basis. By signing what is called a Conditional Fee Agreement we recover your legal fees directly from the third party or the third party insurer. You will not have to pay our legal fees.
- Do I keep all of my compensation?
Yes. We work hard to recover compensation for you. We will take no deductions from your compensation except in Criminal Injury Compensation claims.
- I haven't filled in an accident report form – can I still claim?
Yes. It is always better to report the accident but we are well aware that more often than not when you have an accident and have been injured you don't think about reporting it. The main thing is that you get your claim up and running as quickly as possible and if possible you report the accident — no matter how long ago the accident happened. Our Public Accident Specialist solicitors are experts in overcoming delays in reporting the matter or where no report has been made.
- The accident happened last year. Can I still claim?
Yes. If you have suffered an injury you typically have 3 years from the date of that injury to issue legal proceedings against the responsible party. The longer you leave it the more difficult it can be to prove your case. Our expert solicitors are experienced in all type of claims and provided the accident happened within the last 3 years we will help you.
- My son had an accident when he was 8. He's now 17 and wants to claim. Is it too late?
No. Children have 3 years from their 18th birthday to issue legal proceedings against the responsible party. Of course, the longer it takes from the date of accident the more difficult it is to prove who is at fault.
- I don't know if the Bar owner is insured – does this matter?
No. Our expert public accident solicitors will find out for you. As long as you know the name of the bar and the address we will do the rest.
- I slipped on a spilled drink while dancing at a club. I had been drinking — does this mean the accident was my fault?
No. We may have to show that the drinking didn't contribute to the accident but the primary cause of the accident is the spillage. If we can show that the club owner/manager didn't carry out a reasonable system of inspections/cleaning then they will be responsible.
- Will I have to go to court?
Not necessarily. Whilst we can never guarantee that you won't have to go to court the vast majority of claims settle before even issuing court proceedings. Our expert solicitors are committed to obtaining the right amount of compensation with minimal delay. Unfortunately, some insurers try to avoid responsibility and we may need to issue proceedings to force them to deal with the claim. We will guide you through the process and be with you every step of the way.
- How long will it be before I get my compensation?
It all depends on whether the responsible party co-operate and of course whether the insurer accepts liability. The current rules provide the insurers with a 3 month period to investigate. During this period we aim to gather the medical evidence so that if possible we can conclude your claim within a 4 month period. Some claims can settle even quicker.
However, where you have suffered a serious injury, we will always make sure the medical evidence is complete. Sometime, you may need long term treatment and even surgery. In those circumstances we will make sure that our team of specialist medical experts guides you through the rehabilitation process until the time is right to make sure you get, not just the right amount of compensation, but your life back.
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