The Personal Injury Team at Rothera Sharp understand that making a claim for compensation can be complex and lengthy so the team has put together a number of frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) to help you through the legal maze of a making a personal injury compensation claim:
Can I Claim?
If you have been injured or had an accident which was not your fault then you could claim compensation for your injuries sustained. It is important with claims for compensation that you have evidence to prove someone else was at fault but our team of Personal Injury Lawyers will talk you through all of the options and help you to determine if your case will be successful.
How much is my claim worth?
Every Case that Rothera Sharp take on is reviewed from the outset to determine if there is a chance of bringing about a successful claim. Our experienced Lawyers will look at all the facts and help to give you an estimate of the likely compensation. It is also worth noting that the compensation might be more than you think when all out of pocket expenses are added to your cost for injuries.
How will my claim be handled?
If we take the view that your case has reasonable prospects of success then we may be able to act on a NO Win NO Fee basis (please see below for further information on No Win No Fee).
You will be appointed your own Lawyer from the outset who will look after you from start to finish. They will be responsible for keeping you up to date with all the latest developments and working hard to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
How long will my claim take?
Each claim has a number of factors that need to be investigated so it is very difficult to give a precise time frame. As soon as we have started your claim we will be in a position to advise further on how long it is likely to take.
An average claim can take anything from 6 months to a year. More complex cases can take 2-3 year.
What is No Win No Fee?
A No Win No Fee Agreement is commonly taken out to fund bringing a claim for compensation. By entering into a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), the solicitor is paid by the other party on success. If you claim is not successful then the CFA Agreement will cover the expenses of the Solicitors.
What can I claim for?
As well as compensation for the injuries you sustained, you may be able to claim for other costs associated with your injuries such as:
- Time off from Work
- Travel Costs
- Support Costs
- Physiotherapy costs
Is it important when I start my claim?
If is important to speak to a Solicitor as soon as you have the accident as they can advise you on when the time limits come into force. In the majority of cases, there is a three year time limit for you to start your case.
If you are bringing a claim for Criminal Injuries then the time limit is two years.
Time limits also vary for claims involving children or where capacity is an issue – seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity.
When Will I receive my compensation?
Usually, compensation awards take up to 6 weeks from the date you accept the offer to receiving the funds into your account. There are a number of factors to be considered so should be taken as a guide.
Do I have to go to court?
The majority of claims settle without the need to go to court. However, if the defendant disputes the facts or the value of the claim, there may be a need to take your claim to court. Our team will advise you further should the claim proceed to court on what this means for you and what is required of you.
What type of personal injury case can you help with?
All of our team offer a wide range of expertise and experience in fighting hard to ensure clients receive the compensation they deserve and regularly act for clients on:
Will any benefits be affected if I receive compensation?
If you are in receipt of state benefits then any compensation claim you receive MAY impact on the benefits you receive now or in the future.
The first £6,000 of any compensation award is not included when assessing state benefits but any amount over this threshold reduces your benefits by £1 for every £250 over £6,000.
Our lawyers will be able to advise you further as to what will and won’t affect your benefits once your claim is underway.
This list is not exhaustive and should be taken as a guide – if you have been injured in an accident then the best advice is to call us and we can talk you through the process in detail – 0800 088 6280.