Have I got a claim?

If you have sustained an injury and someone else was fully or partially to blame, it is likely that you may be able to bring a claim for compensation for your injury. Our team of no win no fee personal injury solicitors can advise you here for free, please call 0161 207 2020.

How long do I have to bring my claim?

It is essential that medical evidence is obtained and the matter is either finalised or court proceedings issued in most cases within three years of the accident date. However this can sometimes be shorter and so the earlier you seek advice the better.

How long will my personal injury claim take?

All cases are different and that’s why it isn’t possible to provide you with a definite timescale. As a guide only, if the other party accepts that they are to blame for your accident within the first few months, and your injuries are not life changing, it is possible that your claim could be finalised within three or four months. However if your injuries are more serious and/or the other party does not admit fault the claim will take longer.

How much will it cost to make a claim?

We offer a no win, no fee service, so you can pursue your case with peace of mind.

If your personal injury claim is successful then your opponents will usually pay the majority of your legal costs, in addition to the compensation due to you.

Any compensation for things you will need in the future will be paid to you in full. From the other compensation for other losses, you will need to make a contribution to legal costs of up to 25%. We may also advise you to take out an after the event (ATE) insurance policy to ensure you are fully protected against the possibility of paying legal costs and the cost of this will also come from your compensation. We do not ask for any up front payments.

What compensation will I get?

If you are able to prove that the other party was at fault for your accident, you are entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering caused by the injury.

Use our compensation calculator to find out how much you may be entitled to.

In addition to compensation for your pain and suffering, you could be entitled to reimbursement of any out of pocket expenses caused by the injury such as loss of earning, travel expenses, prescription charges and medical costs.

Depending on your injuries, you may be able to recover for future losses, such as future loss of earnings and private medical costs.

How do I fund my claim?

It is possible to fund most cases on a no win no fee agreement, with additional after the event (ATE) insurance, meaning you will not have to pay anything unless your claim is successful. In most cases you will not be asked to pay anything upfront whilst your case is still ongoing.

What is no win no fee?

A no win no fee agreement is an agreement which means that you do not pay any legal costs in the event that you do not win your claim.

When will I receive my compensation?

You will usually receive your compensation within 3 to 4 weeks of your claim settling. Please see question 3 for more information.

An insurance company have already offered me compensation to settle my claim, should I accept?

Even if at first your injuries seem minor they may still cause ongoing problems in the future and so it is not advisable to settle your claim without first obtaining medical evidence and legal advice on your injuries.

What is an interim payment?

An interim payment is a payment made by your opponent whilst the case is ongoing. At the conclusion of the claim this amount will be deducted from the final settlement.

How do I prove I was injured?

It is important that you report the accident to the person or company that caused your accident, as soon as possible, to ensure that an accident report is completed. You should also ensure that you seek medical attention from your GP or hospital as soon as possible. We will then obtain copies of your medical records and arrange for you to be medically examined by an independent medical expert in due course.

Will I have to attend a medical appointment?

Yes. Once we have investigated liability we will arrange for you to be medically examined by an independent medical expert. The expert will have access to your medical records.

Will I have to go to court?

If liability (fault for the accident) is denied, or we cannot settle the case by negotiation, then the case will have to go to court. If it does you will have to attend. However, very few cases go all the way to trial and most are dealt with before it gets that far.

Can I claim against an uninsured driver?

Yes. Even if the driver is uninsured a claim can still be brought. Any compensation will be paid by the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) who will then seek to recover their outlay from the uninsured driver.

What if I am partly to blame?

You can still claim even if you were partly responsible, however your compensation may be reduced by a percentage accordingly.

Can I receive help with treatment costs?

Yes. If liability is admitted then the opponents may agree to pay these while the case is ongoing. Alternatively, they may be claimed at the conclusion of the claim as part of any final settlement.

For further information please call our friendly personal injury solicitors on 0161 207 2020 or request a callback using our online enquiry form.

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