For accident claims, in general, you have three years to make a claim, from the date your injury happened or from when you first became aware of it. These time limits do not apply to children, who can proceed at any time before their 21st birthday, or people who are unable to manage their own affairs because of mental incapacity.
There are also different time limits if your injury or illness occurred outside of England and Wales for example, during international travel or if you are making a claim for criminal injury compensation. Time limits will vary and can often be much shorter than three years.
Please contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation to make sure no time limits pass.
2. How much will it cost to make a claim?
If we believe you have a successful claim, we can act for you on a No Win, No Fee Agreement. Please click here for more information on No Win No Fee.
3. How much compensation will I receive?
Each claim is different and it is important to bear in mind that the consequences of the same injury in terms of working life and home-life will vary from person to person. Many different factors will affect the level of compensation you receive, such as:-
How serious your injury or illness is;
How long it will take for you to recover;
How your life has been affected by the injury or illness;
Your future care and support needs;
Expenses paid or money lost out as a consequence of the accident (e.g. loss of earnings, travel expenses);
Specialist equipment and adaptations you may need
Please rest assured that we will do everything possible to make sure you recover the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.
4. How long will my case take?
Again, each case is different. The more straightforward your case the quicker it is likely to be concluded.
There are many different factors in claims which can change during the life cycle of the case. A claim, depending on the individual circumstances, can take between 3 months to a number of years. The factors that will affect the time scale will include, but are not limited to:–
The complexity of your case;
Whether liability is admitted or denied;
The severity of your injury;
Number of experts required to prove your claim;
The efficiency of those responsible and their representatives;
Whether court proceedings are required.
5. Can I still claim if I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt at the time of the accident?
Yes. If the accident wasn’t your fault, you may still be entitled to compensation but the level of compensation you receive may be reduced if a medical expert decides that wearing a seatbelt would have resulted in less serious injuries.
6. Can I still claim if the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident wasn't insured?
Yes. If the driver didn’t have insurance but the vehicle they were driving was insured, a claim can be submitted to the vehicle's insurance company. If neither the driver nor the vehicle were insured, your claim will be dealt with by the Motor Insurers' Bureau under their Uninsured Driver Agreement. Please note it is important to report such an accident to the Police as soon as possible.
7. Can I still claim if the vehicle that caused the accident drove away from the scene?
In many cases, you can claim compensation through the Motor Insurers' Bureau under their Untraced Driver's Agreement. However, this isn’t always possible and the amount awarded to you could be limited. Please note it is important to report such an accident to the Police as soon as possible.