Are you Entitled to Claim Compensation?
If you have been injured in a non fault accident you could be entitled to claim compensation for the injuries suffered as a result of the accident and also any other elements of financial loss also incurred as a result of the incident.
The essential basic elements that make up an entitlement to claim compensation are:
- The accident is caused by another party (non Fault)
- The other party (defendant) is known
- The accident occurred within the last three years or three years from when you were aware of your entitlement
Despite years of widespread media coverage it is amazing how many people are still unsure as to whether they can claim compensation. The most common claims are the following:
- Whiplash claims from road traffic accidents
- Slip and trip compensation claims
- Work place compensation claims
- Medical negligence claims
How to Claim Compensation
Although it is wholly feasible and ethical to pursue an injury compensation claim yourself through the civil courts, by far the most popular method adopted by claimants to claim compensation is through the instruction of a personal injury solicitor. The simple fact is practically all personal injury lawyers will offer free and independent legal advice in first assessing the case, and if they are then happy to take on the claim most will offer the claimant what is known as a ‘conditional fee agreement’.
Conditional Fee Agreement
Practically all injury lawyers offer these conditional fee agreements to people wishing to claim compensation, essentially they ensure the claimant does not have to pay penny in legal costs if the case is lost and even if the case is won and the claimant receives a compensation award, the lawyer will claim their fees from the other side.
Accident Claims Management Companies
These companies are essentially middlemen or marketing companies who try and capture the details of potential claimants in order to sell the ‘lead’ onto a personal injury solicitor. Some offer highly respectable services but there are a few who might interfere or slow the whole claims process down. When ever possible look for services that put you directly through to the solicitor and always ensure the claims management company is registered, authorised and regulated by the Ministry of Justice.
If you need to claim compensation and want free legal advice from a professional personal injury solicitors firm then there are plenty of transparent companies advertising on the internet.
Andy Higgins has been publishing online articles for years and currently writes for News Media Studios where he created the Article Feeder business solution