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Common Questions

Please find below some common questions that our Accident and Injury team are often asked by new Clients. If you have a  question not on this list please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 1         What can I claim for?

A claim can be made for injuries sustained and also any out-of-pocket expenses that have been incurred as a result of an accident or injury caused by somebody else.  The usual out-of-pocket expenses claimed include travelling expenses, cost of painkillers, cost of replacement clothing, loss of earnings, care etc.  It is essential that you keep a list of all the expenses incurred including receipts for items purchased.

2         What if I’m partly to blame?

This does not necessarily mean that you will not be able to claim any compensation, but it might mean that your compensation will be reduced to some extent.  However, it is vital that you contact us so that we can discuss the matter and advise you properly.

3         When should I contact a Solicitor?

There are strict time limits involved in bringing a personal injury claim, the most common being that court proceedings must be issued within 3 years of the date of the accident, or alternatively, if the injured party is a child, 3 years from the date of that child’s 18th birthday.  But there are exceptions.  For example, a claim against the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) must be submitted within 3 years, regardless of age, and a claim for compensation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) must be submitted within 2 years from the date of the assault.  In some circumstances, the time limits may be extended, for example if you can prove that you are under a disability in accordance with the Mental Health Act 2005, but the safest course of action would be to contact a Solicitor as soon as possible, to avoid any problems caused by breaching time limits.

4         How much will I receive?

The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on the extent and type of injury sustained.  Medical evidence will be required to prove your injuries and it is therefore essential that you visit your GP and/or hospital as soon as possible following the accident.  You should also take photographs of your injuries if possible.  Once medical evidence is received, we will be able to advise you as to the potential value of your claim.

5         How long will it take for me to obtain my compensation?

Recently, a new system has been introduced dealing with Road Traffic Act claims, but this can only be used in limited circumstances.  Unfortunately, some claims can take months or years to be finalised, depending on the circumstances of the accident, whether the person at fault admits that is the case, and the injuries sustained.  This is why you must contact us as soon as possible.  Sometimes, an accident can cause financial hardship, for example lost earnings as a result of not being able to work, and in those circumstances, we are able to obtain a small proportion of money at an earlier stage in the claim, prior to settlement, to try and ease any financial difficulties. 

6         How much will I have to pay?

At our free initial interview, we will discuss all the different ways in which your legal costs could be paid.  In the vast majority of cases, we act on a “NO WIN, NO FEE”.

7         What should I do next?

Contact us as soon as possible to arrange a free initial interview at our offices, hospital or your home, whichever is more convenient for you.

"Thank you for all your personal kindness and courteousness to me and for your support and advice in negotiating the claim."

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