Here are a few frequently asked questions you may have about your claim.
How much will I get?
Compensation amounts vary greatly depending on your injuries. We recommend that you contact us as soon as possible.
We will then have you medically examined by the appropriate expert who will advise us of the likely recovery period for your injuries and we would then be able to provide a valuation of your injuries. Other heads of loss such as loss of earnings may also be added to your compensation.
Is there a time limit on making a claim?
Yes. A personal injury claim must be settled or issued at the County Court within a three year period from the date of your accident.
If you were under the age of 18 when you had your accident then you have three years from your 18th birthday in which to issue Court proceedings.
Will my personal injury claim cost me anything?
At Curtis Law Solicitors we operate on a NO WIN – NO FEE basis. If your claim is successful, we recover our fees from the losing party and in the unlikely event that we are unsuccessful then we do not recover our fees.
You should note however that claims brought after April 2013 are affected by changes to the law which state that the success fee can no longer be recovered from the losing party. The law therefore now allows us to deduct a maximum of 25% from your compensation amount as a success fee if we win your claim.
How long will my personal injury claim take?
It is difficult to give an exact time frame for a personal injury claim. A straightforward personal injury claim can be settled in three to eight months. Other factors can affect the length of a personal injury claim, for example if the third party dispute that they were at fault for the accident or if medical evidence is ongoing. However, our dedicated Personal Injury Solicitors will deal with your claim as quickly and efficiently as possible.
When will I receive my compensation?
It ordinarily takes around three-four weeks for the third party to pay your compensation from the date of acceptance of an offer. However, at Curtis Law Solicitors we request interim payments from the third party at the earliest opportunity for losses such as vehicle damage and treatment costs.
Will I have to go to Court?
Approximately 97% of personal injury claims are settled out of Court so it is highly unlikely that you will have to attend Court regarding your claim.
If it does however seem likely that your claim may proceed to Court, you will be prepared for this well in advance by having a conference with one of our specialist Personal Injury Solicitors, who will fully explain the Court process to you and will make you feel at ease when answering questions regarding your accident.
Will I have to fill out lots of paperwork?
No, at Curtis Law Solicitors we keep paperwork to a minimum for our clients. We will need to send documents to you such as your medical report. However, you will simply be required to sign off the medical report and advise us of any other losses you may have suffered such as loss of earnings.
We do not use legal jargon and ensure that all correspondence is set out in a simple and accessible format for our clients. We will also be happy to call you to discuss your medical report and any other documents, if this is more convenient for you.