If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, then you may be eligible for financial compensation. You will be eligible, if you were not 100 per cent liable for the accident, and if the accident happened no more than three years ago. However, in addition to this, there must also be somebody to make a claim against.
If you are unsure about your eligibility still, or if you would simply like to find out more about your legal rights in the aftermath of an accident, then you should speak to a personal injury lawyer about your case. Here’s the 5 questions to ask them to get better informed:
- Am I eligible to make a claim?
Once you have found the right lawyers for you, the first thing on your mind should be to get your eligibility for compensation established once and for all. With just the date your accident happened, and an overview of how your accident happened, a lawyer will be able to establish your eligibility for you so that you know where you stand.
- Who will my claim be against?
This is not an uncommon question lawyers get asked, since people are curious to know who will foot the bill for their compensation. The answer to this question depends on the circumstances surrounding your accident, but your claim will probably be with an insurer.
- How strong is my claim for compensation?
It is all well and good being eligible for compensation, but what if your case is deemed as too risky to take on? The lawyer you speak to should take a pragmatic approach to reviewing your case. If they believe that your case is winnable, then they will tell you this, but they will also inform you of any issues that might arise during the claims process, such as liability issues. Be sure to ask this question at your initial consultation.
- How much compensation could I make a claim for?
You need to know how much compensation you could claim for your injuries, so that you can determine whether making a claim is worthwhile. You could be owed several thousand pounds, or even tens of thousands of pounds. The amount you can claim depends on the extent of your injuries, and how your injuries have and will affect your life.
- How long will the claims process take?
Your lawyer should be able to provide an estimate to you, based on the circumstances surrounding your case, and who your claim will be against. Some personal injury claims can be processed in as little as 8-12 weeks, although some can take several months to process.