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Making a Personal Injury Compensation Claim

How long after my accident do I have to make a claim for compensation?
Am I entitled to make a Personal Injury Compensation Claim?
How much compensation am I likely to receive?
What is an interim payment?
Will I have to go to Court to obtain my compensation?
Will I need to attend any meetings about my personal injury claim?

How long after my accident do I have to make a claim for compensation?

The simple answer to this question is 3 years from the date of the accident; however, there are a few exceptions to this rule. For example, if you were a child at the time of the accident or if you have been affected by an industrial disease, you may have longer to enter your personal injury claim for compensation.

For more in-depth information about the time limits involved in making a claim for compensation, see our time limits page.

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Am I entitled to make a Personal Injury Compensation Claim?

In very simple terms, if you have been injured or contracted an illness or disease as a result of another person’s negligence, you should be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation. 

For more information about the different types of compensation claims Thompsons Solicitors can deal with, visit our Personal Injury section.

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How much compensation am I likely to receive?

It is very difficult to estimate how much personal injury compensation a person will receive until the full circumstances of the accident are known and we know a little more about the injured person.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no standard amount of compensation for any particular type of injury. Each compensation claim is dealt with individually and on its own merits.

Once one of our lawyers has spoken to you and assessed your personal injury claim in more depth, they will be able to provide you with an estimate as to how much compensation they think you should be awarded.

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What is an interim Payment?

An interim payment is an amount paid to you in partial settlement of your claim. When an interim payment is made, it does not mean that your claim has been fully settled and the third party insurers will still deal with other parts of your claim.

For example, if you are involved in a car accident and your vehicle is deemed to be beyond economical repair, the third party insurers may send you a cheque as an interim payment in order that you can purchase another car and return to work. The case will remain open until they have assessed how much they should offer you for your personal injury claim and your lost earnings, which will be sent as another cheque at a later date.


Another example would be if you had suffered a very serious injury and needed to pay for private rehabilitation costs or needed to have your house adapted to suit your new needs. In this case, a third party insurer may send out an interim payment cheque to assist you with your recovery while they consider how much you should be awarded for the full amount of losses.

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Will I have to go to Court to obtain my compensation?

Very few personal injury compensation claims proceed to Court as this leads to an increase in the legal costs, which would be payable by the person responsible for the injury or their insurer.

If there is no dispute regarding who was at fault for the accident and no dispute about the level of injuries sustained, an insurance company will rather settle the claim outside of court to avoid paying the bill for the increased legal costs.

In extreme cases, where there is a dispute, you may have to attend Court; however, your Solicitor will talk you through the whole process to ensure you are comfortable with it long before the final decision needs to be made.

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Will I need to attend any meetings about my personal injury claim?

Thompsons Solicitors will always try to deal with your personal injury compensation claim in the way that is most convenient to you.

We have found that as most of our clients have been recently injured, they prefer to deal with their personal injury claim by speaking to their Solicitor over the telephone or sending correspondence via e-mail or letter. If you would prefer to visit one of our offices and speak to your Solicitor face-to-face; however, we have offices throughout the United Kingdom, where one of our team of experts will be happy to meet with you at your convenience.

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