If you have been injured in an accident, then you likely have many questions about the claims process and whether or not making a claim is the right thing to do.
Accident information facts
Here are some crucial accident information facts you need to know when making a claim:
Fact 1: You only have three years to make your claim
Under The Limitation Act 1980, most personal injury claims become time-barred after three years. Your three years starts from either the date your accident happened or from the date your injuries became clear. This is known as your Date of Knowledge or Date of Limitation.
Fact 2: The parent or legal guardian of a minor can make a claim on their behalf
The parent or legal guardian of a minor has the legal right to make a personal injury claim on the minor’s behalf at any time before the minor’s 18th birthday. The parent or legal guardian making a claim on behalf of a minor is referred to as their ‘litigation friend’.
Fact 3: Personal injury claims rarely ever go to court
Only 1 in 20 personal injury claims sees the inside of a court room. This is because court costs are extremely costly and as a result it is more financially advantageous for the other side to settle outside of court. In addition to this, most of the time accident claims have indisputable evidence and accident information to support them.
Fact 4: You can make a claim even if you are involved in a hit and run
In the event that a claimant has been involved in a hit and run and there is no insurance company to claim with, you can still make a claim with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau under the circumstances and they will pay the victim financial compensation.
Fact 5: It is illegal for an employer to punish an employee for making a claim
Punishing an employee for making a claim is classed as discrimination and it is illegal for an employer to do this. If your claim is successful, then you are protected by the law against any form of discrimination against you, so do not be afraid to claim against your employer.
Fact 6: Some claims can be processed in as little as 6-8 weeks
Providing your lawyer has all the accident information they need to process your claim and your case is straightforward, then your claim could be processed in as little as 6-8 weeks by our lawyers. Some claims may take a few months to process however.
Find out more about making a claim today
For advice following an accident or to get your claims-related questions answered, call our free and no obligation accident claims helpline today on 0800 157 1437.