If you have been injured in an accident and you want to ascertain your eligibility for making a claim, below you will find valuable information to help you ascertain just that.
It is important to note that while all accident claims differ in circumstances, the basic eligibility criteria for making a claim always remains the same. These are:
- How your accident happened, and;
- When your accident happened.
Here’s what you need to know about these criteria:
How your accident happened / your level of liability
In order to have a claim, you must be in no way responsible for your accident happening, or at the most you must only be partly responsible. If you are 100 per cent liable, then unfortunately the other side will be under no obligation to pay you compensation. Your lawyer for compensation will advise you to be truthful when making your claim however on reflection of an accident it can be difficult to recall the events exactly. Where this is the case, your lawyer will likely recommend you to make a claim.
When your accident happened / time limits
In the United Kingdom there are strict time limits imposed to which you must bring forward a personal injury claim. That time limit is three years from either the date your accident happened or the date your injuries became clear. Or if you were a minor at the time of your accident, then you have three years from the date of your 18th birthday to make a claim. After three years, your claim will be time-barred or statute barred under UK law, preventing you or a lawyer for compensation from bringing it forward.
In addition to these eligibility criteria, it is important to remember that it is your legal right to compensation if you have been injured through no fault of your own. Exercising your legal right is important, because without doing so, you will not be awarded the compensation you are entitled to. You have to make a claim to get your compensation. This is how the legal process works and a compensation lawyer will help you to get it.
I meet these criteria. What should I do next?
You should seek specialist legal advice from a lawyer for compensation. Nationwide Injury Lawyers operates a free and no obligation claims helpline where you can get answers to all your claims-related questions.
Speak with a lawyer for compensation today
You can reach our helpline on 0800 157 1437. Our helpline is staffed by claims advisors during normal working hours. Outside of these, you can leave a message and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.