Following an accident that results in injury, it’s natural to have a lot on your mind, and compensation may not be the first. Your well-being is the most important factor, and the road to recovery may be a gradual one.

When the time is right, reaching out to a personal injury lawyer could be a step forward in pursuing compensation.

Navigating through complex compensation claims can seem daunting, and full of hurdles and uncertainties. Seeking the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer you can trust should always be a priority.

Our personal injury solicitors in Portsmouth have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions they receive from people initiating a personal injury compensation claim.

How do I start a personal injury claim?

Starting your personal injury claim is simple. If you feel there is a chance you may be due compensation as a result of an accident or incident, you should talk to a solicitor as soon as possible after the event.

The longer you leave it, the more questions you may find harder to accurately answer and therefore your claim’s success chances may be impacted.

A personal injury lawyer from our team will have a simple chat to learn more about the circumstances that surround your claim, and if it is a case with which we can offer our help.

If we believe you have a case, we operate on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. This means we will support you in your claim and only charge a fee if we are successful.

How much might I receive from my personal injury claim?

When you successfully claim personal injury, the amount of money you will receive can vary. This is dependent on several factors but often the severity of injury is the determining factor.

Compensation can range from approximately £1,000.00-£5,000.00 for a straightforward road traffic accident claim to a seven-figure sum for life-changing and extensive injuries.

We approach each case individually, and we can substantially advise on how much we think your case is worth after receiving all evidence regarding your losses and injuries.

How long will my claim take?

This will vary depending on the nature of your claim.

The most common type of claim we support is road traffic accidents. Typically, we resolve uncomplicated road traffic accident cases within 6-9 months.

Cases such as workplace accidents and incidents involving slips and trips on highways may take longer.

In cases of intricate and severe injuries, settlements can extend to several years owing to the intricate nature of the issues at hand and the necessary time for a comprehensive evaluation of the actual injury consequences.

The specific durations are also dependent on whether the opposing party acknowledges or contests liability.

When should I start my claim?

Most personal injury claims in the UK are bound by a three-year limitation period. In simple terms, legal proceedings must commence within three years from the date of the accident. In certain cases where the injury becomes apparent after the accident, this period can be extended.

However, some claims have limitation periods even shorter than three years. This includes criminal injuries or accidents that occur outside of the UK. Our guidance on the specific limitations relevant to your situation will ensure you do not miss the claiming deadline.

Will I have to go to court?

We commonly hear this question and the answer is simple – it’s unlikely but not impossible.

Ultimately, it depends on the circumstances of your case. However, most defendants prefer to settle out of Court. In fact, less than 5% of our cases end up before a trial judge.

Get support from our personal injury solicitors in Portsmouth

Andrew & Andrew Solicitors in Portsmouth have experience in personal claims compensations and operate on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. We provide a bespoke personal service, and our team pride themselves on getting results.

We are here to help, whenever you are ready. To get started, please talk to our team.