LITKRAFT TRIES TO MAKE THE CLAIMS PROCESS AS SMOOTH AS POSSIBLE, BUT THERE ARE A FEW STEPS IN THE CLAIMS PROCESS, WHICH OUR CLIENTS MUST GO THROUGH.
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO MAKE A CLAIM?
The best way to find out if you are eligible to make a claim is to give us a call on 0208 635 5555.
Or for a quick check, please answer the following three questions:
Did your accident happen in the last three years?
Was the accident someone else’s fault?
Where you injured as a result of the accident?
If you said YES to all three questions, call us now on 0208 635 5555 and we can start your claim straight away.
If you are not sure who is at fault for the accident/injury – call LITKRAFT and we will guide you.
HOW LONG WILL COMPENSATION CLAIM TAKE?
The amount of time an accident claim takes to reach settlement varies. It is virtually impossible to predict outset how long a claim will take to resolve. Each claim is different and mainly depends on how complicated the case is.
Three main factors to consider:
determining fault – if the third party denies their fault, solicitors will have to examine the available evidence, hence delays may occur
medical evidence – if the report from an independent medical expert doesn’t represent the real injuries incurred you might need to wait for another examination
the compensation amount – if defendant disagrees with the amount you are claiming, your solicitors might have to go to a court hearing
Whilst each claim is unique, the general settlement timeframes set out below can be used as a rough guide for each type of personal injury claim. However, they are based on the assumption that liability is admitted and healing from the injuries is expected within a reasonable amount of time:
Projected Case Settlement Time
Road Accident Claim
4 – 9 months
Workplace Accident Claim
6 – 9 months
Slip, Trip, Fall Claim
6 – 9 months
Industrial Disease Claim
12 – 18 months
Medical Negligence Claim
18 – 36 months
HOW MUCH CAN I CLAIM?
The amount of compensation you can claim for your injury can vary considerably, simply because not every injury is the same.
There are two types of compensation Special Damages and General Damages.
Special Damages are usually fairly easy to calculate as you only need to calculate the loss in income for example lost wages, medical expenses, car repairs, insurance excess and others.
General Damages are more complicated as it is hard to determine the value of your injury, how much future earnings you may lose, what the future medical expenses or cost of care or rehabilitation could be. There are some guidelines on the expected compensation for certain types of injury.
Factors that are taken into account include:
Nature and severity of the injury
The rehabilitation time
Degree of any long-term disabilities suffered as a result
The psychological damage
Loss of earnings because of an injury
There are established guidelines for how much compensation for certain injuries you can get. More information can be found here
WHAT IS THE CLAIM PROCESS?
Our panel of experts will help you to understand the process of making a claim in simple terms.
LITKRAFT will provide free consultation – our specialists will examine your situation and will confirm if you can get compensation.
If there is enough evidence to start a claim, LITKRAFT will start your case straight away.
We will recommend solicitor for you depending on your situation.
We will explain claim process, timeline and will start collecting all document/info needed for your claim.
2. SIGNING AN AGREEMENT
You will sign an agreement with an independent solicitor. You won’t need to pay any upfront legal fees or solicitor’s costs.
The solicitor will take the initiative and will start working with your claim
3. PREPARE A LETTER OF CLAIM
Letter of claim is a formal letter which notifies the person you believe at fault for your accident that you intend to make a claim for compensation from them.
Solicitors will need the following details in order to prepare a Letter of Claim:
The circumstances in which accident took place (how, when and where the accident occurred)
The reason why you think the accident/injury was the defendant’s fault
Brief details of your injuries
Details of any time taken off work as a result of the accident
Letter of claim will be sent to the person you are suing:
The third party have 21 days to acknowledge your claim and
From the date of the acknowledgement defendant has 3 months to investigate the liability
4. MEDICAL EXAMINATION
Solicitors will arrange an independent medical examination.
The expert will prepare a medical report within a few weeks of your appointment. It will explain what injuries you have suffered and how they will affect your life. The report will also cover a prognosis which is the medical expert’s opinion of how your recovery is likely to progress.
Report will be sent to you to check over for any possible mistakes.
If medical report is accurate and you will be happy with the content, it will be disclosed to the third party insurance as evidence in your compensation claim.
5. NEGOTIATIONS – ADMIT OR DENY LIABILITY
Defendants always try to minimise the pay-out sum; however, our panel of solicitors will fight to get the compensation you deserve. There are 3 possible outcomes:
Liability is admitted – you won your claim. Solicitors will investigate how much compensation you are entitled to and negotiate the best possible pay out.
Liability is admitted, however Third Party disagrees with the compensation amount – solicitors may advise to go to court.
Liability is rejected – if Third Party denies fault and your case goes to court.
CLAIM PAY OUT
If you win your case, you will receive compensation (via cheque or bank transfer) within 6 weeks.
If you lost the case – you don’t have to pay anything, provided you were collaborating and the proceedings have not been struck out and the information provided by you was correct
Need assistance – do you have a claim?
Get in touch now with any enquiries and our friendly experts will get back to you as soon as possible.