If you were injured in an accident, whether this was as a driver
of a motor car, a passenger in a car, or be it an accident at work etc you may be
able to recover compensation for your injury and other losses from the third party who
was responsible for the accident.
Your claim for compensation will
consist of the following elements::
(i) the pain and
suffering caused by your injuries (often referred to as 'general damages'); and
(ii) not being able to do certain things because of your injuries,
e.g. if you are no longer able to do gardening or play sport etc;
(iii) any earnings you have already lost and will lose in the
future because of your injury; and
(iv) present expenses you incurred
as a result of your injury, eg travelling to the doctor, medication charges, cost of
equipment if any, you need to use as a result of your injuries, and similarly
future expenses; and
(v) the cost or value of care you
had to have and will need in the future because of your injury. You can claim for the cost of
employing a professional, the loss of earnings of a friend or family member who provided
care, or the value of that person’s help ('special damages').
It is also ways advisable that you should keep all receipts and invoices of your
expenses nor matter how small, to be able to prove your claim.
Our dedicated staff throughout Sandhill Solicitors are experts in dealing with
the following injury claims:-
Injury at Work/Public
Dangerous Goods and
How long do I have to bring a claim for
In general an adult has three years from the
date of the alleged negligence to bring a claim. However, there are exceptions to this rule
and the court has discretion to extend the period. The limitation period does not apply to
children (here the three years will start on the 18th birthday) or to mental patients
(someone unable to manage his affairs). So, in cases where children are severely brain
damaged at birth, there is no time limit to the bringing of a claim.
What does 'No Win No Fee' mean?
It simply means that
if you win your case you solicitor will deduct a percentage from your damages as well as any
costs recovered from your opponent. The percentage that you pay will depend on the
Conditional Fee Agreement that you have entered into. We at Sandhill Solicitors promise that
you will keep 100% of your compensation unless it is a very complex case and we are unlikely
to recover all of our costs from your opponent. However, if this was to be the case we will
tell you from the onset of your instructions.
Do I need to go
through a solicitor appointed by my insurance company or even a claims management
You do not have to instruct a solicitor appointed by
your insurance company from their own panel. You should always in the first
instance instruct a solicitor of your own choice. In this way you can be sure that you will
receive both professional and impartial advice from your legal representative.
With respect to claims management companies you should ask
yourself why do I need the services of a third party when my own solicitor
will handle all the legal work on my behalf. The simple answer is that you do not! They
not only take a cut out of your compensation but will also receive a referral fee from
the solicitor concerned. The solicitor will also recover the referral fee from
you the client by way of a Conditional Fee Agreement. The client is often left with
little or no compensation.
Your solicitor at the first
interview should always tell you that you need not go via a claims management company.
Whether the agreement that you have entered with the claims management company is
lawful. Please remember that the solicitor acting for you should make out the
compensation cheque in your own name unless you instruct otherwise. You do not have to have
the cheque payable to the claims management company. Remember that it is your
If you or member of your family have been
involved in a road traffic accident or accident at work etc in the last three years and
wish to make a claim then please contact us by phone for free and complete