If you are thinking about making a claim for compensation for any reason – perhaps you feel that you were wrongly dismissed from your job or that you were injured due to someone else’s negligence – it is important to know as much as possible before proceeding. After all, you won’t get a second chance to make a claim, and you don’t want to learn a vital lesson the hard way throughout the process. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the things that most people don’t realise about claiming until it is too late.
For example, with most personal injury cases the time limit is three years from when the incident happened. However, there are a few exceptions to the rule.
For example, if you were a child when the incident occurred, you then have the opportunity to make a claim from the date of your 18th birthday (if your parents didn’t do it on your behalf while you were a child).
Also, if you suffered an industrial disease and the symptoms have taken a while to show, you will have three years from the date of the diagnosis. The best thing to do is simply claim as soon as possible and you will avoid disappointment.
Claims can take months… or years
No two claims are the same. Judging your case based on someone else’s is the worst thing you can do. Not only in terms of the payout they received but also the length of time it took. Some claims may take a few months to settle, overs can take the best part of a year, and some can take even longer. You need to be patient and accept the fact that there may not be a quick resolve.
No Win No Fee doesn’t always mean no fee
While there are some law firms that honour this payment structure, i.e. if your claim is not successful you won’t need to pay legal fees, there are some companies that do implement fees despite this. You can find out more about the meaning of No Win No Fee here: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/no-win-no-fee.
This highlights the importance of reading the terms and conditions of your contract carefully before agreeing to use the services of any solicitor. The last thing you want to do is end up with no compensation and a large legal bill to fund at the end of it.
So there you have it: some of the common things that people do not realise about making a claim for compensation. Hopefully, you now feel more prepared for making your claim and finding the best law firm to do so. Handling the process correctly is essential if you want to get the results you are hoping for.