Every day in the United Kingdom there are thousands of accident compensation claims made and even more enquired about. Despite all of this claims activity, if you've never made a compensation claim before, it's normal to be unsure about exactly how the process works. For this reason, here is an article to list a step-by-step process of the accident compensation claims process in the UK. The following is an example of an ideal accident compensation claim which will lead to success. More complex cases sometimes take longer or are settled in court while the majority, such as the one in this example, are settled out of court and take an average of 8-12 weeks.
1. Some kind of an accident has to happen
It's obvious, but worth stating nonetheless. If somebody has caused you a personal injury due to negligent behaviour, then this is the first step towards an accident claim.
2. Get a free consultation from an accident specialist
Companies such as My Compensation offer free advice and initial consultations for anybody who sustained an injury in an accident that was not their fault and are considering a claim. There are a lot of factors in accident claims and a conversation with a specialist is a great way to start.
3. Selecting the right solicitor
Based on the circumstances of your accident compensation claim, your claim specialist will choose the solicitor who, along with the rest of the team, it's agreed is going to be the best person for the job. Once this has been decided, the solicitor will contact you.
4. Speaking with your selected specialist solicitor
Next up is a confirmation call with the solicitor who will confirm the details on the specifics of the claim. He or she may ask a couple of further questions of a more legal nature to really get an understanding.
5. Accepting your accident compensation claim
Once this is done, the solicitor will accept your compensation claim and start the pre-court legal processes. This is a time to wait for your solicitor to you get back to you. Your claims specialist is here at this point to look after you and make sure you're up to date.
6. The claims notification form
The claims notification form (CFA) is a detailed document with all of the information of a claim. Most of it will be filled in for you and it's then handed to the offending party.
7. Serving notice of the compensation claim
The offending party then have a period of time to decide whether he or she accepts or denies liability for the compensation claim.
8.The response of the offending party
If the defending party is clearly to blame, they will have to accept liability at which point you will be notified. This is the most common outcome and it means that a settlement will be reached out of court.
9. Negotiating the accident compensation settlement
Next is to decide how much compensation should be paid in your claim. This will be negotiated between the legal professionals and the third party.
10. A successful accident compensation claim
Once all is said and done, a successful accident compensation claim will be complete and you will be compensated for all of the damage and suffering which happened as a result of the incident.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.