If you have suffered from a serious injury, it not only means you have to spend time recovering but it can have all sorts of knock-on effects on your life as well.
One of the biggest issues you might face is not being able to work.
While some people may be covered by their employers’ sickness and absence benefits, others often aren’t. For example, if you work on a zero-hours contract, have not been working for your employer for long, are self-employed or are employed on a commission basis, getting injured generally means that your income suddenly dries up.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean those essential bills stop coming in.
This leaves many people struggling to manage and it can even put them into serious debt. If the accident was not your fault, it’s essential that you contact a personal injury solicitor who will be able to assess whether you can make a claim for compensation.
Why Make a Personal Injury Claim?
Struggling with debt is never a positive experience especially if you have an injury that you are trying to recover from.
The good news is that a personal injury lawyer will be able to help in a number of different ways. The first is by offering a free consultation to ascertain whether you have a basis for making a claim. They will sit down with you and talk through what happened and make a full assessment and help you put the evidence for your claim together.
If you do have the basis for a claim, the next thing that a personal injury solicitor can do is take on your case on a no win no fee basis. This means that you don’t have to find money upfront to pay your legal fees. If the claim is successful and you are awarded compensation, the fees will be deducted from this final amount, usually an agreed percentage. If the claim fails for any reason, you don’t have to pay anything.
What is an Interim Payment?
In addition to this, if your injury has left you in debt and struggling to live, your solicitor can negotiate an interim payment. Once someone has admitted liability for your injury, there can be a period when the compensation is being agreed. Interim payments are used to help with immediate issues, for example, if you have debts that need to be paid or are struggling to put food on the table.
Interim payments can also be used to improve your home if it needs to have modifications because of your injury or for services such as rehabilitation.
If the accident wasn’t your fault, you have the right to claim for any expenses that have been incurred. It’s useful to start logging any expenditure or debt as soon as possible so that you have a clear understanding of what you should be paid.
The expert team of personal injury solicitors at Accinet have helped hundreds of people to get both the compensation they deserve and interim payments to support their ongoing recovery.