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Commonly asked questions when making a personal injury claim

If you’re thinking about making a personal injury claim and want to know more, take a look at the answers to the most commonly asked questions from our Personal Injury clients.

What is a personal injury claim?

A personal injury claim is the method by which a victim can seek compensation when they have suffered an injury that wasn’t their fault.

Whether it was a road traffic accident, an accident at work or outdoors, or medical negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for the suffering, inconvenience and potential loss of earnings they have experienced.

How much could my claim be worth?

The amount of compensation awarded in successful claims varies based on the nature of the injury, circumstances and the lasting effects of the injury. Use our compensation calculator to give you a guide to how much you claim could potentially be worth. Any financial loan you have incurred can be claimed in addition.

Will my claim be successful?

Our specialist Personal Injury team will advise you on whether they think your claim is likely to be successful, based on the details of the accident or injury and on their experience and knowledge of personal injury claims.

Will I have to pay if my claim isn’t successful?

Hopkins offer a No Win No Fee promise which means that you take no financial risk in pursuing your claim, provided suitable insurance cover is taken out.

How long do I have to make my claim?

The general rule is that you have up to 3 years to make your compensation claim. There are some exceptions to this which mostly apply to medical negligence and disease claims or those involving injuries to children or people lacking capacity. If you’re unsure about whether you can still make you claim, contact our Personal Injury team for advice.

My insurance company referred me to claims handler but I want to use a local solicitor. Can I?

In the event of an accident, your insurance company may refer your case to their own preferred claims handlers. However, you do still have the option to use a solicitor of your choice instead.

By using your own solicitor, you get the benefit of a local legal expert handling your case from beginning to end and working hard to get you the compensation your claim deserves.

A claims handler may be inexperienced in handling your type of case, and could advise you to settle for less than your claim is worth.

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