1 Jul 2021
  • Instructing a solicitor after a non-fault accident

Why Should You Instruct a Solicitor ASAP

When making a personal injury claim, it is important to instruct a solicitor as soon as possible following a non-fault accident.

By utilising the legal expertise and experience of a solicitor, they can help guide you through the process, ensuring you have the best chance of a successful outcome.

How long do you have to make a claim?

From the date of the accident, providing you weren’t at fault and were injured as a result, you have three years to submit a personal injury claim. The majority of cases fall within this statutory legal limit but there are certain exceptions. For example, if the victim is under the age of 18, they have three years from their 18th birthday to submit a claim; alternatively, if they choose not to wait, they could let a litigant friend submit the claim on their behalf.

If the claimant is legally lacking mental capacity, there is no set time limit on how long after the event they can make a claim.

There are more exceptions; to discuss this call our team today and speak to one of our expert staff.

Why do people not make a claim within three years?

There are instances where people don’t submit a claim in time in the aftermath of a non-fault accident.

They may not be knowledgeable about the process and might not have spoken to a professional in the personal injury field who could discuss their circumstances and provide the correct guidance on what to do next.

People who don’t claim could also be intimidated by the legal processes involved and the prospect of going up against a big insurance company who specialise in these cases. By choosing Winns, you wouldn’t need to worry about doing that alone.

Claimants can be beaten by the time-limit as well, as they may consider they have ample opportunity to make a claim and then run out of time before the three-year limit expires.

Why does it help to start a claim sooner rather than later?

It is advantageous for you to start a claim quickly following an accident that wasn’t your fault. That way evidence is fresh and plentiful, with details and proof available which will only strengthen your claim for personal injury compensation.

Remembering the incident, what happened, and any other relevant details will be much easier the closer it is to when the accident happened. Contacting witnesses and getting their recollections will also be easier.

By gathering evidence immediately, you will be able to document damage to the environment in which the accident took place, damage to any vehicles involved, and have access to any relevant CCTV, as there’s a tendency among companies and businesses to get rid of CCTV footage after a set period of time. If this is left for a while, companies can move premises, defects can be fixed before being documented and important evidence could be lost.

Why choose Winns?

The team at Winns can take care of every aspect of your personal injury claim, from vehicle repair to medical treatment to the legal pursuit of compensation from the at-fault party, should these elements be needed.

By adopting a one-stop-shop approach to accident management, we have been able to secure compensation for tens of thousands of clients over two decades and continue to do so today.

By making that first call to Winns, before your insurer, our team will take care of everything and help you to focus on recovery and getting back to a sense of normality.

We’ll even ring your insurer for you so you don’t need to do a thing except pick up the phone and contact our team on our 24-hour claim line.

Our service offers many benefits to those who choose to use it, including:

  • A like-for-like credit hire replacement vehicle within four working hours of instruction, while yours is being repaired (four hours applies to standard vehicles only)
  • Recovery, storage, assessment, and repair of your vehicle should it be damaged as a result of the accident
  • Use of guaranteed manufacturer parts in repair jobs to help protect your warranty
  • Access to medical treatment, with your needs assessed efficiently and effectively and actions put in place to address them
  • A dedicated team of professionals determined to get you the compensation you deserve

If you are considering making a claim, or are unsure if you are eligible, click here to be taken to our dedicated personal injury claims page. Alternatively, ring our claim line anytime, request a callback on our website or start a Live Chat. Our team is ready to help you.

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