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  FAQ's for Frequently Asked Questions


Can I claim compensation?
How long will my claim take?
Will I have to attend a medical examination?
Can I claim for my losses and expenses?
Can you arrange rehabilitation or medical treatment?
Do I have to go to court?
Will I have to pay legal or other fees?
How do I start my claim?

Can I claim compensation?


If you have been involved in an accident in the last 3-years, through no fault of your own and suffered an injury then you may be entitled to make a claim. If you are not sure whose fault it was, then call us on 0800 121 8646 or 020 8966 1299 or email: claims@sclaw.co.uk and we will be happy to advise you and discuss your potential claim. Different time limits apply in certain situations.

Children have until their 18th birthday to make a claim and it should be made well before their 21st birthday. Where an illness or disease occurs over a period of time, the 3-year time limit usually starts from the date the person realised they were suffering from a disease or illness. If a Claimant dies within the basic 3-year limitation period, it is extended to three years from the date of their death. This is to allow bereaved relatives to make a claim. For patients under the Mental Health Act 1983, the time period does not begin until they cease to be a patient under the act and their legal incapacity is removed.

With a criminal assault, the time limit to make a claim is strictly 2-years. Accidents that occur whilst on board an aircraft or ship will also usually be subject to a shorter time limitation period of 2-years. Accidents occurring outside the UK carry different time limits depending on the country where the incident occurred. Some foreign time limits are less than the 3-year period for a civil claim in the UK.

The Court has discretion to extend the basic 3-year limitation period, but only in exceptional circumstances.

The sooner you seek legal advice and submit your claim, the easier it is for us to investigate your claim and obtain any necessary supporting evidence, particularly where a very serious or catastrophic injury is involved.


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How long will my claim take?


This depends on a number of things, from how quickly the insurers deal with a case to how badly you have been injured or if liability is disputed. A straightforward road traffic accident claim, for example, can take just six to eight months. If liability is disputed or where a serious injury is involved, it can take longer to progress a claim. A serious or catastrophic injury can take several years to settle, to ensure your compensation is properly assessed. Often this involves ensuring that the maximum sum is recovered so it is enough to provide for a lifetime’s needs. Click here to go to our Serious Injuries section.

Where a serious injury is involved, such as to the spinal cord, a brain injury or an amputation, as settlements often range from several hundred thousand pounds to multi-million pound settlements, you should use a personal injury lawyer who specialises in catastrophic or serious injury claims. Many law firms do personal injury work, but only certain lawyers have the expertise to deliver the service and results needed by those who have suffered injuries of the utmost severity. At SC Law, we have some of the best personal injury lawyers in London who are dedicated to their clients who have sustained serious injuries and provide a personalised and tailor-made service to each of their clients.


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Will I have to attend a medical examination?


A medical report is usually required to assess the level of compensation to which you are entitled. After attending a medical examination with one of our medical experts, they will prepare a report detailing your injuries, on how well you have recovered and whether you are suffering any ongoing problems and how the injuries have affected you personally, socially and at work. At SC LAW we will usually arrange an appointment near you. In serious injuries cases, often several reports are required from different experts depending on the complexity and severity of the injury. Click here to go to our Serious Injuries section.


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Can I claim for my losses and expenses?


In addition to the compensation for your injury, pain and suffering, you can claim various financial losses and expenses that you have incurred. These may include loss of earnings, out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel costs, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, nursing or home help, modifications to your home, specialist equipment, DIY and maintenance. We will also assess any potential future losses that may affect you. Click here to go to our Losses and Expenses section.


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Can you arrange rehabilitation or medical treatment?


Where appropriate we will make arrangements for rehabilitation or medical treatment. In serious injuries cases, early rehabilitation may facilitate a better recovery. If liability for your accident is accepted by the third party, often they will agree to fund the cost of treatment. In certain situations it is possible to obtain an interim payment from the third party to assist with these costs.


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Do I have to go to court?


We cannot guarantee that you won't have to go to Court, but it is usually unlikely. Generally, we estimate that Court proceedings only have to be issued in about 10% of cases and on average only 2% of cases ever go all the way to a final hearing. If your case does go to trial, we will fully advise you and appoint a barrister on your behalf. By this stage your legal team will have prepared everything in detail and will tell you exactly what to expect.


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Will I have to pay legal or other fees?


If your claim is successful, most of your legal costs are recovered from the third party’s insurers.  Due to changes made by the government on 01.04.13, a claimant can no longer recover the success fee or insurance premium from the opponent.  There are no hidden deductions.  If you lose your claim, under the “no win, no fee” agreement you do not pay your legal costs.  Full details of costs and any deductions are provided in our terms and conditions.  Please contact one of our lawyers to discuss this on 020 8966 1299.


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How do I start my claim?


Call our friendly team on 0800 121 8646 for a realistic assessment of your accident claim or complete our quick online claim form and we will contact you to discuss your case further. Click here for our Contact Us section.


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Areas covered - Personal Injury, Family, Employment and Wills.

Why Choose Us

  • 100% success rate
  • Our solicitors have never lost a case at trial
  • Tailor-made service for serious injury claims
  • High success rates in complex liability claims
  • Post-settlement advice to protect your award
  • Qualified lawyer dealing with your case
  • Specialists in catastrophic injury claims, including amputations, brain and spinal injuries
  • Proven excellent negotiators who have secured substantial awards