Do I have a compensation claim?
If you have been injured or contracted an illness as a result of someone else\'s negligence, you should be able to make a claim for compensation.
How long after my accident do I have to make a claim for compensation?
The answer to this is 3 years from the date of the accident unless your claim is for an accident or illness on an aircraft or ship in which case it is 2 years. There are a few exceptions to the rule e.g. if the accident occurred when you were under 18 years of age you have until you are 21 to register your claim.
How much is my case worth?
Compensation for your injury or illness will depend on how serious your injuries/illness are and what other losses you may have e.g. loss of earnings. This will be assessed when medical evidence is obtained. Farnworth Rose Solicitors will help you throughout this process.
How long will it take?
This depends on the type of accident and extent of the injuries suffered. In the case of illness it will depend on the severity of the illness and whether you have fully recovered or suffer continuing symptoms. It normally takes 6 months to 2 years to finalize a claim but we always try to achieve settlement at the earliest opportunity for you.
How much will I have to pay my solicitor?
If Farnworth Rose Solicitors deal with your personal injury claim, we will recover our fees from the person responsible for your injury/illness or their insurers.
Do I have to pay the other solicitors costs if my claim fails?
Farnworth Rose Solicitors offer no win, no fee arrangements for cases we consider have reasonable prospects of success. Alternatively you may already have legal expenses insurance e.g. on your household or car insurance. Under either of these 2 methods there should be no costs to you.
Do I have to visit you at the office?
Not necessarily. If you wish, matters can be dealt with by letter, email or telephone. However, if you would like to come to our office this is fine. If your claim is complicated it may be better to see you in the office or at your home if you prefer.
Should I visit my GP?
If you have suffered injuries or illness, no matter how small or minor, it is worth visiting your GP unless you have fully recovered. Your injuries will be recorded in your medical notes and can be used as evidence.
Am I able to claim out-of-pocket expenses?
Yes, in most cases. Ideally you should keep all your receipts e.g. in respect of taxi fares to hospital etc. In addition do keep a note of what you have spent and the reasons why.
Will I have to go to court?
It is very unlikely that you will be required to go to court. Very few personal injury claims proceed to court. If there is no dispute regarding who was at fault for the accident or illness and no dispute about the level of injuries sustained, the party at fault or his insurer would rather settle the claim out of court. In extreme cases, where there is dispute, you may have to attend court but Farnworth Rose Solicitors will guide you through the whole process.