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We can’t assess the value of your injuries until we have obtained a report from a medical expert. We may also need to compile details of your losses and expenses which can significantly increase the value of your claim. As soon as we can give you an idea of your likely compensation value, we will. We will only take on your claim if your injury is worth in excess of £1,500. Claims worth less than this amount do not qualify for legal costs to be paid.
The duration of a claim depends on a number of factors. These can include how quickly your opponent responds to the claim, if responsibility for your claim is admitted or denied or how long it’s taking for your injuries to resolve. Some cases take months to resolve, and some can take a number years. If responsibility is admitted for your accident or exposure, but your injuries are taking a while to resolve, we can apply for interim payments from your opponent to help with your financial situation.
Personal injury claims typically need to be issued at Court within 3 years of the date of the accident. As a general rule of thumb, it is best to seek legal advice as soon after your accident as possible. Calculating when the three-year time limit commences in industrial disease cases can be more difficult. Your date of knowledge will typically be the date of your medical diagnosis that you have a condition caused by exposure to noise, asbestos, dust, fumes etc. If you are seeking to pursue a Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority payment, you only have a two-year time limit to apply to the scheme. If you have an accident abroad or at sea, the time limits will vary. You should seek specialist legal advice without delay. The success of your claim may depend on gathering evidence which may be lost if too much time has passed since the accident.
You should not be left out of pocket from pursuing a potential claim. If we take on your claim, it’s because we consider that it has more than a reasonable prospect of being successful. Based on this judgement, we will offer you a “no win, no fee” funding agreement. This protects you against paying for our time if your claim fails. We also take out insurance for you (if needed) to protect you against your potential liability to pay for your opponent’s costs and for the costs of running your claim, such as medical report fees (these are called disbursements). This insurance policy also doesn’t charge you a premium if your claim is unsuccessful.
Whilst we try to do as much of the work for you, there are certain times when you will have to get involved with your claim. We are likely to ask you to attend at least one medical appointment and we will require you to provide us with information about your financial losses and expenses.
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Chris Kallis Solicitors is the trading name of Chris Kallis Solicitors Limited, registered number 8175941, registered address 33 North Road East, Plymouth PL4 6AY.This firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. A list of directors is available on request.