Accident and Personal Injury Claims


Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have to pay anything upfront?


If Boyce Hatton decide to take on your case, it will be on a no-win, no-fee basis.

There are no upfront costs that you will have to pay in order to make a claim.

For further information, please see Funding Your Claim.

Who will be dealing with my claim?

Your claim will be dealt with either by Mark Pierce, a Solicitor and Partner with over 20 years experience, or by Fiona Squire a Solicitor in the Personal Injury Department.

Will I have to go to Court?

Only a small minority of cases go all the way to trial as the vast majority settle out of Court. However, we work on the assumption that your claim will go to trial so that your claim is fully prepared.

How long will my claim take?

A simple claim where the injuries are relatively straightforward and there is no dispute as to who is responsible for the accident can settle within 6 months.

More serious injuries where treatment is required or where there is a dispute as to who is responsible for the accident will take longer to resolve, normally between 9 and 18 months.

If it becomes necessary to issue Court proceedings because there is a dispute on who is responsible for the accident or a dispute as to the value of the claim then we have to work to a timetable set by the Court. This will obviously add to the time that your claim takes to conclude.

At all times, we will keep you as informed as to how long we believe your claim will take.

Am I too late to claim?

There are time limits that apply to personal injury claims. This is known as the limitation period and it means that a case must be concluded or Court proceedings issued before the time limit expires. In most personal injury cases, the time limit is 3 years from the date that you were injured or the date that you first became aware that you were injured.

There are however, some important exceptions to this rule. If your accident occurred on board a ship or on an aeroplane then the time limit is 2 years from the date of the accident.

If the person who is injured is under the age of 18 (a minor) then the time limit is 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday.

How much is my claim worth?

At the start of a claim, it is not possible to put a value on your injuries. This is because until medical evidence is obtained, we do not have a clear prognosis of your injuries. Any attempt therefore to quantify your claim may result in a substantial under-settlement. Even when medical evidence is obtained, the report may only be an interim one where either treatment is required or time needs to elapse before the medical expert can provide a clear prognosis.

Until we have a clear prognosis, it is not possible to give you concise and accurate advice as to how much your claim is worth.

We will advise you of the value of your claim as soon as we have the necessary information.