First off, we’ll need to assess your case to see if you have a claim, then we can assign you a road traffic accident solicitor with expertise in your type of claim. They’ll take you through what needs to be done to ensure a successful outcome.
If you’re happy to go ahead, your solicitor will contact the party responsible for your car accident on your behalf and let them know you’ll be making a claim for your injuries and losses.
The legal process for a car accident claim largely depends on the value of the claim and whether the other party admits liability.
Small claims under £5,000
From June 2021, car accident personal injury claims for soft tissue injuries valued under £5000 are classed as a ‘small claim’, and you will not be able to recover legal costs. Therefore, you would not be able to instruct a solicitor and will have to follow a simplified online process to claim your compensation at a reduced rate due to the changes in law.
Fast track claims under £25,000
Claims of up to £25,000 are classed as fast track, or single track claims, and can be filed through the Claims Portal, an internet system overseen by the Ministry of Justice.
The claims portal aims to speedily deal with claims for relatively minor injuries. An acceptable compensation figure is negotiated between the solicitors and you are then paid your compensation.
The process of claiming stays in the portal unless liability is denied or disputed by the other party. Further negotiations usually resolve this, but a minority of cases may go to court. Fast track claims follow a fixed procedure however, and can usually be dealt with in a one-day trial where a judge decides the outcome.
Claims over £25,000 are handled outside of the Claims Portal and assigned to the multi-track process. They usually involve serious, life-changing injuries or fatal accidents.
If your claim is worth under £25,000 but its complexity means a verdict will take longer than a day, it may also be allocated to the multi-track.
In comparison to the fast track, there’s no set procedure for how claims go through the multi-track so it can take longer to receive your compensation.