The regulated personal injury compensation claims sector has literally thousands of companies offering their services. With this in mind, the consumer should be aware that not all companies are worthy and that not every piece of advertising you see can be counted on as being the level of service that you will receive. As we’ve said many times, it’s really important to make sure your claim is placed securely and with a regulated firm such as Direct2Compensation that you know that you can trust.
One question that comes up from time-to-time from claimants (and it’s usually those that are facing pretty serious injuries and lengthy periods of absence from work and lost income that ask this) is about the possibility of getting upfront payments in respect of their claim for personal injury compensation. Looking at it from that perspective, if you are used to earning a couple of thousand pounds each month and then you earn nothing whilst you are injured, your main concern will be how to pay the bills.
However, unless there is a very serious injury that will require multiple surgeries and therefore making the length of time for that claim to be pursued unusually long, it is very difficult to get any interim payments of compensation. Interim payments are made by a 3rd party that has already admitted liability. Therefore they agree that they will be liable to compensate a claimant but are making an interim payment to cover a possible loss of income or for necessary expenses incurred as a result of the injuries and effect that they are having on a claimants day-to-day life. It is fair to say that if you are making a claim for a relatively minor injury, such as a broken ankle, an interim payment is very unlikely. It should be remembered of course, that any interim payment made will be a part of the total value of any settlement and will be deducted from any final settlement that is agreed between yourself, your solicitor and the 3rd party.
Beware of inducements
One word of caution, though, is to be wary of any claims company or solicitor that offers upfront payments to induce you to place your claim for compensation with them. Such activities are certainly not allowed within the framework of the current regulations. Claims management companies are subject to legal operating restrictions and regulated by the Claims Management Regulator. We have heard examples of clients that have been charged interest on any ‘upfront’ settlement payments made to them, which when deducted from their final settlement has left them virtually nothing and from other clients that have never gone on to receive their final settlement.
Direct2Compensation never have and never will make a payment to any person in order to secure their claim. If your injuries and losses are such that you warrant an interim payment, we’ll do all that we can to get our solicitors to get the 3rd party to agree to one for you. However, the key is getting an admission of liability and this can sometimes take time. We believe our claims process and way of operating is attractive enough to entice you to instruct us and that the rest of it will take care of itself.