General FAQs

What if I lose?

If you lose, you do not have to pay a penny. We will cover our own legal costs, and our high level of expertise ensures we have a very large success rate in making personal injury claims.

How much compensation do I keep?

You keep most of your compensation. If your claim is successful we get back most of our legal costs from the same people that caused your accident. We do ask you to pay us a success fee which comes out of your compensation. The success fee is capped and will not come to more than 25% of your compensation.

Do I have to fund the experts and barristers fees?

You will not have to fund the routine expenses of running the claim such as paying for medical report fees, medical record fees, experts fees and barristers fees.We do that for you.

What about paying for court fees?

Court fees have increased significantly in recent years. Most injury claims are settled out of court, with no need to pay court fees. If we find that it is necessary to pay court fees, we will find out if you are eligible for help from the government. If not, we will work with you to find a way to fund them.

Am I protected from all costs if I lose?

If we agree to take your claim on, we can set up what is called "after the event insurance," which will cover you from having to pay towards your opponent's legal costs.

How much will I get?

How much compensation you receive depends on what kinds of injuries you have suffered. The nature, severity and duration of symptoms will be taken into account when the claim is valued. Claims can only accurately be valued when a medical report has been produced on a person's injuries, but for a preliminary assessment of how much your injuries could be worth, please contact us on 0800 169 6203 for FREE ADVICE.

How long does it take?

Litigation is a slow process and how long the claim takes can often depend on what attitude your opponent (usually their insurers) takes to your claim, the complexity of the case, and the progress of your injuries. We will endeavour to progress your claim with as much speed as possible throughout, so that there are no unnecessary hold-ups or delays from our end.

Why use Flanagans Solicitors?

As solicitors we understand the law and the complexities of personal injury cases. We will use all our expertise to get the most compensation we can for you. We devote the same dedication and care to all of our cases, large or small, whatever the circumstances. We offer a friendly, face-to-face service. We can arrange to visit you in your home or in hospital at the outset of the claim and you are always welcome to book an appointment to come and see us and discuss your claim at any stage during the case.

Can I Claim?

If you had an accident that was caused by someone/something else, then you may be able to claim. No two cases are the same, so whether you can claim will depend very much on the circumstances of your accident. If you are considering making a claim, or would like FREE ADVICE on whether you might be able to make a claim, please contact us.

Will I get fired if I make a claim against my employer?

Every employer in the country is required by law to have insurance which will cover them in the event of claims being made against them by employees who have had accidents at work. Accidents happen in workplaces across the country and it is perfectly normal to make claims against employers. Insurance companies are experienced in dealing with such claims. It should not represent a problem if you make a claim, but if you have any doubts about making a claim against your employer, please contact us.

What if the driver who hit me was not insured?

If you were involved in an accident on the road that was another driver's fault and the driver was not insured, don't worry, you can still make a claim. This is done through the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) and you will still receive the same compensation if your claim is successful.

What if the driver who hit me did a runner?

Again, don't worry. The same will apply as above - the claim will be made through the Motor Insurers Bureau.

Why Claim?

  • It can help prevent further accidents: In making a claim, the circumstances of your accident will be reported and investigated. The kinds of things that caused your accident will be addressed and, as a result, safer systems often come into place.
  • Refunding losses you have suffered: If you claim is successful, you are entitled to recover all the out of pocket expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident, such as medical expenses, travel costs etc.
  • Recover lost earnings: Many people think that because they have had an accident and are off work, their employer has to pay them in full for the time they are off work. This is not the case; it depends entirely on the contract you have with your employer. Some contracts allow employees to be paid in full, many do not and only allow for SSP, which is a relatively low amount. However, if your claim is successful, you can claim back the earnings you have lost as a result of your accident.
  • Helps you get back on your feet: Whilst money can never make up for the injury and pain you have suffered, it can help you to recover and ease the difficulties you will have experienced after having been involved in an accident. Often people suffer injuries that can effect them for the rest of their lives and compensation can help to ease the burden of many years of suffering.
  • Express your rights: People often feel angry and hard-done-by when they have been involved in an accident that was someone else’s fault or resulted from the negligence of another party. Making a claim for an accident that was caused by someone/something else is your right and can help express the feelings you have about the accident.