Interim compensation payments
Our serious injury solicitors are all too aware of the financial devastation caused by the loss or reduction of income which can be suffered following a serious injury accident.
While your solicitor will endeavour to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for you, in the quickest possible time, there may also be short term financial help to assist you, your family and any dependents left vulnerable because of reduced earning capacity.
Help through financial hardship
Whether your injury has made you permanently or temporarily unable to work, it is likely that the loss of income will come as a significant blow in the short-term, particularly if, as is likely, you have also incurred expenses as a result of your injury.
In these circumstances, it may be necessary to secure an interim payment of compensation to tide you over until the major details of your claim have been resolved.
While obtaining interim payments can be problematic, and may only be possible if the defendant has admitted liability for the causes of your injury, if the defender refuses to agree to the payment of interim sums, your personal injury solicitor may make an application to the court.
Any interim payment awarded is deductible from the final sum awarded by the court.
Providing access to the best treatment possible
Serious injury claims are typically complex and can take many months or even years to complete. While your Thompsons serious injury solicitor will always be working to ensure there is as little hold-up as possible in achieving a settlement, or court order of damages for your injuries, there can be various delays.
However, for many people who suffer serious injury, their level of recovery will hinge on the type of treatment they get and how quickly they get it. Many of the most advanced and beneficial therapies and rehabilitation schemes are privately run and the costs are often necessarily high which can be a problem.
If we believe that such treatments are necessary for you or your loved one, we will seek an interim payment on your behalf as a matter of urgency so that you can receive the treatment you need as soon as possible.
Adaptations and assistive equipment
An interim compensation payment can also help if your home requires urgent modification so that you can return there to live. This could be the provision of:
- Adapted kitchen and bathroom equipment; such as lowered work surfaces, sinks and basins
- Ground floor sleeping accommodation
You might also need specialist assistive equipment such as a powered wheelchair, or a dynamic prosthesis, and an interim payment can help in the purchase of any non-standard equipment you may need.
At Thompsons, we believe that if you have suffered a serious injury due to another party's negligence this should never put you in debt. We can help you claim any immediate help and assistance you are entitled to by notifying the Department for Work and Pensions in Scotland so that you can claim essential benefits and we will then dedicate our time to ensuring you receive compensation as soon as possible.
In certain circumstances, especially when the defender admits liability straight away, an interim payment can be claimed to help you through financial hardship so that you and your family do not have to worry about mounting bills.
Thompsons, Scotland's leading personal injury firm
Thompsons personal injury solicitors in Scotland can help with the following:
- Interim compensation payments
- Insurance rehabilitation payments
- Welfare benefits
- Referral to relevant charities/organisations
To find out more, give us a call today on 0800 0891 331 and talk things through with one of our serious injury lawyers.