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Am I Entitled To An Interim Compensation Payment?

It can take months (or years) before your injury claim actually settles and you receive your compensation.

But if you can’t wait that long, you might be eligible to receive an interim compensation payment. Read below to find out more.

Disclaimer: This guide outlines general topics you should be thinking about if you want to make a personal injury claim. But it is not legal advice. If you need legal advice, you should contact a specialist personal injury claim solicitor for guidance on your specific circumstances.

Am I Entitled To An Interim Compensation Payment?

Interim compensation payments help you with living and treatment expenses while you are waiting for your personal injury claim to settle. If liability is admitted, or your claim is likely to succeed, you can ask for an interim compensation payment to be made.

You better not be in a hurry!

Because personal injury claims can take months (or even years!) to settle.

So what do you do in the meantime?

It’s not as if your bills stop coming through the letterbox every month.

It doesn’t matter that you can’t go to work because of your injuries – the bank still expects you to pay your mortgage.

And what about medical treatment? You can’t put off getting treatment for your injury while waiting for your compensation to come through to pay for it.

Your injuries need attention now – and that treatment costs money.

So what can you do?

Well, this is where interim compensation payments come in.

They are advance payments to you that are deducted from your final compensation award. Like an advance on your wages.

They tide you over until your claim is settled and you get your cheque.  

Now, here’s the thing – not all accident claims are suitable for interim compensation payments.

For an interim compensation payment to be approved, generally:

  • the defendant must have been found liable (or admitted liability) for the accident
  • the court must be convinced that your final award will be greater than the interim payment you are asking for

Any accident is traumatic enough. Waiting for your claim to settle shouldn’t force you and your family into financial hardship, on top of everything else you have to cope with.

So if your case is suitable, you should think about applying for an interim payment.

If approved, it is a great way to ease the financial pressure while waiting for your claim to settle.

The above article is part of our guide on how to make a personal injury claim in Northern Ireland.

If you are thinking about making a personal injury claim, you should get in touch with a Northern Ireland personal injury solicitor who will help you assess the strength of your case.

If you have any questions, you are very welcome to get in touch.

All the best,

The Team @ Lightlaw

Every effort is made to keep this guide up to date. Although it is not to be regarded as legal advice, we strive to make sure the information is helpful, accurate and practical. If you are a Northern Ireland personal injury solicitor and have spotted an inaccuracy, you can submit a suggested change.