What Is An Interim Payment In Personal Injury Claims?

By Cat Gengar. Last Updated 21st June 2022. When you file a personal injury claim that takes longer to settle, you could get an interim payment to reduce financial hardship. The payment will form part of your eventual compensation payout. However, this type of early advance on a settlement is only available on claims that are likely to be successful.

Interim payment in personal injury claims guide

Interim payment in personal injury claims guide

Legal representatives can ask a court for an interim payment to alleviate any sort of financial burden a claimant may face. This is especially the case when the claimant has suffered severe injuries, or where serious work-related health conditions are suffered. They are particularly beneficial if you are recovering from a spinal cord injury, an amputation, or when you need ongoing treatments and therapies not covered by the NHS.

If you would like to discuss a case and the possibility of receiving an advance on a compensation payout, please call an adviser on 0800 408 7825. You could also complete the online contact form and a member of our team will get back to you. Alternatively, to find out more about interim payments, please continue reading our guide.

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What Is An Interim Payment?

Interim payments are a kind of advance for compensation payouts in personal injury claims and medical negligence claims. This can only be awarded if compensation is guaranteed and liability has been established. Generally, a claimant may receive an interim payment if they are in need of financial assistance or are facing financial burdens related to their claim. For example, money that is needed for urgent medical costs.

What Percentage Is An Interim Payment?

There is no set percentage for an interim payment, meaning that the amount you could receive will differ depending on the case. However, since interim payments are usually only awarded when compensation is guaranteed, you will generally receive at least the minimum payout associated with your injuries. This amount will then be deducted from your final sum of compensation when it is awarded.

How Do You Request An Interim Payment?

As previously mentioned, your personal injury solicitor, if you have chosen to use one, can make a request to the court for an interim payment because you are facing financial difficulties and the case looks like it may take a while to settle. The personal injury lawyer who is acting on your behalf will help you to gather evidence to show why immediate funds are needed. Once they determine you have good cause to request an advance on your compensation payout, the solicitor will then make the request.

To speak to one of our friendly advisers, please call the freephone number found at the top of the page. We provide free advice and can connect you to a personal injury lawyer from our panel.

How to Get Interim Payments in a Compensation Claim

Now you know more about what an interim payment is, you may be wanting to understand what circumstances could make you eligible to receive one. Interim payments are taken from the compensation that you have not yet received from the claim. They can provide financial support while your compensation claim is still ongoing.

Due to this, you would only be able to receive them if the faulting party has accepted liability for your injury. However, the settlement doesn’t necessarily have to be agreed upon. This could be in cases where your injury is still healing and it may take time to understand the full extent of how it will impact your quality of life. As such, it may be difficult to accurately calculate how much compensation is owed.

Furthermore, there would have to be a good reason for you to request an interim payment. This can include needing to pay for medical bills or home adaptations because of your injury. To learn more about whether you’re eligible for interim payments or to see if you can claim, please contact us for free legal advice using the details above.

Why Claim An Interim Payment?

An advance on a compensation payout is extremely helpful to claimants who suffer serious injuries or who develop severe work-related health issues. Interim payments can be used immediately to pay for essential medical care, rehabilitation, and necessary equipment/medical aids.

When it comes to medical negligence claims or personal injury claims, an interim payment can help if you have lost income because your injuries are preventing you from being able to work. In addition, the advance on your compensation payout can also go towards setting up an all-important care schedule.

To discuss a personal injury or medical negligence claim and to find out more about an interim payment, please call a member of our team today on the number at the top of the page.

How Long Does It Take To Get An Interim Payment?

A personal injury lawyer will apply to a court for an interim payment as early as possible when they know your case is going to take longer to settle. In short, the application will be made as soon as possible during the claims process. If the court agrees to an interim payment, the advance will be available for immediate use to help alleviate any financial burdens you are facing.

The amount you get in advance on your compensation payout depends on your specific case. However, it will not be more than a ‘reasonable proportion’ of your total compensation payout. That said, there are no restrictions on the number of times you can apply for an interim payment with the proviso that the total must remain within the ‘reasonable proportion’ rule.

For more information on how long it may take to receive an interim payment, why not get in touch with one of our friendly advisers today. They can answer any queries you have and let you know if you have good cause to sue for compensation.

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You receive a compensation payout that consists of general and special damages when your case is successful. General damages are paid to compensate for injuries, pain, suffering and loss of amenity. Special damages reimburse losses and expenses. That said, every case is unique and therefore the compensation you receive depends on several things. This includes the severity of your injuries and the losses and expenses you incurred.

The table below illustrates bracket figures that have been awarded in cases that were settled in court. The Judicial College puts together these figures so that legal professionals can use them when valuing amounts that could be awarded for injuries and illnesses in personal injury claims. These figures have been taken by the latest edition, the sixteenth, published in April 2022.

Type of injurySeverity of injuryPotential Compensation Payout
(general damages)
Further notes
Kidney injurySerious£169,400 to £210,400
Claimant suffers severe damage or total loss to kidneys which causes permanent disability or possible need for ongoing dialysis treatment.
Brain injuriesModerate (ii)£90,720 to £150,110Claimant suffers serious injuries which negatively impacts their future. Their ability to work is reduced to a great degree and they are risk of suffering bouts of epilepsy
Back injurySevere (ii)£74,160 to £88,430Claimant suffers severe injuries to their back which could include damage to nerves. Consequently the claimants mobility could be impaired and they could experience difficulties with bladder and bowel function.
Back injuryModerate (ii)£12,510 to £27,760Claimant suffers back injuries which includes ligament and muscle damage which results in back ache. Soft tissue damages worsen a pre-existing health issue.
Neck injuryModerate (i)£24,990 to £38,490
Claimant suffers injuries which dislocations or fractures that result in immediate and severe symptoms. Spinal fusion could be required.
Digestive tractTraumatic Injury£16,790 to £27,760
Complications that arise from serious permanent or long standing injury that could include severe bouts of indigestion.
Shoulder injurySerious£12,770 to £19,200Claimant suffers serious shoulder dislocation together with lower brachial plexus damage which results in severe pain and discomfort.
Eye injuryMinor but permanent£9,110 to £20,980Permanent vision impairment to one or both eyes. Consequently there is a degree of loss of vision. Issues of double vision, sensitivity to light are a problem,

For a more accurate estimate on your compensation payout, please reach out to a member of our team today. They can review your case and answer all your questions about personal injury claims and interim payments.

Help From A No Win No Fee Solicitor

A No Win No Fee solicitor will take on your case when you have good cause to seek compensation. It means they are willing to act on your behalf. The solicitor will not ask for upfront payments. You pay a No Win No Fee lawyer when you receive a compensation payout. If your claim fails, you won’t pay the solicitor. This is because you signed a No Win No Fee agreement with them.

Reach out to a member of our team if you want to know more about making a personal injury claim. They can also provide more information about interim payments.

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