What Is An Interim Payment In Personal Injury Claims?

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?

When a person makes a personal injury claim or medical negligence claim they may request an interim payment. An interim payment is paid out in advance when a claimant is making a personal injury claim that is taking a while to settle in order to cover immediate financial burdens or care needs a claimant is facing. The payment is provided in cases where the claimant has suffered severe injuries. However, the request for the interim payment will only be considered if liability has been admitted or the court is of the opinion the case will have a successful outcome.

Types of claims where victims may request an interim payment;

A personal injury lawyer could request you receive this type of advancement when they are sure your claim will be successful. In short, it is an amount of money that is advanced to a claimant for immediate use. The payment is deducted from your final compensation payout.

Interim payments are typically reserved for a personal injury claim that involves severe injuries or where liability has been admitted but the case is taking a while to conclude. This includes claims for spinal injuries, medical negligence, brain injuries and serious work-related health issue.

The reason these payments are advanced to claimants is that their cases could take months, or years to settle. In the meantime, a claimant and their loved ones may face heavy financial burdens and an interim payment helps them through a difficult time.

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.

When Could You Get An Interim Payment?

To make any personal injury claim you must be able to evidence that you suffered an injury because those who should have been looking out for your health and well being did not take reasonable steps to keep you safe. Once you begin the personal injury claim and it becomes apparent that settling your case may take a while, this is when you can request an interim payment. The request will only be accepted if liability has been admitted or the chances of you succeeding are high.

An interim payment can be made when specific criteria have been met. An advance on the compensation payout may be granted if the following applies to a case:

  • The defendant admits liability, or there’s a ‘reasonable’ chance of them being found ‘at fault’ should the claim go to trial.
  • There is ‘good reason’ to ask for an advance to cover urgent medical expenses or home adaptations are needed.

You can request more than one interim payment as your case progresses.

If you have not begun your personal injury compensation claim yet, why not give our advisors a quick call. They will be able to look over your case and firstly tell you if your claim is valid and secondly connect you to our panel of solicitors if your case has good grounds.

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.

Type of injurySeverity of injuryPotential Compensation Payout
(general damages)
Further notes
Eye injuryMinor but permanent£8,550 to £19,690Permanent 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,
Digestive tractTraumatic Injury£15,750 to £26,050Complications that arise from serious permanent or long standing injury that could include severe bouts of indigestion.
Kidney injurySerious£158,970 to £197,480Claimant suffers severe damage or total loss to kidneys which causes permanent disability or possible need for ongoing dialysis treatment.
Neck injuryModerate i£23,460 to £36,120Claimant suffers injuries which dislocations or fractures that result in immediate and severe symptoms. Spinal fusion could be required.
Back injurySevere ii£69,600 to £82,980Claimant 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£11,730 to £26,050Claimant suffers back injuries which includes ligament and muscle damage which results in back ache. Soft tissue damages worsen a pre-existing health issue.
Shoulder injurySerious£11,980 to £18,020Claimant suffers serious shoulder dislocation together with lower brachial plexus damage which results in severe pain and discomfort.
Brain injuriesModerate ii£85,150 to £140,870Claimant 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

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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