Can I get compensation before my injury claim settles?
If your cycling accident has left you financially struggling to pay for medical bills and other expenses, you may be able to get an interim payment to help you manage until your compensation claim is settled.
An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim paid out before your claim is fully concluded, with the amount received being deducted from the final compensation paid by the defendant. The amount of the interim payment is not fixed and will depend on the value of your claim, as it is intended only to support you financially while awaiting the outcome of your case.
To increase your chances of the court agreeing to an interim payment, your solicitor will need to be able to demonstrate that you have an immediate need for the money.
Examples where an interim payment might be granted include needing specialist therapy or care for a back injury, adapting your home to accommodate a wheelchair, purchasing mobility aids, or paying bills while unable to work due to incapacitation.
To apply for an interim payment, your solicitor must show that the defendant is likely to be found liable for your injury and your resulting financial losses.
If the defendant admits liability, your solicitor can negotiate or agree on liability, and an interim payment can be paid voluntarily.
If the defendant does not admit liability, however, your solicitor will need to apply for an interim payment order from the court.